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U. of Louisville Is Said to Have Plied Basketball Recruits With Wine and WomenOpen in a New Window

A top athletics official at the University of Louisville paid strippers and prostitutes to provide sexual services to prime recruits for the men’s basketball team in hopes of persuading them to enroll, according to a forthcoming book described on Friday in the Indianapolis Business Journal.

The book, Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen, is by Katina Powell, a stripper and escort in Louisville who describes her experiences, citing hundreds of journal entries and thousands of ...


Tracking the 2015 Nobel Prize WinnersOpen in a New Window

The 2015 Nobel Prizes are being announced this week. Keep track of the winners here as they are revealed.

Physiology or Medicine: Half of this prize was awarded to Youyou Tu, a scientist affiliated with the China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences. The other half was awarded jointly to William C. Campbell, a biochemist and research fellow emeritus at Drew University, in New Jersey, and Satoshi Omura, a professor emeritus at Kitasato University, in Japan. The three were honored for their discove...


Laureate Education Will File for Initial Public Offering and Adopt New ModelOpen in a New Window

Laureate Education Inc., one of the largest for-profit education companies in the world, announced on Friday it would file for an initial public offering. The company also announced it had converted itself into a public-benefit corporation, a model that commits a company to providing public service as well as earning profits.

In a statement on Friday, Laureate said it would be the largest company to become a public-benefit corporation. “For a long time, we didn’t have an easy way to explain the ...


Here Are the Best Videos of Arne Duncan Playing BasketballOpen in a New Window

Arne Duncan, who announced on Friday he was stepping down as education secretary, has been one of the leading voices on higher-education policy for nearly a decade. But much of America most likely knows him not for his views on student-loan servicing but for being the biggest basketball devotee in the U.S. cabinet.

Well, maybe the second-biggest.

Mr. Duncan and President Obama have played pickup basketball together since the 1990s, keeping up the habit throughout Mr. Obama’s presidency. And whil...


Education Secretary Arne Duncan Will Step Down in DecemberOpen in a New Window

[Last updated (10/2/2015, 2:42 p.m.) with statements about Mr. Duncan's departure.]

Arne Duncan will step down as U.S. secretary of education in December, an Education Department official confirmed on Friday. The news was first reported by the Associated Press.

Mr. Duncan has been a mainstay of President Obama’s cabinet, serving as the White House’s top education official since Mr. Obama took office, in 2009.

In a letter to department staff members, obtained by The Chronicle, Mr. Duncan said he ...


Campus Bookstore’s Management Apologizes for Selling ‘Inflate a Date’ DollsOpen in a New Window

The organization that manages the bookstore at West Chester University of Pennsylvania has apologized for the sale of male and female "inflate a date" dolls, The Delaware County Daily Times reports. "It was insensitive and contrary to the mission and values of the West Chester University and Student Services, Inc.," the organization's director, Donna Snyder, said in an email to students. Listed on the packaging of both the male and female "perfect specimens" were features like "non-talking," though only the female doll promised "no headaches," according to the newspaper. By the time staff removed the remaining female dolls, there were only four left. The male version had sold out.

WEST CHESTER >> An apology letter was issued Monday from the director of West Chester University's Sykes Student Services Inc. for the "inappropriate sale of a six-inch 'inflate-a-date' doll" at the campus bookstore. The inflatable female and male dolls, from Sensational Inflatables, say to "'inflate for an instant date."

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Controversial Official Steps Down From Native American Post at DartmouthOpen in a New Window

The recently hired director of Dartmouth College’s Native American program has stepped down amid criticism of what she claimed as her ethnic background and tribal affiliation, reports the Valley News, a Vermont newspaper.

A spokeswoman for the Ivy League college told the News that “the distraction” surrounding the appointment of Susan Taffe Reed “prevents her from effectively serving in this role.” Still, the spokeswoman said, the situation “does not prevent her from contributing to Dartmouth in...


10 Are Dead, 7 Wounded, in Shooting at Community College in OregonOpen in a New Window

[Updated (10/2/2015, 12:02 a.m.) with more details.]

Ten people died and seven more were wounded in a shooting spree on Thursday at Umpqua Community College, in Roseburg, Ore., law-enforcement officials said.

In a news conference on Thursday afternoon, Sheriff John Hanlin of Douglas County, Ore., said that three of the seven were critically injured, the Associated Press and other news outlets reported.

Federal authorities confirmed Thursday evening that the gunman, identified as 26-year-old Chri...


Group That Shaped Federal Student-Aid Policy Is DisbandedOpen in a New Window

Lost in the news of the demise of Perkins Loans on Thursday was another death: that of the Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance.

For nearly three decades, the committee had counseled Congress and the Education Department on student-aid issues. It played a major role in shaping federal student-aid policy, issuing reports that led to the creation and simplification of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and the development of two formulas to analyze the financial needs of lo...


Scientist Bars Countries That Let In Refugees From Using His SoftwareOpen in a New Window

A German scientist has prohibited access to a widely used research tool he owns in European countries that he says are welcoming too many refugees, the magazine Science reports. Gangolf Jobb has pulled access to his Treefinder software, which lets researchers map species’ evolutionary ties, from scientists in Austria, Belgium, Britain, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, and Sweden.

“Immigration to my country harms me, it harms my family, it harms my people,” Mr. Jobb wrote on his website...

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