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Westchester CC Calls Off Basketball Season

Westchester Community College has called off its basketball season amid investigations into alleged transcript fraud by some of its former students who subsequently enrolled at other colleges to play on the teams, The Journal News reported. The New York State Inspector General's Office and the National Junior College Athletic Association are both currently conducting investigations of the college's program.

 

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Vanderbilt Seeks to Change Ties to Medical Center

Vanderbilt University announced Friday that it is working to make the Vanderbilt University Medical Center a "not-for-profit academic medical center that is financially distinct from Vanderbilt University." The announcement said that changes in the economics of health care require more flexibility and independence for the medical center. But the statement from Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos stressed that "the two organizations will remain tightly woven together by mission and the respected Vanderbilt name. The mission of VUMC will not change. It will continue to be at the pinnacle of medical excellence, and be one of the world’s preeminent academic medical centers."

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$100 Million Gift for Faculty at U of Wisconsin Madison

The University of Wisconsin at Madison on Saturday announced a $100 million gift from John and Tashia Morgridge -- an alumni couple -- to support faculty enhancement. The gift is the university's largest from individual donors. The money will be used to match donations for new and enhanced professorships, chairs and distinguished chairs.

 

Following Complaint, 2 Resignations at San Jose State

Mohammad Qayoumi, president of San Jose State University, announced two resignations on Friday --  Wanda Ginner, a member of the board of the university's foundation, and Rebecca Dukes, vice president for university advancement. While Qayoumi did not explicitly identify them as the subjects of recent campus debate, social media and local news reports said that they were. Protests last week were held amid reports that a member of the foundation board had said at a meeting that "I contribute to the university because these little Latinas do not have the DNA to be successful," and that a senior university official at the meeting said nothing. The Associated Press reported that Ginner has denied the quote attributed to her.

NCAA Releases Emails on Penn State Consent Decree

The National Collegiate Athletic Association released several documents Friday in an attempt to provide "important context" to emails recently made public during an ongoing court case that seemingly revealed that the NCAA doubted its authority to punish Pennsylvania State University over the Jerry Sandusky child abuse scandal. The emails, which critics have pounced on in last week, also appeared to show that the association threatened Penn State with the "death penalty" if they did not accept the consent decree, thus agreeing to several sanctions that included vacating years of Penn State wins, suspending the university from participating in postseason games, and fining the institution $60 million. The NCAA has since walked back some of those historic sanctions, including ending Penn State's postseason ban in September, two years earlier than what the sanction had called for.

"When taken out of context, some of this material creates a misleading impression of the important issues related to the consent decree between the NCAA and Penn State,” Erik Christianson, an NCAA spokesperson, said in a statement. “The NCAA believes the full story will emerge at the trial scheduled for January 2015.”

The NCAA also filed a motion Thursday in Pennsylvania state court urging the judge to decide that the consent decree was "not entered into under duress." The documents released Friday by the NCAA were mostly emails the association felt demonstrated that the decree between the NCAA and Penn State was a fair agreement reached by both sides in order to avoid a lengthy and unpredictable infraction process. "I had to weigh accepting this outcome versus what might come with a traditional infractions process in an opinion," Gene Marsh, Penn State's lawyer, wrote in an emial to the NCAA's David Berst. "I laid it all out and gave my opinion, but the call was not mine. I think they made the right choice." Penn State officials said last week that they found it "deeply disturbing that NCAA officials in leadership positions would consider bluffing one of their member institutions" into accepting sanctions outside of the normal infractions process.

 

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Health benefits debate hits Harvard

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What does it mean when even faculty members at the world's wealthiest institution think they're getting cheated on health care benefits?

West Virginia U. Suspends All Greek Activities

West Virginia University placed a moratorium on all Greek activities Thursday after a "catastrophic medical emergency" occurred at one fraternity chapter and 19 students were cited at another. Last week, Morgantown police arrested three students and cited 16 others for underage possession and consumption of alcohol. All 19 students were pledges of Sigma Chi, and the chapter was suspended. The medical emergency occurred at a separate house early Thursday and required a 911 response, the university said in a statement. The university referred to the student as "gravely ill," but many on campus took to social media on Thursday offering their condolences and saying that the student had died.

The moratorium comes three weeks after the university moved to quickly expel several students involved in a riot near campus -- and at a time when its president, E. Gordon Gee, is trying to clean up the university's hard-partying image. West Virginia joins a growing number of universities, including Johns Hopkins University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, that are imposing systemwide bans of Greek parties and social functions following incidents at one or two houses. "The action to halt fraternity and sorority activities while these matters are being reviewed is being done with the well-being and safety of our students in mind," Corey Farris, dean of students at West Virginia, said. "That is -- and must always be -- our foremost priority."

