All posts by Lacey Johnson

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Student at Loyola U. New Orleans Sent Bomb Threat to Avoid Taking Test

The FBI arrested a student at Loyola University New Orleans last week after she sent e-mails to the campus police threatening to blow up a building and kill five professors, The Times-Picayune, a New Orleans newspaper, reports. Evelyn Hubbard, a junior biology major, told the authorities that she had sent the messages to avoid taking a test on the morning of November 17 in the building, Monroe Hall. Investigators eventually tracked the e-mails back to Ms. Hubbard, who said she had never planned …

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Professor Says Naval Academy Inflates Applicant Numbers to Improve Ranking

A professor at the U.S. Naval Academy has accused the institution of inflating its application numbers in order to appear more selective and thus rise in national rankings like those compiled by U.S. News & World Report. Students who applied to a weeklong Summer Seminar and candidates who never completed their applications are included in the academy’s annual tally of applicants, according to documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request filed by the professor, Bruce Fleming….

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Sex Article in Student Newspaper Stirs Controversy at Yeshiva U.

Yeshiva University’s student government has voted to withdraw financial support from a student newspaper, YU Beacon, after it published a literary article about a sexual encounter by a female student, The Wall Street Journal reports. In the article, which appeared this week, the anonymous writer describes her transformation from an “occasionally-cute-modern-orthodox-girl” into a “sexually-appealing-secular-woman” while meeting a Jewish man in a hotel room for sex. Many students at the un…

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Florida Governor Asks Universities to Review Hazing Policies

In response to the recent death of a drum major in Florida A&M University’s marching band, Gov. Rick Scott is asking the state’s university presidents to re-evaluate their hazing and harassment policies, the Associated Press reported. The governor, a Republican, wrote a letter on Thursday to Chancellor Frank T. Brogan, who oversees the 11 institutions in Florida’s university system, saying that hazing should be strictly condemned. The drum major, Robert Champion, died on November 19 from what …

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Students Show Support for Occupy Cal Movement From Abroad

Student-body leaders at more than a dozen colleges across the country announced their support of free assembly and expression in a YouTube video uploaded on Saturday, in response to police officers’ use of force against demonstrators on the University of California at Berkeley’s campus this month. The students in the video are on a trip together in Russia and said they wanted to show solidarity with the Occupy Cal protesters, who are part of a national Occupy Colleges movement.

The students also…

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Researchers Find Patterns in Student Smoking

College students are more likely to think about smoking when they are partying, drinking, or working, according to a study in the journal Substance Use & Misuse. After examining the smoking patterns of fraternity and sorority members during three fall semesters, researchers at the University of Missouri also found that overall student smoking declined as each semester wore on. But the rate of smoking increased on weekends. The study is part of a larger research project published in Preventive Me…

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Rising College Costs Are Due Largely to Books, Room, and Board, Study Finds

Despite the widely publicized rising sticker prices on tuition, about two-thirds of the increase in the cost of attending a four-year college from 2000 to 2009 came from nontuition sources, such as books and off-campus room and board, according to a report released on Thursday by the Center for College Affordability and Productivity. The average amount that students paid, after subtracting savings from scholarships and grants, increased by nearly $3,000, while net tuition prices grew by only abo…

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Ex-Student Accuses UC-Davis of Ignoring Hazing and Sex Abuse

A 2010 graduate of the University of California at Davis has filed a lawsuit accusing administrators of ignoring his complaints about being sexually abused and hazed during a fraternity initiation in 2008, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. The former student, Ryan Clifford, says he was drugged, molested, punched, and forced to drink “inordinate amounts” of alcohol. The events, he says, resulted in his having a permanent limp from a fractured foot, which required two surgeries. He says he…

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Penn Investigates Accounts of Hazing by Student-Government Group

The Undergraduate Assembly at the University of Pennsylvania is being investigated by the administration after allegations of hazing were made public in The Daily Pennsylvanian. The student-government group was accused of blindfolding newly elected freshman members, encouraging them to drink alcohol, tying them to chairs, and locking them in a small closet. Two members of the assembly wrote about the hazing rituals in opinion essays published last week. Tyler Ernst, the president, responded in a…

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U. of Charleston (W.Va.) Will Cut Tuition by 22% for Freshmen

The University of Charleston, in West Virginia, announced on Wednesday it would cut tuition by 22 percent for entering freshmen and transfer students beginning next fall, from $25,000 to $19,500. The college said the decision was in keeping with its mission to expand access to private higher education to more middle-income families. Returning students have also been promised at least $6,000 each in university aid, which will ensure that no one pays more than $19,500 in tuition. A similar announc…