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Virginia Tech. Shooter Not a College Student

"VT" logo for Virginia TechPolice have yet to find what drove one man to shoot and kill a Virginia Tech. police officer on Thursday and then turn the gun on himself.

Police said they found the suspected gunman dead in a nearby parking lot. “We found him laying on the ground and he had suffered what appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound and the handgun was found nearby,” said Corinne Geller, a spokeswoman for the Virginia State Police.

They will not release the identity of the shooter until family members have been notified of his death. However, they did say that he is not a student at Virginia Tech. “At this point, we haven’t been able to establish any kind of immediate connection between the officer and the shooter,” said Geller. “That’s obviously something that’s being looked into.”

Officer Deriek W. Crouse was shot after pulling over a driver in a routine traffic stop. The gunman, who was not involved in the traffic stop, walked up and shot Crouse. He then fled the scene on foot and shot himself.

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California Student Charged with Making Terrorist Threats on His Facebook Page

Stanley Roring is a student at Crafton Hills College in Yucaipa, CA. Roring recently posted terroristic threats on Facebook that made it clear that he wanted to carry out a school shooting similar to the one that terrorized Virginia Tech several years ago.

School district police found Roring’s threatening posts hours after he published them on Facebook. They then reported the threat to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

“It was information reported from someone who is a friend or acquaintance of (Roring’s) on Facebook,” said a spokeswoman for the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, Cindy Bachman. “Obviously, it was very alarming once that was read.”

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Foursquare Launches Universities 2.0 on Hundreds of College Campuses

Last year, the popular social media app foursquare announced plans to officially partner with more than 20 universities across the nation to help students explore their college campuses and learn about their school’s traditions. The program was a huge success and now than 10 million users joined in on the fun. Now foursquare is making the program even bigger and better with a new and improved version called Universities 2.0.

Universities 2.0 will have all of the fun features that the original foursquare for universities had, such as the ability to check in at various locations on campus, learn about traditions and folklore, and see what your friends thought about various things related to your campus. However, Universities 2.0 will have something that the original program did not have: badges. These badges will represent the schools on foursquare and also could be used on college campuses to advertise that the campus is a foursquare-friendly zone.

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Department of Education to Fine Virginia Tech

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The United States Department of Education intends to fine Virginia Tech $55,000 for violations related to federal campus-crime reporting law regarding the tragic shootings that took place on April 16, 2007. The Department of Education accused Virginia Tech of not issuing “timely warnings”, a violation of the Clery Act, during the violence taking place on campus, and plans to issue the maximum fine of $27,500 for each violation.

April 16th, 2007, Virginia Tech senior Seung-Hui Cho went on a shooting rampage on Virginia Tech’s campus. At 7:15am, Cho fatally shot two students in a residence hall. He then entered an academic building and began shooting at students and faculty members. Before the ordeal was over, Cho killed 33 people before taking his own life.

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Guns on College Campuses: Protective Measure or Dangerous Catalyst?

At least a dozen states, with Arizona at the forefront, are currently pondering the controversial idea of allowing guns on college campuses. Lawmakers, college students and other big-thinkers are taking the debate of gun control on campus very seriously.

Advocates argue that zoning schools as gun-free provides a deranged psychopath with an all-too-easy target. In the right (or rather, wrong) state of mind, someone may view a campus of unarmed students as vulnerable and weak. Theoretically, students and faculty would have a better chance of protecting themselves and each other if they were armed. It may also deter mentally unstable individuals from initiating an attack if they know that teachers or students could fire back. I believe the saying goes, “an armed society is a polite society.” Arizona State Representative, Jack Harper, says “When law-abiding, responsible adults are able to defend themselves, crime is deterred.” There’s something to be said for self-defense and the preservation of life but it’s worth noting that this isn’t the Wild West. Fighting violence with violence may not be the answer.

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Many College Cafeterias Go Trayless to Avoid Waste

At some colleges, no longer are students able to pile their trays with french fries, brick-oven pizza and brownies. Instead, they have to dish up their cafeteria favorites on to a single plate.

The change makes sense. Trays are large and leave too much room for students to pile on several plates of food as they walk through the buffet lines. And when it’s time to dump the tray’s contents, more than half of the food is wasted into the trash can.

After Virginia Tech went trayless, food service workers at the school noticed an immediate change.

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For All The Marbles: College Football Conference Title Games Preview

It’s that time of year again: A handful of college football conferences have their conference title games this week, and the biggest of them all has national championship game implications:

1) South Carolina vs. Auburn: The SEC title game has often been called a “national semifinal” game by SEC fans. While this isn’t exactly true this season, what with the SEC East being horrible and everything, the Tigers are a lock for the championship game if they top the Gamecocks–they might even get in if they lose, but Steve Spurrier’s bunch won’t just roll over for the coronation; they led Auburn 27-21 heading into the fourth quarter when the two teams met in September. An eligible Cam Newton, however, hasn’t been stopped yet, so the Tigers have to be the favorite.

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College Football Week #2 Recap

footballWith the second week of college football in the books, the BCS picture already seems to be forming, as Ohio State and Alabama have emerged as the clear favorites at this point. But did they make the list of the three biggest story lines of the weekend?

1. Better late than never. It took Virginia Tech a week longer than they wanted, but the Hokies may have destroyed Boise State‘s National Title hopes. With a 21-16 defeat at the hands of D-IAA James Madison, Virginia Tech not only dashed their crystal ball hopes, but took the Broncos’ with them. Now, Boise’s best regular-season victory in years looks, well, not so special. The Broncos stayed at #3 in the coaches’ poll, but the distance between them and #2 Ohio State grew.

2. The weekend was pretty much a disaster for the ACC as a whole. Their marquee programs were taken out one by one, and right now, the conference looks wide open. Read the rest of this entry »

Overdue National Notoriety for ACC’s College Football Elite

acc footballDespite the size of crowds that Florida State University coach Bobby Bowden can draw, it has been a decade since FSU, a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference or ACC, has won the national championship. What’s more, is it’s been nine seasons since a conference team (also FSU) played in the title game. Before Virginia Tech defeated Cincinnati in January at the FedEx Orange Bowl, the ACC hadn’t even won a BCS bowl game this century.

“But if the Chicago Cubs – who haven’t won a World Series since 1908 – can dream, so can the ACC.”

The addition of Virginia Tech and Miami in 2004 and then with Boston College in 2005, the ACC was supposed to become college football’s bully. Instead, it became a national punching bag. Read the rest of this entry »

Will.I.Am Introduces I Am Scholarship on Oprah

The first recipients of the I Am Scholarship. (via

The first recipients of the I Am Scholarship. (via

Oprah is constantly encouraging us all to simply do what we can to help one another. Read to a child, help a neighbor with a ride, or donate money to a worthwhile cause — it all goes a long way in helping each other and our communities. When Grammy winner and Black Eyed Peas frontman Will.I.Am looked inside and asked what we could do, he decided to start a scholarship fund.

The I Am Scholarship was introduced on the May 5, 2009 episode of Oprah. He’d approached Oprah’s girlfriend Gayle King and let her know he wanted to send one kid to college, with some extra cash he’d made DJing. He wanted to help a student who had a similar background to him — growing up in the home of a single mom. Oprah’s team worked with Gayle to send him the names of four students who would meet and exceed his expectations. Read the rest of this entry »


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