Colby's New Leader Has Presidential Family

The new president of Colby College, David Greene, comes from quite the presidential family. The Boston Globe reported on Greene, who is the son of a former college president (Richard, who led St. Thomas University, in Florida, and Goddard College) and the brother of a current president (Thomas, of the Vermont College of Fine Arts). The photos below, courtesy of Colby, show the father ex-president marching at the inaugural of David, with David (top photo) and Thomas (bottom photo).

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Florida State's Ever-Growing Football Scandal

Florida State University continues to face damning news reports about Jameis Winston, its Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback who has been accused of rape, and other members of the football team and their alleged crimes:

  • The New York Times reported Saturday on a pattern in which football players are accused of crimes and local police officers look the other way. "From criminal mischief and motor-vehicle theft to domestic violence, arrests have been avoided, investigations have stalled and players have escaped serious consequences," the article says.
  • Fox News, citing a lengthy investigation and documents obtained under open-records requests, reported that "Florida State University officials and Tallahassee police took steps to both hide, and then hinder, the criminal investigation into a rape allegation against" Winston. (Winston has said that the accusations stem from consensual sex.)
  • ESPN reported that Florida State, which has insisted that it did nothing to hinder the investigation and which has noted repeatedly that local authorities declined to charge Winston, notified him on Friday that he would face student disciplinary charges in the incident, which took place in December 2012.
  • Florida State on Friday issued a statement insisting that it "does not tolerate sexual assault," and criticizing media coverage. The statement noted that the university is constrained in what it can say because of federal privacy laws. While the statement does not name Winston, it appears to be a defense of the university's conduct in the case.


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Higher education on the ballot

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This year's referendums include issues of governance, facilities, minimum wage and more.

City of Boston Pushes Colleges to Build More Dorms

City officials in Boston are urging area colleges to cut in half the number of students who live off campus, The Boston Globe reported. Under a new city housing plan, colleges are being encouraged to work with developers to collectively add more than 18,000 new dormitory beds by 2030. The plan comes amid growing concerns that many students live off campus in unsafe housing.


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Suit Says College Allows Alleged Rapist to Withdraw

Virginia Wesleyan College allowed a student accused of sexual assault to voluntarily withdraw from the institution so that he could attend college elsewhere, the Virginian-Pilot reported. The student was originally dismissed after the college found him to have sexually assaulted another student, but the college later decided to allow him to withdraw instead, which "may assist him in seeking further studies," according to a letter written by the college's vice president that was included in a lawsuit filed by the victim. The woman, who said she was raped for five hours in 2012, is suing the university for $10 million.

"While the college sympathizes with Jane Doe, Virginia Wesleyan denies any allegation of improper conduct and will vigorously defend this lawsuit," Mark C. Nanavati, Wesleyan's lawyer, stated. "The safety of the college's students is of paramount importance and something Virginia Wesleyan strives to accomplish on a daily basis."

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Athletes File Class Action Against Networks, ESPN

Ten former college basketball and football players are suing ESPN, ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, and eight National Collegiate Athletic Association conferences, claiming that their images were used without their permission because the waiver signed by college athletes is not a legal, or enforceable, likeness release. The athletes accuse the networks and conferences of "exploiting" NCAA rules to profit off their likenesses, Courthouse News reports. The class action is similar to the lawsuit filed by former college basketball player Ed O'Bannon, in which a federal judge ruled against the NCAA, saying that the association violated antitrust laws when it forbade athletes from profiting off their likenesses being used in video games.

"The conspiracy between and among the broadcast defendants, licensing defendants, conference defendants and the NCAA has created a marketplace resembling a plantation type arrangement where defendants financially benefit in the collective amount of billions of dollars, while student athletes, the driving force of college sports, receive nothing more than their cost of attendance," the athletes state in the lawsuit.


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Scripps College uninvites George Will to speak at lecture series for conservatives

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Scripps College, citing the columnist's controversial piece expressing doubt about sexual assaults on campus, revokes invitation for him to speak at lecture series focused on conservative thinkers.

Kentucky Football Player Charged with Rape, Suspended

The University of Kentucky has indefinitely suspended a freshman player from its football team after he was charged with rape, the Louisville Courier-Journal reported. Lloyd Tubman, a defensive end on the team, was charged with first degree rape on Tuesday by university police. "Obviously, I'm very concerned about the allegations and all parties involved," Mark Stoops, UK football coach, said in a statement. "We're working extremely hard to develop quality young men on and off the field. We will continue to cooperate with the local and campus authorities while the process takes its course."

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Two-thirds of non-first-time students do not graduate

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A study of 4.5 million non-first-time students found that only one-third have earned a degree after six to eight years.


No Override of Wealthy Sports Conferences' Autonomy

The opportunity for institutions to attempt an override of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's decision to grant the five wealthiest conferences' new governing autonomy has passed without the call for a vote.

In August, the Division I Board of Directors granted a greater level of autonomy to the 65 member universities of the Atlantic Coast, Big Ten, Big 12, Pacific 12, and Southeastern Conferences, granting them the ability to make their own rules concerning issues such as allowing full-cost-of-attendance stipends, offering four-year scholarships, and providing better health care for athletes. At least 75 universities were required to call for an override vote by Oct. 6. Despite a handful of organizations urging institutions to request a vote and several college presidents expressing concern about the new structure, only about 20 -- including the entire Colonial Athletic Association -- did so.

Last week, the five conferences submitted to the NCAA a list of the areas and topics they would like to address using their newly granted autonomy. Full-cost-of-attendance stipends topped the list, with four of the five conferences submitting that topic under the area of financial aid. Other topics include "ensuring nutritional needs" of college athletes, updating policies governing the health and safety of athletes, and exploring career-related insurance options for athletes.

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