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Poetic justice?

Posted by Jan Gardner  November 24, 2008 08:29 AM

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The news briefs that appear in the paper can be intriguing teasers to bigger, more complex stories. That's certainly true for the brief in today's Globe about the lawsuit New England College in Henniker, N.H., filed against poet Anne Marie Mascari who left the college, where she directed a program for aspiring poets, and started a similar program at Drew University in New Jersey. Enrollment in the Henniker program has fallen and Macari is being blamed for luring students to the N.J. program.

The Concord Monitor in N.H. has a fuller story, but there are still a lot of unanswered questions such as: What does a college buy when it pays the interim director of a master's program $33,000 a year? The promise that she won't start a competing program elsewhere?

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