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Last modified: Thursday, November 2, 2006

Daily IU news update

Nov. 2, 2006

IU food, printing eyed for outsourcing
Bloomington Herald-Times, Nov. 2 -- Food services and printing services are next in line as Indiana University looks to see if it can save money and improve efficiency by outsourcing auxiliary operations. IU President Adam Herbert told the Bloomington Faculty Council that the university will issue requests to see if private companies want to operate those services. "Food services and printing services will be issued during the spring term," he said. The university asked last month for proposals to run the Bloomington campus motor pool. It will solicit proposals for operating campus bookstores in about two weeks. Full story

IU student radio station may lose its spot
Bloomington Herald-Times, Indiana Daily Student and WISH-8 (Associated Press), Nov. 2 -- WIUX, Indiana University's student-run radio station, is unsure of its FM future. The station may be stripped of its 100.3 home on the airwaves, and the spot transferred to a country station in Bartholomew County, less than 25 miles away from the station at the main campus library. Full story 1 Full story 2 Full story 3

Grad student's death shocks co-workers
Indiana Daily Student, Nov. 2 -- Social psychology graduate student Gordon E. Kato was found dead Tuesday, said Bloomington Police Department Sgt. Daniel Carnes. Police could not provide a cause of death or other details. Full story

Generating passes and controversy (Editorial)
Indiana Daily Student, Nov. 2 -- The FBI and Transportation Security Administration are investigating an IU doctoral candidate after he developed a Web site that allowed users to generate fake Northwest Airlines boarding passes. Chris Soghoian of the IU School of Informatics claims to have never printed a fake pass himself. We would like to praise the IU grad student for finding an innovative way of effecting change. By creating this Web site he has accomplished two important results. First, he has exposed a flaw in the air transportation system that is a major security threat. Second, by posting his generator on the Internet where it could garner notice from the authorities and, thereby, media coverage, the bureaucracy has no choice than to give immediate attention to the situation. Full story

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Congressional fights could boost turnout
Indianapolis Star (Associated Press), Nov. 2 -- IUPUI political scientist Bill Blomquist says Indiana voter turnout this November may surpass 2002's low participation. This time around, Blomquist says, there are more hotly contested issues and candidate races. Full story

Panel: State economy will grow slowly
Indianapolis Star, Nov. 2 -- A panel of IU Kelley School of Business economists predict Indiana's economy will grow, albeit slowly, adding perhaps 20,000 to 25,000 jobs. Full story

From the Chronicle:

Final Rules for 2 New Federal Grant Programs Leave Verification Burden on Colleges
In final rules that the U.S. Education Department issued on Wednesday for two new federal grant programs for academically talented low-income students, agency officials largely dismissed concerns that college leaders and lobbyists have expressed about the burden of carrying out the requirements. At issue is the role that colleges must play in determining who is eligible to receive grants through the programs, which Congress created last year. Full story

At Symposium, Researchers Share Strategies for Promoting 'Student Success'
At a time when computers, iPods, and other distractions are pulling students away from their studies, colleges and universities are not doing enough to keep them plugged into learning, said Derek C. Bok, interim president of Harvard University, at a gathering of education researchers, administrators, and policy makers here on Wednesday. In a keynote speech at the National Symposium on Postsecondary Student Success, Mr. Bok warned that many college graduates were not developing critical-thinking, reasoning, and writing skills, and lacked sufficient knowledge of foreign languages. Despite widespread increases in spending and services in academe, Mr. Bok said, "there is no real evidence that students are learning more ... than they were several decades ago." Full story

So Much for Airport Security
Christopher Soghoian was trying to make a point -- that airport security measures aren't entirely effective. But his method did not please federal officials. Mr. Soghoian, a doctoral candidate in informatics at Indiana University at Bloomington, posted on his Web site a tool with which visitors could print authentic-looking boarding passes for Northwest Airlines. The ersatz passes weren't likely to help anyone sneak aboard a flight -- electronic screening at departure gates would sniff them out -- but they might have let their holders make it through security checkpoints, he said. Full story

Public Colleges See Slower Rise in Fees
The size of tuition and fee increases at four-year public colleges has declined for the third year in a row, according to the College Board's annual tuition survey, which was released last week. But lagging federal grants left many lower- and middle-income students still struggling to keep up with the rising cost of college. For the 2006-7 academic year, tuition at four-year public colleges increased by 6.3 percent, the smallest rise in five years, the survey found. The price of attending a four-year private college rose by 5.9 percent. Tuition and fees at two-year public colleges increased by 4.1 percent, only slightly above the rate of inflation. Full story

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