Monday, October 31, 2011

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AAC&U's Institute on Gen Ed and Assessment

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Institute on General Education and Assessment
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AAC&U's Institute on General Education and Assessment provides campus teams of faculty and administrators with opportunities to refine and substantially advance campus projects on general education and its assessment. The Institute facilitates the building of a campus learning culture based upon clear goals, intentional curricula and cocurricula, powerful instruction, and assessments to improve learning. Participants will explore general education models; processes for redesigning general education courses, programs, and requirements; and successful implementation strategies. All accredited two-year and four-year institutions are encouraged to apply.

Drawing from what is learned over the course of the Institute, each team will develop an action plan for continuing the team’s work upon return to the campus. Action plans address strategies for next steps, relevant stakeholders to engage, and a timeline for achieving goals. Action plans are shared in small groups at the end of the Institute with two other campus teams and an Institute faculty member.

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Is it a reasonable exercise of free speech or academic freedom, if a prof shouts "Death to Israel" during a Q&A with an Israeli official?

That's the question raised by the behavior of a Kent State University faculty member last week:

http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2011/10/31/debate-over-professor-who-shouted-anti-israel-statement

Here's what KSU's prez had to say about the incident:

President Lefton's Response to Recent Guest Lecturer
Posted Oct. 27, 2011

This past Tuesday, a guest lecturer at our campus was treated in a way which I find reprehensible, and an embarrassment to our university.

Ishmael Khaldi, a former deputy counsel general at the Israeli consulate in San Francisco, spoke on our campus about his experiences as a Bedouin in Israel, and on other matters involving the Middle East.

During the question and answer period Kent State University professor Julio Pino posed a provocative question to Mr. Khaldi, which was his right. But then Professor Pino shouted “Death to Israel,” as he left the auditorium.

It may have been Professor Pino’s right to do so, but it is my obligation, as the president of this university, to say that I find his words deplorable, and his behavior deeply troubling.

We value critical thinking at this university, and encourage students to engage with ideas that they find difficult or make them uncomfortable. We hope that our faculty will always model how best to combine passion for one’s position with respect for those with whom we disagree. Calling for the destruction of the state from which our guest comes (as do some of our students, faculty and community members) is a grotesque failure to model these values.

Lester A. Lefton
President

http://www.kent.edu/news/newsdetail.cfm?newsitem=47489658-BC89-2829-C8D4B052A8588373

Federal Court in P.R. orders review of denial of accreditation to med school

United States District Court,
D. Puerto Rico.
ESCUELA DE MEDICINA SAN JUAN BAUTISTA, INC., Plaintiff,
v.
LIAISON COMMITTEE ON MEDICAL EDUCATION; Association of American Medical Colleges d/b/a Liaison Committee on Medical Education; American Medical Association d/b/a Liaison Committee on Medical Education, Defendants.

Civil No. 11–2014 (GAG).
Oct. 28, 2011.

Eyck O. Lugo–Rivera, Edge Legal Strategies, PSC, San Juan, PR, for Plaintiff.

ORDER
GUSTAVO A. GELPI, District Judge.

*1 Upon review and consideration of the parties' memoranda regarding the issuance of a preliminary injunction (Docket Nos. 2, 32, & 44) the court rules as follows:

Due to the time sensitive nature of the proceedings, the court will focus on the federal common law right of due process claim alleged by the San Juan Bautista School of Medicine (“SJB”). The claims of negligence, breach of contract and tortious interference are not being considered at this time. Those claims are being set aside until the resolution of further administrative proceedings.

I. Accreditation and Appeals Panel Background
SJB claims the process employed by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (“LCME”) to withdraw its accreditation violated the Higher Education Act (“HEA”). Pursuant to the power given to the Department of Education (“DOE”) in 34 C.F.R. § 602. 1, the DOE recognizes LCME as the only accrediting body of medical institutions within the U.S. and its territories. ( See Docket No. 33–3 at ¶ 3.) LCME publishes accreditation standards that medical schools must satisfy in order to obtain and sustain accreditation. ( See Docket No. 33–4.) After voting to withdraw its accreditation of a school, LCME provides the school with a written report documenting the reasons and the basis for the decision. ( See Docket No. 33–7 .) That notice also advises the school of its right to appeal to a three member panel. ( See Docket No. 33–6.) Two members of the appeals panel shall be educators or practitioners and the third member shall be a representative of the public. ( See Docket No. 33–6.) An appeals process is mandated by 20 U.S.C. § 1099b, which states an accrediting association, “shall establish and apply review procedures throughout the accrediting process, including evaluation and withdrawal proceedings, which comply with due process procedures ...” 20 U.S.C. § 1099b(a)(6). Specifically, the appeals panel, “shall not include current members of the agency's or association's underlying decisionmaking body that made the adverse decision.” 20 U.S.C. § 1099b(a)(6)(C)(i). This statutory provision is provided for in the Code of Federal Regulations which states the appeal panel, “May not include current members of the agency's decision-making body that took the initial adverse action.” 34 C.F.R § 602.25(f)(1)(i).

After seeking accreditation on multiple occasions, SJB received conditional accreditation on June 15, 2007. ( See Docket No. 33–8.) In response to a March, 2011bankruptcy filing by San Juan Bautista Medical Center (“Medical Center”), LCME decided to arrange a site visit to investigate the clinical experiences of SJB students.FN1 LCME held a meeting on June 7–9, 2011, at which it reviewed the site visit report for SJB, and unanimously voted to withdraw SJB's accreditation. ( See Docket No. 33–3 at ¶ 25.) SJB notified LCME of it intention to appeal that decision in a letter dated September 2, 2011. (Docket No. 33–17). The appeal was heard September 12, 2011 in front of a panel consisting of Dr. Robert Tally, Dr. Donna Waechter, and Linda Golodner (“Golodner”). ( See Docket No. 33–18.) Drs. Tally and Waechter are medical school educators, while Golodner was the public representative on the panel. ( See id.; Docket No. 33–3 at ¶ 28.)

During the LCME meeting of February 1–3, 2011, before SJB's appeal was heard, Golodner received a unanimous vote to be appointed a member of the LCME. ( See Docket No. 33–2 at ¶ 6.) Her term began on July 1, 2011, but she was invited to observe the June 7–9, 2011 meeting as part of her orientation. Id. Dr. Dan Hunt (“Hunt”) contacted Golodner prior to the June 7–9, 2011 meeting to inform her that she must leave the meeting during the discussion of SJB's accreditation status. ( See Docket No. 33–2 at ¶ 9.) Golodner left the meeting during that discussion. ( See Docket No. 32–2 at ¶ 10.) Following the decision by LCME to withdraw SJB's accreditation, Hunt asked Golodner to serve on the appeals panel if SJB appealed the decision. ( See Docket No. 33–2 at ¶ 11.) Golodner did not discuss SJB's accreditation with the other LCME and she did not receive any information about the school during the June 7–9, 2011 meeting. ( See Docket No. 33–2 at ¶ 10.)

