- Illinois: Northwestern University School of Law received a $100 million gift from alumni J.B Pritzker and his wife M.K. As a result, the school will be known as the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. The gift will go directly to student scholarships, social justice centers, and training lawyers for careers in technology and medicine. School officials say they hope the scholarships will encourage students to enter the public sector because they will have fewer loans to pay off (Bowean, Chicago Tribune, 10/22; Randazzo, "Law Blog," Wall Street Journal, 10/22).
- Kentucky: Thirty-seven children from the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bluegrass will attend an upcoming Taylor Swift concert after members of Delta Sigma Phi-Beta Mu fraternity at Transylvania University donated half of the tickets they received from the popstar herself. The brothers earned the tickets after a lib-dub video of "Shake it Off" went viral last year. At least one child said it is her first concert (Puente, WKYT, 10/21).
- Washington, D.C.: Vice President Joe Biden called for national support for four years of free public college this week, going beyond President Obama's free community college plan. "We need to commit to 16 years of free public education for all our children," he said. "As a nation, let's make the same commitment to a college education today that we made to a high school education a hundred years ago." The statement came as Biden announced he will not enter the 2016 presidential race (Stratford, Inside Higher Ed, 10/22).
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