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2008 September 9 - 12:00 am

NEWS BRIEFS:

  • Iowa College President Defends Photo with Keg 

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — The president of Iowa Central Community College is defending a photograph that appears to show him pouring beer down the throat of a young woman.

In a copyright story in The Des Moines Register, Robert Paxton says he’s done nothing wrong and that the actions were part of his private life, not his college work.

The photo shows 52-year-old Paxton with a group of young people on a boat. He and another woman are holding a small keg of beer above the head of a young woman. Her mouth appears under a spigot held open by Paxton.

He says the photo was made July 4 at West Okoboji Lake. He adds that the keg in the photo was broken and wasn’t dispensing beer.

Mark Crimmins is a member of the Iowa Central Board of Trustees. He says it appears that the people who were drinking in the photo were of legal age and adds that there’s nothing the college should do about the photo.

  • Applications for Aid On Rise in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The number of Oklahoma college students applying for federal financial aid is rising.

Officials say the number of applications for aid is up 3 percent from about 127,000 last year to more than 130,000 applications this year.

Financial aid officials say they’re pleased with the increase because it means more students are aware of federal aid such as Pell Grants and Stafford Loans.

Rick Edington with the Oklahoma State Guaranteed Loan Program says students should always fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid before looking for a private loan.

  • 25 Percent of Wyo. Grads College-Ready

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Less than a quarter of Wyoming high-school students who took the ACT college entrance exam tested well enough to show they are ready for college, with 79 percent possibly needing remedial college classes.

Statewide, 68 percent of the students who took the ACT are ready for college English. But just 28 percent are prepared for college science.

And only 21 percent achieved a score indicating they’re prepared for English, math, social science and science in college.

Results indicate that 79 percent of the students may need help such as taking remedial college classes, said Scott Gomer, ACT’s media relations director.

Nationwide, only 22 percent of the 2008 high-school graduates who took the test are ready for college.

Results of the 2008 exam released last week show how important it is for high-school students to take a core curriculum classes, officials say. ACT defines a core curriculum as four years of English, and three years of math, science and social studies each.

Students in Wyoming who did not take a core curriculum scored an average of 19.7 on the ACT. Those who took the core curriculum scored 22.3, according to the Wyoming Department of Education.

  • NW Miss. CC Seeing Record Enrollment

SOUTHAVEN, Miss. (AP) — Northwest Mississippi Community College president Gary Lee Spears says the school could exceed 7,000 students for the first time this fall.

Spears said during a visit to the DeSoto Center campus that the expectation is based the number of applications being received.

NWCC’s total enrollment was a college record 6,825 a year ago. The total included 2,953 at the main campus in Senatobia, 2,702 at DeSoto Center and 1,170 at Lafayette-Yalobusha Technical Center in Oxford.

School officials say a number of new faculty members have been added for this fall, including two at DeSoto Center, one in English and one in social science.

  • Va. Officials Appeal Alcohol Ads Ruling

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia officials are appealing a federal ruling that overturned the state’s decades-old ban on alcohol-related advertising in college newspapers.

Attorney General Bob McDonnell filed a notice of appeal of U.S. Magistrate Judge M. Hannah Lauck’s ruling, according to a spokesman for his office.

The Cavalier Daily at the University of Virginia and The Collegiate Times at Virginia Tech sued the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, claiming that the ban violates student publications’ constitutional right to free speech and hampers their ability to make money.

The ABC board enacted the ban to curb underage drinking.

But Lauck tossed out the ban last March, ruling that there was no evidence that the measure was having its intended effect.

  • Maine College Applications Rising

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine’s community colleges say applications are up 9 percent, and they’re still coming in.

Maine Community College System President John Fitzsimmons says the number of applications tends to grow when the economy softens. He says people who want to upgrade their skills are ``knocking on our doors.’’

Applications are up by over 900 — to 12,200 — as of early August. That number is expected to continue to grow over the next few weeks.

  • United Tribes College Adds Justice Classes

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The president of United Tribes Technical College said the college will be adding classes in criminal justice and law enforcement.

``Law enforcement issues are a major concern and a major problem in our tribal communities out there on the different reservations, and so this is one way that United Tribes can make a contribution,’’ college President David  Gipp said.

United Tribes is starting a $200 million expansion. Gipp said ground has been broken on the first phase of the new campus facility and water, sewer and electricity are being put in to prepare for construction.  

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