Quick Takes: Mo. Governor Wants to Sell Loan Agency, Did Donation Help Residency Applicant at Irvine?, Student Group Sues Education Dept., Seton Hall's Typo Sends Applicants to Phone Sex Line

January 27, 2006
  • Gov. Matt Blunt of Missouri has proposed converting the state's student-loan agency into a public-private partnership. Blunt, a Republican, says that by selling the agency, with certain restrictions, the impact on student borrowers could be minimal and the state could gain hundreds of millions of dollars, which would then be spent on college facilities and scholarships. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that some financial aid officials in the state are skeptical of the plan, and fear students could see reduced levels of service and higher interest rates.
  • The University of California at Irvine awarded a newly created, coveted residency at its Medical Center to the son of a man who had just pledged $250,000 to the radiology department, the Los Angeles Times reported. Irvine officials said that there was nothing inappropriate about the way the residency was awarded and denied a link to the gift.
  • Students for a Sensible Drug Policy is suing the Education Department over fees the agency wants to charge for complying with a Freedom of Information Act request dealing with state-by-state breakdowns of those covered by a federal law barring student aid to those with certain drug convictions.
  • A typo on materials sent by Seton Hall University to tens of thousands of foreign applicants gave -- as a phone number to call for matters related to high school transcripts -- the number of a phone sex line promising "hot, horny girls," The Star-Ledger reported. Officials of the Roman Catholic institution in New Jersey said that it appears that the error was in place for more than one year.
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