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Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 3:00am

Three Morgan State University football players were stabbed outside a campus cafeteria Tuesday, including one who was seriously injured by wounds to the chest. None of the injuries are believed to be life threatening, and a suspect is in custody, a university spokesman told The Baltimore Sun. The spokesman also said that the stabbing may be related to fights that broke out during a campus dance over the weekend. The incident was the second stabbing at Morgan State in a week. On Friday, a student stabbed his roommate with a pair of scissors during an argument about how messy their dorm room was.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 4:03am

Adjuncts at Robert Morris University have voted to unionize with the United Steelworkers. The union announced the results Tuesday and noted that it is seeking to organize adjuncts throughout the Pittsburgh area. A spokesman for the university told The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that once the results are certified by the National Labor Relations Board, the university would negotiate in good faith.


Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 4:28am

Debate has intensified at the University of Cape Town over a campus statue of the colonialist Cecil Rhodes, The Guardian reported. Some students recently tossed excrement on the statue, amid a campaign to remove it. Rhodes donated the land on which the university is located, but he is considered by many to be a symbol of the apartheid system that denied basic human rights to black people in South Africa.


Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 3:00am

Kuyper College, a small Christian institution in Michigan, is eliminating its intercollegiate athletics program, MLive reported. The college is a member of the National Christian College Athletic Association, and will by June eliminate its six teams: men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross-country, men's soccer, and women's volleyball. Officials said that they were focused on "alignment" of programs with the mission at a time of declining enrollment. The college has 245 students this year, down from 261 a year ago.


Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 3:00am

The national office of Sigma Alpha Mu permanently disbanded its University of Michigan chapter Tuesday after its members destroyed more than 40 rooms at a ski resort in January and nobody stepped forward to accept the blame. "The fraternity's board regrets having to take this action," Sigma Alpha Mu said in a statement. "The action was necessary as a result of: a) the lack of cooperation by those responsible for the damage in not coming forward, b) the chapter officers' refusal to identify the members who damaged the hotel property, c) the lack of action to stop the vandalism by bystanders." The damages could cost the ski resort $430,000 to repair, Detroit Free Press reported.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 3:00am

In today's Academic Minute, Ky Kugler, a professor of athletic training at Chapman University, profiles the severity and frequency of the common head injury. Learn more about the Academic Minute here.


Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 3:00am

A New York University professor who has been critical of the treatment of migrant construction workers in the United Arab Emirates has been barred from the country, The New York Times reported. Andrew Ross, professor of social and cultural analysis, was at New York’s Kennedy International Airport when he was prohibited by U.A.E. authorities from boarding a plane bound for Abu Dhabi, where N.Y.U. has a campus and where Ross had planned to spend his spring break continuing his research on labor conditions. The reason given was unspecified security concerns. 

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 4:17am

Four students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have committed suicide in the last year -- two of them in the last month -- prompting a renewed focus on stress issues, The Boston Globe reported. Many M.I.T. students were academic superstars growing up and face their first academic difficulty once enrolled. M.I.T. officials are encouraging students to talk about "imposter syndrome," where people feel they don't belong. The hashtag #peoplebeforePsets (for problem sets) is encouraging discussions of these issues.


Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 4:29am

Two white journalism students at Ryerson University, in Toronto, were barred by a student group from attending a campus event because of their race, The National Post reported. The students had been assigned by a professor to attend an event of the Racialised Students’ Collective, and were asked upon showing up whether they had been "marginalized or racialized." When they said no, they were asked to leave. The professor said that the event was advertised as open to the public. News of the students' exclusion has prompted widespread debate in Canada, and that discussion is spreading elsewhere. Members of the collective said that they needed a "safe space" to discuss their concerns.


Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 3:00am

The board of South Carolina State University on Monday fired Thomas Elzey as president, The State reported. The board had previously suspended Elzey, less than two years into a four-year contract. Legislators have been demanding his ouster as well as the ouster of the board. Elzey has sued for breach of contract.



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