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2014 April 28 - 01:05 pm

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Students Can Join in Ariz. Tuition Suit, Judge Rules

PHOENIX (AP) — A judge has ruled two students can help the Maricopa County Community College District defend itself against a lawsuit that seeks to block the district’s policy of providing in-state tuition to young immigrants granted deferred deportation by the Obama administration.

Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Arthur Anderson granted a request by community college students Abel Badillo and Bibiana Vasquez to become part of Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne’s lawsuit.

The students argued that they had interest in the lawsuit because they have been given in-state tuition status and would have to pay more expensive out-of-state tuition if the state wins the case.

Opponents of the policy say that extending reduced tuition to those youths violates a state law that prohibits any immigrant without legal status from receiving public benefits.

Salina, Kan., Loses NJCAA Basketball Tourney

SALINA, Kan. (AP) — After 2015, Salina will no longer host a national women’s college basketball tournament that the city has hosted for nearly two decades.

Officials say Salina is losing the National Junior College Athletic Association’s Division I Women’s Basketball National Championship tournament. The NJCAA championship events committee gave the tournament to Lubbock, Texas, for 2016 to 2018, The Salina Journal reported (http://bit.ly/QLJTGv ).

In 2015, the event will be staged for the 18th straight year in 2015 at the Salina Bicentennial Center. The events in Salina bring in about $600,000 a year and attract 10,000 to 12,000 to the Bicentennial Center.

“It was disappointing, obviously,” said Tiffany Benien, the tournament director, and sports and events coordinator at the Salina Area Chamber of Commerce. “We are hosting the tournament next year. We are still looking forward to that.”

Mary Ellen Leicht, the NJCAA executive director, outlined concerns with the tournament in Salina, including the lack of local attendance and media coverage.

“The decision to part ways was a difficult one and was not taken lightly by the championship events committee. The NJCAA is looking forward to hosting the Division I Women’s Basketball Championship in Salina in 2015,” Leicht said.

Salina officials say they’d still like to host other NJCAA events.

Mo. College OKs Domestic Partner Benefits

MOBERLY, Mo. (AP) — Moberly Area Community College will offer benefits for domestic partners of full-time college employees.

The college’s Board of Trustees approved the change Monday. It will extend insurance coverage to employees’ domestic partners, as well as allow them to attend up to nine hours of classes a semester without tuition or fees. The partners also could be added as members of an employee’s immediate family for sick leave purposes.

College President Jeff Lashley says the proposal has been under consideration for several years, and it is expected to help retain and recruit employees.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1fAa9wb ) the change is effective July 1.

Ex-Cop Admits To Parking Meter Thefts

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — A former campus police officer has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $150,000 from campus parking meters at Santa Rosa Junior College.

KTVU-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1dUBcU1) the judge in the case said she will sentence Jeffrey Holzworth to no more than four years in prison as part of his plea agreement. The 53-yearold pleaded guilty to receiving stolen property and grand theft. Holzworth had faced up to 12 years behind bars.

His wife, 50-year-old Karen Holzworth, is accused of being an accessory for allegedly exchanging the money at banks. Prosecutors say the couple spent the money on vacations, at a casino and on living expenses.

Holzworth was a SRJC police officer for 28 years.

Gas Drilling Firm Gives $2.5M to Pa. College

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — A gas drilling company is giving $2.5 million to Lackawanna College in Scranton.

The gift by Cabot Oil & Gas will be used to fund the college’s School of Petroleum & Natural Gas in New Milford. Lackawanna College started the program in 2009 in response to the boom in Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling. Some 90 percent of the school’s graduates get jobs in the field.

Lackawanna will put $1 million into an endowment for student scholarships, and the rest will be used equipment, training, staff and faculty development and other needs.

It’s the largest private donation in the history of the college.

Miss. College To Offer Courses in High Schools

OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. (AP) — The Ocean Springs School District and Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College have signed an agreement for the college to offer courses to high school students.

Four college courses will courses will be offered to juniors and seniors at Ocean Springs High School this fall. They are Algebra, English Composition I, Introduction to Psychology and Introduction to Sociology.

Ocean Springs superintendent Bonita Coleman-Potter says 200 students have registered for the classes.

Students can earn a maximum of 14 college credit hours.

La. College Starts Study Abroad Program

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — South Louisiana Community College’s first study-abroad program will begin this summer in Paris.

Program director Olivier Chatelain de Pronville tells The Advertiser (http://bit.ly/1k8k65p ) the session will offer students a culturally important experience.

The four-week session will include morning classes in the French language and afternoon visits to cultural sites.

Ruling Upholds Ariz. Law on Board Seats

PHOENIX (AP) — A court ruling has upheld the constitutionality of an Arizona law creating two new at-large seats on the board that oversees Maricopa County’s community college system.

Opponents of the 2010 law argued that it violated the Arizona Constitution’s ban on special legislation because it was written to affect only Maricopa County.

However, Superior Court Judge Randall Warner ruled that the Legislature can write laws that only apply to one county because Maricopa County’s large population makes it unique.

A lawyer for officials and activists who challenged the law says an appeal is likely.

Defect Blamed For Shattered Glass Panel

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — An engineering report says a manufacturing defect caused the sudden fracture of a glass panel that fell last month in the lobby of the Rogue Community College/ Southern Oregon University Higher Education Center in Medford, injuring two people.

The Seattle-based engineering firm determined the failure was caused by the presence of nickel sulfide in the panel.

The college is reviewing options for collecting damages from the parties responsible for the defect. Two people suffered minor injuries when fragments from the fractured glass rained down on them.

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