Top 10 College News Stories In 2009

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One of the biggest stories of the year was the murder of UConn star Jasper Howard.

A new year has arrived and with it the promise of a fresh start, new opportunities, and a chance to reach important milestones in our lives. A number of college news stories stood out in 2009, many of which were covered on SayCampusLife. Some of these stories will continue to play on in 2010 and beyond, so let’s see which ones were the top campus news makers for 2009.

Top Ten In 2009

1. Pittsburgh College Tax Proposal – If this law passes, then a new trend could sweep the nation: students will be charged a tax on their already ultra high tuition.

2. Jasper Howard Murder – UConn Huskies football star Jasper Howard was murdered at a party on campus following a home game. A stunned community mourns while the Huskies eventually recover and land a surprise bowl bid.

3. Study Abroad – Studying abroad is common for many students, with some colleges actively encouraging their students to spend at least one semester overseas. But many American college students have decided to start and finish their college beyond our borders with Canada seeing a huge spike in American applicants.

4. Missing College Students – Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington went missing on October 17, a case that remain unresolved. We dug a little bit deeper and found out there are many other college students who have disappeared over the years, some of whom have never been heard from again.

5. Football Playoff System – Fans want a college playoff system for BCS (formerly 1-A) teams, but what they do not want is congressional involvement.

6. Leaving the Emirates – Several universities have opened up campuses in the Middle East in recent years including in the cash rich Emirates. Declining oil wealth has a rippling affect, forcing George Mason University to pull out with others looking to do the same.

7. College Tuition Surges – A sour economy has not stopped college tuition from rising. In fact, some 58 schools now charge more than $50,000 annually for tuition, room and board, up from just 5 last year.

8. Growth in Community College Enrollment – Seats are filled at community colleges and other two year schools across the nation as unemployed workers seek retraining and as college students seek to save money on their college education.

9. On Campus Illnesses – From the threat of H1N1 to seasonal flu and beyond, colleges students are filling up infirmaries in a bid to get well. Though “swine flu” has yet to cause schools to suspend all classes, the threat remains and will likely be in the news throughout much of 2010.

10. Stevens Scandal – This story has been brewing for some time, but only surfaced recently. Steven Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey has been having financial problems for years including seeing its bond rating drop to near junk status in 2004. Now we have learned that the school’s president may have plundered the school’s endowment.

Happy 2010 to you and yours!

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