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Friday, April 22, 2011 - 3:00am

The embattled president of Florida's Edison State College will suggest today that trustees cut his comparatively large annual compensation of $832,000 by more than 20 percent, with a promise to use the savings to fund scholarships for students, The News-Press reported. The cut would lower Kenneth Walker's total compensation in 2011-12 to $653,173, from $832,125.

Friday, April 22, 2011 - 3:00am

Antonio Calvo, a Spanish lecturer at Princeton University, killed himself this month, a few days after being told he was losing his job, setting off many questions over how he was treated, The New York Times reported. Many of his students have raised questions about how he was treated, questioning why the university no longer wanted him to teach there. The Times reported, however, that some graduate students whom he had supervised urged the university not to renew his appointment. They complained about his management style and harsh comments he made about them.

Thursday, April 21, 2011 - 3:00am

Dharun Ravi, who was the roommate of Tyler Clementi, the Rutgers University student who killed himself last year, was charged with 15 counts related to allegations that he filmed Clementi's encounter with a man and broadcast it in an act of anti-gay bias, the Associated Press reported. Ravi also was charged with trying to cover up what he did. Ravi's lawyer did not respond to requests for comment.

Thursday, April 21, 2011 - 3:00am

The provost of Drake University, Michael Renner, announced Tuesday that he would step down next month because of differences with David Maxwell, the president, The Des Moines Register reported. “In my recent conversations with the president, it has become clear that our respective leadership philosophies differ in important ways,” said Renner, in an e-mail to the campus. “In view of this, I believe that it is in the best interests of the university for me to step aside and allow the president to seek a new provost.” Renner declined to elaborate on the differences and Maxwell could not be reached.

Thursday, April 21, 2011 - 3:00am

Marc Hauser, a Harvard University psychology professor who the university determined committed scientific misconduct, will be barred from teaching for the next year, The Boston Globe reported. While the university has announced that it found Hauser guilty of misconduct, it has been vague about the nature of the misconduct. Hauser had previously been scheduled to teach in the fall.

Thursday, April 21, 2011 - 3:00am

The cheer team at California State University at Long Beach has been stripped of its national title after the discovery that one of the members was no longer a student, NBC Los Angeles reported. The university is investigating the possibility that another team member may also have not been a student.

Thursday, April 21, 2011 - 3:00am

Ellen Lewin, a professore of anthropology and gender, women's and sexuality studies at the University of Iowa, is under fire for her response to a mass e-mail from a campus Republican group about "Conservative Coming Out Week." Lewin replied "FUCK YOU REPUBLICANS" from her university account. Now Republicans are complaining about her language, The Iowa City Press Citizen reported. Lewin has apologized, sending a subsequent e-mail message in which she said: "I admit the language was inappropriate, and apologize for any affront to anyone’s delicate sensibilities. I would really appreciate your not sending blanket emails to everyone on campus, especially in these difficult times."

Thursday, April 21, 2011 - 3:00am

In today's Academic Minute, Mount Saint Mary College's Charles Zola examines the meaning of Easter to Christians through history and in the present. Find out more about the Academic Minute here.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011 - 3:00am

After unionizing last August, adjuncts at Central Michigan University have reached agreement on a new contract that would increase job security and, more modestly, their pay. The four-year deal, announced Tuesday by the Union of Teaching Faculty and CMU, would apply to about two-thirds of the unit's 340 members who work part-time or more. The bargaining unit includes adjuncts and graduate students. A separate unit, affiliated with the Michigan Education Association, represents tenured and tenure-track faculty.

CMU administration confirmed that a tentative agreement had been reached, but withheld further comment pending the deal's ratification. Sources familiar with the terms of the deal said that, a year from now, adjuncts who have taught for five years will become eligible to sign multi-year contracts. Job security was achieved in return for modest pay increases, mostly directed to lower paid workers. The lowest paid adjuncts who work full-time would see their wages rise from the current level, less than $20,000, to $24,000, sources said. The union recently began campaigning for higher wages for adjuncts by highlighting members who worked full-time, but needed to rely on public assistance to make ends meet.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011 - 3:00am

A Michigan State University panel has found that Sharif Shakrani, a professor there, plagiarized in a 2010 analysis he wrote of school-consolidation plans in the state, The Grand Rapids Press reported. The panel also found three other instances of plagiarism by Shakrani, who declined to comment on the findings. His analysis has been heatedly debated in the state by people with various positions on school consolidation. A decision on any punishment of the professor is pending.

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