April 5, 2007

Around the Ivies

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A Columbia University spokesman confirmed yesterday that David Charlow, executive director of undergraduate financial aid, has been suspended pending the outcome of two simultaneous investigations into questionable stock holdings.
The investigations, which were first reported by HigherEducationWatch.org — a blog of the New America Foundation — center around Charlow’s holdings in the private lending company Student Loan Xpress, a company Columbia selected as a preferred lender. The University placed Charlow on paid administrative leave in response to the allegations.
Three Yale University students, including the son of a former governor of an Afghan province, were arrested early Tuesday morning after burning an American flag attached to a home on Chapel Street.
Hyder Akbar ’07, Nikolaos Angelopoulos ’10 and Farhad Anklesaria ’10 were arrested for charges including first-degree reckless endangerment, third-degree criminal mischief, second-degree arson, breach of peace and conspiracy to commit second-degree arson.
Rovana Popoff, senior advisor in the undergraduate college at the University of Chicago, accepted an offer to fill the position of dean of upperclass students. The decision, which was announced this week, marks the end of a two-year search for the position.
Popoff stood out among other candidates for her experience working in programs based on interaction with students, faculty and administrators, according to Mary Liscinsky, chair of the search committee for the position and the interim dean for upperclass students, The Dartmouth reported yesterday.