Colleges & Universities

Investigation Continues
1:34 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Three Charged in Death of VT Student

Jessica Ewing & Keifer Brown
Credit Blacksburg Police Department

Jessica Ewing, a student at Virginia Tech, is charged with second-degree murder in the death of Samanata Shrestha, of Vienna, VA. 

Ewing is now at the Western Virginia Regional Jail.

Recent Tech graduate Keifer Kyle Brown is facing charges that he was an accessory after the fact. He's being held at the Montgomery County Jail.

Police have also charged 23-year-old Michael Christian Heller, a Blacksburg resident, with being an accessory after the fact.  He's been released on bond.

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Law & Crime
8:29 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Education Leaders Discuss Sexual Misconduct Issues

Credit www.foxbusiness.com

It’s been nearly three years since the federal government issued legal guidelines for universities facing an epidemic of sexual misconduct on campus.  This week, the of Virginia hosts the first conference of its kind – a two-day program for college presidents and other administrators struggling to understand and manage students in the age of hooking up. 

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33 Years of Service
2:46 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Lawmakers Honor VT President Charles Steger

VT President Dr. Charles Steger
Credit Virginia Tech

The Virginia General Assembly is recognizing the contributions of Virginia Tech President Charles Steger.

Delegate Joseph Yost of Giles County was joined by Tech alumni from the House of Delegates, to honor Steger for 33 years of service to the Virginia Tech Community and the entire state.  

Yost says Steger, the 15th President at Virginia Tech,  has exemplified the University’s motto, Ut Prosim, “That I May Serve.”

 

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Taking Care of Living Sports Fields
4:41 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Protecting Their Turf

Credit Virginia Tech

Football season may be over for the players, but for some people, it’s never over.  That’s what it’s like for the teams that keep the living outdoor sports fields looking good.  Real grass takes real work to maintain; Especially when the turf has to look good on TV.

Even in the off-season, Hokie special teams practice kicks at Virginia Tech’s Lane Stadium so the field has to be ready.    The work of keeping the living playing field ready for it’s close up is a never-ending pursuit.

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Chronobiology: Clocks & Rhythms
3:58 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Rise and Shine: A Study of Sleep

Brianna Rakouska ’17 studies for a French exam late into the evening at W&L.
Credit Washington & Lee University

Plenty of people spend at least part of their time at college sleeping through class, but at Washington and Lee University, students have the chance to enroll in a course where they’ll learn why.

Assistant Professor Natalia Toporikova was invited to design an undergraduate course that would  teach students the basics of science:  how to interpret studies, how to develop a hypothesis and test it.  What better way, she thought, than to study the subject of sleep?   It was not her decision to schedule that class at 8 a.m.

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