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James Franco to Teach at NYU; University of Maryland-Eastern Shore Goes Solar

Ohio State University and state prisons are considering a food buying deal in an effort to cut costs. It is unclear what foods the two institutions will buy together, and it has been agreed that the partnership won’t make food less tasty. Ohio is dealing with an $8 billion budget deficit and looking for various ways to control its debt. By the joint purchasing of food, the prisons can save an annual $2 million, but it is uncertain how much the university will save until the proposal is complete. [Knox News]

A student newspaper’s opinion editorial has stirred up controversy by comparing undocumented immigrants to home intruders. Jamie Pizzi of Rollins College in Florida argued in the piece that citizenship should not be granted to children of illegal immigrants, stating that “America has a crucial decision to make: continue to attract those who want a free ride, or return to a time where America attracted only the best and the brightest to its golden shores.”  Accompanying the piece was an image of a green alien flipping through television channels in someone’s home. The student received a large amount of backlash but claims there was never any hurt intended. [College Media]

Academy Award-nominated actor James Franco is adding professor to his long list of career ventures. In an e-mail to New York University’s Washington Square newspaper, the alumnus announced he will teach a section of graduate film students in the fall. The class will be offered to 10 to 12 students who will adapt a Louise Gluck poem. According to John Tintori, the chair of the graduate division of the Kanbar Institute of Film and Television, the students will be fortunate to learn from Franco. [Washington Square News]

The University of Maryland–Eastern Shore has turned on its recent mega-solar power system. The project consists of 7,800 solar panels that will generate power to 5,700 homes. The project will generate power for the school over the next 20 years, saving a large amount of money. The use of solar power will eliminate more than 121 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions, which is equivalent to removing 12,000 cars off the road. [Cooler Planet]

Ashley R. Hunter is an editorial intern for Campus Progress.

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