This Week in College News: Missouri GOP Candidate for Gov. Flubs College Degree in Biography

dave spence university of missouriBy Sam Coren Staff

Every week StudentAdvisor compiles the top stories in college news. Here are some of the biggest stories that made the headlines this week: 

Missouri GOP gubernatorial candidate Spence admits to errors about college degree in biography.

Dave Spence, a Missouri candidate for Governor changed his online biography Thursday to fix a claim about holding an economics degree from the University of Missouri. In actuality, Spence holds a home economics degree from University of Missouri-Columbia. The candidate also acknowledged that members of his campaign have distributed erroneous fliers indicating that he attended business school at the University of Missouri.

Computer viruses at City College San Francisco founded to have had access to personal data for years.

An infestation of computer viruses originating within criminal networks in China, Russia and other countries has had access to personal data at City College of San Francisco for years according to the San Francisco Chronical. A few days after Thanksgiving the college’s data security monitoring service noticed an unusual traffic pattern.  Because of the security breach sensitive information such as bank account numbers, addresses and other personal information from students, faculty, and staff has been put at risk. After further investigation the college found that the security issue may date back to as far as 1999. No cases of identity theft have been linked to the case yet, but that may change as the investitigation continues.

Michigan Senate proposes new college grant program for resident K-12 students.

A new proposal by the Michigan State Senate’s democrats called the Michigan 2020 plan would give the state’s public high school graduates grant money toward tuition and associated costs covered at state community colleges or public universities. The amount toward tuition given would be based on the number of years the student attended school in Michigan. Under the proposed plan a student who attends Michgan public schools K-12 would be eligible to recieve the median yearly tuition at the state’s public university, which is currently over $9,000.

Undocumented college students take to social media to raise money for tuition.

Despite not being qualified for federal financial aid and many scholarships, undocumented college students are raising money to cover tuition by means of creativity and the kindness of strangers. In a recent  report by the NY Daily News, Angy Rivera, a Columbia-born student at John Jay College in New York City, explained how she was selling handmade bracelets to fund her education. Using the collection site ChipIn and advertising her $5 “education bracelets” on social media she’s been able to raise money to fight her college’s tuition hikes. 22 year-old Florida State student Juan Escalante has raised $1,000 on ChipIn toward his final tuition payment by selling $25 “I am Undocumented” shirts. Similarly, Jose Luis Zelaya, a Honduras-born student at Texas A&M has raised over $1,000 by selling hats he crocheted on his Facebook page.


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