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New Mexico Investigates Hazing Claims by Soccer Players

A member of the University of New Mexico's women's soccer team was hospitalized this weekend after she and other freshman players were allegedly hazed by some of their teammates. The woman was taken to the hospital late Sunday from her dorm room, where she was found heavily intoxicated and having trouble breathing. She had taken part in "some kind of 'initiation' event," a report filed by campus police stated. During the event, the team's freshmen were allegedly forced to strip and drink large amounts of alcohol, and they were sprayed with urine, according to KOB, an Albuquerque news station that spoke with a player's parent. A spokesperson at the university's athletic department said that members of the team are being interviewed about the allegations.

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Conference Signs New Broadcast Deal with ESPN

The Mid-American Conference has signed a new deal with ESPN that will give the sports network exclusive broadcast rights to MAC games for the next 13 years. The deal covers football, men's and women's basketball, and all Olympic sporting events. The agreement guarantees that all MAC football games will be broadcast on at least one of ESPN's television channels, as well as on the network's digital platforms.

In a conference call announcing the deal Tuesday, Jon Steinbrecher, MAC commissioner, said he couldn't reveal exactly how much the deal was worth but said that it was in a "totally different area code" than the MAC's existing agreement with the network. ESPN's Brett McMurphy reported that the deal amounts to more than $100 million, or about $8 million per year. That's about $670,000 for each school every year. The previous deal was worth about $1 million per year for the conference. 

The agreement moves the MAC closer to some of its FBS conference peers, but it still trails behind the American Athletic Conference, which has a broadcast agreement reportedly worth $130 million.

While the deal has been in the works since at least 2012, Steinbrecher said recent changes to how the National Collegiate Athletic Association is governed was a factor in the agreement. Earlier this month, the NCAA awarded a greater level of autonomy to the five wealthiest conferences, leading some less-wealthy conferences to fret over a growing gap between the so-called power five conferences and the rest of the colleges in Division I. "We've been forecasting where the world was going for a couple of years now, so that's why it was critical for us to bring this together now," Steinbrecher said. "It's certainly one part of bringing our membership forward in whatever this new world of collegiate athletics looks like."

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New report calls for trustees to take more active role

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Panel urges boards to become more involved in everything from presidential searches to the curriculum.

 

Student groups unhappy with Columbia's new sexual assault policy

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Columbia University unveils a new sexual assault policy, but student groups say the changes don't go far enough to address their concerns. 

Controversial Saint Joseph's President Plans to Retire

The Rev. C. Kevin Gillespie, president of Saint Joseph's University for the last two years, has announced plans to step down in June. Father Gillespie and his administration have been the subject of numerous faculty protests and votes of no confidence, with professors saying that the administration has pursued unrealistic and unwise solutions to financial problems, in part for failing to consult with the faculty.

 

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Sudden Presidential Departure at Dakota State

David Borofsky resigned suddenly Wednesday as president of Dakota State University, after less than three years in office, The Argus Leader reported. In a message to the campus, Borofsky noted that a number of administrative changes he made have been "controversial and unpopular." He did not express regret for the changes but said that "a change agent of an organization can almost never be the healer ... and DSU needs to heal. Therefore ... I announce my retirement from Dakota State University, effective today."

 

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NCAA: Athletics departments shouldn't oversee investigations of sex assault allegations

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NCAA says sports programs should cooperate with, but not oversee, investigations into alleged sexual assaults.

 

Colleges struggle to engage parents of first-generation college students

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Professors complain about hovering moms and dads, but many educators find that this isn't an issue for first-generation students, who need more parental involvement.

WVU coach admits that lying is part of recruiting -- and initial transcript leaves that out

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Leader of West Virginia U. football team admits in news conference that lying is part of recruiting. When the university posted transcript and video, that line was initially deleted.

New presidents or provosts: Baltimore Gwinnett Holy Family MSU-Billings Mt. Washington Pima Tulsa Va. Highlands

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  • Gene C. Couch Jr., executive vice president at Alamance Community College, in North Carolina, has been chosen as president of Virginia Highlands Community College.
  • David Doré, dean of instruction for career and technical education at Mesa Community College, in Arizona, has been named president Pima Community College’s Northwest Campus.

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