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Cedarville, UD have lowest student loan default rates of area schools

Published: Wednesday, January 11, 2017 @ 4:14 PM


            Brent Shock, assistant vice president of enrollment management and director of financial services at Miami University, right, talks about student loan debt collections at the Ohio Attorney General’s student loan advisory group meeting in Columbus in October.

Cedarville University and the University of Dayton students have the lowest student loan default rates of any area college, according to a new database of default rates from the Student Loan Report, a student loan news website.

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The database ranks colleges based on their average default rate. Cedarville students fared better than anyone else in the area with an average default rate of 2 percent, the 12th lowest in the state, while UD students came in at 13th with a default rate of 2.15 percent.

Eight of 10 area universities had default rates lower than the state average of 13.61 percent, according to the database. Ohio has the 41st lowest default rate.

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Area community colleges had higher default rates than most nearby four-year universities. In some cases, their default rate was more than double or triple the rate of area university students.

The area school with the highest default rate was Central State University.

CSU students ranked 210 in Ohio and had the third highest default rate of any university or college in the state. Around 29.52 percent of CSU students on average defaulted on their loans.

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Below is a complete ranking of area universities and community colleges, according to the report:

Area universities

12. Cedarville University, 2 percent

13. University of Dayton, 2.15 percent

24. Xavier University, 3.14 percent

31. Wittenberg University, 3.95 percent

47. Ohio State, 5 percent

75. University of Cincinnati, 7.63 percent

83. Wright State, 8.27 percent

97. Miami University, 9.3 percent

145. Wilberforce University, 15.02 percent

210. Central State, 29.52 percent

Area community colleges

172. Columbus State Community College, 19.33 percent

176. Edison State Community College, 20.03 percent

177. Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, 20.05 percent

190. Sinclair Community College, 21.78 percent

201. Clark State Community College, 24.02 percent

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  • UK lowers security level from ‘critical’ to ‘severe’

    Published: Saturday, May 27, 2017 @ 8:39 AM

    A British army soldier (R) and a police officer (L) secure an entrance to Downing Street in central London.
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    Great Britain lowered its security threat level from “critical” to “severe” on Saturday, Prime Minister Theresa May said.

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    Earlier, police hunting a suspected network behind Salman Abedi, the bomber who killed 22 people on Monday night during a concert in Manchester, said they had made two further arrests overnight as they closed in on other possible cell members, Reuters reported. 

    As a result, soldiers who have been assisting police would be withdrawn from Britain's streets at midnight on Monday.

    "A significant amount of police activity has taken place over the last 24 hours and there are now 11 suspects in custody," May said.

    May cautioned, however, that the lesser threat is still a dangerous one.

    "The public should be clear about what this means. A threat level of severe means an attack is highly likely,” she said. “The country should remain vigilant."

    The threat assessment has returned to the level it was at prior to the Manchester attack.

    In Manchester, events planned around the spring bank holiday will go ahead with additional security, including a significant number of armed officers, police said. British officers do not usually carry guns, CNN reported.

    Events include the Manchester Games, the Great Manchester Run, and a stadium show by bands including The Courteeners, all of which are likely to attract big crowds. This weekend also marks the start of Ramadan, the holiest month of the Muslim calendar, CNN reported.

     

     

    British Airways says computer glitches causing delays

    Published: Saturday, May 27, 2017 @ 7:19 AM

    British Airways aircraft on the tarmac at London's Heathrow Airport.
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    Computer problems are causing long lines and flight delays for British Airways passengers worldwide, the BBC reported Saturday. Airline officials apologized for the "global system outage" and said they were "working to resolve the problem as quickly as possible."

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    Heathrow Airport said it was "working closely" with British Airways to solve the issue.

    British Airways announced later Saturday that it had canceled all flights from Heathrow and Gatwick until  5 p.m.

    It is not known how many flights were affected, but passengers have reported issues at a number of airports through social media.

    Journalist Martyn Kent told the BBC he was sitting on a plane for 90 minutes at Heathrow Airport. He said the airplane’s captain told passengers the computer problems were "catastrophic."

