Around the industry: Amazon opens brick-and-mortar campus bookstore

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  • Indiana: Amazon has opened its first official bookstore fully staffed by Amazon employees at Purdue University. Students can use a website portal to order books and other materials sold by Amazon, and then collect those items at the store. Eventually, Amazon hopes to offer one-day shipping to all students at Purdue. Amazon has struck deals with two more universities to build similar bookstores. A spokesperson for one of them estimates that Amazon will save its students about $380 per year in textbook costs (Decarr, Education News, 2/6; Safo, Marketplace, 2/3).

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  • North Carolina: Six universities are piloting this year new measures to prevent and treat underage binge drinking and illegal drug use, as part of Gov. Pat McCrory's (R) Substance Abuse and Underage Drinking Prevention and Treatment Task Force. Participating colleges will enforce stricter penalties on alcohol- and drug-related crimes, issuing state citations that can require students to attend court or treatment programs (Russell, USA Today College, 2/6).
  • Rhode Island: Providence College is urging students to get vaccinations as a second case of serogroup B meningococcal meningitis was confirmed Sunday. Over 3,000 of the school's estimated 3,800 students received the first of three doses to immunize against the disease last weekend. Meningitis was responsible for high-profile outbreaks in 2013 at the University of California, Santa Barbara and Princeton University, as well as the death of a student in 2014 at Georgetown University. Providence College officials say it is a serious disease and quick medical attention is important, but they are not cancelling events on campus so as to avoid disrupting the lives of students (Mulvaney, Providence Journal, 2/8).

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