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Frat-boy massage

The 2005-2006 pledge class for the fraternity Sigma Alpha Epsilon offered massages Nov. 1 and 3 to raise money for the fraternity. Union of Students president and SAE member Anthony Rivas said every pledge class must complete three objectives to join the fraternity, one of which is a fund-raising event for SAE. First-year political science major Karl Wing said the massages were his idea and the pledge class gave more than 20 massages. The seven members of the pledge class set up the massage booth in the Student Union hallway 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., raising more than $40. The pledge class charged $2 for five-minute massages and $5 for 15-minute massages.

LSAT imposter

The Texas-based test-prep program Test Masters, offered at UAA, has received complaints from students around the country who enrolled in its courses. Test Masters, spelled with a space, borrows the name from TestMasters, spelled without a space, the California-based company providing the original test prep courses for the Law School Admission Test, the exam all law students must take. The New York state Consumer Protection Board received word of the imposter company when 17 students filed complaints with the Board, asking for refunds from Test Masters.

Students rally cuts

Washington D.C.-area college students met at the Nation’s Capitol Nov. 1 in a rally against the federal government’s recent budget cuts to student aid. The rally is a response to the House of Representative’s Education and Workforce Committee approval to cut $14.5 billion from the mandatory spending budget. Most of the cuts are from subsidies the federal government pays to private loan venders. The bill also includes more and higher fees for students who default on loans and parents who take out loans for their children.

Adjuncts protest

Faculty in colleges and universities across the United States held the third-ever national “Campus Equity Week” to rally for better pay and benefits for part-time professors. Adjunct faculty are considered part-time employees, but the American Federation of Teachers says less than one-third of adjunct professors work less than full-time. To protest the unfair treatment, adjunct professors passed out peanuts, dressed up as ghosts and ran fake job-advertisements to make public statements about their job conditions. Faculty passed out peanuts with signs, which read, “What do adjunct faculty and elephants have in common? They both work for peanuts.”