The cashier, Shelly Lough, acknowledged in court on Friday that she had taken more than $1-million from the West Virginia college from 2011 to 2013 in order to pay off people who were allegedly blackmailing her, reports the Wheeling News-Register. Ms. Lough, who was said to have cooperated with the authorities investigating the case, could be sentenced to two to 20 years in prison. One of the alleged blackmailers is facing extortion charges.
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Kennesaw State University, in Georgia, opened its new Bernard A. Zuckerman Museum of Art on Saturday, but it drew as much attention for its decision to censor an artwork planned for the featured exhibit as for the celebration of what a local arts newspaper, Creative Loafing, called the Atlanta area’s first new art museum in more than a decade.
The censored artwork—by Ruth Stanford, an associate professor of sculpture at Georgia State University—is called “A Walk in the Valley” and concerns a tra…
The university says it is the legal owner of the 1886 painting, Camille Pissarro’s “Shepherdess Bringing in Sheep,” but a daughter of the Jewish man who owned the artwork before World War II has sued the university for its return, the Associated Press reports.
Leone Meyer, herself a Holocaust survivor, says her father traced the painting to Switzerland after the war, but a Swiss court ruled against him, finding that the statute of limitations had expired and that postwar owners had diligently checked to make sure the Pissarro was not on a list of Nazi-looted works. An oil tycoon and his wife subsequently bought the painting and bequeathed it to Oklahoma.
The university “does not want to keep any items which it does not legitimately own,” Oklahoma’s president, David L. Boren, said in a written statement. But the university also wants “to avoid setting a bad precedent that the university will automatically give away other people’s gifts to us to anyone who claims them.”
The peripatetic E. Gordon Gee, who has led five institutions over the last 33 years, returned to his first presidential post this year, at West Virginia University, in an interim role. Now the university’s presidential-search committee has voted to offer him the permanent job.
Mr. Gee’s previous presidency, at Ohio State University, ended with his retirement last year, amid controversy over jokes he had made at the expense of Roman Catholics and other universities. At the time, Mr. Gee, once dubbed “the Professional President,” said he planned to just move on. Now it appears he has.
Three freshman members of a University of Mississippi fraternity have been expelled from the frat after they refused to talk with the police about vandalism last week of a campus statue of a pioneer of racial integration, The Clarion-Ledger, a newspaper in Jackson, Miss., reported. The fraternity chapter itself has been suspended by the national Sigma Phi Epsilon organization.
The three students, who have been identified only as coming from Georgia, have declined to speak to the police, who are …
“A sophisticated computer-security attack” on the University of Maryland on Tuesday gave hackers access to more than 300,000 records of students, faculty and staff members, and others who have been issued university IDs on two of the system’s campuses since 1998.
According to a letter by Wallace D. Loh, the system’s president, experts are trying “to determine how our sophisticated, multilayered security defenses were bypassed,” and a criminal investigation is under way.
Brian D. Voss, the univer…
Portland State University will pay more than $160,000 to settle a lawsuit over its treatment of a deaf student, who said she had been forbidden to live in a carpeted dormitory or to take a required laboratory course because of her service dog, The Oregonian reported.
The student, Cindy Leland, also accused the university of rebuffing her request for help in dealing with late-night knocking on her dorm-room door, an apparent prank. She and the Fair Housing Council of Oregon filed a $1-million law…
The university announced the job cuts on Friday in response to an abrupt fall in freshman enrollment amid a $5.1-million budget deficit, according to The Times-Picayune of New Orleans. The 18 layoffs, none affecting faculty members, account for 2 percent of the university’s employees. Loyola also announced a hiring freeze and a voluntary severance program to cut its budget.
Representatives of the University of Michigan Black Student Union on Monday said that if university officials failed to meet seven demands within a week, “physical activism” would take place on the Ann Arbor campus. The demands, which concern a lack of diversity and inclusiveness at the university, are part of an effort to improve life for minority students there, according to The Ann Arbor News. Members of the student group did not specify what form the actions might take.
University officials did not have an immediate response to the demands, but the university’s president, Mary Sue Coleman, says it has been difficult to maintain a diverse student body since state voters approved a ban on affirmative action in admissions in 2006, a policy that is currently before U.S. Supreme Court. Last week the university’s provost said the campus needed to rethink how it promotes diversity, the News reported.
Correction (1/21/2014, 10:19 a.m.): This post originally misquoted the Black Student Union. It said it would undertake “physical activism,” not “physical actions,” if its demands were not met. The post has been updated to reflect this correction, and a link to the list of demands has been added.
The university did not identify the two employees but said one was a faculty member in political science and the other worked in student affairs, according to the Associated Press. The two were among 21 people killed on Friday in a Taliban assault on a restaurant in Kabul that is popular with foreigners. Other victims included officials of the United Nations and the International Monetary Fund. The three attackers also died.
Update (1/18/2014, 9:37 p.m.): The two university employees were later identified by the university as Alexandros Petersen, the political scientist, and Alexis Kamerman, the student-affairs official, according to the Los Angeles Times. The Chicago Sun-Times has published a profile of Ms. Kamerman, a Chicago native.