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Jenna Johnson

Freedom of information
The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee settled a lawsuit with the campus newspaper on Friday and agreed to release unredacted public records that show how office space is allocated to student organizations. The university will also pay more than $11,760 of the newspaper's legal fees, The Badger Herald reports.

Budget cuts are hilarious
The University of California's massive budget problems inspired a group of graduate students to form a satire group called the "UC Movement for Efficient Privatization," the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Some of their recent accomplishments: Filming an instructional video of how to cross a picket line without a police baton (think Trojan horse or have Moses part the sea of demonstrators) and starting an Adopt-a-Regent campaign to support "California's 26 most underappreciated and undervalued public employees."

The Tufts University student senate has begun to discuss diversity in student government and met with directors of campus culture centers to hear what they could do to make the senate more reflective of the student body, The Tufts Daily reports.

A new study by UCLA's Higher Education Research Institute finds that more Latino students are venturing farther from home to attend college. In 1975, about 46 percent of Latino freshmen chose schools more than 50 miles from home, an amount that has increased to nearly 59 percent today. During that same time, the proportion of white freshmen who went away to school stay unchanged. Researchers say it could be the result of the growth of the Latino middle class, rising educational confidence among among the children and grandchildren of immigrants, and that many universities in the Midwest and New England are stepping up recruitment of college-age Latinos in California, Texas and Florida, The LA Times reports.

University presidents' comings and goings
Baylor University has picked a new president: Kenneth W. Starr, the former independent counsel who investigated allegations of misconduct by President Bill Clinton. Starr, a dean and professor of law at Pepperdine, is a fifth-generation Texan and plans to join a Baptist church in Waco by June 1, The Lariat reports. Starr told the student newspaper that he wants to help the university catch up on fundraising, help students create new traditions and connect with Baylor graduates.

University of Maryland President C. Dan Mote plans to retire at the end of the summer, he announced Monday. During his 12 years on the job, Mote has increased the graduation rate (65 to 82 percent), led large construction projects, launched a $1 billion fundraising campaign, raised record amounts of research funding and help the flagship school move up in the U.S. News and World Report rankings (No. 30 in 1998 to No. 18 last year), The Diamondback reports. Another Diamondback writer provides this analysis: "Mote is an old man who has done a hard job for a long time. People in that situation have a tendency to retire."

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By Jenna Johnson  |  February 16, 2010; 9:06 AM ET
Categories:  News Overload  | Tags: Baylor, Tufts, UCLA, University of California, University of Maryland, University of Wisconsin  
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