Pakistan university attack shatters dreams, stokes fear
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Pakistan university attack shatters dreams, stokes fear

CHARSADDA, Pakistan (AP) — When Islamic militants stormed the university campus in this Pakistani town, chemistry professor Hamid Hussain was carrying a concealed pistol. Locking his students in his classroom he opened fire on the assailants, buying his pupils enough time to escape before he was gunned down. The survival of Hussain’s students in a … Continue reading

Business / Campus Life / Education / Virginia

Warner, Kaine claim breakthrough on student loan program

U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) welcomed legislation that passed the Senate this afternoon, Dec. 16, 2015, to renew the Federal Perkins Loan Program, a critical lifeline for 7,800 low-income college students in Virginia. Though the program had the support of a bipartisan majority of Senators, including Sens. Warner and Kaine, … Continue reading

Sen. Tim Kaine discusses education standards and sexual assault education
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Sen. Tim Kaine discusses education standards and sexual assault education

Virginia Democratic Senator Tim Kaine spoke to the Spartan Echo on current issues relevant to education nationwide. Senator Kaine touched on many topics including his current works in the U.S. Senate, as well as campus safety, sexual assaults, and upcoming revisions to the No Child Left Behind Act. The senate is expected to pass the Every Student … Continue reading

White House and Department of Labor launch $100 million TechHire Grant Competition including $50 million for young Americans
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White House and Department of Labor launch $100 million TechHire Grant Competition including $50 million for young Americans

Today, U.S. Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith, Cabinet Secretary and Chair of the My Brother’s Keeper Task Force Broderick Johnson, and Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez, will travel to Baltimore, Maryland to announce new steps to advance the President’s TechHire initiative and expand opportunities for young Americans to get trained and placed into well-paying tech … Continue reading

Missouri student president: School has racism, also unity
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Missouri student president: School has racism, also unity

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — When Payton Head ran as a gay, black man for student president at the University of Missouri — a school now known for one student’s hunger strike and other protests against the administration’s handling of racial bias and hostility on campus — he promised to “ignite Mizzou.” “We’ve definitely done that,” … Continue reading

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Virginia higher ed retirement plan to get new management

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — An optional retirement plan for about 5,000 Virginia highereducation employees is getting new management. The Virginia Retirement System plans to switch the plan’s management from TIAA-CREF and Fidelity to International City Management Association — Retirement Corp. The change will be effective in fall 2016. Retirement system spokeswoman Jeanna Chenault told the … Continue reading

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Virginia high school focus of football hazing investigation

SPOTSYLVANIA, Va. (AP) — An investigation into a suspected hazing incident has resulted in the arrest of a Spotsylvania High School football player, and the sheriff’s department says other players are under investigation. The 15-year-old player was arrested Friday in connection with the reported hazing of two players on Oct. 23 in the school locker … Continue reading

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Biden tells college students to intervene to prevent assault

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden brought a White House initiative to prevent campus sexual violence to his alma mater Thursday, urging the Syracuse University audience to take a pledge to intervene if they see the potential for assault. “She’s nearly passing out and you see your roommate or fraternity brother walking her … Continue reading

ROTC program offers rare opportunity for officer, cadet engagement
Education / National

ROTC program offers rare opportunity for officer, cadet engagement

WASHINGTON D.C. (November 10, 2015) – More than 325 Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) cadets from colleges and universities across the District of Columbia, Virginia and Maryland, heard from 11 senior Army officers yesterday at the second Senior Leader Professional Mentorship Forum at Howard University. Junior ROTC cadets from local high schools also attended. … Continue reading

Missouri student government president weighs in
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Missouri student government president weighs in

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The latest on the protests and turmoil over racially charged incidents at the University of Missouri (all times local): 10 p.m. The student government president at the University of Missouri is calling new initiatives that aim to address issues of race and discrimination steps “in the right direction.” Missouri Students Association … Continue reading

Students get degrees after 16-year legal fight in Nigeria
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Students get degrees after 16-year legal fight in Nigeria

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Sixteen years ago, Lanre Akinola completed academic requirements to receive a degree in statistics from a Nigerian university. But Akinola had taken on extracurricular activities: protesting against military dictatorship and filthy dorms. The University of Ilorin withheld his degree, and did the same two years later to Rasheedat Adesina, another protester. … Continue reading

In disappointing season, Georgia Tech still hoping for bowl
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In disappointing season, Georgia Tech still hoping for bowl

ATLANTA (AP) — Outside of a stunning upset of Florida State, there hasn’t been much to cheer about at Georgia Tech. Injuries and lackluster play have turned the Yellow Jackets into one of the country’s most disappointing teams. Yet there’s a minor consolation prize still within reach. If Georgia Tech (3-6, 1-5 Atlantic Coast Conference) … Continue reading

The Latest: University of Missouri leaders meeting Wednesday
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The Latest: University of Missouri leaders meeting Wednesday

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The latest on the protests and turmoil over racially charged incidents at the University of Missouri (all times local): 6:45 p.m. The University of Missouri system’s governing board plans to meet Wednesday afternoon. The Board of Curators’ meeting comes two days after system President Tim Wolfe and Columbia campus Chancellor R. … Continue reading