“First, our hearts, prayers and support go out to the student who is gravely ill and his family. Right now that is our utmost concern,” said Dean of Students Corey Farris, Inter-Fraternity Council President Ansh Kumar and Panhellenic Council President Rachel Poe in a joint statement. - See more at: http://wvutoday.wvu.edu/n/2014/11/13/wvu-releases-joint-statement-on-student-medical-emergency-places-immediate-moratorium-on-all-greek-activities-until-further-notice#sthash.ICKcVikJ.dpuf
“First, our hearts, prayers and support go out to the student who is gravely ill and his family. Right now that is our utmost concern,” said Dean of Students Corey Farris, Inter-Fraternity Council President Ansh Kumar and Panhellenic Council President Rachel Poe in a joint statement. - See more at: http://wvutoday.wvu.edu/n/2014/11/13/wvu-releases-joint-statement-on-student-medical-emergency-places-immediate-moratorium-on-all-greek-activities-until-further-notice#sthash.ICKcVikJ.dpuf
“First, our hearts, prayers and support go out to the student who is gravely ill and his family. Right now that is our utmost concern,” said Dean of Students Corey Farris, Inter-Fraternity Council President Ansh Kumar and Panhellenic Council President Rachel Poe in a joint statement. - See more at: http://wvutoday.wvu.edu/n/2014/11/13/wvu-releases-joint-statement-on-student-medical-emergency-places-immediate-moratorium-on-all-greek-activities-until-further-notice#sthash.ICKcVikJ.dpuf
“First, our hearts, prayers and support go out to the student who is gravely ill and his family. Right now that is our utmost concern,” said Dean of Students Corey Farris, Inter-Fraternity Council President Ansh Kumar and Panhellenic Council President Rachel Poe in a joint statement. - See more at: http://wvutoday.wvu.edu/n/2014/11/13/wvu-releases-joint-statement-on-student-medical-emergency-places-immediate-moratorium-on-all-greek-activities-until-further-notice#sthash.ICKcVikJ.dpuf
“First, our hearts, prayers and support go out to the student who is gravely ill and his family. Right now that is our utmost concern,” said Dean of Students Corey Farris, Inter-Fraternity Council President Ansh Kumar and Panhellenic Council President Rachel Poe in a joint statement. - See more at: http://wvutoday.wvu.edu/n/2014/11/13/wvu-releases-joint-statement-on-student-medical-emergency-places-immediate-moratorium-on-all-greek-activities-until-further-notice#sthash.ICKcVikJ.dpuf
“First, our hearts, prayers and support go out to the student who is gravely ill and his family. Right now that is our utmost concern,” said Dean of Students Corey Farris, Inter-Fraternity Council President Ansh Kumar and Panhellenic Council President Rachel Poe in a joint statement. - See more at: http://wvutoday.wvu.edu/n/2014/11/13/wvu-releases-joint-statement-on-student-medical-emergency-places-immediate-moratorium-on-all-greek-activities-until-further-notice#sthash.ICKcVikJ.dpuf
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Adjuncts at Two Bay Area Colleges File for Union Election

Adjuncts at St. Mary’s College in Moraga, Calif., along with adjuncts at Dominican University of California in San Rafael, have filed petitions with the National Labor Relations Board for an election to form a union affiliated with Service Employees International Union. Adjuncts at several other institutions in the San Francisco area have voted to form unions affiliated with SEIU in recent months: Mills College, San Francisco Art Institute and California College of the Arts.

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Nassau College Union Fines Adjuncts for Not Striking

It’s illegal for public employees to strike under New York’s Taylor Law. But it's apparently expensive not to strike, at least at Nassau Community College. Members of the independent Adjunct Faculty Association who did not participate in last year’s strike over contract negotiations have been fined $1,000 by their union, Newsday reported. Non-striking members recently received letters from the union saying they owed it $200 for each day of the five-day protest in September 2013. Outraged adjuncts told Newsday they didn’t approve of the strike, and were dissatisfied with its outcome (no contract agreement has been reached). The state Public Employment Relations Board is reportedly looking into 35 formal improper practice complaints filed by adjuncts against faculty association. Charles Loiacono, union president, said the fine is part of the union’s bylaws; he declined to say how many adjuncts were fined. "They think it is O.K. to not support the strike and get the same benefits as everyone else," Loiacono said. "And they don't like being called freeloaders."

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UCLA Has Its Laptops Back

Authorities have arrested a man and recovered 50 laptops stolen from the University of California at Los Angeles. UCLA announced that the man arrested, Seyed Ali Pakizehkar Hesari, is not currently a UCLA student, but was a history undergraduate as recently as March. At right, a photo of the recovered laptops.

 

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