President under fire for hiring top aide who had yet to graduate

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Chattanooga State president under fire for hiring as a top aide someone he met in Barbados who had not yet formally earned her college degree.

Foundation Bought Alabama Coach's Home for $3.1M

Nick Saban, head football coach at the University of Alabama, sold his home to the Crimson Tide Foundation for nearly $3.1 million, reported. The private nonprofit foundation, which helps fund athletics at the university, bought the home from Saban in January 2013 and has paid taxes on the property since then. The coach and his wife still live in the 8,759-square-foot home. "It's not all that unusual in the world for universities to provide the housing," Scott Phelps, assistant secretary of the foundation, said. "We want to keep him happy. We think he is the best coach in America."

Saban earns $6.9 million a year, not including performance bonuses.

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Hirings Up for College Graduates, but Salaries Stagnant

Hiring of college graduates this year is expected to reach levels not seen since the early 2000s, but the starting salaries of those positions are improving at a much slower pace, according to new reports authored by Phil Gardner, the director of the Collegiate Employment Research Institute at Michigan State University. The number of internships -- and paid ones at that -- is also expected to increase. After several years of slow growth, hiring of recent college graduates will increase by 16 percent for the 2014-2015 school year, according to Gardner's report released earlier this month. According to a separate report, based on the same survey of 53,000 companies, 40 percent of employers say they will enlarge their intern pools this year, while only 4 percent say they will decrease the number of interns.

More than 70 percent of employers say they will pay their interns. Last year, that share was 67 percent. Starting salaries remain largely stagnant, Gardner said, with six in 10 employers saying they will not increase their starting pay and those who will offer salary increases will only do so by 3 to 5 percent. “Pressure on employers to increase starting salaries has been minimal since the market crash in 2008,” he said.

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Catholic College Presidents Urge Aid for Refugee Children

The presidents of more than 50 Roman Catholic colleges and universities have issued a joint statement urging compassion and help for the refugee children on the U.S.-Mexico border. "We, the undersigned presidents of Catholic colleges and universities, are committed to this welcoming ethos, and to fostering a humanizing and ethical stance on America’s refugee emergency," the statement says. "We pledge to support activities designed to raise awareness and understanding of refugee issues among our students and the broader communities that we serve. These may include a National Day of Reflection/Action, campus prayer services, and social media campaigns. We also pledge to help advance the wide-ranging and specific recommendations of the bishops’ Committee on Migration, and to promote dialogue and actions consistent with Pope Francis’s call to welcome and protect these boys and girls."


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4 Fraternity Members Arrested in Nebraska Drinking Death

Four members of the FarmHouse fraternity at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln were arrested Thursday on suspicion of providing the alcohol that killed a freshman in early September. University officials are suspending the chapter indefinitely, the Lincoln Journal Star reported. Clayton Real, 18, was found dead in his room after a night partying with the fraternity just two weeks into the academic year. His blood alcohol content was 0.378 -- more than four times the legal limit. Real was one of several freshmen across the country who died shortly after arriving on campus this year.

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Akron Turns to Comedy to Encourage 4-Year Graduation

Here's the latest attempt to encourage students to enroll in full schedules each semester so that they can graduate on time. It's sketch comedy from the University of Akron.

UNC Scandal Inspires Humorists

The massive no-show courses scandal at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is attracting considerable attention from humorists. On "Saturday Night Live," the Weekend Update sketch quoted athletes at UNC as saying that the reports were "ungood" and "distrue." The New Yorker's Borowitz Report ran an article with the headline "UNC Boosters Outraged That Some Athletes Took Real Classes," and The Onion ran an infographic on "What Privileges Do Student Athletes Receive?" Among the benefits: "Early registration times allow scholar-athletes to enroll in the most in-demand fluff courses" and "At Ohio State, athletes receive complimentary transportation to and from crime scenes."


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75 Layoffs as Benedictine Shifts Springfield Campus

Benedictine University, whose main campus is outside Chicago, plans to shift its Springfield campus away from undergraduate programs for new high school graduates, and to instead focus on adult students, The State Journal-Register reported. Officials cited the growth of the nontraditional population and the increased competition for the shrinking number of traditional students. As a result of the shift, 75 of the 100 Springfield campus employees will lose their jobs.


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Faculty at Lincoln U. (Pennsylvania) Votes No Confidence

Faculty members at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania have voted no confidence in President Robert R. Jennings, citing declining enrollment and worsening financial conditions at the historically black institution, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported. The university declined to comment on the vote.

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NCAA Spends Record Amount on Lobbying

The National Collegiate Athletic Association has spent nearly as much money on lobbying efforts this year as it did the last three years combined -- and there's still a fiscal quarter to go. The NCAA has so far spent $470,000 on lobbying, both in-house and through the firm Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, according to In the last three years, the association spent about $500,000 total.

The efforts were all related to concussions and athlete well-being, the website reported. Officials in Washington are increasingly interested in the NCAA's efforts -- or lack thereof -- to reform college sports. In the last year, lawmakers have held a Senate hearing, sent pointed questionnaires to member institutions, and began drafting legislation that would create a presidential commission on college sports.

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