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UW System / Top Stories

  • Audit: Oversight over UW, related foundations needed, Lakeland Times, Mar. 13
  • STP: Chancellor: Humanities will continue under proposed changes at UW-Stevens Point, Stevens Point Journal, Mar. 12
  • STP: Faculty members at Wisconsin Stevens Point react to plan to cut 13 majors, Inside Higher Ed, Mar. 13
  • STP: Political Stock Report for March 13 (Falling – UW-Stevens Point), WisPolitics Editorial, Kenosha News, Mar. 13

On Campus

  • COL: Golden Birthday: Barlow Planetarium(at UW-Fox Valley), Fox Cities Magazine, Mar. 11
  • COL: Eagle Scout Recipient– Kade Kemp, Seymour Troop 117(built cabinets for UW-Fox Valley Botany/Science Department), Advertiser Community News, Mar. 12
  • EXT: UW-Extension offers farming for profit workshop, Wisconsin Farmer, Mar. 10
  • EAU: Speakers to Eau Claire City Council: Postpone public good law upgrade, Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, Mar. 12
  • EAU: Proposed change to “Public Good Order” Ordinance could be postponed, WEAU 13 News, Mar. 12
  • EAU: Eau Claire City Council holds hearing on public good order ordinance, WQOW News 18, Mar. 12
  • EAU: Interview: UWEC Continuing Education Program, WQOW News 18, Mar. 12
  • EAU: ‘Phy-Psy-Cal’ exhibit is a surrealist take on human emotion (exhibit of works by UWEC graduate Lukas Carlson), The Spectator, Mar. 12
  • GRB: UWGB women draw Minnesota in NCAA tournament, Press-Gazette, Mar. 12
  • GRB: Chi-Town(review of documentary featuring UWGB alumnus Kiefer Sykes), Hammer to Nail, Mar. 12
  • GRB: Former Austin Spur’s basketball journey detailed in ‘Chi-Town’(feat. UWGB alumnus, Keifer Sykes), My Statesman, Mar. 12
  • GRB: UWGB Phoenix women earn No. 7 seed in NCAA Tournament, NBC 26, Mar. 12
  • GRB: Phoenix confident in NCAA Tournament matchup with Minnesota, Fox 11, Mar. 12
  • LAX: UW-La Crosse basketball: Kent Dernbach has interim tag removed, hired as full-time coach, La Crosse Tribune, Mar. 11
  • LAX: Brian Gutekunst has the respect of personnel peers(legendary UWL football coach Roger Harring suggested Gutekunst for internship), Packers.com, Mar. 11
  • LAX: Tourism in Wisconsin hits the $20 billion mark(UWL student Ross Ramsy hoping to find his place in tourism industry), Fox11online.com, Mar. 11
  • MAD: Let Them March: Schools Should Not Censor Students, Education Week, Mar. 12
  • MAD: Oregon native among Symphony Showcase winners, Wisconsin State Journal, Mar. 12
  • MAD: Motorcycle helmets reduce neck injuries from crashes, UW study says, Madison.com, Mar. 13
  • MAD: Column: UW, industry partnerships yield better solutions, Column, Green Bay Press-Gazette, Mar. 12
  • MAD: Video: Doctor weighs in on talking to kids about school shootings, WISC-TV 3, Mar. 12
  • MAD: More homes built near wild lands leading to greater wildfire risk, EurekAlert, Mar. 12
  • MAD/STP/STO: Tom Steyer group to spend $2.5 million mobilizing young Wisconsin voters, targeting Republicans(NextGen America group is active at 14 college campuses in Wisconsin), Capital Times, Mar. 13
  • MIL: UWM athletics grossed $13.2 million in 2016, Wisconsin Watchdog, Mar. 9
  • MIL: UWM admissions director discusses implications of Racine grading system change, Racine Journal Times, Mar. 11
  • MIL: Special Collections librarian to talk about accordion-fold books at Villa Terrace, Wisconsin Gazette, Mar. 11
  • MIL: What I’m Reading: An interview with UWM historian Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks, History News Network, Mar. 11
  • MIL: UWM prof encourages girls at Milwaukee STEM-related event, Milwaukee Business Journal, Mar. 12
  • PKS: UWP’s Becker, Halverson earn more awards, Kenosha News, Mar. 12
  • PKS: Higher Expectations recognized by StriveTogether(Racine County recognized as national model for meeting employment, education goals; partners UW-Parkside, Gateway receive funds from nonprofit to improve graduation rates), Racine Journal Times, Mar. 13
  • RVF: Students spend spring break building home, News-Press Now, Mar. 12
  • RVF: Local women to be honored by AAUW, River Falls Journal, Mar. 11
  • RVF: UWRF’s Western Show Team Named Regional Champions, Wisconsin Ag Connection, Mar. 12
  • STP: UW-Stevens Point College Republicans support proposal to cut liberal arts programs, Daily Cardinal, Mar. 12
  • STO: UW-Stout students head to Houston for hurricane relief efforts(Habitat for Humanity chapter to build new homes), WEAU TV 13, Mar. 12
  • STO: United Way, UW-Stout seek survey participants(Applied psychology graduate students helping with survey), Chippewa Falls Herald, Mar. 12
  • STO: Promoting positivity: Gofundme campaign helps local artist repair public work(Lindsey Cherek attended UW-Stout), Dunn County News, Mar. 12
  • SUP: The University of Wisconsin-Superior launches a 100% Online Ed.S. In Educational Administration – Superintendent/District Administrator, PR Newswire, Mar. 12

