Around the industry: Was Uber's partnership with CMU secretly a poaching spree?

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  • Illinois: J. Dennis Hastert's name has been removed from Wheaton College's public policy center after he was indicted for lying to the FBI about cash withdrawals designed to cover up his history of sexually abusing students. The Christian college is Hastert's alma mater. Officials say the center will be renamed the Wheaton College Center for Economics—and that they are praying for Hastert, his family, and those harmed by his behavior (Southall, New York Times, 5/31).
  • Kentucky: After renegotiating a gift agreement, the University of Kentucky (UK) will no longer name a room within its business school after philosopher Ayn Rand. Originally, BB&T planned to give the school $2.5 million over 10 years for renovations—including the creation of an Ayn Rand reading room and distribution of free copies of her novels. David Blackwell, dean of the business school, says "I'm a fan, but there are lots of other philosophers to study for the moral foundations of capitalism. She wasn't even a very good philosopher" (Blackford, Lexington Herald-Leader, 5/29).
  • Pennsylvania: Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) is in uproar after losing 40 researchers and scientists to Uber Technologies, Inc. In February, the school announced a new partnership with Uber to develop driverless cars. But the partnership turned into a poaching spree—with Uber offering some scientists hundreds of thousands of dollars and doubled the salaries of some staff (Ramsey/Macmillan, Wall Street Journal, 5/31).

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