II. Analysis
The question before the court is whether Golodner's presence on the appeals panel constitutes a violation of the HEA, and therefore deprived SJB of its federal common law due process rights. For the reasons stated below, the court finds Golodner's presence on the appeals panel did constitute a violation of the HEA and that this violation deprived SJB of its federal common law due process rights.

The HEA, 20 U.S.C. § 1099b(a)(6), requires all review procedures to comply with due process. ( See 20 U.S.C. § 1099b(a)(6).) The statute includes seven sections, with various subsections, that detail requirements for review procedures. Id. at § 1099b(a)(6)(A)-(G). In 2008, Congress amended the HEA to include § 1099b(a)(6)(C). See Higher Education Opportunity Act, Pub.L. No. 110–315, 122 Stat. 3326. Similarly, the Code of Federal Regulations disqualifies current members of the agency's decisionmaking process from serving on an appeals panel. The meaning of these sections are plain and unambiguous. A current member of LCME may not serve on the appeals panel for SJB because LCME was the association that voted to withdraw SJB's accreditation.

LCME argues this language means that only a member who actively participated in the underlying decision to withdraw accreditation from SJB should be disqualified from membership on the appeals panel. ( See Docket No. 33 at 36.) LCME urges the court to examine the legislative history of the statute in order to construct this meaning. Id. However, the court declines to analyze the legislative history because by its plain language, the statute prohibits current LCME members from participation on SJB's appeals panel. Only when a statute is ambiguous should the court look to congressional intent in order to interpret a statute. See Recovery Group, Inc. v. C.I.R., 652 F.3d 122, 125 (1st Cir.2011) (stating court must apply plain and unambiguous meaning of statute unless it would lead to absurd results). The court's interpretation leads to rational results. The essence of due process is the opportunity to have a fair and impartial hearing. An appeals board that consists of members of the underlying association, whether they participated in the initial decision or not, does not demonstrate impartiality. While there is no evidence of improper conduct in this case, one can draw the inference that the decision to uphold LCME's decision was due to the LCME membership of one of the appeals panel members. This member could have tainted the decision process of the panel.

The court distinguishes the case at bar from two cases relied upon by Defendants. First, Hiwassee Coll., Inc. v. S. Ass'n of Colls. & Schs., Inc., 490 F.Supp.2d 1348 (N.D.Ga.2007) was decided prior to the enactment of the 2008 amendments to § 1099b, and is therefore of little value. Second, in Thomas M. Cooley Law School v. Am. Bar Ass'n, 459 F.3d 705 (6th Cir.2006), the court held the HEA does not provide for a private cause of action. See id. at 710. However, that court did allow claims alleging violations of federal common law due process. See id. at 711–12. LCME's reliance on this case to hold that violations of the HEA cannot lead to a cause of action for violations of common law due process is misplaced.

The court finds the better interpretation of the statutory provisions leads the court to hold that SJB properly brought claims alleging violations of its federal common law due process rights. SJB demonstrates this violation by showing a member of the appeals panel was a current member of LCME. Golodner's service on the appeals panel, while a current member of LCME, violated the HEA.

Therefore, the court vacates the appeals panel decision affirming the withdrawal of SJB's accreditation. The court further orders LCME to appoint a new appeals panel to review SJB's appeal ab initio. This appeals panel shall not include any members of the previous panel, consisting of Drs. Tally and Waechter and Golodner.

The new appeals panel shall decide the appeal on or before November 21, 2011. This court retains jurisdiction to address all issues already raised in this case by plaintiff, once the new panel issues its ruling.

The court advises the parties that by ordering de novo appellate review of SJB's withdrawal of accreditation, it is not ordering the accreditation of the medical school. The status quo—SJB remains without accreditation—is presently in effect.

SO ORDERED.

D.Puerto Rico,2011.
Escuela de Medicina San Juan Bautista, Inc. v. Liaison Committee on Medical Educ.
--- F.Supp.2d ----, 2011 WL 5114827 (D.Puerto Rico)

Arkansas seeks a Higher Ed Director

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Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board names three-member panel to seek new director

Submit your C.V. to FacultyRow@gmail.com. We will be forwarding these to The Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board, on a first come first serve basis.


BATESVILLE, Ark. — The Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board will use a three-member panel to conduct a search for a new Higher Education Department director.

The board on Friday agreed that Kaneaster Hodges of Newport, Florine Milligan of Forrest Cityand Olin Cook of Russellville will run the search.

Gov. Mike Beebe named former state Sen. Shane Broadway as permanent director, but he withdrew, saying his wife is ill.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (http://bit.ly/w5aprs ) reports that Hodges says the search will be difficult because the position pays $60,000 less than comparable positions. Hodges also says Arkansashas unique governance in its university systems.

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Thomas Hobbes would have loved this: The war of all against all to recruit students

http://chronicle.com/article/The-Cross-Country-Recruitment/129577/?sid=at&utm_source=at&utm_medium=en


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Program Integrity Regs: A Webnar from TODAY'S CAMPUS

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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Claim that cops didn't take domestic-violence calls seriously is bounced by federal judge in Chicago

United States District Court,
N.D. Illinois,
Eastern Division.
Jason COOPER, administrator of the Estate of Teresa Iacovetti, deceased, Petitioner,
v.
CITY OF CHICAGO HEIGHTS, et al., Respondents.

No. 09 C 3452.
Oct. 27, 2011.

MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER
VIRGINIA M. KENDALL, District Judge.
Teresa Iacovetti's ex-boyfriend Allen Perkins murdered her after she repeatedly complained about Perkins' harassment to the City of Chicago Heights' police department (“CHPD”) and Perkins' parole officer, Agent Eric Bradley (together “the Defendants”). Jason Cooper, as administrator of Iacovetti's estate, sued the City and Bradley (in his individual capacity), asserting that Defendants violated the Equal Protection Clause because they failed to protect Iacovetti because she was a woman. Specifically, Cooper asserts that the Defendants took complaints from domestic violence victims like Iacovetti, who are overwhelmingly female, less seriously than other crimes, and as a result, Perkins stayed out of jail and was able to murder Iacovetti. The Defendants now move for summary judgment. Because Cooper has not demonstrated the CHPD has a policy or practice of treating complaints from women or domestic violence victims with less seriousness than complaints from men, and has not shown any evidence that Bradley intended to discriminate against Iacovetti because of her gender, the Court grants summary judgment to the Defendants.


