Around the industry: Harvard team disqualified from videogame tournament for cheating

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  • Arizona: Arizona State University (ASU) has partnered with call center staffing services company Education at Work (EAW) and online payments system company PayPal to provide students with tuition assistance and work experience. Through the initiative, up to 400 ASU students will be able to work at EAW's nonprofit contact center and earn up to $6,000 annually in GPA-based tax-free tuition assistance in addition to an hourly wage. The students will work as part-time employees, responding to social media and email inquiries from PayPal customers (Goral, University Business, 3/27).
  • Massachusetts: Association of American Universities (AAU) President Hunter Rawlings III will become interim president of Cornell University in April, following the death of former president Elizabeth Garrett earlier this month. Rawlings served as Cornell's president from 1995 to 2003, then again as interim chief for a yearlong period two years later. Rawlings will step down as president of the AAU in June. The university will begin looking for a permanent president in the coming months (Thomason, "The Ticker," Chronicle of Higher Education, 3/24).
  • New York: A Harvard University team was disqualified from an intercollegiate videogame tournament Thursday for cheating. Harvard's Team Ambush was kicked out of the Heroes of the Dorm competition for violating several of the tournament's rules. An investigation found that a Team Ambush player had illegally shared his account with a higher-ranked player who was not on the team's submitted roster. University of Michigan's Team Hot Boys were also disqualified for a similar reason (Erzberger, ESPN, 3/25).

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