State

National

  • European Rules (and Big Fines) for American Colleges, Inside Higher Ed, Mar. 13
  • Quiet White House Science Office Stirs Fears but Also Raises Some Hopes, Chronicle of Higher Education, Mar. 12
  • ‘Antifa is winning’: Richard Spencer rethinks his college tour after violent protests, Washington Post, Mar. 12
  • Education Dept. Wants to Block States’ Student-Loan Rules. States Are Fighting Back, Chronicle of Higher Education, Mar. 12
  • I’d Be an ‘A’ Student if I Could Just Read My Notes, Wall Street Journal, Mar. 12

UW System / Top Stories

On Campus

  • COL: Meet UW-Marshfield/Wood County student: Cinnamin Harwood, Hub City Times, Mar. 7
  • COL: Kings Education steps up UW partnership, The PIE News, Mar. 9
  • EXT: Wisconsin Phase II SBIR/STTR awardees eligible for up to $75K in SBIR Advance matching funds, Milwaukee Community Journal, Mar. 6
  • EXT: Forest County Officials Host Narcan Training Session, WXPR, Mar. 6
  • EXT: Want to try cover crops? Cover crop incentive program available in Dodge County, Fond du Lac Reporter, Mar. 6
  • EXT: 4-H’ers test knowledge in 2018 Wisconsin 4-H Quiz Bowl and Skillathon, Wisconsin Farmer, Mar. 6
  • EXT: UW-Extension, Fond du Lac Senior Center offers StrongBodies program, Fond du Lac Reporter, Mar. 11
  • EAU: Delay sought on public good changes, Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, March 11
  • EAU: Lay employees lament Diocese of La Crosse’s decision to end their pension plan (quoting Thomas Kemp, chair of economics at UW-Eau Claire), Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, March 11
  • EAU: Shamrock Shuffle returns to Eau Claire (hosted by UW-Eau Claire), WEAU 13 News, March 10
  • EAU: Anderson to lead EC arts center, Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, March 9
  • EAU: Madison policeman offers hope that racism and mistrust can be overcome in police-community relations (presentation co-sponsored by UW-Eau Claire), Chippewa Valley Post, March 9
  • GRB: Leucistic turkey spending winter near the deck(UWGB’s Robert Howe quoted), Iron Mountain Daily News, March 10
  • GRB: Seymour’s Hailey Oskey (UWGB signee) named Miss Basketball for 2017-2018 by the state coaches’ association, Madison.com, Mar. 10
  • GRB: Stellar Students: Alison Hallfrisch(plans to attend UWGB), Herald Times Reporter, Mar. 11
  • GRB: Outdoors Notes for March 11, 2018(presentation by UWGB student Katie LaPlante), Duluth News Tribune, Mar. 11
  • GRB: Oklahoma teachers set a strike date, April 2, as educator unrest spreads across U.S.(UWGB’s Prof. Jon Shelton quoted), San Diego Tribune, Mar. 8
  • GRB: Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: Review: Shakespeare’s ‘Shrew’ masterfully fashioned at UW-Green Bay, wearegreenbay.com, Mar. 9
  • GRB: Another title for the Lady Phoenix, Superior Telegram, Mar. 9
  • GRB/MIL: The most LGBTQ-friendly universities in the United States, Study International News, Mar. 12
  • LAX: UWL Faculty Not Required to Train for School Shootings, The Racquet, Mar. 9
  • LAX: La Crosse council approves new council member(Weaver is a UWL sophomore majoring in public administration), La Crosse Tribune, Mar. 9
  • LAX: La Crosse group to host voting panel, La Crosse Tribune, Mar. 9
  • LAX: Things that Matter: Rebecca Myrick’s Dress, La Crosse Tribune, Mar. 10
  • LAX: UW-L plans 31st annual Big Band Cabaret, La Crosse Tribune, Mar. 10
  • LAX: Hokah students use virtual reality to travel outside the classroom, Winona Daily News, Mar. 10
  • LAX: Area high school students compete through words at District Forensic Festival, La Crosse Tribune, Mar. 11
  • LAX: Local College Roundup: UW-L men take 5th at D-III indoor national meet, La Crosse Tribune, Mar. 11
  • LAX: Campus Connection: 3 campuses team up on homeless project, La Crosse Tribune, Mar. 11
  • MAD: Too many menthol cough drops might make coughs worse, UW-Madison study says, UW-Madison, Mar. 8
  • MAD: Aprium, anyone? The pick of hybrid fruit and vegetables, The Guardian, Mar. 11
