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February 2017

In this Issue

Campus Security Cyber Security

Getting Study Abroad Students Out of Egypt

Arizona Shootings Leave 6 Dead and 14 Wounded

Students, Guns and Politics

Virginia Supreme Court Upholds George Mason Gun Ban

N.C. Community Colleges Might Bar Students Who Pose Safety Risks But Struggle with Definitions

U. of Puerto Rico Faces Renewed Student Protests

U.S. Students Stressed, Yet Hopeful

Tunisia Closes All Universities Following Weekend Violence

City University of New York Becomes Tobacco-Free

Far From Border, U.S. Detains Foreign Students

North Carolina A&T Discouraged Sickle Cell Test

Campus Tragedies at U. of Rochester, Cal State U.-Northridge, and Baker U.

Princeton Graduate Student Dead Days After On-Campus Suicide Attempt

Former Student Sues St. John's University Law School For Being Expelled Over Discovery of 10-Year-Old Drug Conviction

The Researcher Who Flattened Alcoholic Energy Drinks

Australian Campuses, Swamped for a Week by Heavy Flooding, Prepare to Reopen

Kidnapping Prompts Boston U. to Cancel Study-Abroad Program in Niger

A Preventable Danger for Athletes

UConn Aims to End Spring Weekend Parties

Threats Follow Glenn Beck Attacks on CUNY Scholar

Former Student Sues Brooklyn College Over Stay in Mental Ward

Albion College Cancels Classes as Flu Hits Hundreds

Settlement Reached in Lawsuit Over Prank that Killed Bradley U. Student

Utah State Hazing Suit Settled

Hacker Offers Access to Higher Education Web Sites

U. of Maine System to Spend $2.6-Million to Improve Data Security

Petition Supports Chapel Hill Researcher Demoted Over Security Breach

Devious New Ways That Computer Hackers Can Control Your Machines

Students Fix Facebook Security Breach

'Malicious Hacker' Breaches University of Sydney Website

Tulane University Payroll Data Was On Stolen Laptop

Campus Security

Getting Study Abroad Students Out of Egypt

With protests spreading across Egypt, study abroad programs are working to protect and evacuate their students there. The American University in Cairo, Middlebury College, AMIDEAST, and Butler University-affiliated Institute... | Read more >

Arizona Shootings Leave 6 Dead and 14 Wounded

On January 8, 22-year-old Jared Lee Loughner shot and killed six people, including a federal judge, and wounded 14 others, including U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, during an event in Tucson, Arizona. Loughner had dropped out of... | Read more >

Students, Guns and Politics

New legislation in Arizona, Texas, Florida, Nebraska, New Mexico, and Oklahoma would legalize concealed carry of weapons on college campuses, and many students are getting involved on both sides of the debate. Since the 2007... | Read more >

Virginia Supreme Court Upholds George Mason Gun Ban

The Virginia Supreme Court ruled January 13 that a George Mason University policy that bars carrying guns in campus facilities and at campus events does not violate the Second Amendment. The ruling was prompted by a lawsuit... | Read more >

N.C. Community Colleges Might Bar Students Who Pose Safety Risks But Struggle with Definitions

North Carolina community colleges could soon be able to deny admission to applicants who may pose a health or safety threat. The North Carolina State Board of Community Colleges voted on January 21 to amend the systems'... | Read more >

U. of Puerto Rico Faces Renewed Student Protests

Student protests against a proposed $800 per month tuition increase at the University of Puerto Rico forced administrators to return to work with the protection of a heavy police presence. The tuition was raised starting in... | Read more >

U.S. Students Stressed, Yet Hopeful

A new study shows record-low states of emotional health in incoming college freshman, despite record highs in academic ability and drive to achieve. "The American Freshman: National Norms Fall 2010" is an annual... | Read more >

Tunisia Closes All Universities Following Weekend Violence

The Tunisian government closed all universities and high schools in the country on January 10, following protests that left at least 14 people dead after police fired into crowds. The weekend violence ended several days of... | Read more >

City University of New York Becomes Tobacco-Free

The City University of New York will become the largest tobacco-free public university system in the United States. The board voted January 24 to adopt a ban on tobacco for the system's 23 campuses. The policy prohibits the... | Read more >

Far From Border, U.S. Detains Foreign Students

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has greatly increased its manpower along the northern border, and foreign students at nearby universities who fail to carry their original documents have been delayed, fined, and even... | Read more >

North Carolina A&T Discouraged Sickle Cell Test

The National Collegiate Athletic Association has required that athletes trying out for college teams take a sickle cell test after a student died in a track and field tryout at North Carolina A&T University. The student's... | Read more >

Campus Tragedies at U. of Rochester, Cal State U.-Northridge, and Baker U.

A University of Rochester student was stabbed and killed by a fellow student at a fraternity party on January 15. The two had had an argument earlier.

