Quick Takes: Judge Backs Expelled Student, Hawaii Governor Ordered to Appoint New Regents, Campus Faces 2 Student Deaths in a Week, Harvard's $600M Bond Issue, Education Secretary Speculation, Graweymer in Religion

December 5, 2008
  • A state judge in Connecticut ruled Wednesday that most evidence suggested that the wrong person was expelled for cheating at Central Connecticut State University, The Hartford Courant reported. Matthew Coster, who was expelled, sued Cristina Duquette, saying that she was the one who cheated, not the one whose work was copied, as the university found. She counter-sued. The judge said that most of the evidence -- including logic and computer evidence -- backed Coster. University officials said during the trial that the outcome could prompt them to reconsider their handling of the case.
  • Hawaii's Supreme Court on Thursday ordered Gov. Linda Lingle to nominate six new members of the University of Hawaii Board of Regents, rejecting her claim that she could keep on the board "holdovers" whose terms have expired, The Honolulu Advertiser reported. The State Senate must confirm the nominees and sued over the governor's failure to make new selections. There is some uncertainty in the state over the status of recent decisions made by the regents whose authority has now been questioned.
  • In one week, two unrelated student deaths -- one that may be alcohol-related and the other apparently from natural causes -- have shaken students at California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo, The San Luis Obispo Tribune reported.
  • Harvard University is preparing a $600 million bond issue to deal with debt and various complications from investments, The Wall Street Journal reported. A prospectus for the bond issue surfaced as Harvard was confirming that its endowment has lost about $8 billion in value in the first four months of the fiscal year.
  • With the Obama administration taking shape, more speculation is focusing on one of the vacancies in the cabinet: education secretary. On Thursday, candidates rumored to be in consideration were downplaying their chances or interest. The Associated Press reported that Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine said he would not leave his position early to accept the post. The AP also spotted Arne Duncan, chief of the Chicago school system, at the U.S. Education Department, but he said he was only on a social call.
  • The University of Louisville has named Donald Shriver Jr. as winner of the 2009 Louisville Grawemeyer Award in Religion, worth $200,000. Shriver Jr., an ethicist and former president of Union Seminary, in New York City, was honored for his 2005 book, Honest Patriots: Loving a County Enough to Remember Its Misdeeds (Oxford University Press).
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