  • MAD: New examination of study: Kids with easy access to guns more likely to be depressed, WISC-TV 3, Mar. 11
  • MAD: UW study: Guns in home can lead to child depression, WIZM, Mar. 12
  • MAD: Warming Weather Impacts On Lakes Presentation At Nicolet, WXPR-FM, Mar. 12
  • MAD: UW-Madison think tank sponsors essay contest on whether to abolish birthright citizenship, Madison.com, Mar. 9
  • MAD: Report: Liberal Student Orgs Get 20x More Funding Than Conservative Groups at UW-Madison, Fox News Insider, Mar. 12
  • MAD: “Our Time to Shine” pushes for 100% clean energy on campus, WKOW, Mar. 9
  • MIL: Almost one year after fire, UWM’s Mainstage Theatre reopens, WUWM, Mar. 8
  • MIL: Peck School lecturer to play Ruffatti pipe organ concert at Olivet Nazarene University, Daily Southtown, Mar. 8
  • MIL: UWM ranks 6th in list of 50 best online Master of Library Science degree programs, Master’s Programs Guide, Mar. 9
  • MIL: UWM novelist’s latest book to debut with Milwaukee book launch, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Mar. 9
  • OSH/STO: Opportunities add up to a logical decision as Erika Priebe follows sister Kayla’s accounting, golf path to UW-Oshkosh(UW-Stout golf team mentioned), Wisconsin Golf, Mar. 9
  • PKS: Big Data Shows Women Engineers Downplay Coding Skills, spectrum.ieee.org, Mar. 8
  • PKS: End-of-the-world Extravaganza celebrates end of Big Read, Kenosha News, Mar. 9
  • PKS: Jim Kreuser: Eve of 10th anniversary as Kenosha County Executive, Kenosha News, Mar. 11
  • PLT: UW-Platteville is among the most affordable institutions in the state, Quad City Times, Mar. 11
  • RVF: UWRF Hudson adult business program sees 100 grads, Hudson Star Observer, Mar. 12
  • RVF: Former Kroger executive keynote speaker at Nilsestuen Legacy event, Wisconsin State Farmer, Mar. 9
  • RVF: Nilsestuen Legacy Event Addresses Integrity in a Career, Wisconsin Ag Connection, Mar. 9
  • RVF: UW-River Falls to host 2018 Nilsestuen Legacy Event, Wisconsin State Farmer, Mar. 10
  • RVF: North suburbs boast 6 semifinalists for Minnesota Teacher of the Year, Lillie News, Mar. 9
  • RVF: UWRF’s Western Show Team Named Regional Champions, Wisconsin Ag Connection, Mar. 12
  • RVF: Wisconsin Cattlemen’s Association Honors Two, Ag Update, Mar. 11
  • STO: The Baldrige award-winning university or the runaway elephant?(UW-Stout to have three presenters at conference), Blogrige, Baldridge Performance Excellence Program, Mar. 8
  • STO: Computer science-game design grad to work for Army’s Cyber Command(Allegra Van Rossum is part of UW-Stout’s ROTC program), Menomonie Chamber Weekly News and Events, Mar. 8
  • STO: OhioLINK convenes panel on college textbook affordability during State of the State(Bob Butterfield, University Library, spoke as a panelist), Ohio Library and Information Network, Mar. 8
  • STO: UW-Stout student ready to serve and protect(Allegra Van Rossum will work as a cyber operations officer for the U.S. Army), Leader-Telegram, Mar. 11
  • STO: A master of learning(Mary Kees attended UW-Stout), River Falls Journal, Mar. 10
  • STO: Projects await motorists in region(Bridge work on Hwy 25 to occur when UW-Stout has fewer classes), Leader-Telegram, Mar. 11
  • STO: CCEDC program addresses exporting resources(Jeff Carr, UW-Stout Manufacturing Outreach Center, will present), Leader-Telegram, Mar. 12
  • STO: Arrgh, matey: Elk Mound’s pirate themed-machine sails away with regional trophy in Rube Goldberg contest(UW-Stout hosted contest), Dunn County News, Mar. 9
  • STO: Women in Construction Week(Madalen Polden is a UW-Stout alumna), Derrick Custom Homes newsletter, Mar. 8
  • STO: Indoor track and field: Blue Devils’ Elsner, Blugolds’ Kornack go 1-2 in shot put(UW-Stout shot put thrower Sam Elsner wins a national title), Leader-Telegram, Mar. 11
  • STO: Portage alum Sam Elsner wins national shot put title, Portage Daily Register, Mar. 10
  • STO: Brown water blues(Red Cedar Watershed Conference held at UW-Stout), Dunn County News, Mar. 9
  • SUP: UW-Superior offers workshop for beekeepers, Superior Telegram, Mar. 9