A student at California State University-Northridge was arrested... | Read more >

Princeton Graduate Student Dead Days After On-Campus Suicide Attempt

A Princeton University student died several days after a suicide attempt on January 2. Bill Zeller, a 27-year-old graduate student, attempted to hang himself in a campus building when Princeton police found him and took him to... | Read more >

Former Student Sues St. John's University Law School For Being Expelled Over Discovery of 10-Year-Old Drug Conviction

A former law school student at St. John's University is suing the school for kicking him out due to a 10-year-old conviction for selling LSD. David Powers, 32, wants to finish the three semesters he has left in order to... | Read more >

The Researcher Who Flattened Alcoholic Energy Drinks

Amelia M. Arria, director of the Center on Young Adult Health and Development at the University of Maryland's School of Public Health has conducted research on the effects of Four Loko and other alcoholic energy drinks. Arria... | Read more >

Australian Campuses, Swamped for a Week by Heavy Flooding, Prepare to Reopen

Four universities in Australia reopened in mid-January after heavy flooding in Queensland forced the government to declare three-quarters of the state a disaster zone. At the University of Queensland, flood damage affected... | Read more >

Kidnapping Prompts Boston U. to Cancel Study-Abroad Program in Niger

Boston University has canceled its study abroad program in Niger after two French citizens were abducted from a restaurant in Niamey, Niger's capital, that is frequented by Boston University students. The victims were... | Read more >

A Preventable Danger for Athletes

The University of Iowa will investigate why 13 football players were hospitalized with a muscle disorder called rhabdomyolysis following offseason workouts. The condition involves muscle breakdown so fast that muscle fiber is... | Read more >

UConn Aims to End Spring Weekend Parties

The University of Connecticut is planning to put at least a one-year moratorium on Spring Weekend, an annual tradition of partying and drinking before exams. A task force formed after last year's April parties, which resulted... | Read more >

Threats Follow Glenn Beck Attacks on CUNY Scholar

Statements from Fox News commentator Glenn Beck have prompted death threats against Frances Fox Piven, a sociology professor at the City University of New York Graduate Center. Beck has blamed Piven for the current economic... | Read more >

Former Student Sues Brooklyn College Over Stay in Mental Ward

A former student at Brooklyn College is suing the school for allegedly hospitalizing her in a psychiatric ward for two weeks. Sophia Chinemerem Eze had come to New York from Nigeria after being admitted to an elite honors... | Read more >

Albion College Cancels Classes as Flu Hits Hundreds

Albion College, Michigan, cancelled all classes and public events during the last weekend in January due to the flu. Two hundred students, or one-eighth of the school's 1,600 students, were affected by the illness. 

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Settlement Reached in Lawsuit Over Prank that Killed Bradley U. Student

The family of a Bradley University student who died in a fire resulting from his roommates' prank will receive $700,000 as part of a wrongful-death lawsuit. In 2007, the victim's roommates had ignited candles outside of... | Read more >

Utah State Hazing Suit Settled

Utah State University settled a lawsuit by the parents of a freshman who died from drinking too much vodka in a hazing incident in 2008. The parents agreed to drop the suit if the university pledged to improve oversight of the... | Read more >

Cyber Security

Hacker Offers Access to Higher Education Web Sites

A hacker is selling access to university websites and "high value information," including personnel databases. Officials at two of the universities said the information has already been publicly available at that the... | Read more >

U. of Maine System to Spend $2.6-Million to Improve Data Security

The University of Maine System is planning to spend $2.6 million over the next three years to improve data security. The system spent $130,000 to fix a breach last summer that involved the personal information for 4,585... | Read more >

Petition Supports Chapel Hill Researcher Demoted Over Security Breach

A petition has been signed by over 125 faculty members, alumni, and researchers at various institutions in support of Bonnie C. Yankaskas, a cancer researcher at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, who was demoted... | Read more >

Devious New Ways That Computer Hackers Can Control Your Machines

Computer hackers are finding new ways subvert your computer, phone, bank card, and identity. At Berlin's Chaos Communication Congress, speakers revealed the latest in high-tech deviousness.

Hackers are manipulating the... | Read more >

Students Fix Facebook Security Breach

Two Indiana University students recently discovered a security flaw in Facebook that allowed attackers to access confidential information without user consent. Rui Wang and Zhou Li discovered that malicious websites could... | Read more >

'Malicious Hacker' Breaches University of Sydney Website

A hacker vandalized the front page of the University of Sydney website in January. A university spokesman said that the website remained "untouched" and that no systems or records were compromised. The website was... | Read more >

Tulane University Payroll Data Was On Stolen Laptop

A Tulane University laptop containing the personal information of all full- and part-time employees was stolen in December. The laptop was inside the car of a Tulane employee travelling outside of New Orleans. Each of Tulane's... | Read more >

 
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