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Thursday, December 22, 2011 - 3:00am

Tom Williams resigned Thursday as Yale University's football coach, and admitted that he had never been a finalist -- as he had claimed -- for a Rhodes Scholarship, The New York Times reported. Williams had listed the honor in various places, and drew attention to his background when Yale's star quarterback this year opted to play the game against Harvard University rather than go to an interview that might have landed him a Rhodes Scholarship. As Williams told the story, he opted out of a chance at a Rhodes while he was at Stanford University, preferring to play a game rather than go to the interview. In a statement Thursday, he admitted that he had never been a Rhodes finalist. He said that some faculty members had encouraged him to apply, but that he had never done so.

Thursday, December 22, 2011 - 3:00am

In today's Academic Minute, Duncan Cumming of the State University of New York at Albany explains the importance of Ruth Glazer’s influence on her husband’s music career. Find out more about the Academic Minute here.


 
Thursday, December 22, 2011 - 3:00am

Officials from Kentucky and the University of Pikeville, a private institution, are discussing the possibility of the university becoming a public campus in the state system, The Herald-Leader reported. The move would require legislative approval at a time that dollars are scarce. Pikeville officials said that a switch to public status would result in students in the region getting a new higher education option at public rates that are almost $10,000 a year less than the tuition paid to Pikeville as a private institution.

 

Thursday, December 22, 2011 - 3:00am

Stephen Bloom, the University of Iowa journalism professor whose article about his state has created a furor there, is now in an "undisclosed location" that is not Iowa or Michigan (where he had been teaching this semester), he told the journalism blogger Jim Romenesko. He has been receiving threats about what many Iowans found to be offensive generalizations about the state. "Last night a man called my wife and suggested I be made into a lampshade. A blog refers to me as Jew Stephen Bloom. I have received scores of hate-filled e-mails that have threatened me or my family.”

Bloom said he plans to be back at Iowa to teach when the next semester begins January 2. "I’m not going to be bullied," he said. "I will be back in that classroom."

Thursday, December 22, 2011 - 3:00am

A former student who said that Brown University forced him out because the daughter of a donor accused him of rape has dropped a lawsuit against the university, and reached a settlement with the family of the woman who accused him, the Associated Press reported. Details of the agreement were not released, and a Brown spokeswoman said the university was not a party to the settlement. Both sides agreed not to talk to the news media. A former assistant wrestling coach who backed the former student who was accused of rape said that the settlement was a victory for him.

Thursday, December 22, 2011 - 4:55am

The average assistant football coach at the National Collegiate Athletic Association's top competitive level saw his pay rise by 11 percent this year, and the total salaries of the assistant coaches for at least five programs rose above $3 million, USA Today reported. The article, the newspaper's third such survey of assistant coaches' pay, found an 18 percent increase over all since 2009 among assistant coaches at 97 institutions that compete in the Football Bowl Subdivision (the division has a total of 120 members, but many private universities refused to provide their salary data to USA Today). The top-paid assistant (earning $1.3 million) was at Auburn University, while Louisiana State University and the Universities of Alabama, Texas at Austin, Tennessee at Knoxville and Florida all paid their football assistants at least $3 million cumulatively.

By comparison, the average salary for professors rose 1.4 percent in 2010-11, the latest year for which data are available, according to the American Association of University Professors.

Thursday, December 22, 2011 - 3:00am

New Hampshire officials have certified a union for adjuncts at Plymouth State University based on a vote by those off the tenure track to start collective bargaining, The Citizen reported. The vote was 60 to 43. The new union will be affiliated with the State Employees Association of New Hampshire. Adjuncts said that they believed they could get better wages and working conditions with a union.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011 - 4:41am

The American Bar Association has denied provisional accreditation to the new law school at Lincoln Memorial University, The Knoxville News Sentinel reported. Tennessee permits people who are graduates of law schools that are not ABA accredited to sit for the state's bar exam, but lack of ABA accreditation may be more important for those who plan to work in other states. Officials at the law school are considering an appeal.

 

Wednesday, December 21, 2011 - 3:00am

In today’s Academic Minute, Susan Martonosi of Harvey Mudd College reveals the role mathematics plays in determining how quickly you move through airport security lines. Find out more about the Academic Minute here.

 
Wednesday, December 21, 2011 - 4:43am

Western Washington University has fired its admissions director over practices she says were widely known for years and in place at other parts of the university, The Bellingham Herald reported. Karen Copetas, admissions director for more than 20 years, was found to have used scholarship money to pay students who work in her office, including at least four students who did not have legal status to reside in the United States. She says other departments at the university do the same thing and that senior officials know this -- statements that the university denies.

 

internal audit found evidence that she had illegally used scholarship money as compensation for students who worked in her office, including at least four students who did not have legal immigrant status.

Read more here: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2011/12/21/1952992/wwu-admissions-boss-fir...
internal audit found evidence that she had illegally used scholarship money as compensation for students who worked in her office, including at least four students who did not have legal immigrant status.

Read more here: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2011/12/21/1952992/wwu-admissions-boss-fir...

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