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Quick Takes: New Details on NIU Killer, Review of Raise for Governor's Wife, Inventory of Chemical Risks, Stanford Education Faculty Go Open Access, Settlement Between WVU and Former Coach

July 10, 2008
  • New details are about to appear in Esquire, apparently based on investigative files, about Steven Kazmierczak, who killed five students at Northern Illinois University on Valentine's Day before killing himself. The Chicago Tribune reported that the article will document that Kazmierczak tried to kill himself at least four times previously, that he was fascinated by the shooters at Virginia Tech and Columbine High School, and that just before the shootings at Northern Illinois, he listened in his car to Marilyn Manson's "The Last Day on Earth."
  • The University of North Carolina Board of Governors is now reviewing an $80,000 raise given to Mary Easley, the wife of North Carolina's governor, for her work at North Carolina State University, the Associated Press reported. Easley is an executive in residence and senior lecturer at the university.
  • Dozens of colleges are included among the chemical-containing facilities that have been designated "high risk," after a review of thousands of such facilities by the Department of Homeland Security, according to the American Council on Education. While many colleges have some chemicals, most were designated in lower risk categories. The ACE said that all of those designated as facing greater risk -- which may need to undergo security assessments -- have already been notified of their categorization.
  • Stanford University's School of Education has decided to require all faculty members to make their scholarly articles available online and free. The open access movement has been gaining ground of late, and the Stanford move is the first such policy by an education school.
  • West Virginia University's former head football coach, Rich Rodriguez, and his new employer, the University of Michigan, have agreed to pay a total of $4 million to settle a lawsuit West Virginia filed after Rodriguez bolted for Michigan last year. West Virginia sued to try to enforce a clause in Rodriguez's contract that required him to pay $4 million if he left before his deal expired. Rodriguez had argued that the university had broken the contract first by failing to follow through on certain promises it had made to Rodriguez, which West Virginia denied. Under the terms of the settlement, Michigan will pay a lump sum of $2.5 million and Rodriguez will pay $500,000 a year for three years.
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