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The recent shooting death of Florida State University College of Law Professor Dan Markel, described by the New York Times as a “a leader in the world of online legal scholarship,” has prompted sadness and concern – as well as intrigue.

“On Monday, Chief Michael DeLeo of the Tallahassee police called the death a murder, and the department issued a statement saying that there was no indication of a robbery and that ‘it appears at this time that Mr. Markel was the intended victim in this incident,’” the Times reported.

A blogpost Monday by Paul Caron, a popular Pepperdine University tax law professor, notes a news report that Markel was “shot in the back,” and also links to several other stories about the ongoing investigation.

Markel was shot in his Tallahassee home on Friday morning and died Saturday at a local hospital. He was a well liked and highly respected scholar. His murder is “reverberating across the legal academic world,” the Wall Street Journal reports.

“A 2001 graduate of Harvard Law School and native of Toronto, Mr. Markel taught criminal law and procedure at FSU,” the Journal reports. “He co-authored a 2009 book exploring the intersection between crime, punishment and family. He also wrote opinion pieces for the New York Times, Slate, and the Atlantic, among other publications.”

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Boise State University will give back the $465 “security fee” it charged its Young Americans for Liberty chapter to host an event with 2nd Amendment speaker Dick Heller, the Associated Press reported.

The school faced heavy criticism across the ideological spectrum for the move, with the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education calling the fee – which was sprung on the group less than a day before the event - a “heckler’s veto” over unpopular speech.

Boise State isn’t changing its event policies, though, as requested by Idaho Freedom Foundation and American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho, university attorney Kevin Satterlee told the AP. Those groups had threatened to sue.

Boise State maintained that a “community member” told others to “open carry” to the event, though organizers themselves told attendees not to bring guns.

Heller was the lead plaintiff in the Supreme Court’s 2008 decision striking down Washington, D.C.’s restrictive gun law.

h/t Campus Reform

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Citing “Gospel values of peace, love, reconciliation and justice,” a Catholic college president has offered to house and school the recent influx of illegal immigrants. 

“As a Catholic institution … we are proud to be the first higher educational institution in the nation to publicly commit to supporting young refugees from Central America,” Dr. David Fike, president of Detroit’s Marygrove College, stated at a recent news conference.

Fike said Marygrove will commit college resources to provide education, food, shelter and other assistance to the refugees, MLive reports.

Pike also called on President Obama to show “moral leadership.”

“He said the Catholic college is prepared to offer scholarships to ‘college-ready students’ as well as provide food and shelter for other children if the Obama administration agrees to recognize the thousands of children crossing the U.S. border from Central America as refugees,” Campus Reform reports.

Fike urged other college leaders to follow his lead, reports the Detroit News, noting education leaders should band together and combat widely publicized opposition against the immigrants.

“Our Christian values mean we cannot and will not be complicit,” Fike said.

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Criminology Professor Dr. Mike Adams’ seven-year quest to earn his promotion at the University of North Carolina – Wilmington has finally come to a successful conclusion.

The university on Tuesday dropped its appeal challenging Adams’ recent win in court, and agreed to promote him to the position of full professor and pay him $50,000 in back pay, as the court had previously ordered. What’s more, campus leaders agreed to adopt procedures protecting Adams from renewed retaliation, and to pay $615,000 in attorneys’ fees.

“The outcome of this case reaffirms that public universities must respect the First Amendment freedoms of their professors regardless of the viewpoints they express,” stated attorney Travis Barham, who represented Adams on behalf of Alliance Defending Freedom.

Adams was hired by the university in 1993 as an assistant professor of criminology. He was a self-described atheist at that time.

Several years after his hire, the suit had stated, “he earned strong teaching evaluations, received two faculty awards, published several articles,” and was a very involved humanitarian.

In 2000, however, Adams reconsidered his atheism and became Christian. His conversion led him to publicly speak out on conservative issues, including through a column on Townhall.com.

“After this, he was subjected to intrusive investigations, baseless accusations, and the denial of promotion to full professor even though his scholarly output surpassed that of almost all of his colleagues,” according to the professor’s attorney, who had asserted the university “denied Adams a promotion because his nationally syndicated opinion columns espoused religious and political views that ran contrary to the opinions held by university officials.”

As of Tuesday, the case is settled.

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Update on this story from two weeks ago: The Arizona State University professor whose videotaped arrest drew national attention and claims of racial profiling has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor violation of resisting arrest.

Reuters reports that English professor Ersula Ore accepted a plea deal in Maricopa County Superior Court in which her aggravated-assault charge was dropped. The county attorney’s spokesman said she’ll probably get probation when she’s sentenced Aug. 1.

Some Ore supporters claimed she was targeted for jaywalking on a street where everyone had to cross to avoid construction, and that she defended herself from the arresting officer’s “grabbing” while her dress was up.

The FBI will continue its civil-rights investigation into the incident, requested by the school, despite Ore’s plea deal, Reuters said.

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Ranking colleges by how much they charge in tuition is one thing, but it often doesn’t paint a full picture. Business Insider took it one step further, factoring in room and board. The results? Fifty colleges will charge more than $60,000 for the 2014-15 school year.

But wait. There’s more bad news.

“While these direct costs are a significant portion of the total cost of college, they alone do not reveal the true financial burden of higher education — students are also responsible for paying for textbooks, travel costs, and, of course, any social expenses,” Business Insider reports. “These ‘indirect costs’ can often add up to an extra $2,000.”

But wait. There’s even more bad news. Last year, only nine colleges charged more than $60,000, the report added.

This year’s fifty colleges charge anywhere from $60,034 to $64,537 per year. So the cost of tuition rises – parallel to the growing irrelevancy of a liberal arts degree, ballooning student loan debt, and skyrocketing unemployment for college grads.

Read the full article.

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