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But there is a lot of evidence from around the nation and the world that the plaintiff may have had a point:

http://www.helium.com/items/1914372-domestic-violence-charges

http://www.newsday.co.zw/article/2011-05-20-domestic-violence-act-not-taken-seriously

http://www.calgarysun.com/news/alberta/2010/03/18/13280396.html

http://www.change.org/petitions/tell-nashville-police-take-zero-tolerance-stance-towards-domestic-violence

http://www.abc.net.au/unleashed/2732542.html

Update on the Middle East: the good, the bad, and the ugly


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Iran's parliament wants to grill the prez about the recent banking scandals:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/30/ahmadinejad-questioning-fraud_n_1066015.html?icid=maing-grid7%7Cmain5%7Cdl1%7Csec1_lnk1%7C108641


Gaddafi's son turns himself in to international authorities:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/26/libya-saif-al-islam-surrender_n_1032796.html

Mubarak's trial is pushed back to December:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/30/hosni-mubarak-trial-date_n_1066127.html

Israel said to lead the world in medical marijuana use. (Maybe it would help the so-called "peace process" if both sides starting doing doobies.)

http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2011/oct/30/ml-israel-montel-williams/

Gaddafi's driver must be looking for a book contract:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/oct/26/gaddafi-driver-interview

From bad to worse in Syria, as the army hunts protestors house-to-house:

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2011/10/28/world/middleeast/AP-ML-Syria.html?_r=1

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Glenn Voelz

Glenn Voelz served in a variety of military and intelligence community assignments, including positions on the Joint Chiefs of Staff , in the Pentagon’s National Military Command Center, and White House Situation Room. During his career, he commanded an Army counterintelligence and human intelligence company, served as Assistant Professor of History at West Point and as the senior intelligence advisor to the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Defense, among other military and intelligence community assignments. He is the author of several recent journal articles and books, including Managing the Private Spies: Th e Use of Commercial Augmentation for Intelligence Operations, and Contractors in the Government Workplace: Managing the Blended Workforce.

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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Walking off campus: The most stupid idea the Occupy Wall Streeters could possibly have

http://chronicle.com/blogs/innovations/walking-out-on-education/30672?sid=pm&utm_source=pm&utm_medium=en

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Journal of Global Homeland Security seeks submissions

CALL FOR MANUSCRIPTS
FOR THE INAUGURAL ISSUE ON:

HIGHER EDUCATION AND HOMELAND SECURITY:
SINCE 9/11 AND FOR THE NEXT DECADE.

This call for manuscripts is for the inaugural issue of the electronic journal, The Journal of the Global Homeland Security Education Network (JGHSEN). Manuscripts will be considered for publication that examine the developments in the academic provision of Homeland Security (HS) education. It is anticipated that content for this inaugural issue of the JGHSEN will come from a broad array of subject areas; manuscripts will be submitted from many academic disciplines, from around the world. This special issue will represent innovative multi- and inter-disciplinary scholarship. HS practitioners and policymakers require the knowledge and abilities to confront HS threats that are characteristically transnational and multinational in nature, and require a corresponding effort to successfully confront them. Considering the contributions extending along the continuum of academia up through the doctoral level, a nation’s universities constitute a formidable resource in both basic and applied research areas for Homeland Security.

For detailed information on the Journal and submitting manuscripts,
see the website of the GHSEN: http://www.northumbria.ac.uk/sd/academic/sass/about/socscience/solscres/interdiscnetworks/ghsen/journ_ghsen1/?view=Standard

Or please email the journal editors: 

craig.mclean@northumbria.ac.uk or wallace@ucmo.edu

There is a size restriction of 3,500 to 5,000 words for the published manuscripts.

Submission deadline has been extended to November 30, 2011.

Germany's renewable energy initiatives sound impressive

The Week in Germany
Dear TWIG Readers,

Unless you do not manage to strike it rich, a gold rush can only be a good thing.
And at the moment, "Germany's Having a Renewable Energy Goldrush," as one headline at sustainablebusiness.com recently proclaimed.
"The country's latest version of its feed-in law - the hugely successful tool it's used to become a world leader in solar - now extends to onshore and offshore wind, geothermal, and biomass - to help it quickly diversify into the full range of renewable resources," the story beneath that glowing headline underscored.
An incentive to invest in renewables
Germany's famous feed-in tariffs for such renewable energy sources are regulated via the Erneuerbare-Energien-Gesetz (EEG), or Renewable Energy Sources Act, first put forward on April 1, 2000, as a successor to the Stromspeisungsgesetz (StrEG), or "Law on Feeding Electricty Into the Grid," of 1990. The German feed-in tariff, or FIT, is not a tax-based subsidy, but a ratepayer based model.
The basic philosophy behind these feed-in tariffs is simple: homeowners, business owners, farmers, or private investors switch to renewable sources of power, for instance by installing solar panels on their rooftops. The electricity that they generate has priority on the grid and is bought by the utilities at a higher fixed price for 20 years. This guaranteed assistance pays off their initial investment and provides long-term stability for investment decisions.
Range of technologies
The upshot: a range of technologies (wind, solar, biogas, etc.) can be developed, as investors now have an incentive to support them.
So a feed-in tariff (FIT) is a policy mechanism designed to accelerate investment in renewables, which it achieves by offering long-term contracts to renewable energy producers. Feed-in tariffs also often include "tariff digression," a mechanism according to which the price (or tariff) ratchets down over time.
(In the United States, the first feed-in tariff was introduced in 1978 by President Jimmy Carter when he signed the National Energy Act.)
The primary premise is that government-backed financial incentives help get cleaner electricity produced by renewables into the system, but are eventually decreased as less costly production methods and delivery mechanisms are put into place and these once fledgling industries are out of the starting blocks.
Solar down, as competitiveness goes up
This is the logic behind why the German 2012 PV Feed-In Tariff has been reduced by 15 percent. "Depending on the type of installations, the 2012 PV feed-in tariffs for newly installed systems will therefore range from 17.94 ct/kWh to 24.43 ct/kWh," is how the two lawyers behind germanenergyblog.de explain it.
Given that the German Government made a landmark - and internationally unprecedented - commitment earlier this year to completely phase out nuclear power by 2022, there is no time like the present to continue full steam ahead with the EEG and its feed-in tariffs, even as the solar power tariff was just reduced in a bid to gradually decouple that hugely successful sector in Germany from the feed-in system.
Job growth engine
At present, 20 percent of Germany's electricity comes from renewable energy, up from 6 percent in 2000. And this figure is due to increase to 35 percent by 2020 as Germany continues to "retool" its infrastructure towards an ever cleaner energy future - and create thousands of jobs and bolster multiple cross-cutting new industries in the process. Among the companies involved are wind turbine manufacturers and their supply chain, solar PV manufacturers and biomass plants that use farm waste.
"Renewable energy has become extremely valuable for our state," Erwin Selling, premier of the windswept northeastern German state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania said in a recent interview with Reuters. "It's just a great opportunity - producing renewable energy and creating manufacturing jobs."
According to Selling, the rush to tap offshore wind and farm waste feels like an old-style gold rush. Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, for instance, aims to cover 100 percent of its electricity needs from renewables by 2015-2017, and then export the excess to other German states.
There are now more than 370,000 people working in the renewable energy sector, according to the Federal Environment Ministry.
"About two thirds of these jobs can be attributed to the impact of the EEG," it recently stated on its Web site.
Reduced dependency on fossil fuel imports
And, also according to the Federal Environment Ministry: "Last year, investment in the renewable energies sector in Germany rose to a record high of almost 27 billion euros. The EEG accounted for around 90 percent of this.
"Furthermore, renewable energies reduce Germany's dependency on energy imports and associated economic risks. In 2010, the power generated from renewable energy sources alone made it possible to save approximately 2.5 billion euros on fossil fuel imports; around 80 percent of this is due to the EEG.
"These savings are accompanied by an enormous contribution to climate protection. Overall, renewable energies reduced greenhouse gas emissions by around 118 million tons last year."
Transatlantic Climate Bridge (TCB)
The German Government promotes the exchange of best practices on boosting energy efficiency and renewable technologies at local, regional and national level among German and North American policymakers, business leaders, and researchers via the Transatlantic Climate Bridge (TCB) initiative.
Working together with the United States and Canada, which is also part of the TCB, Germany and technologies "Made in Germany" can help combat climate change. Together countries all over the world can make a difference in finding solutions to the problems it poses today.
And such great challenges often breed great opportunities - many new jobs can be created in the process, as Germany's EEG law and its widely praised feed-in tariffs clearly illustrates.
Karen Carstens
Editor, The Week in Germany

