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Fritz Erickson fired as president at Northern Michigan U.

Sep. 24, 2021 20:02 PM EDT

MARQUETTE, Mich. (AP) — The president of Northern Michigan University was fired Friday with nearly two years left on his contract. NMU's governing board voted 8-0 to dismiss Fritz Erickson, who had led the Upper Peninsula school since July 2014. ...

11 indicted in fraternity pledge's alcohol poisoning death

Sep. 24, 2021 19:56 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Eight Virginia Commonwealth University students have been charged with hazing in a fraternity pledge's death from alcohol poisoning after a party earlier this year, officials said Friday. The eight men arrested Friday range in age from 19 to 22,...

Official: Kentucky State University needs funds to stay open

Sep. 24, 2021 18:59 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky’s only public historically Black university will need emergency funding to stay open through the end of the year, Kentucky State University's vice president for finance told lawmakers Friday at a budget hearing. “We are confident...

Sexual assault cases spur protests on campuses across US

Sep. 24, 2021 17:36 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Reported sexual assaults have sparked large protests on college campuses in at least seven states just weeks into the new school year, which advocates say reflects both a greater vulnerability among students who spent last school year learning remotelyand a greater...

Oklahoma higher education regents announce new chancellor

Sep. 24, 2021 16:30 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The president of Emporia State University in Kansas was chosen Friday as the next chancellor of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. Allison Garrett, the first woman selected as chancellor, will succeed Glen Johnson, who is retiring Nov....

Document reports monkey deaths at Louisiana research center

Sep. 24, 2021 16:05 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Five dehydrated baby monkeys died or were euthanized in July at a University of Louisiana research center, according to a federal inspection report made public this week. Four of the rhesus macaques became dehydrated after a water pressure regulator...

Police: Body in river was missing Illinois State student

Sep. 23, 2021 21:17 PM EDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) — A body discovered in a river nearly three weeks ago has been confirmed as a graduate student missing from Illinois State University, authorities said Thursday. Jelani Day's identity was confirmed through DNA and dental records, the LaSalle...

Assault victims protest outside U-Michigan board meeting

Sep. 23, 2021 19:46 PM EDT

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Protesters, including some of the hundreds of people who survived sexual abuse by a University of Michigan sports doctor, gathered outside a meeting of the school's governing board Thursday and called for more accountability by campus leaders. ...

Pet resort caught on fire, city asks fire code to be updated

Sep. 23, 2021 17:02 PM EDT

GEORGETOWN, Texas (AP) — The city of Georgetown is recommending updates to the city's fire code after a pet boarding facility caught fire, killing all 75 dogs that were inside. Recommended updates include requiring smoke alarms and sprinklers systems in kennels and pet...

UMaine System maintains favorable credit outlook

Sep. 23, 2021 15:36 PM EDT

ORONO, Maine (AP) — The University of Maine System has retained its credit rating this year, system officials said Thursday. The state's largest public university system is rated AA- by S&P Global. That means the system has very strong capacity to meet its debts...