Sunday, April 05, 2009

Quick Hits

NKU sorority suspended for hazing: Northern Kentucky University administrators have suspended the school's chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. for hazing its pledges.
Three students were subjected to "repeated and severe paddling," school officials said in a statement released Friday. They sought medical treatment for injuries including blistering, infections and fractures. The alleged incidents happened over several days in the first week of March at an off-campus house. (H-L)

KCTCS College faculty gives no confidence vote to regents: The faculty at Southeast Community and Technical College voted overwhelmingly to give the system's board of regents a vote of no confidence Friday in light of the regents' move to eliminate tenure for future hires.Instructors at the three campuses of that branch of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System voted 68-30 with seven abstentions, said Roy Silver, a sociology professor at Southeast's Cumberland campus. (H-L)

UK, state colleges try to absorb cuts while bracing for more: At this week's town-hall style meeting with students, University of Kentucky President Lee T. Todd Jr. told the 25 coeds gathered in the Cats Den that the university would have needed a 6.5 percent tuition increase next year just to keep up with rising costs. Instead, UK kept to the Council on Postsecondary Education's 5 percent tuition increase cap for the 2009-2010 year.Todd said UK officials hope to shield cash-strapped families as well as academic programs from as much of the financial burden as possible in tuition, room and board. "But the budget and the national situation is really ugly," he told them. Todd followed that up with an e-mail to faculty, students and staff alerting them that UK employees won't get raises for the second consecutive year. (H-L)

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