The Generation Gasp: Column #4 (October 29, 2011)

http://www.tnonline.com/2011/oct/29/music-my-ears

Friday, October 28, 2011

Lucky us: Charlie Sheen returns to TV

http://www.aoltv.com/2011/10/27/fx-acquires-charlie-sheens-anger-management/

It seems that the media must always have some celebrity --- or maybe a small handful --- whom they work relentlessly. Once upon my lifetime it was Liz Taylor. A little later, it became Princess Diana. You couldn't stand in line at the supermarket, without seeing the celeb-of-the-moment's mug on a dozen magazines and tabloids. Brittany Spears was in that spotlight, and more recently Angelina Jolie.

With male celebrities, it's more likely the nut-of-the-month club, e.g., Mad Max, aka Mel Gibson.

And, of course, Charlie.

Speaking simply for myself, I'd gladly contribute a few bucks to a retirement fund, if Sheen would agree to vanish into a gated community someplace, never to be seen again.

But, then, I guess the info-tainment media would just shove somebody else's ubiquitous mug in my face.

Graduating from sex harassment to murder? Prof apparently killed student following her filing of complaint


Image: Simon Howden / FreeDigitalPhotos.net



http://chronicle.com/article/Former-U-of-Idaho-Professor/129560/?sid=at&utm_source=at&utm_medium=en

Key documents from the June 2011 sex harassment case:

http://chronicle.com/items/biz/pdf/2011-0706-1030am.pdf

http://chronicle.com/items/biz/pdf/2011-0714%20email_441pm[1].pdf

In AUgust he shot the student nearly a dozen times, then committed suicide:

http://www.seattlepi.com/news/article/Police-Ex-UI-prof-shot-student-killed-self-2136927.php

Yesterday the University of Idaho released the relevant records in the case. Here's the press release announcing the release; it also gives a timeline of events:

http://www.uidaho.edu/newsevents/item?name=release-of-public-records-immediate-actions-to-make-a-safe-campus-safer-we-must-be-aware-and-vigilant

And here is a video of the university president's comments in conjunction with Wednesday's records release:

http://www.uidaho.edu/president/news/videos/Statement%20on%20Public%20Records%20Release%20in%20Benoit%20Homicide

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board forces system to trim its horns

http://chronicle.com/article/Texas-Board-Requires-the/129562/?sid=at&utm_source=at&utm_medium=en


Image: Jenna Mackenzie / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

US News & World Report sticks out its chin...

... and medical school deans happily punch it.

http://chronicle.com/article/US-News-Seeks-Medical/129561/?sid=at&utm_source=at&utm_medium=en


Image: Ambro / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Will the real regulators please stand up?

Friend --

Yesterday, a Bloomberg News analysis found that the Obama administration has passed fewer regulations than George W. Bush had at this point in his presidency -- and on top of that, they've come at far lower costs to the economy than the annual high mark for regulatory costs set by the first President Bush, or regulatory costs in President Reagan's last year for that matter.

It's funny, because a favorite theme from Republicans these days is that the President is passing an exorbitant number of regulations at crippling costs. John Boehner has said it's "misguided" for the President to be "imposing so many new rules with such enormous costs." Rep. Eric Cantor has said President Obama should "reevaluate his position on regulations."

This news kind of makes all those claims about "job-crushing government regulations" seem like what they are: political talking points with no basis in the truth.

Let's take a quick look at what this administration has actually done regulation-wise:

-- President Obama has taken huge steps to reduce regulatory burdens and costs, and to make regulations more transparent. He signed a landmark executive order requiring agencies to develop tools to cut ineffective, burdensome regulations; issued a memorandum directing agencies to provide taxpayers with easy, comprehensive access to regulatory information; and has, for the first time ever, required those agencies to actually engage with the folks who would be affected by a potential regulation before they propose it.

-- This administration has made it a priority to do away with the burdens of unnecessary regulations. So far during this administration's tenure, tens of millions of hours of regulation-related paperwork have been eliminated, saving businesses hundreds of millions in related costs. And the President initiated a plan to roll back hundreds of burdensome, unnecessary regulations - all told, this overhaul will save businesses more than $10 billion in the next five years. An example of one of the regulations getting cut? An EPA regulation defining milk as an "oil." This change is going to save the dairy industry $1.4 billion in the next decade.

-- The regulations that the President has put in place have filled gaps, closed loopholes, and protected taxpayers. Wall Street reform closed the regulatory gaps that allowed banks to grow "too big to fail" in the first place. And it puts consumer protections in place to make sure financial institutions can't continue the deceptive and abusive practices of the past -- shifting interest rates, unfair late fees, and other hidden charges.

Here's what it comes down to: This administration is in favor of smart regulations that protect middle-class families and consumers, and against burdensome ones that don't do anything but waste time and taxpayers' money.

And this campaign is committed to spreading the truth -- not baseless attacks. So help us do just that: Get the word out about how wrong Republicans are on the President's regulatory record.

Thanks,

Jen

Jen O'Malley Dillon
Deputy Campaign Manager
Obama for America


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/26/obama-passed-fewer-regulations-than-bush_n_1033086.html

Adam Smith favored taxing the rich more heavily than the poor and middle class


SOURCE


In fact, The Wealth of Nations includes the following statement on the payment of taxes:
"The subjects of every state ought to contribute towards the support of the government, as nearly as possible, in proportion to their respective abilities; that is, in proportion to the revenue which they respectively enjoy under the protection of the state."

Moreover, in this passage Smith goes on to specify progressive, not flat, taxation:
"The rich should contribute to the public expense, not only in proportion to their revenue, but something more than in that proportion"

Smith even specifically named taxes that he thought should be required by the state among them luxury goods taxes and tax on rent. He believed that tax laws should be as transparent as possible and that each individual should pay a "certain amount, and not arbitrary," in addition to paying this tax at the time "most likely to be convenient for the contributor to pay it".

