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Jenna Johnson

CampusOverload.jpgBudgets, salaries and donors
The University of Central Missouri lost one of its huge benefactors after the host of a sports radio talk show affiliated with the university made comments about how campus no longer had a Christmas tree because of the donor, who is Jewish, The Kansas City Star reports.

The University of Georgia will spend more than $1 million this year to upkeep, clean and protect the President's House mansion -- even though the university's president and his family does not live there, the Athens Banner-Herald reports.

University of Texas at Austin students and faculty members who oversee the student union's budget voted to close Cactus Cafe, a 150-seat music hall, and cut an informal class program, which taught students things like tango dancing and Buddhism, The Daily Texan reports. The Texas governor ordered all state agencies to cut their overall budget by 5 percent, and there cuts will save the student union $122,000.

Salaries for Washington State University's top officials increased nearly 23 percent between January 2007 and January 2009, which is nearly three times the typical salary increase at the university. Meanwhile tuition increased 14 percent, The Spokesman-Review reports.

College football
One of Barack Obama's election promises was to "throw my weight around a little bit" on the controversial issue of college football not having a playoff system. The Obama administration and the Justice Department are thinking about examining the legality of the Bowl Championship Series, according to a Utah senator who has been pushing for changes and an antitrust investigation, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Campus safety
Two Colorado college students (one from Bethesda, Md.) are killed in a house fire, The Denver Post reports.

Mondays are always slow news days for the Overload -- so shoot me an email and let me know if there's something going on at your campus.

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By Jenna Johnson  |  February 1, 2010; 9:34 AM ET
Categories:  News Overload  | Tags: University of Georgia, University of Missouri, University of Texas, Washington State University  
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