National

  • College students support free speech — unless it offends them, Washington Post, Mar. 12
  • Students value diversity, inclusion more than free expression, study says, Inside Higher Education, Mar. 12
  • What College Students Really Think About Free Speech, New York Times, Mar. 12
  • Visas Issued to Foreign Students Fall, Partly Due to Trump Immigration Policy, Wall Street Journal, Mar. 11
  • Yale Rape Verdict Shows How ‘Yes Means Yes’ Can Be Murkier in Court, New York Times, Mar. 8
  • DeVos: States Don’t Have Authority to Regulate Loan Servicers, Inside Higher Ed, Mar. 12
  • Universities step up gun violence research even as federal government shies away, Baltimore Sun, Mar. 10
  • How Texas A&M drew attention away from Richard Spencer’s 2016 visit to campus, Texas Tribune, Mar. 9
  • An Ex-Nazi Lays Bare the Campus Strategy of White Supremacists, Chronicle of Higher Education, Mar. 11

UW System / Top Stories

On Campus

  • EXT: Study Finds Entrepreneurship Is Stronger In Rural Areas, Wisconsin Public Radio, Mar. 8
  • EAU: The Forum: NPR education journalist talks about debt in today’s world, The Spectator, March 8
  • EAU: UW-Eau Claire to offer exploratory language courses for elementary school students, Chippewa Valley Post, March 8
  • EAU: UW-Eau Claire hosts history competition for middle and high school students, WQOW News 18, March 8
  • EAU: National History Day comes to UWEC, WEAU 13 News, March 8
  • EAU: Chippewa Valley Votes helps register people to vote, WQOW News 18, March 8
  • GRB: College Trying to Be Healthier, WTAQ, Mar. 9
  • GRB: Oklahoma teachers set a strike date, April 2, as educator unrest spreads across U.S.(Prof. Jon Shelton chimes in), Los Angeles Times, Mar. 8
  • GRB: Student Cast, Director of ‘columbinus’ Reflect on School Shootings(quote from UWGB student), Door County Pulse, Mar. 9
  • GRB: Energy pours from Shakespeare’s ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ as presented by Actors From The London Stage at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, wearegreenbay.com, March 9
  • GRB/EAU/STP: Eau Claire to Host USA College Curling Championships, Sportsdestinations.com, Mar. 9
  • LAX: UWL art students decorate office, WKBT, Mar. 7
  • LAX: UW-La Crosse students and alum create motivational artwork, WXOW, Mar. 7
  • LAX: ‘Spread the Word to End the Word’ campaign comes to UWL campus, WKBT, Mar. 8
  • MAD: Scientist, diplomat, philanthropist to get honorary degrees at UW graduation, Wisconsin State Journal, Mar. 8
  • MAD: Linda Thomas-Greenfield Will Receive Honorary Degree at UW Commencement Ceremony, Madison365, Mar. 9
