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SPORTS
November 18, 2007 | Gary Klein, Times Staff Writer
Like many USC graduates, Walt Ransom framed his college diploma to preserve the document that celebrates his academic achievement. But Ransom, a backup quarterback on the Trojans' 1978 national championship team, laments that he never was able to profit from his academic labor because it took USC a quarter century to recognize that he earned his degree. "I love the school and people around there," Ransom said, "but I do feel that I was deprived of what I want to do."
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NEWS
July 26, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Brian May is completing his doctorate in astrophysics, more than 30 years after he abandoned his studies to form the rock group Queen. The 60-year-old guitarist and songwriter said he plans to submit his thesis, "Radial Velocities in the Zodiacal Dust Cloud," to supervisors at Imperial College London within the next two weeks. May was an astrophysics student at Imperial College when Queen, which included Freddie Mercury and Roger Taylor, was formed in 1970.
BUSINESS
June 8, 2007 | From Reuters
Bill Gates attended to a bit of unfinished business Thursday. Gates, who dropped out of Harvard in his junior year before co-founding Microsoft Corp. and going on to become the world's richest person, stopped off at his former stamping grounds to collect an honorary law degree. "We recognize the most illustrious member of the Harvard College class of 1977 never to have graduated from Harvard," Provost Steven Hyman said.
NATIONAL
July 24, 2006 | Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Times Staff Writer
The economy has been steadily growing, with unemployment low and corporate profits at historic highs. So why can't David Lewis get a decent raise? Lewis worked his way up through a string of technology companies around San Jose, finally landing a $77,000-a-year Web design position. But in five years in that job, he received only a single 5% pay increase. That was troubling for someone facing the rising costs of rent, food and raising a newborn daughter.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 7, 2006 | From the Associated Press
J.K. Rowling received an honorary doctorate Thursday from Aberdeen University for her support of research into multiple sclerosis. Rowling, whose mother, Anne, died of multiple sclerosis in 1990 at age 45, was awarded a doctorate of laws in a ceremony at Aberdeen's Marischal College. Dressed in a dark suit, the creator of the bestselling Harry Potter books smiled to acknowledge the audience's applause as she received the honor. "I am thrilled....
BUSINESS
March 21, 2006 | From Reuters
U.S. college graduates are facing the best job market since 2001, with business, computer, engineering, education and healthcare grads in highest demand, a report by an employment consulting firm said Monday. In its annual outlook of entry-level jobs, Challenger, Gray & Christmas said strong job growth and falling unemployment made this spring the hottest job market for America's 1.4 million college graduates since the dot-com collapse in 2001. The firm pointed to a survey by the National Assn.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 23, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed legislation Thursday authorizing California State University campuses to offer doctor of education, or Ed.D., degrees. The law, which gives Cal State campuses their first opportunity to grant doctorates since the university system was formed nearly 50 years ago, is intended to provide training for administrators of the state's public elementary and secondary schools and community colleges.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 17, 2005 | Andrew Wang, Times Staff Writer
One "e" and 2,500 miles from UC Berkeley, Dennis J. Globosky churned out bogus university degrees from the phony University of Berkley at an office park in Erie, Pa., selling them on the Internet for as much as $5,000, according to Pennsylvania authorities. Now the former New Mexico state trooper, who often referred to himself as "Dr. Dennis Globosky" despite having only a high school education, could face stiff civil penalties from a lawsuit filed recently by Pennsylvania Atty. Gen.
BUSINESS
June 26, 2005 | James Flanigan
Suddenly, it seems, the teaching of business needs to learn a lesson. Business schools are in a crisis as applications for masters of business administration degrees are down 20% to 30% at most major universities. Faculties and administrators at 300 business schools nationwide are trying to change their curricula, alter their approaches and lift their enrollments.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 10, 2005 | From Associated Press
Christopher Reeve will be posthumously awarded an honorary degree at Stony Brook (N.Y.) University's commencement on May 20. Reeve, who starred in four "Superman" films from 1978 to 1987, died Oct. 10 at age 52 of complications from an infection caused by a bedsore. He became a spokesman for spinal-cord injury victims after a 1995 horse riding accident left him a quadriplegic.
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