Let’s be honest, keeping up with the news has not been your first priority. Luckily for you, we have made a quick and dirty guide to what’s happening on our campus, state and nation.
Update: CMU’s Programming Fund has been denied an increase in funds for this academic year.
Since the article was published, Central Michigan Life reported that George Ross approved a $150,000 increase for CPF. http://www.cm-life.com/article/2015/09/cpf-increase
Earlier this year, Student Government Association President Chuck Mahone went before the Budget Priorities Committee to request an additional $327,000 to an already existing fund.
CPF provides money to the Mary Ellen Brandell Volunteer Center, Student Government, Program Board, Leadership Institute, Intramural Sports and other on-campus activities. The fund has nearly $700,000.
The committee told Mahone to lower the suggested increase to $150,000 before bringing the request before President George Ross.
Of the increase, roughly $120,000 would be set aside for SGA’s Student Budget Allocations Committee which funds multiple Registered Student Organizations across campus. The other $30,000 would go to Program Board.
Damon Brown, director of Student Activities and Involvement, said the CPF has not seen an increase in funds since 2000.
This year, the CPF will operate on its original $700,000 budget. A near $30,000 increase, which the funds saw last year, came from a carry forward fund. This meant funds left over from 2013-2014 could be applied to the 2014-2015 school year. There were no carry forward funds from last year.
Michigan State University has come under fire after a federal oversight agency says it mishandled sexual assault cases on campus.
The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights said the university did not act promptly to handle two reports of sexual assault.
More from the Detroit Free Press:
They also found the university did not have proper procedures and policies in place to handle sexual assault reports.
The OCR also found, in interview with students, that many didn’t know who to report sexual assaults to. The OCR also knocked the university’s documentation of internal grievance files and found confusion among the athletic department staff about who should report sexual assault claims to the university’s investigation office.
That all led to the OCR to say the university contributed to there being a sexually hostile environment on campus.
The university and the OCR have entered into an agreement that spells out specific changes that have to be made to policies and procedures. The agency will monitor the university and if the changes aren’t made, they can take administrative actions against the university. It’s unclear exactly what those penalties could be.
According to a University of Michigan study, marijuana use among college students is at a 35-year high (no pun intended).
In the university’s annual Monitoring the Future study, one in 17 college students, or 5.9 percent, said they use marijuana daily, which is defined as 20 or more times within the past 30 days. However, drinking among college students has decreased by 4 percent since 2000.
This trend reflects changing attitudes on marijuana and other drugs among young people.
More from the Ann Arbor News:
The study shows that marijuana use among college students has grown slowly each year since 2006, when roughly 3.5 percent of students reported daily use, and 2014 was the first year in which regular marijuana smoking surpassed regular cigarette usage.
Not only did daily use increase, but the study also showed that infrequent marijuana use—at least once in the prior 30 days—among college students rose from 17 percent in 2006 to 21 percent in 2014. Use in the prior 12 months went from 30 percent in 2006 to 34 percent in 2014.
“It’s clear that for the past seven or eight years there has been an increase in marijuana use among the nation’s college students,” Lloyd Johnston, the principal investigator of the study, said in a news release. “And this largely parallels an increase we have been seeing among high school seniors.”
Johnston said that the increased use could be due to the fact that fewer young adults see marijuana use as “dangerous.” The study showed that 55 percent of all 19- to 22-year-old high school graduates saw regular marijuana use as dangerous in 2006, but only 35 percent of people surveyed in 2014 saw it as dangerous.
County Clerk Kim Davis from Kentucky refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
U.S. District Judge David Bunning has set a hearing for Thursday to determine whether to hold Davis in contempt, a charge that could result in a fine or jail time.
Davis’s decision came on a day of heated protests here. Dozens of supporters — and critics — of the county’s elected clerk gathered outside the courthouse, and at times inside the lobby, as gay couples tried, unsuccessfully, to get marriage licenses.
After one couple was rebuffed, Davis emerged from a back office to explain that she would not be issuing any licenses.
“Under whose authority?” someone demanded.
“Under God’s authority,” Davis said.
Amid competing chants of “Do your job!” and “Praise the Lord!” Davis then asked the rejected applicants to leave the courthouse.
For the first time in over a month, GOP prospective candidate Donald Trump was not leading in the polls.
Trump has often bragged about his high poll numbers, but Ben Carson is tied with Trump, according to a survey of likely Republican Iowa caucus-goers. Carson was raised in Detroit.
More from the New York Times:
Mr. Trump and Mr. Carson were deadlocked with the support of 23 percent of the Iowans who were polled. Carly Fiorina, Senator Ted Cruz of Texas and Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin made up the next tier of candidates.
The poll shows the growing appetite for political outsiders in Iowa and could spell trouble for more traditional candidates who were counting on the state to propel them to the nomination. Mr. Walker has seen his prospects in Iowa dampen substantially in recent weeks and candidates such as former Gov. Mike Huckabee of Arkansas and former Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, who were once favorites in the state, are barely registering with voters.
Murder rates in several major U.S. cities have risen unexpectedly after years of decline.
It has affected several urban areas, from Milwaukee to places in the south, and areas in between.
The report comes less than a week after two Virginia reporters were shot and killed on live television.
More from the New York Times:
In New Orleans, 120 people had been killed by late August, compared with 98 during the same period a year earlier. In Baltimore, homicides had hit 215, up from 138 at the same point in 2014. In Washington, the toll was 105, compared with 73 people a year ago. And in St. Louis, 136 people had been killed this year, a 60 percent rise from the 85 murders the city had by the same time last year.
Law enforcement experts say disparate factors are at play in different cities, though no one is claiming to know for sure why murder rates are climbing. Some officials say intense national scrutiny of the use of force by the police has made officers less aggressive and emboldened criminals, though many experts dispute that theory.
Rivalries among organized street gangs, often over drug turf, and the availability of guns are cited as major factors in some cities, including Chicago. But more commonly, many top police officials say they are seeing a growing willingness among disenchanted young men in poor neighborhoods to use violence to settle ordinary disputes.