  • MAD: UW-Madison To Make Changes To Trans Health Care, WPR, Mar. 8
  • MAD: Your yard is a powerful force against climate change, Minnesota Public Radio, Mar. 8
  • MAD: Most major outlets have used Russian tweets as sources for partisan opinion: study, Columbia Journalism Review, Mar. 8
  • MAD: Scientists have created music for cats, and it’s an interesting listen, Yahoo! UK, Mar. 9
  • MAD: Why A Wisconsin-Developed Ebola Vaccine Represents A Breakthrough, WisContext, Mar. 8
  • MAD: A mastodon and a meteor older than Earth are highlights of the UW Geology Museum, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Mar. 9
  • MAD: UW Hospital surgeons use 3D printing to prepare for heart surgeries, NBC-15, Mar. 8
  • MAD: UW–Madison grad makes top 20 in World Championship Cheese Contest, WISC-TV 3, Mar. 8
  • MAD: UW-Madison grad finalist in World Cheese Championship, WMTV, Mar. 9
  • MIL: UWM film studies instructor talks about backlash to “Slender Man” horror movie, Milwaukee Record, Mar. 8
  • MIL: UWM film program already onboard filmmaker John Ridley’s ‘s No Studios project, WUWM, Mar. 8
  • MIL: Why Doesn’t Milwaukee Have A College Football Team?WUWM, Mar. 9
  • OSH/PLT/STP: NCAA Division III men’s basketball Sweet 16 features three WIAC teams for the first time, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Mar. 9
  • PKS: ‘He’s got a target on him:’ Parkside wrestler hopes to end career with 3rd Division II national title, Fox 6, Mar. 8
  • STP: UWSP proposes cutting thirteen programs and adding new programs, WJFW, Mar. 8
  • STP: Shankland To Hold Town Hall On UWSP Cuts, WXPR, Mar. 9
  • STP: UW Stevens Point students partner with organizations to celebrate Women’s Day, WSAW, Mar. 8
  • SUP: UW-Superior hosts 5th annual Seussville Family Fun Night, KBJR6.com, Mar. 9

National

  • Confusion over Distance Education Rules, Inside Higher Ed, Mar. 9
  • Assessments will be disrupted: Is performance approach the future? Education Dive, Mar. 8
  • Leading in Turbulent Times: A Survey of Presidents, Inside Higher Ed, Mar. 9
  • College Culture Drives Professors’ Job Satisfaction, Study Finds, Chronicle of Higher Ed, Mar. 8
  • In a Fight Against Depression, UCLA Relies on Technology, Chronicle of Higher Ed, Mar. 8
  • On Twitter, falsehood spreads faster than truth, The Economist, Mar. 9
  • University of California president wants to offer guaranteed admission to qualified community college students, Ed Source, Mar. 8
  • Texas Tech professor who says university punished him for opposing tenure can take case to trial, Inside Higher Ed, Mar. 9

