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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.
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.
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.
March 28, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Black and Asian women with bachelor's degrees earn slightly more than similarly educated white women, and white men with comparable degrees make more than anyone else. A white woman with a bachelor's degree typically earned about $37,800 in 2003, compared with about $43,700 for a college-educated Asian woman and $41,100 for a college-educated black woman, according to data being released today by the Census Bureau. Hispanic women took home $37,600 a year.
March 19, 2005 | Jason Felch, Times Staff Writer
Atty. Gen. Bill Lockyer announced a $500,000 settlement Friday of a civil suit against a Huntington Park-based adult school accused of giving immigrants bogus high school diplomas after a 10-week course that cost hundreds of dollars.
February 23, 2005 | Stuart Silverstein, Times Staff Writer
Young adult whites, Asian Americans and Latinos born in California have earned bachelor's degrees at moderately lower rates than their counterparts from other states, according to a study being released today. The findings indicate weakness in college achievement among native Californians that is often overlooked because so many people who move to the state hold bachelor's degrees.
September 6, 2004 | Dana Calvo, Special to The Times
With a successful business as a personal chef, Elizabeth Simek was living the dream of every weekend gourmet. Her Busy B's Personal Chef Service was pulling in more than $50,000 a year. But Simek worried that it wouldn't last. So the Peoria, Ariz., entrepreneur set out to earn a bachelor's degree in business management through an online program from Florida Metropolitan University, one of dozens of trade and technical colleges run by Santa Ana-based Corinthian Colleges Inc.
May 14, 2004 | Stuart Silverstein, Times Staff Writer
When Maria Elena Perez receives her bachelor's degree today from USC, her Mexican immigrant parents -- neither of whom advanced past the sixth grade -- say they will be very proud. But it's far from the first time they have felt that way at a campus commencement ceremony. Maria Elena, 21, is the youngest of the Perez family's 11 children, and she's the 11th to earn a bachelor's degree. She's also the sixth in the family to graduate from USC.
January 13, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
An Orange County man pleaded guilty Monday to mail fraud for running a "diploma mill" offering degrees from a nonexistent university. Ronald Pellar, 75, pleaded guilty to nine counts of mail fraud in a Santa Ana courtroom before U.S. District Judge Alicemarie Stotler, Assistant U.S. Atty. Donald Gaffney told City News Service. Pellar faces a maximum term of 45 years in federal prison, Gaffney said, but prosecutors agreed to recommend a sentence of five years in prison and payment of a $2.
July 27, 2003 | Manohla Dargis, Times Staff Writer
"Two thumbs down!" My friend Alexander Horwath, director of the Austrian Film Museum in Vienna, isn't a guy who waves around his thumbs around casually -- much less a man given to quoting Roger Ebert. But Alex was fuming, his double-digit antipathy directed at an article by David Weddle published in the Los Angeles Times Magazine July 13 with the title "Lights, Camera, Action. Marxism, Semiotics, Narratology."
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