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Ryerson computer glitch exposes students’ personal info
If nothing else, you can be happy Western hasn’t made any of your personal information publicly available.

For over a month, students’ names, student numbers, e-mail and mailing addresses, gender, date of birth and social insurance numbers were exposed due to a software glitch in Ryerson University’s new online course registration software.

In late December and early January three students notified Ryerson the registration program was allowing them to view the personal information of other students.

Following more reports of the problem Ryerson devised a patch to fix the problem. A follow up investigation indicated 363 other students may have had access to the information of 588 individuals.

In a press release, Ryerson stated they have no reason to believe any of the information has been misused.

“As standard protocol we have initiated a plan to notify the 588 individuals potentially affected,” said Heather Driscoll, information and privacy co-ordinator for Ryerson.
" Michael Donovan

Davenport makes a lot, but should have coached U.S. football
With a salary of almost $370,000, Western President Paul Davenport is doing pretty well for himself.

However, a recent analysis of tax filings of more than 4,000 employees at 600 private colleges across the United States shows that presidents’ earnings south of the border are even higher " and are relatively modest in comparison with some other university employees.

In fact, only 11 of the 88 private-college employees who made $1 million or more in the 2007 fiscal year were chief executives, according to the analysis of compensation packages by The Chronicle of Higher Education released on Monday.

Compare this to the top earners " the head football coach at the University of Southern California and a Columbia University dermatology professor " who each raked in more than $4 million in 2007.

These numbers have prompted public scrutiny and questions over whether this is the best use of university funds.

Senator Charles Grassley, a Republican from Iowa, has suggested school trustees should ensure high salaries are justified.

“Colleges get big tax breaks to achieve their missions,” Grassley said in a recent statement.

“Is $4 million for a single professor or football coach the best use of resources? Students and families struggling to pay for college would probably say no.”

The Chronicle did not analyze American public colleges.
" Lauren Pelley

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