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Published: Wednesday, September 13, 2017 @ 4:27 PM
Wright State University should not be embarrassed by the mistakes and scandals that have plagued it over the past few years, the school’s president said Wednesday.
In her first “state of the university address,” president Cheryl Schrader said administrators, staff, faculty and students need to discuss Wright State’s problems in order to solve them.
Just before Schrader arrived, Wright State slashed $30.8 million from its fiscal year 2018 budget in an initial attempt to correct years of overspending. The university has also faced multiple lawsuits over its canceled presidential debate and investigations into possible H-1B visa misuse that have lingered over the last two years.
“First let me say that there is no need to be uncomfortable speaking about what occurred,” Schrader said to a room full of people in the student union. “Recognizing, understanding and discussing it will only help us as we set a bold course for the next 50 years.”
Talking about the university’s issues made Schrader’s speech unlike any state of the university address she had given before, she said. But, discussing those issues is necessary because “we need to be able to look at reality,” Schrader said.
Earlier this year Schrader began seeking feedback for what Wright State should become 10 years from now. The initiative is part of a strategic planning process Schrader and her administration will be developing during her first year in office, she has said.
The responses Schrader received showed that the campus community is mostly concerned about Wright State’s finances, academic programs, campus life and morale at the university.
“The challenges of the last few years have been a stark wake-up call that business as usual is not an option. We can’t go back to the way we have always done things,” she said.
Schrader has been adamant that she can help move Wright State past its recent struggles and on Wednesday she said the “vast potential of this university far outweighs the temporary setbacks we are experiencing.”
During her address, Schrader also gave a shout-out to her new chief business officer, Walt Branson. Branson, who previously served as an administrator under Schrader at the Missouri University of Science and Technology, started this week at WSU.
Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 1:12 PM
PARKLAND, Fla. — When an accused teenage gunman opened fire on his former classmates last week, he wore a maroon polo shirt emblazoned with the logo of the school from which he’d been expelled -- Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
The name Stoneman Douglas has become synonymous with the tragedy that ended with 17 people dead and the accused killer, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, charged with murdering them. But who was Marjory Stoneman Douglas?
Douglas, who died in 1998 at the age of 108, was a journalist and advocate of the women’s suffrage movement. She may be most well-known, however, for her efforts to save the Florida Everglades, which are not far from the school bearing her name.
Below are some of the details from Douglas’ remarkable life.
Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 12:58 PM
COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. — A Florida high school student was arrested Monday after deputies said he brought a knife, gas mask and other disturbing items to school.
Benjamin Mendoza, 18, was booked into the Collier County Jail on charges of possession of a weapon on school property and interfering/disrupting school administration functions.
Deputies said they received a tip about Mendoza Friday from someone who said Mendoza had brought a gas mask to Palmetto Ridge High School and previously had made disturbing comments to him about the Las Vegas mass shooting.
When confronted at the school, northwest of Naples, detectives found several items in Mendoza’s backpack, including:
Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 1:01 PM
MIDDLETOWN — A Middletown woman has been jailed and charged with felony animal cruelty after several dead animals were found in her backyard, according to the Butler County Sheriff’s Office.
The county dog warden’s office received information last week advising that there were dead dogs in the yard at the residence in the 1300 block of Oxford State Road.
Four dogs were observed by the humane officers when they arrived on Feb. 16. Two of the dogs were found in dog houses, another one was found in a black plastic tote along with a decapitated dog’s head, according to the sheriff’s office. The owner, Tina Marie Jackson, said she ran out of dog food and she never provided bedding in the dog houses to keep the dogs warm. She did not offer an explanation for the decapitated dog.
Necropsies were conducted on all four dogs, and three were found to have no food in their stomachs, and the cause of death was ruled starvation. There could not be any determination on cause of death of dog with the severed head due to lack of evidence in the specimen.
“I am beside myself,” said Sheriff Richard Jones. “Owning one animal and treating it like trash is appalling but this woman had four. I am disgusted that these poor animals suffered and I am glad Ms. Jackson is behind bars.”
Jackson, 39, was arrested and charged with three counts of felony animal cruelty to companion animals. She is currently housed in Middletown City Jail in lieu of $5,000 bond. Jackson is scheduled to be back in court Monday for a preliminary hearing.
Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 12:54 PM
With the mass shooting in Parkland, Fla., last week that left 17 students and staff dead, Clayton Police Chief Matt Hamlin wants to reassure his community that they are taking precautions to keep residents, students and teachers safe.
After many concerned parents asked what the school district protect their children, Hamlin offered an overview of the steps the two school resource officers (SRO) and local law enforcement take.
Northmont High School has resource officer in the building for 40 hours a week. The officer is trained in the Active, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate program, called ALICE.
For three days per week, the middle school has one resource officer.
The officers are always ready and on alert, the chief said.
The resource officers conduct a safety meeting with area law enforcement and Northmont staff—usually reviewing and discussing any concerns every month. Yearly training sessions, with local law enforcement, are conducted in Quick Uniform Attack on Drugs (QUAD) and active shooter drills.
Local law enforcement agencies also conduct five regular firearms training sessions per year that focus on firearms, shot placement, and retention. LasorShot and Simulator Training are training tools used to prepare for active shooter events, traffic stops and other potential deadly encounters.