Next summer, U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. will join the faculty of William Mitchell College of Law - for five weeks only - to teach at its summer program in London.
The law school, based in St. Paul, announced Wednesday that Roberts will teach a course next July called "The United States Supreme Court in Historical Perspective."
"This is a remarkable, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our students to learn from one of our country's preeminent jurists," said Eric Janus, the president and dean of the law school, in a statement released Wednesday.
William Mitchell sponsors a five-week study abroad program in London that's open to law students across the United States.
Pete the dog may not be the best student. But according to a BBC report, the American University of London granted him an MBA based largely on a made-up account of his life, under the fake name "Pete Smith."
As part of its investigation, the BBC program Newsnight created a fake one-page resume, identifying Pete as a management consultant with 15 years experience and an undergraduate degree from a British university. "The real Pete was actually a dog living in Battersea Dogs' Home," the BBC reported.
The university - described as a distance-learning program - requires applicants to send in a photo and photocopy of their credentials, but the BBC says it simply ignored those rules when it sent in Pete's application.
The response? The university "sent 'Pete' an e-mail saying that his application for a degree based on previous experience had been successful." And that he would get his MBA degree in about two weeks, once the tuition - about $7,200 - was sent in.
When confronted by the news organization, the American University of London issued a statement saying "We are not a bogus university...and have always been upfront about our status. We have not applied for accreditation with any American, British or other official agency." But on the bright side, it said: "Many graduates go on to higher education or hold important positions on the strength of our degrees."
Starting next year, law students at the University of St. Thomas will pay a flat fee for all three years, and tuition will be frozen at $36,843 a year.
The law school, which is based in Minneapolis, has not raised its tuition since the fall of 2012.
The move, announced Wednesday, reflects growing concern about the cost of graduate school - as well as a nosedive in applications in the last three years. As of this summer, the St. Thomas law school had 59 percent fewer applications than in 2010.
"We need to do whatever we can to keep the cost of legal education under control," said Robert Vischer, the dean of the law school. Tuition will freeze for all current students as well, officials say.
In the past, law students paid per credit; under the new program, they'll pay the same flat fee each year.
Curtis Chin, a former U.S. diplomat, is challenging the popular idea that study abroad is essential for a college education.
In a provocative essay in the New York Times, Chin writes: "Asking whether study abroad should be part of every American student's education is a bit like asking whether visiting our nation’s capital or volunteering at a local charity should be part of every student’s education. Perhaps so in an ideal world, and clearly there can be benefits from all of this, but let’s be realistic."
He goes on to say that there are "costs and trade-offs," and asks whether the focus on pushing students to study abroad is "an unnecessary distraction." Perhaps, he argues, the time, money and effort would be better spent improving education here at home. "Focusing our attention on what is offered in the classroom must take priority over advocating for study abroad programs."
His is the minority voice in the Times' "Room for Debate" section - four other writers argue that studying overseas is "essential" and that more students should do it.
Inaugurations are rare events at St. Thomas University in St. Paul. It's had just three presidents in 47 years.
But on Thursday, it will make history when Dr. Julie Sullivan is formally installed as the first female president, and the first lay person at the Catholic university. To mark the occasion, St. Thomas has canceled all afternoon classes that day to allow students, faculty and staff to attend.
Sullivan, 56, started her job July 1. She was preceded by Father Dennis Dease, who became president in 1991, and Monsignor Terrence Murphy, who started his term in 1966.
The ceremony begins at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17 at the field house of the Anderson Athletic and Recreation Complex at the university's St. Paul campus.
Meagan Nouis hopes to go into broadcasting when she graduates from the University of Minnesota. But if all else fails, she could always join the circus.
On Thursday, Nouis spent her lunch hour on Northrop Mall leading half a dozen other students in the fine art of juggling.
"I've been juggling for 7 1/2 years," said Nouis, 20, a senior from Little Falls who's majoring in communications. She returned from study abroad in January, determined to revive the U's dormant juggling club.
Now, it has some 15 or 20 members who gather once a week on Thursdays to practice their craft. In fact, they're hosting a three-day festival - "FlipFest" - on Nov. 1-3 at Coffman Union.
Nouis says juggling is "absolutely" a stress reliever, and insists that she's taught some people how to do it in as little as 20 minutes.
"We totally encourage anyone who's never tried it before," she said. "We tell them anybody can learn."