Notes in the Margins: Legacies, immigrants and flushed socks

Obama pledges help for illegal immigrant grads Stepping up his demand to change the nation’s immigration laws, President Barack Obama on Friday promised graduates at a vast, multicultural community college that he’ll keep working to help students not legally in the U.S. to become American citizens. (Associated Press via The Washington Post)

Debating Legacy Admissions at Yale, and Elsewhere True or false: Admitting legacies to colleges and universities is, a) unconstitutional b) unethical c) smart business practice or d) legitimate, because legacies perform better at certain elite institutions? (The New York Times)

KC university supports lecturer in video flap University of Missouri-Kansas City officials say they’re standing behind a labor studies professor whose lecture comments about union agitation tactics have created an Internet stir among conservative commentators. (Associated Press via The Boston Globe)

University Of Alaska Faces Sock-Flushing Problem Since December, hundreds of child-sized socks have been flushed down the toilets of University of Alaska-Fairbanks. The errant socks have caused thousands of dollars of damage to the sewage system. (Daily News-Miner via The Huffington Post)

U.S. to Join Suit Against For-Profit College Chain The lawsuit claims that EDMC defrauded the government by illegally paying recruiters based on the number of students they enrolled. (The New York Times)