Smith goes on to state that:
"Every tax, however, is, to the person who pays it, a badge, not of slavery, but of liberty."

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adam_Smith

More on Student Loans

http://chronicle.com/article/Loan-Plan-Scores-Political/129551/?sid=at&utm_source=at&utm_medium=en

http://chronicle.com/blogs/next/2011/10/26/how-much-student-loan-debt-is-too-much/?sid=at&utm_source=at&utm_medium=en

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204294504576614942937855646.html?mod=wsj_share_tweet

An article on e-discovery from "Corporate Counsel"

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Thieves! A global perspective


Image: chanpipat / FreeDigitalPhotos.net


Iran:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle-east/top-iranian-banker-flees-amid-embezzlement-scandal/2011/09/28/gIQAhhK14K_story.html

http://www.wemu.org/post/irans-largest-banks-swindled-out-26-billion

Africa:

http://www.vancouversun.com/story_print.html?id=5611372&sponsor=

United States:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/26/us/politics/top-earners-doubled-share-of-nations-income-cbo-says.html

Human greed knows no geographic or political boundaries, no limits except owning it all. That, my friends, is the curse of our species.

Poor man wanna be rich,
rich man wanna be king,
And a king ain't satisfied,
till he rules everything.

--- Bruce Springsteen (no pauper himself), "Badlands"

Oh, those naughty NFL Players

http://aol.sportingnews.com/nfl/story/2011-10-27/gronkowski-never-intended-to-hurt-pats-reputation?icid=maing-grid7%7Cmain5%7Cdl1%7Csec1_lnk1%7C107813

From my February 2011 "Termination of Employment" Bulletin:


New York Jets Sued for Sexual Harassment of Message Therapists
According to the website www.nj.com, “Christina Scavo and Shannon O’Toole filed suit in Manhattan court against the Jets, a team massage coordinator and former Jets QB Brett Favre, alleging complaints about sexually suggestive messages from Favre in 2008 cost them their part-time jobs with the team.”
[http://www.nj.com/jets/index.ssf/2011/01/jets_say_suit_by_massage_thera.html]
The Jets organization replied with a statement that calls the women’s allegations “completely without merit,” adding, “Unfortunately, the plaintiffs never reported the allegations to the Jets, either during or after the conclusion of their work.”
The suit, filed on January 3rd in the New York Supreme (trial) Court, comes hot on the heals of a another sexually charged incident involving the NFL team’s famous quarterback. Reported Reuters on January 4th, “The NFL last week fined Favre $50,000 for what it said was a failure to cooperate with a league investigation of a separate alleged incident involving another female Jets employee. Favre was accused of sending that woman, Jenn Sterger, lewd photos and suggestive text messages while both were with the Jets in 2008.”
[http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE7032Y220110104]
Facts. The factual allegations in the complaint are as follows:
11. For many years, Christina Scavo worked as a massage therapist for the Jets at its Long Island training camp for various individual players and performed outcalls/outsourced treatments at other locations including players' homes….
12. For many years, Shannon O'Toole worked as a massage therapist for the Jets at its Long Island training camp for various individual players during training camp and at other locations including players' homes.…
13. Christina Scavo was introduced to defendant Ripi by Shannon O'Toole to act as a massage therapist for the Jets.
14. The defendant Lisa Ripi by her own admission was the go-to person if one wanted to be a massage therapist for the Jets and as she stated, “everything at the Jets went through me.”
15. Significantly, the massage therapists for the Jets are predominantly women and young women.
16. In or about the summer of 2008, Christina Scavo and other female massage therapists were performing work at the Jets training camp in New York on Jets players including defendant Favre.
17. Shortly after Christina Scavo and another massage therapist had performed massages at the Jets training camp, the defendant Favre sent a text message to plaintiff Scavo's fellow massage therapist, who had massaged Favre at camp earlier, stating, “Brett here you and crissy want to get together im all alone.” [sic].
18. Thereafter the defendant Favre sent another text message to the same massage therapist, stating, “Kinda lonely tonight I guess I have bad intentions.”
19. When plaintiff Christina Scavo brought these text messages concerning Favre's solicitation of her and of his “bad intentions” to the attention of her husband, Joseph Scavo, Mr. Scavo decided to contact the defendant Favre.
20. Mr. Scavo contacted the defendant Favre and requested that he stop soliciting his wife for “bad intentions” or to get together with her. Mr. Scavo further requested that Favre apologize for his inappropriate behavior of sexual harassing Christina Scavo and other massage therapists.
21. The defendant Favre responded in an inappropriate manner and refused to apologize or to take any other action.
22. Following Mr. Scavo's telephone call to the defendant Favre, shortly thereafter, the plaintiffs Christina Scavo and Shannon O'Toole were never again called to provide massage therapy for the Jets.
23. Once the media reported that the Jets locker room and training camp were apparently a hot bed of sexual harassment, sexism and inappropriate behavior, naming such persons as the Jets sideline reporter, Jenn Sterger, to whom the defendant Favre had apparently sent improper text messages and allegedly explicit photographs, and improper behavior involving the Mexican television reporter Ines Sainz, and a media report involving some unnamed massage therapists that the defendant Favre had likewise harassed, the defendant Ripi took it upon herself to send a text message to Christina Scavo on or about October 11, 2010, in which she stated “everything at the Jets went through me and you know that.”
24. The defendant Ripi further stated in that same text message, “why didn't u come to me,” and went on to state in colorful language, “Your husband is a complete asshole,” and “thanks to you ill be quesationed by the nfl investigators....” [sic].
25. Ms. Ripi, waxing eloquently, went on to state:
There are ways to handle things in a professional manner and ways to be compensated not in public...poorjudegemnt....I've been up there 13 yrs without anything that happened to me on tmz...cuz it was hanndled internally the way it shd be. And ur husbd shlve repsected the fact that the jets wldve ttakecare of it. All this nonsense is unecessary. He is what he is...and I won't take that back. He doesn't run ur business. you do and its a ereflection on you the way u allowed it to be handled. Holdong on to texts for two years is questionable as far as ur intention and not telling anyone about it. [sic].
26. Ms. Ripi's conduct clearly indicates that there had been prior similar incidents which the Jets had taken care of and concealed the matters so that they would not be revealed to the media or the public.
27. In telephone calls to plaintiff O'Toole, defendant Ripi threatened “Chrissy and you will never work for the Jets again” and threatened plaintiff O'Toole to “keep your mouth shut” and that other massage therapists should head this warning as well.
28. Ms. Ripi acknowledged Favre's improper behavior:
For sure feel horrible that u had to go thru that w a pervert...however I truly wish u wldve came forward at the time it happened...you sureley wldve gotten the treatment you were looking for in the moment. He was wrong on all counts...and we cldve helped u a lot more at that time.[sic].
29. Defendant Ripi made good on her threats to plaintiff O'Toole as in fact, soon after Mr. Scavo made this complaint to Favre not to solicit his wife or other massage therapists for sexual purposes, the plaintiffs never again were called to work for the Jets nor did anyone from the Jets contact them to investigate or determine what had occurred.
30. The plaintiffs here refrained from filing suit in the misguided hope that the NFL would take some meaningful action as against defendant Favre for his improper behavior with Ms. Scavo, Ms. Sterger and others.
31. Unfortunately, instead of taking any meaningful action, the NFL, after an alleged extensive investigation, which according to the media used former FBI agents and other extensive resources, provided no meaningful report, made no findings, waited until the regular football season was basically over and Favre was retiring from football and then reached the inexplicable and rather shocking conclusion that Favre did not violate any league policies regarding conduct in the workplace but rather merely failed to cooperate.
32. The NFL imposed what is a relatively meaningless fine of $50,000 after probably spending a hundred times that amount on its alleged investigation and public relations attempt to derail any inquiry which would determine what occurred and to institute procedures to prevent the type of behavior Favre was accused of in the future.
33. Since the NFL took no action, the plaintiffs had no choice but to commence their own legal action to be permitted to work in their chosen profession without being harassed, to recover the damages they had suffered and hopefully, maybe someday, to deter players in the NFL from acting inappropriately with other women who are required to come into contact with football players within the scope of their work and to encourage other women who are harassed by professional athletes in the workplace to come forward without fear of retribution.
The complaint goes on to add, perhaps somewhat tongue in cheek, “34. The conduct of the Jets and the NFL is tantamount to the scene in the movie Casablanca where the police captain, while pocketing his winnings at the roulette wheel stated, ‘I am shocked, shocked, to find gambling going on in this establishment!’” In support of this rather facetious allegation, plaintiffs’ attorneys point to the team’s “scantily clad sexually provocative cheerleaders” and employment of a former Sports Illustrated model as a team spokeswoman.
The plaintiffs seek compensatory and punitive damages. [Scavo and O’Toole v Favre, New York Jets LLC, and Ripi, 2011 WL 7362 (Supreme Court of New York, Trial Pleading, Jan. 3, 2011).]

