Police and University of Virginia officials are investigating the possibility of hazing by Zeta Psi after a pledge was hospitalized for drinking an entire bottle of soy sauce, The Washington Post reported. The student had a seizure and was hospitalized with an electrolyte imbalance. The Daily Progress, a Charlottesville newspaper, also reported that the pledges were made to eat a dish made of dog food, matzo balls, gefilte fish and soy sauce.
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The National Collegiate Athletic Association and Arkansas State University agreed on Friday that a former university official engaged in academic fraud and that 31 athletes participated when they should have been ineligible. In a case adjudicated through the NCAA's summary disposition process, which is used when there is no disagreement between NCAA investigators and campus officials, the Division I Committee on Infractions found that Arkansas State -- because of a misunderstanding by two new academic advisers -- had let 31 athletes play although they had failed to complete a large enough proportion of their degree requirements under NCAA rules. And the university's former director of technology, without the knowledge of the professor of a men's basketball player, had changed the athlete's grade in two separate courses to keep him eligible. Arkansas State will vacate victories for four teams whose athletes played while ineligible and lose a handful of scholarships as a result of the violations.
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The board that governs Nevada's higher education system on Friday rejected the possibility of shutting campuses to close the enormous budget gap the system faces over the next two years, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported. Governor Brian Sandoval has proposed a nearly 30 percent cut in the budget for the Nevada System of Higher Education by 2013, and presidents of the system's campuses have laid out plans that would eliminate scores of academic programs and many hundreds of jobs, cut salaries and sharply increase student tuition and fees. But by an 8 to 5 vote, regents dismissed the alternative of closing campuses, amid opposition to the idea from students, college officials and local business leaders.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Friday announced a new effort to work with leading women's colleges to encourage women around the world in the areas of leadership and public service. While details are minimal, Clinton said that the State Department would be working with the five "Seven Sisters" institutions that are still women's colleges: Barnard, Bryn Mawr, Mount Holyoke, Smith and Wellesley Colleges. (She noted that the latter college is her alma mater.) "As a first step, we will host a conference this fall bringing policy makers, public officials, academics, innovative thinkers together from around the world to build these new global partnerships, so that once we’ve brought attention to an issue or a leader, we will be able to continue to build and support the work that is being done," she said. Clinton made the announcement at a summit on women's issues organized by the recently combined Newsweek and The Daily Beast.
A strike by faculty members led Vancouver Island University to cancel all classes Thursday, The Vancouver Sun reported. Faculty members are pushing for more job security at a time that provincial funds for higher education are being cut.
Saint Joseph's University announced Thursday that serious cardiovascular issues will prevent its new president from stepping into the job. Father Joseph O'Keefe was chosen as the Roman Catholic institution's president in January, but a routine pre-employment physical uncovered the medical issues, the statement said. Father O'Keefe was due to start May 18, but instead will take a year's leave from Boston College, where he was dean of education.
The Board of Regents of the Nevada System of Higher Education, facing yet another round of massive budget cuts, will hear a proposal Friday that would entail closing or merging four of the system's eight campuses, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported. Threatened in the plan are Nevada State College, the system's nine-year-old four-year college, the Desert Research Institute, Western Nevada College and Great Basin College, according to the newspaper. Governor Brian Sandoval's budget would require the university system to cut $162 million by 2013, almost 30 percent of its 2011 allocation.
Moises Salinas, a former professor and chief diversity officer at Central Connecticut State University, pleaded no contest Wednesday to charges of sexually assaulting one of his students, The Hartford Courant reported. The judge in the case gave Salinas a suspended one-year jail sentence and also ordered that he resign his job and not teach again. The position Salinas held at the university included investigating charges of sexual assault or harassment.