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Below is a news feed from the Chronicle of Higher Education’s "The Ticker” blog, providing breaking news in higher education.  Fresh content is pulled from the feed at 15 minute intervals.


Cal State-Northridge Suspends Pledging Amid Fraternity-Hazing InquiryOpen in a New Window

California State University at Northridge has halted fraternity-pledging activities amid another investigation into possible hazing, following the death of a pledge at a different Greek organization this past summer. The university recently revised its rules for Greek organizations and student clubs after Armando Villa, a 19-year-old student, died on a fraternity-pledge hike. The national office of the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity shut down the Northridge campus's chapter after the student's death. And now the university has suspended pledging activities after another fraternity, Pi Kappa Alpha, drew scrutiny for possible hazing. That organization was placed on interim suspension pending the outcome of the university's inquiry. William Watkins, the university's vice president for student affairs and dean of students, announced the decision to halt pledging activities in a letter this week.

School President Dianne F. Harrison was expected to address the leaders of CSUN's Greek system to discuss the university's expectations and intent to end hazing. "It is shocking and disappointing that this conduct persists after all the efforts undertaken by so many this fall to ensure a recruitment and intake process that conforms to the university's zero tolerance policy on hazing," Watkins said.

Read more at: www.latimes.com

 

Stanford U. Apologizes for Fliers That Rated Montana Candidates’ PoliticsOpen in a New Window

Stanford University has apologized for a research project that sent fliers to Montana residents rating the political leanings of candidates for the state’s Supreme Court, the Associated Press reports. The fliers, which bore Montana’s state seal, were condemned by its secretary of state, Linda McCulloch, who called them “deceitful.”

The university said it was investigating the methods of the project’s leaders, who are researchers at Stanford and Dartmouth College. ”We do share the concerns that t...

 

Athletes Should Be Paid Minimum Wage, New Lawsuit ArguesOpen in a New Window

A new lawsuit asserts that college athletes should be paid at least the minimum wage, under the Fair Labor Standards Act, USA Today reports. The suit, filed this week in the U.S. District Court in Indianapolis, names the NCAA and every college with a Division I athletic program as defendants. The lawsuit argues that athletes belong in the same category as work-study students because they also perform nonacademic tasks for no academic credit. It asks that athletes who began playing at least two years ago be given "unpaid wages." Samantha Sackos, a former women's soccer player at the University of Houston, is named as the plaintiff.

The legal attacks on the NCAA and its limits on what athletes can receive while playing college sports have been spread across a much wider front with the filing of a lawsuit that names the NCAA and every Division I school as defendants. The suit - filed this week in U.S.

Read more at: www.usatoday.com

 

4 Fraternity Members at U. of Nebraska Face Charges in Alcohol-Related DeathOpen in a New Window

Four members of a fraternity at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln were arrested on felony charges on Thursday on suspicion of procuring the alcohol that resulted in an 18-year-old freshman’s death, the Lincoln Journal Star reported.

The freshman, Clayton Real, was found dead in his room at the FarmHouse fraternity’s campus residence on the morning of September 5. He had attended an off-campus party held by the fraternity the night before, an assistant chief of the university police told the ...

 

Emory U. Investigates Alleged Bias Involving Jewish FraternityOpen in a New Window

Emory University said this week that it was investigating allegations of bias that was said to have occurred during an intramural flag-football game between members of a historically Jewish fraternity and a team of other Emory students. Some of those students accused members of the fraternity, Alpha Epsilon Pi, of making offensive statements to their opponents, such as "go back to India." The incident came to light two weeks after swastikas and other graffiti were found painted on the fraternity's house shortly after Yom Kippur.

“Incidents like this are a reminder that each of us is vulnerable to the nefarious acts of a few. Whether these acts are sexist, racist, xenophobic, homophobic, or anti-Semitic, we cannot and will not tolerate harassment of any individual or group,” Ajay Nair, Emory’s dean of campus life, said in the statement. “We share the indignation and disappointment already conveyed by many members of the university community. Such expressions of bias are offenses against both the intended victims and our entire university family.”

Read more at: www.ajc.com

 

Benedictine U. to End Undergraduate Program at One of Its CampusesOpen in a New Window

Benedictine University announced on Thursday that it was switching the focus of its branch campus in Springfield, Ill., to adult education and would end the undergraduate program there for students of traditional college age. The Roman Catholic institution’s main campus is in Lisle, a suburb of Chicago, and it also has a branch campus in Mesa, Ariz.

Michael Bromberg, president of the Springfield campus, said the decision stemmed from market opportunities in the adult-education sector and from th...

 

3 Senators Urge Education Dept. to Make Studying Abroad SaferOpen in a New Window

Three U.S. senators urged the education secretary, Arne Duncan, in a letter on Thursday to provide better safety information to college students who plan to study abroad.

The letter—signed by Robert P. Casey Jr. of Pennsylvania, Al Franken of Minnesota, and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, all Democrats—recommends, among other things, that the Education Department better advertise the State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program. Links to sign up for the program should be provided in the ...

 

West Virginia U. Expels 3 for Role in Rioting After Football VictoryOpen in a New Window

West Virginia University has expelled three students for their part in destructive rioting on Saturday after the football team upset Baylor University. Law-enforcement agencies also charged 11 other students with crimes.

“We have made it clear that this university will hold students accountable for their unlawful behavior,” said the university’s president, Gordon Gee, in a written statement. “We will not allow individuals to remain enrolled who commit these crimes and damage the reputation and...

 

3 Questions Left Unanswered by Chapel Hill’s Academic-Fraud ReportOpen in a New Window

After the latest report of academic fraud at the University of North Carolina flagship was released on Wednesday, administrators said that, disturbing as the findings were, the campus’s four-year nightmare might finally end.

“I believe we now know all that we are able to know about what happened and how it happened,” said the system’s president, Thomas W. Ross, according to an account in The Daily Tar Heel.

But the 136-page report, the result of an investigation led by a former federal prosecuto...

 

Band Director at U. of Oklahoma Steps Down After Student OutcryOpen in a New Window

The University of Oklahoma's marching-band director has stepped down after members vocally criticized his leadership and asked for his dismissal, The Oklahoman reports. Students criticized the leadership of Justin Stolarik—along with a rule prohibiting them from criticizing the program, known as the Pride—in a series of full-page advertisements published in newspapers last week. The same day the ads were published, the university's president, David L. Boren, voided the ban on criticism. “I care deeply about the Pride and applaud the tremendous effort of our students," Mr. Stolarik said in a statement released by the university. "I always wanted them to have a good experience and be exposed to new ideas. I’m committed to doing everything I can to help unify the band and encourage the students’ success."

NORMAN - The director of the University of Oklahoma's marching band, Justin Stolarik, is stepping down as director, effective immediately. Stolarik has been the director of the Pride of Oklahoma marching band since August 2013. Students have asked for his removal.

Read more at: newsok.com

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