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Obama eases pressure on student loans

Friend --

President Obama just took two serious steps to make life a lot easier for folks with student loans -- and there's a good chance you or someone you know will benefit from these changes very soon.

Here's how:

-- Effective this January, if you're someone who has different kinds of loans -- guaranteed and direct -- you'll be able to roll them both into one direct loan and bring down your interest rate. You'll only have to write one check a month, and you'll see a discount. This switch adds no cost to taxpayers across the board.

-- You might remember that, as part of last year's student loan reform, borrowers' loan payments could be no higher than 10 percent of their disposable income. This is a big deal -- but it wasn't going to help anyone enrolling before 2014. Today, the President announced that he's speeding up this program so it will affect students next year -- helping over 1 million students. This will have huge consequences for people struggling to make their student loan payments.

Sometimes, it can be hard to see how policy changes will actually affect your day-to-day life.

Not the case with this one. These changes will make a real difference in helping millions of Americans get by month to month.

We put together a video explaining how these changes will help Americans. Watch it to learn a little more about what today's steps would do, and then make sure everyone you know who should hear about it does.



President Obama isn't waiting on Congress to take action. He's doing everything in his power, right now, to help bolster our economy and get folks back on their feet.

On Monday, he laid out new rules on federal mortgages to help make sure more families don't lose their homes to foreclosure.

On Tuesday, the administration announced two new initiatives to help veterans find work.

Today, it means making changes that make student loans a lot easier to manage.

These are actions that can't wait on the next vote or the next election. So long as people are struggling, this President and this administration will do everything in their power to help them when and where they can. It's just that simple.

Now, let's make sure that the millions of people who stand to benefit from today's steps know about it.

Watch the video to learn more about today's student loan changes -- and then help get the word out:

http://my.barackobama.com/Student-Loan-Reforms

Thanks,

James

James Kvaal
Policy Director
Obama for America

10 Mom and Pop businesses that turned into empires

Hi Jim,

I recently discovered your blog, and I have become a frequent reader. We recently published an article “10 Mom-and-Pop Businesses That Turned Into Empires” that dovetails well with your audience. Perhaps you would be interested in sharing with them?

Here's the link: (http://www.businessinsurance.org/10-mom-and-pop-businesses-that-turned-into-empires/).

Thanks for the great content, and I hope the article I've linked primes your interest.


Regards,
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10 Best iPad Apps for Money Management

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I work with Bestonlinecolleges.com. We recently published an article that you may be interested in entitled, “10 Best iPad Apps for Managing Your Money".

I thought perhaps you'd be interested in sharing this article with your readers? After having followed your blog for a while, I feel that this one article would align well with your blog's subject matter. If interested, here's the link for your convenience: ( http://www.bestonlinecolleges.com/blog/2011/10-best-ipad-apps-for-managing-your-money/ ).

Either way, I hope you continue putting out great content through your blog. It has been a sincere pleasure to read. Thanks for your time!


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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

A revolution in the offing?

http://www.personalliberty.com/conservative-politics/government/when-revolutions-roll-out-of-control/?eiid=&rmid=2011_10_26_PLA_[P11401777]&rrid=387566735

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Eug%C3%A8ne_Delacroix_-_La_libert%C3%A9_guidant_le_peuple.jpg

Costs at public colleges rise faster than at privates...

... But I doubt that they'll ever catch up.

Access the College Board report here: http://trends.collegeboard.org/

Neither Groucho* nor I buy this scam

I greet you
You do not love a woman because she if beautiful, but she is beautiful because you love her. In our nowadays fast-moving world everyone is dreaming to find its half. And as the minutes tick away and time steals another hour another day, I hope you can see me and can even find me behind the steely walls of cruelty and coldness of our lives. Maybe you can even soar above all them and wrest me away on your soft wings and breathe some life into my soul http://bestlovemagic.com
If only it could be true to have a day with you, my soul - to just lie in your arms and enjoy your nearness. Instead, the empty voice of commitment arrives on a black horse to steal me away, and I can only dream about you as your image fades in the distance. Still you hear last word before I go... Soon!
You will always be a spark of warmth inside me that gives me hope every day.
All the best
Tatiyana

* Groucho: I wouldn't want to belong to any club that would have me as a member.

Me: I wouldn't want to sleep with any woman who'd go to be with me.

Still, this email got the old heart pumping away for a minute or two. (Respond to "Tatiyana" at your own risk. But check this website first: http://www.russian-scam.org/message.htm)

How important a trading partner is the EU?

HEAD OF DELEGATION
European Union Delegation to the United States

The $4.28 trillion partnership! between the EU and the United States represents the largest and most integrated economic relationship in the world. Transatlantic trade in goods alone is worth more than a billion dollars a day, and the transatlantic economy provides jobs for an estimated 15 million workers on both sides of the Atlantic.

