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Page Six of The New York Post has this awesome little tidbit:

A formerly homeless student who wrote a letter to President Obama to share his story and get some advice is selling a handwritten response to pay off his tuition.

Jesse Grainger wrote, “As a child I had big dreams of going to college and doing great things . . . I came from a small town where most people were poor, especially my mother and me. My mom adopted me when I was one day old. She raised me to believe that education was the most important thing that I could ever get. My adopted mom died when I was 13.”

… Obama wrote back in 2011: “Thanks for your letter and your inspirational story. The best advice I can give you right now is finish your education.”

Three years later, Grainger’s selling the response for $9,500 through Moments in Time to use for tuition.

Hope and change, meet the real world.

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h/t: BizPac Review

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Above the law?

The Carolina Plott Hound publisher Paul Chesser, a contributor to, wonders what North Carolina State University is hiding in refusing to hand over documents sought through a public records request:

North Carolina State University officials denied two requests for public records about work performed by professors, claiming state law allows them to withhold the documents because the employees’ work was conducted in their roles as private consultants.CPH

The requests were turned down despite the fact that professor Robert Handfield, a professor of supply-chain management in NCSU’s Poole College of Management, used NCSU letterhead for correspondence with his client, also a government agency. His colleague, Michael Cobb, associate professor of political science in the NCSU School of International and Public Affairs, used his official NCSU email address to elicit correspondence for his project. …

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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

“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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