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And you’ll get paid, pal

SAN JOSE, California (USANN4)–Twenty-four talented college students are getting rewarded for leaving school.   Peter Thiel (pron. TEEL), a co-founder of PayPal, will pay each of the 24 winners of his Thiel Fellowship $100,000.   They get the money if they don’t attend college for two years, and instead develop business ideas.

The students, all age 20 or younger, currently attend prestigious schools such as Harvard, MIT, and Stanford.   They leave to work with a network of Silicon Valley mentors.   The fellows will further develop their ideas in areas such as biotechnology, education, and energy.

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NCAA penalizes teams with low academic scores

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana (USANN4)– Major college basketball and football teams have been  penalized for poor academic performance.   The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has sanctioned 103 teams for missing its academic benchmark.   One of the teams penalized was the University of Connecticut’s men’s basketball team, the reigning national champions.

Other penalized teams in basketball include Arkansas, Georgia Tech, and Louisiana State.   Elite football programs getting penalties for low academic progress are Louisville and Maryland.   The NCAA handed one-year post-season bans to eight teams at seven institutions.

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UF okays students appearing on ‘Jersey Shore’

GAINESVILLE, Florida (USANN4)–The University of Florida won’t be punishing students for participating in the filming of Jersey Shore.   TMZ reported earlier that the school sent an e-mail to students enrolled in its study abroad program in Italy.   The e-mail stated, quote, “any student who does agree to participate in the filming of the show, or who signs a waiver or legal agreement” with MTV would be dismissed from the program.

The school has since reversed its position.   A university spokeswoman acknowledged a school official sent the original e-mail to students.   However, she said students can be involved in outside activities as long as they meet the academic and living requirements of the study abroad program.

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Private gifts to colleges rebounding

NEW YORK (USANN4)– Gifts to colleges and universities are on the rebound as the U.S. economy slowly improves from the recession.   Bloomberg cites a leading education official, who says higher education gifts will likely increase 5-point-7 percent in the fiscal year ending June 30th.

At least six schools have received donations of $100 million or more this year.   Earlier this month, the University of Pennsylvania said it got $225 million for its medical school.   That is the largest single gift in the school’s history.

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University of Minnesota Law School may lose state funding

MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota (USANN4)–In a few years, the University of Minnesota’s law school expects to be on its own.   Minnesota Public Radio reports that school officials expect to lose all state funding in the near future.   The law school gets about 12 percent of its funding, around $5 million, from the state.

It plans to become financially self-sufficient within a few years.   That means all of the money in the University of Minnesota law school’s budget will come from tuition revenue and private donations.   Officials say they will need to increase tuition revenue and private fundraising to make up for the loss of state money.

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College settles hiring discrimination suit

TEMPE, Arizona (USANN4)–An Arizona community college district has settled a federal hiring-discrimination lawsuit.   The Maricopa County Community College District will pay nearly $68,000 in penalties and back pay, according to the Justice Department.   In the suit, the district had been accused of hiring discrimination against non-citizens.

It was also accused of preventing newly hired non-citizens from starting their jobs by requiring them to produce documents that it did not require U.S. citizens to produce and were not mandated by federal law.   The department says among those harmed was a permanent resident who had accepted an adjunct mathematics faculty appointment.

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House speaker criticized by Catholic academics

WASHINGTON, D.C. (USANN4)–Catholic academics are upset with House Speaker John Boehner.   The Ohio Republican is scheduled to give the commencement address Saturday at Catholic University of America.   According to the National Catholic Reporter, more than 75 Catholic academics have sent a letter to Boehner.

They say the speaker, who is Catholic, has strayed from one of the church’s core teachings, preferential treatment of the poor.   Boehner is also scheduled to receive an honorary degree from the school.

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