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Higher Ed Roundup

Senior Staff Writer
Friday, November 9, 2012

Yale names provost new president

Yale named Peter Salovey, the college’s current provost and a psychology scholar, its president-elect Thursday after a three-month search process.
Salovey began his career at Yale 30 years ago as a graduate student, before becoming a professor and working his way up the administration ranks as a department chair and dean.
In the scholarly community, Salovey is known for his work on emotional intelligence, which describes how people identify and use their emotions.
During his time as a professor, Salovey gained a reputation among students as being approachable and affable, qualities colleagues said he will bring to his role as president, the New York Times reported.
Accessibility will also be a main theme during the course of his presidency, Salovey told the New York Times, though he has yet to outline a specific agenda.
But online education and building projects will be the largest challenges facing Salovey, current President Richard Levin told the New York Times. Levin will retire at the end of this year after 20 years at the school.
Salovey will begin his role as president June 30.

University of Mississippi students riot in wake of election results
Two University of Mississippi students were arrested Wednesday for disorderly conduct, and others shouted racial epithets during a protest of President Obama’s re-election, the New York Times reported.
The rumor that students were rioting spread on Twitter when 30 to 40 students began protesting when Obama was predicted the winner.
Conversation continued on the social media site, and the crowd reached 400 by midnight on Tuesday, according to the Times.
The school recently banned “Dixie” as its unofficial fight song and replaced its Confederate soldier mascot with a black bear following accusations of racial insensitivity.
University officials expressed disappointment in students actions and told the New York Times that campus police will be investigating the matter.

California voters elect to raise taxes
California voted by a wide margin in Tuesday’s election to raise taxes in order to avoid nearly $6 billion in automatic spending cuts to public schools and universities.
California Gov. Jerry Brown has campaigned heavily in support of the measure, Proposition 30, which had an eight-point percentage lead as of Wednesday morning, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
As a result, income taxes for the state’s highest earners will increase for the next seven years, and the state’s sales tax will go up by one penny for every $4 starting Jan. 1, the Chronicle reported. Experts estimate the changes to generate $6 billion in revenue, which will help California to climb out of a fiscal swamp.
Voters chose Prop. 30 over Prop. 38, which looked to generate $10 billion in tax revenue every year for the next 12 years by increasing the income tax rate for nearly all California residents.
Prop. 30 will also send more revenue to public schools than the other measure, which was rejected by 72 percent of voters, the Chronicle reported.