This Week in College News: College Radio Day Hits the Nation

By Megan Kenslea Staff

Every week StudentAdvisor compiles the top stories in college news. Here are some of the biggest stories that made the headlines this week: 

Schools Pulling the Plug on College Radio Stations 

College radio stations around the country are at risk to lose their FCC licensing

william pattersondue to tightened University budgets. University officials have begun selling off radio licensing to non-student affiliated stations, in part due to financial constraints. On Tuesday, over 350 college radio stations around the country participated in “College Radio Day,” to promote the benefits of college radio stations. “When you’ve got an FM license, it’s a huge blow to have it taken away from you,” said Rob Quicke, a communication professor at William Patterson University in Wayne, New Jersey who organized the event. “They are silencing their students’ voices forever.”

NYPD Infiltration Of Colleges Raises Privacy Fears

As part of an investigation of Muslim communities, New York City Police infiltrated Muslim student groups at city colleges, the Associated Press reported this week. Investigators monitored online chatrooms and undercover officials infiltrated student groups and prayer rooms. Officials at the colleges that have been infiltrated, including CUNY Law School and Brooklyn College, have issued statements saying that students civil rights may have been violated. “The government, through the police department, is working privately to destroy the private lives of Muslim citizens,” said Moustafa Bayoumi, an English professor at Brooklyn College.

NCAA exploring scholarship cut for several sports

The NCAA is considering a reduction in the number of scholarships it offers in an attempt to reallocate resources among its member schools. The measure, which would potentially go into effect in Fall 2012, would impart significant change on Division I athletics. Football, men’s basketball, and women’s basketball scholarships may be reduced in an effort to move towards full-cost scholarships that may also go into effect next fall. The group is expected to present its proposals, as well as other cost-reducing proposals, at an NCAA board meeting in January.

Norwich University Allows LGBTQ Group to Form After Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Repeal

After several failed attempts to form under DADT, an LGBTQ group has successfully formed at Norwich University, the home of the ROTC program. Students at the school, which educates both citizens and future officers, attempted to form an LGBTQ several times before DADT was repealed. Now that DADT has been repealed, the group has been more successful. “It’s not a surprise that after ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ you’re going to see a lot of military-based institutions creating LGBT organizations, much as they have done on other campuses,” said Shane Windmeyer, the founder and director of Campus Pride. “These students are seeking support and visibility – possibly resources – on their campus, so one way to do that is to mobilize.

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