University of Illinois Chancellor Richard Herman resigned last Wednesday after facing scrutiny for his involvement in an admissions scandal, according to The New York Times.

A Governor-appointed independent commission found that the university’s admissions office had been giving preferential treatment to applicants with powerful connections, according to the article.

The existence of a so-called “clout list” was first uncovered by the Chicago Tribune in May.

The university’s president, B. Joseph White, resigned last month.

According to the Times, the report “cited several instances in which Mr. Herman lobbied successfully on behalf of politicians to have certain students admitted, including honoring a request by Rod R. Blagojevich, the indicted former governor.”

University of Texas students fast to end hunger
Last Thursday, 1,100 students at the University of Texas at Austin participated in a Fast-A-Thon to raise hunger awareness for the Austin community, according to The Daily Texan.

Members of the university’s Muslim Students Association, which organized the event, hoped to help the community learn about Muslim culture as well, The Daily Texan reported.

The event coincided with Ramadan, an Islamic holiday during which observers are forbidden from eating after sunrise and before sunset. To raise money and fight hunger, a dollar was donated to the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas for each person who pledged to fast, The Daily Texan reported.

Alleged Georgetown shooter released after hearing
Georgetown University’s student newspaper, The Hoya, reports that police released a Georgetown freshman Tuesday after being charged with possession of a weapon without a license.

The student, Alex Thiele, allegedly stole a .40-caliber weapon from a U.S. Park Police officer and fired it in a men’s bathroom during a basketball pep rally, damaging a toilet from the shot, according to The Hoya.

When found in his dorm room, no gun was found in his possession. Georgetown students received e-mail alerts on Saturday regarding the incident, the article said.

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