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NSU shines at VACUHO RA Conference

Twelve Spartan Resident Assistants, along with two NSU employee advisors, recently attended the Virginia Association of College and University Housing Officers (VACUHO) Resident Assistant Conference. Hosted by the University of Mary Washington November 3-4, the NSU delegation represented Sparta with pride, professionalism, and sheer excellence. Twenty-four colleges and universities attended the annual event, with students … 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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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

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

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Big decrease in number of ‘dropout factory’ high schools

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation has far fewer so-called “dropout factory” high schools these days, down sharply from 2008 as more students leave high school with a diploma, according to a new report. The number of dropout factories — where less than 60 percent of students who started as freshmen remain enrolled four years later … 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

1 dead, 1 hurt in Winston-Salem State University shooting
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1 dead, 1 hurt in Winston-Salem State University shooting

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — One student was shot dead and another wounded after gunfire erupted Sunday near dormitories on the Winston-Salem State University campus. Authorities were searching for a suspected gunman, but police and university spokesman Aaron Singleton would provide no identifying details. The historically black school urged visitors to the campus to stay away, … Continue reading

Notre Dame worker fired after student claims sexual coercion
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Notre Dame worker fired after student claims sexual coercion

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — A University of Notre Dame official said Monday that the school has fired an academic coach after a student complained the woman coerced him into having unwelcome sexual encounters with her daughter. The firing occurred two weeks before the student’s attorneys filed a lawsuit Friday against the coach and university. … Continue reading

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2 VCU students killed in falls; ruled accidental

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — In separate incidents, two Virginia Commonwealth Universitystudents died in accidental falls. Richmond police say 25-year-old Benjamin G. Sykes died from a fall from elevated railroad tracks. The fall occurred Friday night. Sunday, 21-year-old Christopher J. Ducic was found unconscious on a city street. The Richmond Times-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1LMV9tD) says an autopsy concluded … Continue reading

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School system to review safety protocols after class fire

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — The Fairfax County school system announced it will suspend all open-flame experiments in science classrooms until further notice. Superintendent Karen K. Garza announced Monday the school system will thoroughly review its science curriculum and update safety protocols following a fire that broke out during a classroom demonstration on Friday at W.T. … Continue reading

US Supreme Court to hear law student’s redistricting case
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US Supreme Court to hear law student’s redistricting case

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two things set first-year law student Stephen Shapiro apart from his classmates at American University in Washington. At 55, he’s old enough to be a father to most of his classmates. And on Wednesday a lawsuit he filed will be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court. Shapiro’s case began with his frustration … Continue reading

Top South African university to re-open after protests
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Top South African university to re-open after protests

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — One of South Africa’s top universities will re-open Wednesday after reaching agreements with students whose protests against tuition hikes spread to other campuses, forcing the closure of universities around the country. The academic program and other activities will resume at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, and students will be informed … Continue reading

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Teacher strike gives 6K Illinois kids month off from school

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) — Self-described computer geek Edgar Williams has a clear vision of his future: study electrical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, or perhaps Caltech. But at a time when the soft-spoken sophomore should be engrossed in his studies at East St. Louis High School, he has to be content … Continue reading

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More Virginia public schools earn full accreditation

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The number of Virginia public schools that have earned full accreditation has increased for the first time in five years, Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s administration said Tuesday. More than 1,400, or 80 percent of all schools, are fully accredited for the 2015-2016 school year after meeting state benchmarks, Virginia’s Department of Education … Continue reading

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Higher ed panel seeking $300 million funding increase

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Aiming to slow the steady rise of tuition, Virginia’s coordinating body for higher education is recommending an additional $302 million in state support for public universities and colleges over the next two fiscal years. On Tuesday, the State Council of Higher Education sent its funding guidance to Gov. Terry McAuliffe and … Continue reading

Muhlenberg rescinds honorary degree awarded to Bill Cosby
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Muhlenberg rescinds honorary degree awarded to Bill Cosby

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Muhlenberg College has become the latest school to rescind an honorary degree awarded to Bill Cosby following renewed accusations of sexual assault against the entertainer. Faculty, staff and students at the eastern Pennsylvania college were told in an email Tuesday that the board of trustees had voted Friday to revoke the … Continue reading

Indiana University expels student in attack on Muslim woman
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Indiana University expels student in attack on Muslim woman

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana University has expelled a 19-year-old sophomore accused of attacking Muslim woman over the weekend, trying to remove her headscarf and shouting racial slurs, a school official said Tuesday, October 13. School spokesman Mark Land said IU’s dean of students “dismissed” Triceten D. Bickford on Monday night as a “direct result of … Continue reading

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Salem educator is Virginia’s 2016 teacher of the year

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia’s 2016 teacher of the year is a fifth-grade educator in Salem. Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Natalie DiFusco-Funk’s selection Monday night. The governor called her “the best of the best.” DiFusco-Funk is a 12-year classroom veteran who teaches at West Salem Elementary School. She earned her master’s in education at Boston … Continue reading

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Virginia State University interim president leaving Dec. 31

ETTRICK, Va. (AP) — The interim president at Virginia State University has withdrawn as a candidate for consideration by a search committee. The Times-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1NQwLe6) reports that Pamela V. Hammond also says she will not stay on at the Ettrick campus past Dec. 31. Hammond was hired after President Keith Miller resigned late last year … Continue reading