Every day, our closely interconnected relationship in the areas of trade, foreign investment, and foreign affiliates creates and sustains jobs for Europeans and Americans alike. However, as the economic and financial crisis has demonstrated, we cannot afford to rest on our laurels. Instead, we must build on our relationship and our achievements to date to support the growth of the transatlantic economy and the employment it provides. This requires removing regulatory barriers, liberalizing new segments of the transatlantic marketplace, and investing in future-oriented fields like clean energy and emerging technologies.

I invite you to learn more about transatlantic efforts to create jobs in the current issue of EU Focus.

João Vale de Almeida

More: http://www.eurunion.org/eu/

A webnar on the prospects for law school grads in the national labor market

Webinar for Students and
Graduates Exploring Law School:
Career Options and Market Outlook for Attorneys
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Dear Dr. Castagnera:

You and your advisees are welcome to join us on Monday, November 7 for what promises to be a very informative look at the national legal-employment market. This webinar is offered free of charge and is open to all levels of students:

Webinar Topics
• fundamental skills involved with legal careers
• career paths of law school graduates
• hiring and compensation data and trends
• the importance of assessing the financial aspects of law school

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• Free of charge and open to prospective law school applicants and their advisors
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Click here to register (please click on the “registration” tab).

The keynote presenter for this free webinar is James G. Leipold, executive director of the National Association for Law Placement (NALP). Donna Gerson, a nationally recognized career consultant and the author of numerous books and articles on legal career issues, also will present. Following the presenters’ remarks webinar participants will be able to ask questions during a 15-minute Q & A session.

Thank you for communicating the availability of this free webinar to your advisees/students/graduates who are giving thought to law school or a legal career.

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DOE's transition to direct lending gets mixed reviews on the Hill

http://chronicle.com/article/Education-Depts-Transition/129530/?sid=pm&utm_source=pm&utm_medium=en

While Obama says he'll limit the loan repayment rate to 10% of a grad's salary.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/44/post/obama-administration-announces-plan-to-ease-student-loan-burdens/2011/10/25/gIQAGbKrGM_blog.html

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

There oughta' be a law: How can these people get away with this?

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Barbarians at Higher Education's Gates
Phony degree scams offer a sheepskin equivalent of the emporer's new clothes.
James Ottavio Castagnera
Mon, 11/01/2004

Want a college diploma without ever enduring the inconvenience and cost of attending a college? Plenty of providers are out there, ready to oblige.

For example, there's BackAlleyPress.com. Its spiel? "Our novelty diplomas are designed to look 100% authentic! We produce over 1,000 replica novelty degrees, diplomas, and transcripts from universities all around the world. Our designers have gone through painstaking efforts to try to make each of our documents look as exact as possible. Each document is customized and printed individually to your specifications, including degree, major, and school." Last year a reporter wrote of obtaining a Harvard diploma and transcript from BackAlley's Thailand office. Printing, the reporter said, was done by the Shun Luen Company of Shenzhen, China. A check of the internet as this was written found BackAlley still alive and kicking.

Lest some potential customers are too dumb or ignorant to track down a website on their own, the fraud merchants are reaching out on e-mail. This writer received the following exclamation-laden e-mail message in early summer:

Other e-mails arrived at about the same time, each bearing substantially the same message but with differing phone numbers. My associate called two of these numbers. Dialing the first, despite the promise of "24 hours" availability, resulted in a recorded message that the number was no longer in service. The second number led her into a voicemail box, requesting her name and number and promising a return call. The call came about a week later.

The caller identified himself as representing "Haywood University" in London. He offered my associate a "beautiful diploma" for $2,000, with a $500 discount if she "signed up right now." The diploma would be delivered within 10 days of receipt of payment.
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How could she qualify for this "beautiful diploma?" she inquired. The degree would be based upon her work experience. "You create the credentials." But what sort of degree would it be? What field of expertise should she claim? "Are you a reporter?" he asked at this point. The discussion was ended soon after that.

A search of the name "Haywood University" produced two "Sponsored Sites." Both "www.e-degrees.org" and "www.internetcolleges.org" were compilations of online higher-education organizations, organized by the states where their services are available. The first of these sites says, "If you are interested in attending an online college you have come to the right place. We have identified the best ones in each state." The list of "Featured Schools" didn't include a Haywood University. And, in fact, a Netscape search of "English Universities" also failed to turn up a Haywood University. A Google search came back with the query, "Did you mean 'hayward university'?"

In short, if a Haywood University exists outside of cyberspace and the telephone lines, we couldn't find it.

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Backalley.com and Haywood U. are only the most brazen of the barbarians massing at the gates of higher education's ivory towers. Unaccredited schools at all levels of legitimacy--or illegitimacy--comprise the less menacing bulk of this barbarian horde. They are rampaging not only on the internet, but in nations such as India, where regulation of higher education is weak or nonexistent.

In a world teeming with billions of "Spare Parts and Broken Hearts," to borrow a Bruce Springsteen tune title, the desperately unqualified will turn to these diploma mills for their sheepskin equivalents of the emperor's new clothes. When they do, they are not the only victims of such scams.

Cristovam Buarque, Brazil's minister of education, recently said, "In the face of [global] upheavals, the university still represents the intellectual heritage [that makes it] the most appropriate and prepared place to guide the future of humanity." Stirring words, but true only if the global network of legitimate colleges and universities protects and defends its integrity and reputation against the barbarians at our gates.

http://www.universitybusiness.com/article/barbarians-higher-educations-gates

"ACJS TODAY" is now available on line from the Academy of Criminal Justice Studies

ACJS Today Now Online

The latest issue of ACJS Today can now be viewed from the link found online at:

http://www.acjs.org/pubs/uploads/ACJSToday_Oct_2011.pdf

In this issue you will find:

1. The lead article entitled “Evolving Standards of Decency Involving Juvenile Offenders: A Review of Graham v. Florida" by Alesa Liles and Stacy Moak
2. Message from ACJS President, Melissa Hickman Barlow
3. Book Review by James Geistman of Vice: One Cop's Story of Patrolling America's Most Dangerous City by J.R. Baker and S.J. Rivele
5. Book Review by Natasha Sheldon of Juvenile Delinquency: A Sociological Approach by W.E. Thompson and J.E. Bynum

Positions at the Citadel in Homeland Security and Criminal Justice

Positions at The Citadel in Homeland Security and Criminal Justice
Martha Hurley - October 25, 2011 07:20

One position carries the rank of Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, with employment beginning in August, 2012. Candidates should possess a Ph.D. in criminal justice, criminology, or closely related discipline. Ph.D. is required, but ABD candidates may be considered under exceptional circumstances. The area of specialization for this position is Homeland Security/Terrorism (an interest in developing courses in computer crime or critical infrastructure would be a plus).

For the second position, we are seeking someone with a specialization in International/Comparative Criminal Justice.The position carries the rank of Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, with employment beginning in August, 2012. Online teaching experience would also be a benefit. Candidates should possess a Ph.D. in criminal justice and/or criminology. Ph.D. is required, but ABD candidates may be considered under exceptional circumstances. The teaching load in the department is twelve hours per semester (four courses per semester). The J.D. is not an appropriate degree for this position. Salary is negotiable and competitive.

