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Not into bingo, 84-year-old Texas woman gets college degree

Dec. 16, 2018 1:55 PM EST

RICHARDSON, Texas (AP) — After raising five kids and retiring at age 77 from her secretarial job, Janet Fein couldn't be blamed for finally relaxing, but that's not her. Fein, now 84, went to back to school and will accomplish a long-held goal this week when she graduates from the University of Texas at...

Baylor ties pervade rape case that sparked uproar

Dec. 15, 2018 5:32 PM EST

DALLAS (AP) — The Texas judge who approved a plea deal allowing a former Baylor University student accused of rape to avoid jail time holds three degrees from Baylor. The criminal district attorney overseeing the case holds two. The prosecutor who agreed to the plea agreement graduated from Baylor law...

Cow steals spotlight at student's graduation photo shoot

Dec. 14, 2018 6:53 PM EST

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — University of Missouri students were stunned when a towering dairy cow appeared on campus to make a cameo in a graduation photo shoot. The Columbia Missourian reports that senior animal sciences major Massimo Montalbano brought the 3-year-old cow, named Amelia, to campus on Thursday to...

The Latest: College: School welcomes withdrawal request

Dec. 14, 2018 5:48 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Latest on Grinnell College in Iowa seeking to withdraw a union petition (all times local): 4:45 p.m. A spokeswoman for an Iowa college says the school welcomes a student group's request to withdraw a union petition filed with the National Labor Relations Board. Grinnell College...

Indiana State University group to honor Jamal Khashoggi

Dec. 14, 2018 5:46 PM EST

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — A journalism group at Indiana State University is taking steps to honor alumnus and slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The university's chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists hopes to dedicate a meeting space to Khashoggi, who was also recently named one of Time's...

UNC system rejects $5M plan to house Confederate statue

Dec. 14, 2018 5:34 PM EST

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's public university system rejected a proposal Friday to build a $5 million structure to house a toppled Confederate statue, opting instead to "go back to the drawing board" to figure out what to do with the monument. University of North Carolina System Chairman...

Obama-era rule leads to $150M in student loan forgiveness

Dec. 14, 2018 5:13 PM EST

The U.S. Education Department said it will forgive $150 million in federal student loans as part of a 2016 rule that Secretary Betsy DeVos previously tried to block. Department officials began notifying 15,000 students on Friday that their loans will automatically be erased because they attended colleges that...

The Latest: Coach OK with players signing anti-statue letter

Dec. 14, 2018 4:54 PM EST

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on a meeting by a North Carolina statewide university board to consider the fate of a toppled Confederate statue (all times local): 4:50 p.m. University of North Carolina's basketball coach says he's OK with several of his players signing a letter opposing the return of...

Students at Iowa college drop union organizing effort

Dec. 14, 2018 4:47 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Students at an Iowa college said Friday they want to drop their effort to expand a union representing student workers because they fear a federal board appointed by President Donald Trump would reject their request and set back unions at colleges across the country. Grinnell College...

Morningside QB Solsma leads AP NAIA All-America Team

Dec. 14, 2018 1:17 PM EST

Morningside quarterback Trent Solsma, who has guided his team to the national championship game, leads the Associated Press NAIA All-America team. The team was announced Friday, the day before Solsma and Morningside (Iowa) face Benedictine (Kan.) in the NAIA national championship game in Daytona Beach, Florida....