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Tuesday news: CA college student for hire

Jenna Johnson

Federal prosecutors allege that Eamonn Daniel Higgins, 46, made hundreds of thousands of dollars attending classes, writing papers and taking exams at 10 Southern California colleges for about 120 Middle Easterners who wanted to maintain their student visa status, The LA Times reports. Higgins allegedly spent seven years in college, studying sociology, marketing, English, business and math at schools like Cal State L.A., Irvine Valley College and Santa Monica College. Students paid up to $1,500 for course assignments and finals and about $1,000 for English and writing proficiency exams, prosecutors allege. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents said the demand for Higgins' services was so great that he hired staff, including a blond woman who they believe posed as an Middle Eastern man.

During halftime of Saturday's Alabama-Auburn basketball game, Alabama coach Nick Saban said he has "tremendous" respect for "the University of Auburn." Auburn University fans were outraged. Was it just a slip? Was it a slight? Birmingham News columnist Rick Melick says at least the coach uttered part of the school's name. "One former Alabama coach thought it was cute never to mention the name, and instead referred to Auburn as 'that school down the road,'" he wrote. "And another even more famous former Tide coach referred to Auburn as the 'cow college.'"

Campus shooting
One Ohio State University employee is dead and two others are hospitalized after a shooting around 3:30 a.m. Tuesday, near the campus maintenance building, The Lantern reports.

Spring break activism
Students at Virginia's state colleges and universities are mobilizing against Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II, who has riled student groups with a letter advising public universities to retreat from their policies against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, The Post reports.

Two students at Salford University in England plan to embrace in a hug for at least 24 hours and 15 minutes so they can break a world record and raise money for a cancer hospital, the BBC reports.

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By Jenna Johnson  |  March 9, 2010; 10:25 AM ET
Categories:  News Overload  | Tags: Auburn University, Ohio State, University of Alabama  
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