Quick Takes: Fire Kills 2 NC State Students, Econ Nobel, ETS General Ed Test, Indictments on Alleged Diploma Mills, Adams State President Fired, Problems for Barber-Scotia, Medical School Allows Gay Group, Morehead Students Charged With Burning Newspaper

October 10, 2005
  • Two students at North Carolina State University were killed early Friday in a fire at an off-campus duplex. In a statement, university officials said that 10 students were living in the duplex at the time of the fire, and that one other student suffered broken bones while escaping. Also Friday morning, a fire destroyed an apartment building near the University of Kansas. Of the 32 students who lived in the building, 2 were injured, 1 of them critically.
  • The Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics was awarded today to Robert J. Aumann of Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Thomas C. Schelling of the University of Maryland at College Park. The scholars were honored for "having enhanced our understanding of conflict and cooperation through game-theory analysis."
  • The Educational Testing Service is today formally announcing plans for a new test -- the Measurement of Academic Proficiency and Progress. The test will be used by colleges to measure the skills students have learned in general education courses. The new test replaces the Academic Profile, which has been used by hundreds of colleges.
  • A federal grand jury in Washington State last week indicted eight individuals on charges of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud, in connection with what federal authorities called diploma mills that operated under the names Saint Regis University, Robertstown University, and James Monroe University. The indicted individuals could not be reached for comment.
  • The board of Adams State College on Friday fired Richard Wueste as president of the Colorado institution, The Denver Post reported. Board members criticized Wueste's financial management. But Wueste, who was hired last year, told The Post that he had done nothing wrong.
  • State officials are investigating allegations that 15 former employees of Barber-Scotia College were not paid for work they did in May, The Charlotte Observer reported. Barber-Scotia is a historically black college that lost its accreditation last year and that has been struggling to regain it. Currently, there are only three or four students enrolled, The Observer reported, although it quoted college officials as saying a small enrollment this year was part of a recovery plan for the institution.
  • The New York Medical College, which refused to recognize a gay student group with "gay" in its name, is now allowing a gay group without "gay" in its name, The Westchester Journal News reported. The name of the new group is: People of Every Orientation Protecting Liberty and Equality in Medicine.
  • Three students at Morehead State University have been charged with stealing and burning 7,000 copies of the student newspaper, The Lexington Herald-Leader reported. Campus police are investigating reports that the students were trying to prevent the distribution of an article about an alleged sexual assault.
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