Company Apologizes for Selling ‘Vintage’ Kent State Sweatshirt With Blood-Red Splotches

Urban Outfitters apologized on Monday morning for marketing a “vintage” Kent State University sweatshirt that featured what could easily be perceived as blood stains and bullet holes, The Washington Post reports.

BuzzFeed first reported on the sweatshirt, which, for those with a working knowledge of…


U.S. Investigates Alleged Sexual Hazing on W.Va. College’s Baseball Team

The U.S. Department of Education is investigating Davis & Elkins College, a small, private institution in West Virginia, regarding complaints of hazing and sexual harassment involving the college’s baseball team, The Charleston Gazette reported.

A lawyer representing a former student baseball player said his client had left the college and had given up an athletic scholarship after allegedly being subjected to unwanted sexual touching multiple times by at least one upperclassman on the team. The…


Job-Training Program for Baby Boomers Surpasses Goals

Report: “Plus 50 Completion Strategy: Year Four Evaluation Results”

Organization: Learning for Action

Summary: Over the past four years, 17 community colleges have enrolled nearly 21,000 baby boomers in job-training programs, according to a new report on a program administered by the American Association of Community Colleges. Nearly 9,000 of the students, or 43 percent of those served, completed the program, which was supported by the Lumina Foundation.

That far surpasses the program’s goals of…


Former UC-Davis Researcher Pleads No Contest to Apartment-Blast Charges

David Snyder, a chemist who had been named as the university’s outstanding graduate-student teacher, was arrested in 2013 after an explosion forced residents of his building to evacuate. Mr. Snyder, who earned a doctorate in chemistry at Davis and had gone on to hold a temporary research job there, faces up to three years in jail on 17 explosives and weapons charges. He’ll be sentenced next month.

Linda Parisi, his lawyer, had argued Snyder was a tinkerer who also was deeply involved in research for kidney disease and water purification in developing countries. On Friday, she said the plea would have a “significant impact” on his future career and research.

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Police Investigate 23 at California Community College for ‘Pell Running’

Police officers at a community college in California are investigating 23 people on suspicion of “Pell running,” or posing as college students in order to illegally pocket Pell Grant refunds. The individuals allegedly tried to scam the College of Marin on the order of $200,000, some of which the college paid out before two faculty members began to suspect something illicit was afoot.

“Pell running,” while a relatively rare practice, is most common in online classes. It is expected to cost taxpayers as much as $1-billion per year.

Police at the College of Marin are investigating 23 individuals suspected of posing as students in a plot to steal $200,000 in federal financial aid, some of which has already been paid out by the college.

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U. of Pittsburgh Won’t Make Faculty Sign Away Intellectual-Property Rights

The University of Pittsburgh has backed down from a plan to require faculty members to sign away their intellectual-property rights, indefinitely postponing the deadline it had set for them to do so, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

The university’s provost, Patricia E. Beeson, said she would form a task force to examine the issue. The faculty assembly this week approved a resolution asking the university’s administration to delay the deadline.

Administrators have said an explicit agreement, in which faculty members agree to transfer their intellectual-property rights to the university, is required under a 2011 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court.

The University of Pittsburgh today postponed a Tuesday deadline it had set for faculty and staff to sign agreements transferring their intellectual property rights to the university, saying instead it will study the matter further. Provost Patricia Beeson conveyed her decision in a letter being distributed to members of the Faculty Assembly.

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Father of Student Who Jumped Off Bridge Settles With Cornell U.

The father of a Cornell University student who committed suicide by jumping off a bridge has settled a lawsuit with the university and the City of Ithaca, reports The Post-Standard, in Syracuse, N.Y.

Bradley M. Ginsburg, a freshman at Cornell, jumped off a bridge near the campus in 2010. The next year, his father, Howard Ginsburg, sued the university and the city for not outfitting the bridge in a way that prevented attempts at suicide. The lawsuit raised questions about the nature of colleges’ …


Paterno Estate Can Challenge NCAA Sanctions Against Penn State, Judge Rules

A Pennsylvania judge has ruled that a lawsuit in which the family of the former football coach Joe Paterno challenged the NCAA’s sanctions against Pennsylvania State University can go forward, but the judge pared back the scope of the suit and said three active members of the university’s Board of Trustees, among other individuals, could not remain as plaintiffs in the case, according to reports by the Centre Daily Times and the Associated Press.

The ruling, by Senior Judge John B. Leete of the …


Pitt Professors Are Wary of Signing Away Intellectual-Property Rights

Faculty members at the University of Pittsburgh are skeptical of a directive to “irrevocably assign and transfer to the university” their rights, title, and interest to all intellectual property produced during their employment, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Administrators say the rule, which also applies to nonclerical staff members, is necessary to keep the university eligible for federal research dollars because of the 2011 Supreme Court decision in Stanford v. Roche. That ruling, acco…


Historically Black University Sues Atlanta Over Disputed Land

Clark Atlanta University has sued the city of Atlanta, claiming to have property rights over a piece of land the city recently acquired from the bankrupt Morris Brown College. According to Clark Atlanta, the two colleges had a decades-old agreement that the land in dispute would be transferred to Clark Atlanta if it was no longer being used for educational purposes.

A federal bankruptcy-court judge approved the land sale in June, and it was finalized at the end of August. The same judge said Clark Atlanta could pursue litigation at the state level.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Clark Atlanta University has filed a lawsuit against the city of Atlanta claiming the school has long-standing property rights over a portion of land the city recently bought from Morris Brown College. The suit, filed Sept.

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