All posts by Andrew Mytelka


Former Professor Is Convicted of Embezzling $650,000 From Student Fund

A federal jury in Tallahassee, Fla., on Thursday convicted a former professor at Florida State University of embezzlement for taking some $650,000 from a fund at the university created to give business students direct investing experience.

According to a news release from the U.S. attorney’s office in Tallahassee that was quoted by WCTV, a local television station, James S. Doran, a former assistant professor of finance, transferred the money to a personal account from the Student Investment Fun…


Rider U. Faculty Accepts Pay Freeze to Forestall Layoffs and Program Cuts

Rider University has dropped plans to lay off faculty members and shut down academic programs after its faculty union agreed to a two-year freeze in wages, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported. The planned cuts, announced in October, would have resulted in 14 layoffs and 14 program closures, and would have saved $2 million. An agreement that includes the pay freeze was approved on Friday by the New Jersey university’s board, the Inquirer reported.


Campus Police Chief Is Fired After Saying Most Sex Assaults ‘Ain’t Rape’

The campus police chief has been fired at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, in Georgia, after he was quoted in the student newspaper as saying that most sexual assaults are not rape but “women waking up the next morning with a guilt complex.” The chief, Bryan Golden, was dismissed on Friday, according to The Tifton Gazette.

Chief Golden was quoted in an article in the student paper, The Stallion, about sexual assault on college campuses. The full quotation was: “I might sound insensitive, bu…


Cal State-Long Beach Student Is Among Dead in Paris Terror Attacks

[Updated (11/15/2015, 6:56 p.m.) with additional details.]

A design student at California State University at Long Beach was among those killed in the terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday. The student, Nohemi Gonzalez, a 23-year-old Californian, was attending the Strate College of Design during a semester-abroad program, according to a statement posted on Long Beach’s website.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends during this sad time,” said the campus president, Jane Clos…


Ex-Student Pleads Guilty in Case Stemming From Drug Overdoses at Wesleyan

A former student at Wesleyan University pleaded guilty in federal court on Thursday to a drug charge in connection with a spate of drug overdoses that struck the Connecticut campus in February. According to the Hartford Courant, the student, Zachary Kramer, 21, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess and distribute the synthetic party drug MDMA and synthetic marijuana.

Mr. Kramer, of Bethesda, Md., will be sentenced in February and could face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $1-mil…


Interim President of U. of Missouri Is Veteran Official With Roots in Civil Rights

The interim president of the University of Missouri system is a Mizzou alumnus who took part in civil-rights protests a half-century ago, as a student, and later served 30 years in leadership positions at the university before retiring in August. The system’s new leader, Mike Middleton, 68, was appointed by the Board of Curators on Thursday, effective immediately.

He takes office after one of the most tumultuous weeks in the university’s history, in which a hunger strike, a threatened boycott by…


Business Dean at Texas Tech Resigns Post After Investigation Into Grade Changes

The dean of Texas Tech University’s business school has resigned after an investigative panel at the school concluded that he improperly raised the grades of four M.B.A. students who had failed a class, reports The Texas Tribune.

The dean, Lance Nail, will remain on the faculty of the Rawls College of Business as a professor of finance, but will leave office as dean by year’s end. He did not immediately respond to the Tribune’s request for comment.

A faculty panel looked into the grade changes a…


Attacker at U. of California at Merced Was Irate Over Expulsion From Study Group

The trigger for Wednesday’s stabbing attack at the University of California at Merced appears to have been anger by the assailant, 18-year-old Faisal Mohammad, a freshman, over his expulsion from a campus study group, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Mr. Mohammad, who was shot dead by the police during his two-minute rampage, detailed his grievances and a bizarre plan to attack his classmates in a “two-page, handwritten manifesto” that was discovered in one of his pockets during an autopsy of…


Colo. Voters Approve Plan for Higher Education With New Marijuana Tax

Voters in a Colorado county with a thriving marijuana industry approved a ballot proposal on Tuesday that would use a tax on pot sales to fund a college-scholarship program for county residents, reports the Associated Press.

Under the proposal, which Pueblo County voters backed by a 20-point margin, a 5-percent excise tax on marijuana growers is expected to yield $3.5 million a year by 2020. The proceeds would allow any high-school senior in the county to attend one of its two public colleges. A…


U. of Louisville Apologizes After President Is Photographed in Stereotypical Mexican Costume


President Ramsey is at the lower right, in the multicolored poncho. (Photo: Scott Utterback/The Courier-Journal)

The University of Louisville apologized on Thursday after its president, James R. Ramsey, and other university officials drew sharp criticism for appearing in a photograph in stereotypical Mexican costumes, complete with sombreros, bushy mustaches, and maracas, reports The Courier-Journal, a newspaper in Louisville, Ky.

The newspaper published the picture on Wednesday in a photo galle…