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October has come and gone.

The pink ribbons and T-Shirts that marks Breast Cancer awareness month have disappeared.

Delmarva Public Radio’s Savanah Hatch reports that too often the awareness fades.

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Salisbury University has a new app.

It will allow students and staff to quickly contact police for help.

It’s called the 911 Shield App.

Julia Howell, president of the Student Government Association, told WBOC that even if there isn’t a problem the new app provides a sense of security.

The app can be customized to provide personal information that can help authorities when a student is in trouble.

Within the last month there have been cases of assault on students around the campus.

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With the recent reports of assaults Salisbury University is considering implementing a loitering measure near the campus.

WBOC reports that a number of students it interviewed yesterday told the television station that they did not feel safe when left campus.

University President Janet Dudley-Eshbach has said that the city and the school would consider a measure against loitering.

But University officials told the television station yesterday that it was still too early to provide details about how the ordinance would be enforced.

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There have been three recent assaults near the campus of Salisbury University.

And while the police have made arrests there is some unease among students.

The assaults range from an incident in a student neighborhood known as The Zoo to two attacks on Sunday in the Bateman Street area across from Route 13.

In those two incidents the victim was punched.

WBOC reports that the university has sent out an email notifying students of the assaults with recommendations on how to avoid being a victim.

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Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchnot says the state is facing a potential $1 billion decline in revenue over the next 18 months. As a result, he wants a moratorium on tax increases and tax cuts for the next five years to ease the state through a sluggish economy. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush talked with Franchot about his concerns during an appearance on the campus of Salisbury University.

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The Patricia Guerrieri Academic Commons on the campus of Salisbury University officially opened yesterday.

It now become the biggest structure on the campus with 221-thousand square feet.

Featuring the school’s library University President Janet Dudley-Eshbach said she wanted this facility to be a place where students could gather, study and learn.

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There’s a large building that stands at the corner of Route 13 and West College Avenue which houses the education programs at Salisbury University.

This week it was dedicated to the man who for years represented the area…in the Maryland House of Delegates.

University President Janet Dudley Eshbach was there to formally make the announcement changing its name to the Conway Hall

Conway was a major player in Annapolis and chaired the Appropriations Committee generating millions of dollars for the educational institutions on the Eastern Shore.

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Salisbury University officials say it was African American students who were involved in a recent racist drawing on the campus.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the university confirmed the students were black but did not release their names citing federal law.

The image was discovered in the Blackwell Library on April 10th of a stick figure being hung accompanied by a racial slur.

It also had "#whitepower" underneath.

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Philosophy in prison. It's a program that has been going on for the last 15 years at Salisbury University in which inmates meet with faculty and students to discuss the subject at the Eastern Correctional Institution. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with associate professor Tim Stock about the success of the program which will be honored at a symposium this Saturday at the TETC building on the campus of Salisbury University.

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The $19 million renovation of Sea Gull Stadium began  to usher in a new era for Salisbury University athletics this weekend. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush takes a look at the impact of the new facility on the school's teams and students. (Matt Forney and Michael McGraw provided reportorial work for this story)

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Salisbury University contributes an estimated $480 million of annual economic activity and supports over 32-hundred jobs.

The new study by the Business, Economic and Community Outreach Network also found that the school provides $80 million in tax revenues for local, state and federal governments.  

In her 16th year as president of the university Janet Dudley-Eshbach noted the positive economic impact and praised the partnership with the community and its supporters.

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There was a blanket of snow on the ground as Delmarvans got up to greet President’s Day.

The area was expected to be hit with 2-t0-4 inches of snow.

There’s a snow emergency in place for Worcester and Somerset Counties.

All vehicles have to have either snow chains or snow tires.

There’s also a ban on all parking for the snow emergency routes.

A winter weather advisory is still in effect for Sussex County through 4 p.m. this afternoon.

The region expects the snow to turn to rain later on in the day.

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They were mostly students and faculty as Salisbury University President Janet Dudley-Eshbach took the stage yesterday for a Town Hall.

It was entitled “Rap With Me.”

But in recent months the issue of diversity on campus led to a group of students who met with the President about – what they see – as a lack of racial awareness on campus.

They presented the President with a statement during their meeting with her and then said they would return with specific issues.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL BEING A GHOST STORY OF CHRISTMAS

By Charles Dickens

Adapted for the Radio by T. Paul Pfeiffer and the Salisbury University Radio Theatre Class Fall, 2015

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Narrators: a collection of trade’s people from various levels of Cheapside. These are characters which appear, as they might, among a crowd in the neighbourhood or in a place of business. Through these witnesses we learn our story. Principally, they are:

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Salisbury University President Janet Dudley-Eshbach held a meeting with African American students over concerns about minority representation on campus.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the meeting did not last long with Matthew Jackson senior reading a statement.

The group then left with further discussion.

The statement said that the students were “not pointing fingers or casting blame” for the lack of awareness of the black experience on campus.

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The 2nd annual Halloween 5K and 1-Mile Walk by the Salisbury University’s United Way raised almost $54-hundred.

There were over a 150 people who participated in the event that included that 1-mile Zombie Walk.

The Salisbury Daily Times notes that at the after party the accapella group “Squawkapella” from Salisbury University also performed.

