Notes in the Margins: Lazy profs, fossil-fuel stocks and campus warnings

Virginia Tech pays fine for failure to warn campus during 2007 mass shooting Virginia Tech has paid $32,500 to satisfy federal fines lodged by the U.S. Department of Education, which charged that the university did not adequately warn its campus community at the beginning of a 2007 rampage that became one of the deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history. (The Washington Post)

Pitzer College selling fossil fuel stocks in environmental move The liberal arts school in California has joined the vanguard of U.S. campuses deciding to sell off its investments in fossil fuel companies as a statement of concern about global warming. (Los Angeles Times)

Fault Lines Appear at Northwestern Over Union Vote  The imminent vote by scholarship football players at Northwestern on whether to certify a union has students, professors and athletes in other sports choosing sides. (The New York Times)

Ball State University to weed out lazy profs Chronic low performers will be told to shape up or ship out. (The Star Press via University Business)

Is college worth it? Too many degrees are a waste of money. The return on higher education would be much better if college were cheaper. (The Economist via NAICU)