California: The University of California, Davis has released documents showing it paid consultants at least $175,000 to remove negative posts on the Internet after a video of a campus police officer using pepper spray on students went viral five years ago. The consultants also helped Chancellor Linda Katehi improve her image (Troop, "The Ticker," Chronicle of Higher Education, 4/14).
Indiana: Purdue University is experimenting with an initiative that would allow students to sell stock in themselves as a way to finance their education. Through the Back a Boiler program, juniors and seniors would pledge to pay back part of their salary over the next several years. Purdue will begin accepting applications for the program next month (Berman, MarketWatch, 4/13).
Washington: Western Washington University is forming a task force in the wake of several anti-Semitic incidents on campus. In a message to the campus community, President Bruce Shepard said the task force would "recommend ways to educate and help people better understand the impact of anti-Semitic actions" (Long, Seattle Times, 4/13).
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