On Campus

  • COL: UW-Manitowoc’s renovation project complete, Fox 11 News, Mar. 7
  • EXT: Columbia County 4-H holds annual Communication Arts Festival, Portage Daily Register, Mar. 7
  • EAU: Free exploratory foreign language classes to be offered to area kids, WEAU 13 News, Mar. 7
  • EAU: John Menard ranks #134 on Forbes billionaires list (Menard is a UW-Eau Claire alumnus), WQOW News 18, Mar. 7
  • EAU: For the Love of Order: Hearing scheduled for “Public Good Order” amendments, Volume One, Mar. 7
  • GRB: Actors from the London Stage visit UWGB, WBAY, Mar. 7
  • GRB: Holy cow! ‘Manitowoc Minute’s’ Charlie Berens funny as heck at sold-out Weidner show, Press Gazette, Mar. 7
  • GRB: Celebrating Nutrition Month at UW-Green Bay, Fox 11, Mar. 8
  • LAX: Forensics fest at UW-La Crosse to test students’ gift of gab, La Crosse Tribune, Mar. 8
  • LAX: Death Cafe in La Crosse stirs up conversations on mortality — over coffee, La Crosse Tribune, Mar. 8
  • LAX: Economist: Hard to find disagreement that tariffs aren’t good for trade, La Crosse’s NewsTalk 1410AM 92.3FM, Mar. 8
  • LAX: UW-La Crosse students seek romantic tales of old, La Crosse Tribune, Mar. 8
  • MAD: Accelerated program at UW hopes to end nursing shortage, WISC-TV 3, Mar. 8
  • MAD: Too many menthol cough drops might make coughs worse, UW-Madison study says, Wisconsin State Journal, Mar. 8
  • MAD: Former UW-Madison chancellor Irving Shain dies, WKOW, Mar. 7
  • MAD: Former UW-Madison Chancellor and professor Irving Shain dies at 92 after brief illness, Wisconsin State Journal, Mar. 8
  • MAD: Irving Shain, WISC-TV 3, Mar. 8
  • MIL: “The whole campus and the whole community came together:” UWM Main Stage Theatre back open after fire, WDJT, Mar. 6
  • MIL: UWM researcher collaborates on U.S. Department of Defense groundwater purification project, University of California, Riverside, Mar. 6
  • MIL: UWM urban planning prof speaks about benefits of Milwaukee business improvement districts, Shepherd Express, Mar. 6
  • MIL: UWM Africology prof conducts professional development at Gan Ami Early Childhood, Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle, Mar. 7
  • MIL: New M7 film cluster to include UWM film department, Urban Milwaukee, Mar. 7
  • OSH: UW Oshkosh has first all-women dean faculty, WeAreGreenBay.com, Mar. 8
  • PKS: German educators visit Parkside, Kenosha to engage in expanding educational opportunities, Kenosha News, Mar. 5
  • PKS: UWP creates Ranger Impact Fund, Kenosha News, Mar. 6
  • PKS: Local colleges: UW-Parkside announced creation of Ranger Impact Fund, Racine Journal Times, Mar. 5
  • PKS/STP: How Do We Talk about School Shootings?The Pointer, Mar. 6
  • PKS: UW-Parkside Community Band, Wind Ensemble performing March 8, Kenosha News, Mar. 7
  • PKS: UWP creates Ranger Impact Fund, Kenosha News, Mar. 6
  • PLT: Pioneers return to Sweet 16 for the first time since 1999, WKOW, Mar. 7
  • STO: Students STAR at events(The contest was held at UW-Stout), Barron News-Shield, Mar. 7
  • STO: Alcohol, drug use among youth examined(Data was collected from UW-Stout students), Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, Mar. 8
  • STO: Catching up with Manitowoc Lincoln’s 1968 state championship team(Mike Muchowski attended UW-Stout), Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter, Mar. 8
  • STO: Tom Still: Trade war will hurt Wisconsin(UW-Stout Manufacturing Outreach Center offers ExporTech), Chippewa Herald, Mar. 8
  • SUP: UWS Majors & Minors Helping Students Choose Career Path, FOX 21 Online, Mar. 7

State

National

  • How universities make cities great, Bloomberg News, Mar. 6
  • Banks Look to Break Government’s Hold on Student-Loan Market, Wall Street Journal, Mar. 7
  • Wells Fargo Urged to Pause Growth of College Partnerships, Wall Street Journal, Mar. 7
  • Why America’s student debt is a women’s issue, Market Watch, Mar. 8
  • Education Dept.’s mishandling of student debt relief claims creating headaches for applicants, Washington Post, Mar. 7
  • Race and Gender Bias in Online Courses, Inside Higher Ed, Mar. 8
  • Survey finds global boom in private higher education enrollments, Inside Higher Ed, Mar. 8
  • Preparing for the economic impact of artificial intelligence, Information Age, Mar. 8
  • NCAA tops $1 billion in revenue during 2016-17 school year, ESPN, Mar. 7
  • University Leaders Urge Changes to Endowment Tax, Inside Higher Ed, Mar. 8
  • No End in Sight for Campus Free Speech Battles, Inside Higher Ed, Mar. 8

In 1974, Bil and Susie Mosca bought a Georgian-era farmhouse. They had their work cut out for them. Of the 57 windows, 54 were cracked. There was no insulation, no electricity, and no septic system.