There were more than 60 volunteers who helped with the hours of preparation for the fundraiser.

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Wicomico County schools have canceled three field trips for early this week to Washington D.C. and other cities on the Western Shore in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that County schools Superintendent John Fredericksen said that no decision had been made about field trips to metropolitan areas on Wednesday.

Fredericksen told the paper that he had been informed of threats in several major cities in our region…where students would have been visiting.

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Gerry DiBartolo will be leaving his job as head coach of the Salisbury University soccer team by the end of the year.

He has been in the position for the last 34 years, but he has agreed to stay on as acting Athletics Director for another two years. 

Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush sat down with DeBartolo to talk about his decision and the game of soccer.

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - Police say a deer ran through a lounge at Salisbury University.
 
Lt. Brian Waller of Salisbury University Police says the deer ran through a window at the Guerrieri University Center on Monday afternoon.  He says after it was briefly trapped inside the building, it exited through another window.
 
Blood stains were left on the windows and on curtains. Footage captured by witnesses shows the deer jumping over furniture and ramming into windows.
 

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Cameron “Bonzie” Dashiell’s death appears to be medically related with no signs of trauma.

That’s the preliminary conclusion of an autopsy after the Parkside High School Student collapsed Sunday near the Salisbury University campus.

He had been with two other friends on their bicycles at the time of this death.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that medical services were brought to the scene that afternoon and he was pronounced dead after being taken to Peninsula Regional Medical Center.

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Salisbury Police Chief Barbara Duncan told a community meeting last night that the emphasis by law enforcement has shifted over the years from the number of arrests to a focus on community policing.

Delmarva Media Group along with the Salisbury University’s Institute for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement sponsored the meeting.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the Salisbury University Police Chief Edwin Lashley said he viewed his agency as a resource beyond making arrests.

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SALSIBURY, Md. (AP) - A Salisbury bus service called the Downtown Trolley has been resumed in time for the new semester at Salisbury University.
 
The city officials announced on Thursday that they, along with Salisbury University, were bringing back the Downtown Trolley, a service that connects the downtown area with the university. The service, which launched in August 2014, was scheduled to resume Sept. 3 after taking a brief summer hiatus.
 

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Beware of traffic between Camden Avenue and College Avenue as well as Pine Bluff Road today as around 12-hundred students along with their parents flood the campus of Salisbury University.

The Salisbury University Police warn motorists that this is Move-In Day as the academic term gets underway.

The non-University traffic coming from the Fruitland and Eden areas on Camden Avenue will be rerouted onto route 13 at Dogwood Drive.  

If you’re near the intersection of Camden and College Avenues southbound traffic will also be rerouted to Route 13.

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Local developers Palmer Gillis and Tony Gilkerson are donating the Plaza Gallery to Salisbury University.

The SU Foundation will facilitate the takeover of the 60-thousand square-foot building that was once owned by the F. W. Woolworth Company during the heyday of downtown Salisbury.

The university says that the structure with its annex amounts to a $4.4 million gift.

Salisbury University President Janet Dudley-Eshbach says that this allows the university to establish a greater presence in the downtown area that has already seen growth.

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The Nursing Department at Salisbury University has received $2.1 million in grant money from the Maryland Higher Education Commission.

It’s the largest grant that the nursing department has gotten from the commission.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that it will go for the Nurse Support Program for developing clinical experts for its nursing staff.

Under the Eastern Shore Faculty Academy and Mentoring Initiative the plan was developed by the university and others to increase the diversity of adjunct professors.

The grant will span 5 years.

 

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The Wicomico River got some mixed reviews from a local environmental group.

The Wicomico Creekwatchers found that the nitrogen and phosphorous level have improved slightly.

But the Salisbury Daily Times reports that the bacterial levels were found to be a high risk for swimmers at six out of eight sites that were tested.

This was worse than a year ago.

The group of Salisbury University volunteers tested 22 sites along the Wicomico River.

 

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The Phi Beta Sigma fraternity was suspended on the campus of Salisbury University after the school’s Community Hearing Board found it guilty of “forced drinking”, “physical abuse” and “acts of coercion”.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the board found the fraternity was involved in a series of hazing incidents that ranged from paddling and drinking to severe verbal abuse and physical acts against the pledges.

Much of the evidence came from a series of group messages among fraternity members and nearly all of the fraternity brothers were present for the incidents.  

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The master plan for Salisbury University was unveiled yesterday that would ensure a central academic base, while improving the ties to the East Campus.

There is a proposal for a Fine and Performing Arts complex on the main campus and a Field House on the East campus.

It would also include the potential plans to improve not only the academic side of the campus but for student life and recreation.

The plans would establish – what has been described as – University District that would cross Route 13.

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - Health officials say a third Salisbury University student has been diagnosed with tuberculosis.
 
WMDT-TV reports that the Wicomico County Health Department and the university are working to test others at the school.
 

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Salisbury University has suspended the Phi Beta Sigma fraternity for two years due to an alleged hazing incident that is now being investigated by the Salisbury police.

Valerie Randall-Lee, the dean of students, told the Salisbury Daily Times that a university board has found the fraternity violated the school code.

In addition, she said, that the university is working with the police investigation.

The school would not reveal any of the details or identify any punishment imposed on the student because of federal privacy protections.

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