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Jenna Johnson

OMG iPad
The student newspaper at Apple-crazed Abilene Christian University in Texas announced they plan to be the first student media to publish on the iPad, The Optimist reports. They have 60 days to figure out how to do that.

Campus Safety
Oklahoma City University police officers announced in a press release that they are "juiced up for Taser training," and they invited reporters and photographers to watch every officer "riding the lightning" at least once, The Chronicle reports. (And, yes, there is a video.)

UCLA's BruinAlert system is usually just used to notify students of violent crimes or incidents on campus, not those happening near campus, The Daily Bruin reports.

Greek life (mostly hazing)
Six sorority sisters at Rutgers University were arrested for aggravated hazing -- paddling and limiting the food eaten by pledges. The bonding experience landed one pledge in the hospital, The Daily Targum reports. The university immediately suspended Sigma Gamma Rho.

Texas Christian University officials are investigating a Kappa Sigma fraternity branding incident that left one member with second- and third-degree burns. The victim, Amon "Chance" Carter IV, is the great-grandson of Fort Worth Star-Telegram publisher and city icon Amon G. Carter, for whom the university's football stadium is named, the Daily Skiff reports.

A few Dartmouth students received Facebook messages from a group of students looking to start a Jewish sorority or fraternity on campus: "I don't know if you're Jewish, but your last name is historically, so when we are looking for girls we start there," one message read, according to a story in The Dartmouth. "Whether you are Jewish or not (we are non-exclusive!) I'd like to know if you're interested in hearing more about this awesome opportunity."

Students vs administration
University of Notre Dame students protested on campus with rainbow flags and banners, demanding that the university add sexual orientation to its anti-discrimination policy, The Observer reports.

A student group at the University of Illinois that supports bringing back the school's controversial mascot, Chief Illiniwek, used the Illinois Freedom of Information Act to obtain about 50 emails exchanged between top university officials, who were discussing how to foil an event the group planned to host during Homecoming week that would feature the retired mascot, The Daily Illini reports.

Cutting and spending
The University of Washington is cutting courses, programs and faculty members, leaving students in historically large classes. A Biology 180 class that had 400 students last year has 700 this year, the Seattle Times reports.

The University of Maryland plans to buy The Washington Post's College Park printing facility for $12 million, The Diamondback reports.

Despite budget cuts, California State University is launching an ambitious initiative to boost its six-year graduation rate by 8 percent by 2016, bring it to 54 percent, which would be more in line with rates at similar universities, the LA Times reports.

College endowments have suffered their worst losses since the Great Depression, with the average fund dropping nearly one-fifth in value. At many campuses, the losses prompted budget cuts and construction delays. The University of Virginia's endowment fell 23 percent, to $2.6 billion. Johns Hopkins University, 22 percent to $2 billion. Georgetown University, 17 percent to $883 million (it has since recovered to $957 million). At heavily endowed universities: Harvard lost 30 percent of its $37 billion endowment, and Yale lost 29 percent of its $23 billion endowment, The Post reports.

By Jenna Johnson  |  January 28, 2010; 9:23 AM ET
Categories:  News Overload  | Tags: Abilene Christian University, California State University, Dartmouth, Greek life, Notre Dame, Oklahoma City University, Rutgers, TCU, UCLA, University of Illinois, University of Maryland, University of Washington  
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