1. IN HOT WATER?
Inside Higher Ed directs us to a story (Ringle steps down from TMCC helm) about Philip Ringle, who is stepping down as president of Truckee Meadows Community College:
…Chancellor Jim Rogers said Ringle's departure has nothing to do with a sexual harassment complaint filed last year against him, the second such charge in two years made against him.
Karen Magstadt, Ringle's former executive assistant, filed a complaint that is pending before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, charging him with sexual harassment.
The complaint alleges that Ringle stalked her, following her to the ladies' restroom and waiting outside, following her to her car after work, asking her "inappropriate questions" and creating a hostile work environment.
…In 2006, a former employee was paid $10,000 to end a sexual harassment lawsuit against Ringle …[Anne-Louise] Bennett, 55, had sued Ringle in federal court in Reno, charging he had created a hostile work environment after she refused to accept his offers to have dinner with him and then join him in his hot tub while his wife was out of town….
See also: High Level Harassment?
2. A SPECIAL KIND OF FINANCIAL AID
IHE also directs us to a story about the director of financial aid at an Alabama community college: 14 more arrests in Bishop State investigation:
The director of Bishop State Community College's financial aid office was among 14 people charged with theft Tuesday in an ongoing fraud investigation at the Mobile school.
Financial aid director Charles Weymon Holloway, 59, was charged with first degree theft by deception along with his sister-in-law Jaqueline Williams, who is employed in the school's maintenance department. Also charged were the school's softball coach, baseball coach, barbering teacher, tailoring instructor and bookstore, cosmetology and admissions employees.
"We have now charged 27 people with felony theft since our investigations began last summer," District Attorney John Tyson Jr. said in a statement Tuesday. "The corruption in this office runs deep, and we are still investigating."
The college president, Yvonne Kennedy (pictured above), is also a legislator.
3. RAGHU MATHUR, POP IDOL?
Few are aware that, as a young man, now-Chancellor Raghu P. Mathur (of the South Orange County Community College District) tried out for Sri Lankan Idol, Sri Lanka's version of "American Idol." Mathur didn't get far, he says, owing to a bad case of 5 o'clock shadow, which he blames on the producers of the program. "I was prepared to do what was necessary to win," he now says. "But a core group of the show's producers were afraid of my awesome talent, and so they conspired to dull my razor blade. I'm certain of it."
Over the years, the alleged perpetrators have repeatedly demanded that Mathur produce the razor blade in question. He now says that the blade has "gone missing."
4. GRATUITOUS NIECE/NEPHEW PICS
(I.e., outstanding future students)