Archive for October, 2015

Felony charges for Baruch fraternity brothers signal harsher penalties for violent hazing

By Caitlin Dickson

Fraternity brothers Steven Chen and Revel Deng were arraigned this week on criminal charges relating to the 2013 death of Baruch College student Chun “Michael” Deng, bringing the number of Pi Delta Psi members to be charged in the 19-year-old pledge’s fatal hazing to 37.

The last of the Pi Delta Psi charges came one day after police in Albany, N.Y., charged a sixth fraternity member in conjunction with the hazing death of yet another 19-year-old pledge: University of Albany student Trevor Duffy. According to police reports, Duffy died last November after participating in an initiation ritual for an unsanctioned chapter of Zeta Beta Tau, in which “Duffy, along with other initiates, was required, ordered, and encouraged to drink 1.75 liters of alcohol of their choice.”

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UMich Student Says Football Player Gave Her STD, In A Very Public Way

By Molly Horan

The author reportedly printed 5,000 of the fliers and plastered them all around the giant Ann Arbor campus — and, of course, lots of photos of the handbills have made their way onto social media. In the notice, she accuses Peppers of infecting her with chlamydia for a second time, after he knew he had the STD. She also implies in the flier, which is addressed as a letter to Peppers, that he used excuses to persuade her to have unprotected sex.

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http://www.refinery29.com/2015/10/96529/university-of-michigan-jabrill-pepper-chlamydia-fliers

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Mark Zuckerberg, Priscilla Chan Opening The Primary School

By David Cohen

Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, are taking their commitment to education to the next level.

The San Jose Mercury News reports that Zuckerberg and Chan are spearheading the launch of The Primary School, which the newspaper described as “a private, comprehensive preschool and kindergarten through eighth grade school,” aimed at “the most disadvantaged residents” of East Palo Alto and the eastern part of Menlo Park, where the social network is headquartered.

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http://www.adweek.com/socialtimes/mark-zuckerberg-priscilla-chan-the-primary-school/628913

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UA student opens up about ‘The Machine,’ discusses its role in campus politics

By Alex Smith

“I wanted to call this special meeting tonight to inform you all that you are now a part of a select, secret group of senators. Take a look around. Get to know each others’ faces. Don’t tell anyone about 
this meeting.”

These were the first words spoken to me in the Kappa Alpha Order basement a week after my election to the SGA senate. As uncomfortable as I felt, I attempted to put on some sort of façade and listen as attentively as I could. I had been told The Machine was great – that it was powerful and could get me places. I had a deep desire to improve this campus and make student lives better, and I truly believed The Machine was the best way to do that. So I ignored the hairs standing straight up on the back of my neck, remained quiet and didn’t ask questions.

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http://www.al.com/opinion/index.ssf/2015/10/ua_student_opens_up_about_the.html#incart_m-rpt-2

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Ole Miss removes Mississippi flag with Confederate emblem

By Emily Wagster Pettus and Jeff Amy

The University of Mississippi quietly pulled down the state flag on Monday, deciding that the 121-year-old banner’s Confederate battle emblem sends a harmful message in this age of diversity.

Acting under the order of Interim Chancellor Morris Stocks, three campus police officers furled the flag before most students were awake, taking it down from a circle of honor between the white-columned administration building and a marble statue of a saluting Confederate soldier.

A group of university leaders met Sunday night and agreed to take it down, days after the student and faculty senates urged its removal from the Oxford campus, a bastion for Southern elites since its founding in 1848.

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What Scotland learned from making college tuition free

By Libby Nelson

Bernie Sanders loves to talk about Denmark’s liberal policies, including free higher education. But for his plan to make tuition free at public colleges, there’s a better comparison: Scotland, which abolished tuition fees in 2000.

The effects of that decision are still under debate. Cheaper college meant students in Scotland were more likely to apply to college than students in England, where tuition was increasing, and they were more likely to study subjects that didn’t promise a lucrative salary after graduation.

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http://www.vox.com/2015/10/22/9592460/college-tuition-free-scotland

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Ole Miss student senators take on state flag, its Confederate imagery

By Eliott C. McLaughlin

University of Mississippi student senators voted Tuesday evening in favor of a resolution asking the university to remove the Mississippi flag, which includes the iconic blue cross and stars representing the states of the Confederacy, from campus.

Thirty-three student senators voted in favor of the resolution, 15 opposed it, and one abstained.

Oxford is a place where tradition is revered, and Confederate symbolism has long been important to the school’s image. Ole Miss athletic teams are called the Rebels, and until 2003, Colonel Reb was the university’s mascot. (In 2010, Rebel Black Bear was selected as the school’s mascot.)

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Genetic Testing: A Key Campus Resource for Mental Health

By Verelyn Gibbs Watson

Mental illness is among the biggest issues today’s college campuses are struggling with. Often times it isn’t until after something devastating happens — a suicide, a shooting — that we learn mental illness was a factor, but by then it’s too late to give it the attention it deserves. Every day, there are students struggling with mental health issues, many undiagnosed until something happens to alert them or their loved ones to a condition.

Research conducted by the National Alliance on Mental Illness found that one in four college students have a diagnosable mental illness. Half of them say they have been so anxious they struggled in school. Clinics on campuses are chronically understaffed and overwhelmed.

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/verelyn-gibbs-watson/genetic-testing-a-key-cam_b_8257946.html

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Indiana ATO frat shut down after sexually explicit video surfaces

By Ray Sanchez

The charter of an Indiana University fraternity has been revoked after a video surfaced showing members cheering on a brother involved in a sexually explicit act with a woman.

The national organization of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity said it shut down the Indiana chapter Thursday following the release of the “highly inappropriate and vulgar” video.

The national chapter’s chief executive officer, Wynn Smiley, said the 21-year-old man in the video was an initiated member and the two women were exotic dancers hired by a frat member.

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http://www.cnn.com/2015/10/08/us/indiana-university-fraternity-suspended/index.html

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New dorms: Florida universities building plusher digs to lure students

By Anastasia Dawson

There are rusty sinks and tiny communal showers. The rooms always seem too hot or too cold. The carpets have mysterious stains, and the tiny windows do little to mitigate the harsh fluorescent lighting.

But for freshmen Anastasia Akimova,18, and Yu Maeda, 20, along with some 1,000 other students at the University of South Florida, the Andros dorms are home — at least for the semester.

“They’re really old. Not that nice,” Maeda said. The dorms, in fact, have seen only a few superficial renovations since they were built in 1964.

“I’m kind of afraid there are ghosts,” Akimova said with a laugh, but she was only partly kidding.

– See more at: http://www.tbo.com/news/education/new-dorms-florida-universities-building-plusher-digs-to-lure-students-20151010/#sthash.AHdTyYG4.dpuf

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