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Short Takes: Former Northeastern Student is Found Guilty

By Dan McGuire

Former Northeastern University student Stephen Womack was convicted of receiving stolen property and maliciously destroying books from Northeastern and Harvard libraries early this month. He faces a maximum of 30 years in prison from the charges.

Womack was acquitted of attempting to extort the school. Womack admitted sending four letters threatening to bomb the university unless it fired all Jewish faculty members and paid him money. He also said he would kill and mutilate four Northeastern librarians if his demands were not met. Womack's defense attorney, William Homans, argued that the claims were pranks.

[Northeastern News, March 6]

Harvard tuition up to $29K

Harvard University administrators announced March 13 that it would raise its tuition next year to $28,896, up 4.8 percent from the current tuition of $27,575. "Increases are limited to those necessary for sustaining the quality of our academic programs and operating the facilities that house them," said University Dean for the Faculty Jeremy R. Knowles.

Officials said the rise in tuition was due mainly to the increasing demands for funds by the libraries and the Harvard informational technology systems.

[Harvard Crimson, March 14]