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October 21, 2014 at 4:43 PM

Man sentenced to 4 years in prison for torching apartments at WSU

The Seattle Times PULLMAN — A man who admitted setting a fire that destroyed portions of a student apartment complex under construction at Washington State University will spend more than four years in federal prison. A federal judge on Tuesday sentenced 33-year-old Bryan Lee Kitchen for starting the fire that burned 88 units at The Grove apartment…

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August 26, 2014 at 5:39 PM

Wrong campus featured on WSU student planner

What images are emblematic of Washington State University? Well, naturally, the Bryan Hall Clock Tower. The cougar. The flowering cherry trees. The flowering cherry trees? A free planner given out to WSU students by the college’s official bookstore, The Bookie, features a picture of a building that isn’t anywhere near Pullman. In fact, it’s a photo of WSU’s chief rival, the…

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April 24, 2014 at 5:17 PM

WSU bullish on building its own medical school

Washington State University decided to explore building its own medical school because the University of Washington wasn’t moving fast enough to expand its medical program, WSU President Elson Floyd said Thursday. In a meeting before The Seattle Times editorial board, Floyd said the state has an urgent need to graduate more doctors and encourage them to…

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April 2, 2014 at 10:30 AM

WSU will waive tuition for students affected by mudslide

UPDATE: 4 p.m. | WSU has extended the waiver offer to students whose permanent addresses are in Arlington. UPDATE: 1:37 p.m. | Washington State University officials say they believe about 75 to 100 students could qualify for the waiver, including incoming freshmen and transfers. Also, Western Washington University has offered to help prospective or current students…

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February 25, 2014 at 3:35 PM

WSU extends President Floyd’s contract through 2021

Washington State University’s Board of Regents voted Monday to extend President Elson Floyd’s contract until 2021. Floyd’s annual base salary of $725,000 will remain the same, although Floyd plans to return $100,000 of his paycheck back to the university, as he has been doing since the economic downturn resulted in state cutbacks to higher education. He is…

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February 19, 2014 at 1:37 PM

Body of WSU professor found in park

The Associated Press PULLMAN — Police in Pullman say the body of a Washington State University professor has been found in a pond at Sunnyside Park. Police found the body of the 51-year-old man early Wednesday morning. The Spokane Spokesman-Review identified him as Scott Stratton. The WSU website lists Stratton as an instructor in the history department who received…

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February 1, 2014 at 10:30 AM

Saturday Memo: Bertha overheats … Pacific Place for sale … Pre-Hawks coverage

Weather: In the 40s today, and probably dry. The National Weather Service forecast. Will Bill Gates head for the exit at Microsoft? Microsoft’s board, according to recent reports, is apparently discussing the idea of replacing Gates as chairman — perhaps with John Thompson, CEO of Virtual Instruments. Why? Read more. Bertha remains stalled:…

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December 16, 2013 at 12:44 PM

Auditor: State universities using credit cards in violation of rules

Employees at three Washington universities used state-issued credit cards in violation of Washington policy, charging $226,583 worth of alcohol, gifts and other items to the cards, according to a report by the state auditor’s office.

The report from the office of State Auditor Troy Kelley was part of a review of the way credit cards are used at the three largest public four-year universities in Washington — the University of Washington, Washington State University and Western Washington University. The audit report found purchases that were not supposed to be charged to state-issued credit cards at all three schools, with the largest amount — $197,265 — at the UW. The UW is also the largest user of state credit cards among the six four-year public schools in Washington.

In a letter responding to the report, UW officials said the purchases were all made for allowable uses, and the only thing in dispute is that they were made with state-issued credit cards.

The UW receives gifts from donors that “can be used to support the University without regard to certain state rules,” the UW wrote. For example, the university uses donor funds to buy alcohol for fundraising events.

According to the report, the three universities used credit cards to purchase more than $164 million in goods and services in the 2012 fiscal year, which ended June 30, 2012. Most of the purchases followed state policy, the auditor’s office found.

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December 4, 2013 at 1:04 PM

State college debt lower than national average, but climbing

Graduates from Washington’s public and private four-year colleges have less debt than their counterparts nationwide, according to a new report on student debt in America. But in Washington, the average debt load has gone up nearly 22 percent in five years. When compared to other states, Washington ranks 36th for college debt levels among students who attend four-year…

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November 29, 2013 at 1:31 PM

Inslee’s advice to regents: Get legislators to visit your campus

A few hours before the Apple Cup kickoff Friday, Gov. Jay Inslee met with the regents of the University of Washington and Washington State University and pledged support for more money for higher education. Inslee also urged the schools to invite legislators to campus, show them the universities’ top accomplishments and make the pitch for higher-education…

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