By the next year, they had the place in good enough shape to start renting rooms on their 12-acre property. Eventually, the Moscas' Center Lovell Inn became a Maine institution. So in the early '90s, when the Moscas were ready to retire, saying goodbye to their baby proved very hard. Finding the right buyer for the inn was a major financial and emotional challenge. For instance, there was a car salesman who wanted to jazz up the entrance with a flashing light that wouldn't fit the business' character. "We really couldn't see that which we built up with our blood and sweat and tears turned over to somebody who was going to spoil it," Bil Mosca said.

There were certainly some appealing prospective buyers who expressed interest. But they didn't have enough cash to take the property. So the Moscas did something quite novel: They held an essay content for the rights to their beloved inn.

In 1993, the couple slogged through more than 7,000 essays from potential buyers. Each had paid just $100 and 200 words for rights to the inn, with the sum of the fees (more than $700,000) serving as the Moscas' compensation for giving up the property. At the time, this strategy was largely unheard of. No one knew how it would pan out.

"If you're not willing to risk, you're not willing to gain, are you?" Mosca said. "We were really willing to put our necks out there and maybe we were going to be proven fools."

But the idea wasn't foolish. The contest, featured on the Phil Donahue Show, went viral in a pre-viral era. Other homeowners and business owners took note, to the point that the concept feels familiar, or even cliché, in 2015.

Nowadays, a heartfelt essay can get you a goat farm in Alabama, a bakery in Vermont, or a movie theater in Massachusetts. In a particularly special sale, Janice Sage, who along with her then-husband had won the inn from the Moscas in the 1990s, passed on the very same inn in an essay contest earlier this year, reportedly netting $906,875.

If this method sounds overly simplified to small business owners contemplating sales, that's because it is. There are a lot of contests out there. Only the wildly successful ones make national headlines.

And there are potential complications. The Boston Globe reports that dozens of losing applicants from Sage's contest banded together and prompted a police investigation of the inn's sale. The winning entry, selected by two judges — not Sage — came from Prince and Rose Adams, a couple with extensive experience in hospitality. The contest entry information had explicitly promised restaurant and inn owners wouldn't be at an advantage. Eventually, Sage was cleared of wrongdoing. The Moscas were also investigated for rule-breaking way back when. Bil chalks up the complaints to sour grapes. The premise behind any essay contest is that to apply and justify the fee, every entrant must genuinely believe his or her essay is the best. Hurt feelings afterward are to be expected.

Nonetheless, there are many very real legal issues to iron out before attempting a feat like this. The specifics of whether owners can even run such contests vary by state. And if there is a potential sale going through, buyers — sometimes not even allowed to tour the property prior to the sale — would be wise to stay on top of all the details, including any property liens, transfer taxes, and title fees.

Bil, 71, still lives in Maine and finds work as an essay contest consultant. He and Susie even recently published a book with lessons from their experience called Passing Along A Dream.

For Mosca, selling the inn in a zany, legally fraught manner was worth it. The self-described optimist saw it as a way of giving the contestants hope. Here was a new path for big dreamers stuck in a rut — maybe saddled with a dull job, a bad relationship, or grief. Poring over thousands of essays, many several times over, the Moscas were touched by the emotional hardships and desire for change people conveyed. Bil cried when his favorite of the finalists didn't get the nod from his judges. It was a woman who saw running the inn as a way to honor the sacrifices her late parents, both Holocaust survivors, made in getting to the U.S.

"That's who's going to enter our contest," Mosca said. "So many of those people who needed to get away and needed hope. We were their bartenders, their rabbis, their ministers, their priests. We served those functions with respect because people poured their hearts out onto paper to us, and that's a great responsibility not to diminish what they said and did."

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