The department offers a full range of courses in the undergraduate day program attended by approximately 2,000 members of the Corps of Cadets, an MA degree, and a Graduate Certificate in Homeland Security. The availability of grants from The Citadel Foundation to support faculty research and development is an attractive feature of academic life at the college.

Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled. Send vitae and supporting materials, to include the following: a letter of application addressing relevant educational and other background as well as teaching/academic interests (including research specializations, sample course syllabi and course evaluations, if available, etc.); transcripts; 3 letters of recommendation; and samples of research and writing; TO: Professor Martha Hurley, Chair, Criminal Justice Search Committee; Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice; The Citadel; 171 Moultrie Street; Charleston, S. C. 29409. Tel: 843-953-5072; FAX: 843-953-5066; e-mail: (Martha.Hurley@citadel.edu). Applications will only be accepted in a hard copy format. We cannot accept faxed or electronic applications.

The Citadel is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, dedicated to multi-cultural diversity in campus and leadership positions. The beginning salary range for this position is: COMPETITIVE. Representatives from the search committee will be attending ASC in Washington, DC and will be available in the employment exchange area Wednesday and Thursday.

A webnar on the ADA in higher ed

Introducing a New Webinar:
The ADA and Preparing for Change: New Rights and Responsibilities

Thursday, October 27, 2011 - 2-3:30pm (ET)

Higher education is responding to changes in trends, student needs and campus environments continually…including changes in compliance that often require a quick and accurate response. In 2010 the Department of Justice issued the first major changes to its 1991 regulations under the ADA, with compliance deadlines of March 2011 and March 2012.

* March 2011 - institutions will need to have made decisions about accessibility standards for facilities and policies in place addressing service animals, mobility devices, event ticketing, exams and classes.
* March 2012 - barrier removal must be completed and all new construction must be in compliance with the new 2010 Accessibility Standards.

Keeping up with the new rules, proposed rules and pending deadlines can be overwhelming, tedious, confusing and feel high-risk at times…especially if you don’t fully understand how to implement and apply the regulations.

The new provisions and interpretations of the ADA means that colleges and universities must change some of the policies, procedures and practices concerning their students, faculty members, staff members and visitors with disabilities. You will gain an understanding of the impact of DOJ’s 2010 rules on higher education, learn how to develop policies for particularly thorny issues, and gain practical tools for planning for compliance.

Join our expert presenter as she explores key issues for higher education, including those related to: service animals and mobility devices, effective communication, physical and program accessibility, and approaches to compliance.

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* Explore key issues such as: service animals and mobility devices, effective communication, physical and program accessibility, and approaches to compliance.

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A Criminal Justice Faculty Position at SUNY Canton

Position at SUNY Canton
Stanley Supinski - October 25, 2011 05:26

All - below was received by UAPI Partner Robert Edwards. Please note the specialty could be in CI, Leadership, or Homeland Security.

Criminal Justice – SUNY Canton seeks a tenure track faculty position in Criminal Justice to meet the needs of its growing curricula to teach courses in the Criminal Justice Associate’s program and the unique Criminal Investigation and Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement Leadership Bachelor’s programs beginning fall 2012. The department expects to launch a degree program in Homeland Security in 2012. Will also be responsible for advising students, developing online courses, assisting in program assessment, engaging in scholarly/research activities and participating in service to the college.

A master’s degree in Criminal Justice from an accredited institution or a closely related field or a master’s degree from an accredited institution with experience in the field of criminal justice, homeland security, and/or corrections is required. An earned doctorate in criminal justice from an accredited institution is preferred and will be required for tenure. Preferred candidates will have college level teaching experience, supervisory experience in law enforcement, homeland security, or corrections, and expertise to instruct one or more of the upper division courses in investigations, law enforcement leadership, and/or homeland security.

Send letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and contact information for four professional references by e-mail to hr@canton.edu or by US mail to: Criminal Justice Recruitment Committees, Human Resources Department, SUNY Canton, 34 Cornell Drive, Canton, NY 13617. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. SUNY Canton is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer with a commitment of diversity in our faculty, staff, and student body.

Is "Occupy Wall Street" the start of a global movement?

This writer says yes:

http://blog.cagle.com/2011/10/a-globalized-occupy-wall-street-will-be-around-for-a-while/

Obama moves to give homeowners, whose homes are "underwater," a chance to refinance

Friend --

Now that each and every Senate Republican has vowed to block measures that would create jobs, President Obama is not going to wait for them to rebuild the economy and bring financial security back to the middle class.

Today, he announced new rules on federal mortgages to prevent more families from losing their homes to foreclosure. And that's just the beginning -- the President said he would continue to make the changes he can by executive action, while continuing to urge Congress to act on legislation to strengthen the economy and create jobs.

If Congress doesn't act, he will -- because millions of Americans can't just wait for Congress to do their jobs. That's why thousands of you have been calling and tweeting your representatives over the past month, joining the President in sending a message to lawmakers in Washington that they need to act now.

We're not just going to continue to wait -- and we'll be keeping up the pressure by making sure they're hearing from folks across the country every day about why they need to act.

Will you share your story -- and join President Obama in telling Congress that we can't and won't wait?

Republicans in Congress have repeatedly filibustered the President's ideas to create jobs now -- ideas that until recently were supported by Republicans.

The President's action today also stands in stark contrast to the positions of the Republicans running for president. Mitt Romney even told a newspaper last week that we actually shouldn't act; we should let the housing crisis "run its course" and "hit the bottom" so that "investors" can come in and buy up these homes at cheap prices. He's saying to homeowners that they are on their own, forcing thousands of families to explain to their kids why they have to give up their homes.

Doing nothing while families struggle: that's the opposite of what this president and this campaign stand for. President Obama isn't going to let Congress' inaction stop him from doing what he can right now.

So here's what the President's announcement means:

-- More families whose homes are under water will get help and save money on their monthly mortgage payment through the Home Affordable Refinance Programs.

-- If the value of your mortgage is $100,000 and your house is valued at $75,000, you previously weren't able to refinance to save your home -- forcing many families to pay higher interest rates. As a result of today's announcement, many more responsible homeowners will be able to lower their rates and pay their debts.

-- And this is just one of the incremental changes to come. Next, the President will announce new steps to help young people manage their federal student loan debt while they look for a job and get on their feet. He'll also take action to help small businesses and entrepreneurs, spur the engines of job growth, create new jobs, and assist veterans in finding them.

These measures alone are not a comprehensive solution to the economic challenges we face. That needs to come out of Congress -- and if they're going to finally put party aside, they're going to need to keep hearing from us. President Obama is stepping up the pressure, and he's counting on us to keep going, too.

Get the President's back and keep the heat on Congress -- tell your story of why we can't wait any longer:

http://my.barackobama.com/We-Cant-Wait

Thanks,

James

James Kvaal
Policy Director
Obama for America