    Philip Bloom said he had been waiting in Belfast on board a Heathrow-bound flight for two hours.

    "We haven't been told very much just that there is a worldwide computer system failure,” he told the BBC. “We were told that we couldn't even get on other flights because they are unable to see what flights we can be moved to."

    Bloom later said that his flight was able to take off and fly to London.

    No injuries reported in Clark County barn fire, investigation continues

    Published: Saturday, May 27, 2017 @ 12:04 AM

    UPDATE @ 6:44 a.m.

    No one was injured and no animals were harmed in a Friday night barn fire in Madison Twp., according to Clark County dispatchers. 

    Dispatchers said the last crew left the scene of the fire in the 6200 block of Old Columbus Cincinnati Road around 2:12 a.m. 

    The cause of the fire remains under investigation, according to dispatchers, and a damage estimate was not available. 

    Dispatchers said Madison Twp., Cedarville and Jamestown fire crews assisted in putting out the fire.

    INITIAL REPORT (May 26)

    A barn was engulfed when crews arrived late Friday night in Madison Twp., Clark County.

    The fire was reported at a property on the south side of Old Columbus Cincinnati Road.

    Additional crews were requested from Cedarville and Jamestown.

    There were no reports initially of animals or people harmed, the Clark County Sheriff’s Office dispatch said.

    The fire happened as strong storms with lightning and thunder moved through the area, but it’s not clear whether a lightning strike sparked the blaze.

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    Few public answers to puzzle in Congressional IT investigation

    Published: Saturday, May 27, 2017 @ 8:00 AM
    Updated: Saturday, May 27, 2017 @ 8:00 AM

    An inquiry into possible wrongdoing by IT staffers employed by a number of Democrats in Congress has garnered more attention in recent days, after a prominent lawmaker gave a public tongue lashing to the Capitol Hill police chief, vowing “consequences” over his refusal to return computer equipment that is evidently part of the ongoing investigation.

    At issue is a probe into a possible security breach involving Imran Awan, who has worked for Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) and other Democratic lawmakers, as a shared information technology worker.

    Little has been made public by Capitol Police on what exactly is being investigated; news reports in recent months have linked Awan, several of his relatives, and his wife to some type of Capitol Hill investigation that could involve stolen property and more.

    The new scrutiny came after a budget hearing on May 18 with U.S. Capitol Police Chief Matthew Verderosa; the hearing before a House Appropriations subcommittee had escaped notice, until reports earlier this week by the Daily Caller, noting the sharp words that Wasserman Schultz had for Verderosa.

    At the end of her Q&A with the police chief, Wasserman Schultz asks what happens when police find lost items.

    “I’d like to know how Capitol Police handle equipment that belongs to a member, or a staffer, that’s been lost within the Capitol complex, and found or recovered by one of your officers,” Wasserman Schultz begins.

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    The bottom line from the chief was simple – until an investigation is completed, “I can’t return the equipment,” which is reportedly a laptop from Wasserman Schultz’s office.

    That answer did not satisfy the Florida Democrat.

    “I think you’re violating the rules when you conduct your business that way,” Wasserman Schultz said bluntly, as she told the chief that he should “expect that there will be consequences.”

    In the wake of that somewhat jarring verbal exchange, a reporter on Thursday asked House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi about the Awan investigation.

    “I’m really not familiar with what you’re talking about,” Pelosi said.

    “We’ve been busy with a lot of other things,” Pelosi added.

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    U.S. Capitol Police have released little information about what this probe involves, and who exactly is being investigated.

    According to U.S. House spending records, Imran Awan was a shared employee for thirteen different House members in 2016, earning in the third quarter anywhere from as little as $300 from a pair of Democrats to $6,624.99 from another.

    Wasserman Schultz paid Awan $5,000.01 for work between July 1 and September 30, 2016.

    Awan’s wife, Hina Alvi, worked for seven Democrats, plus the House Democratic Caucus, earning close to $44,000 in the third quarter of 2016.

    Records also show two relatives of Awan’s on the Congressional payroll: Abid Awan worked for eight different House Democrats, while Jamal Awan worked for eight others – all as ‘shared’ employees.

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