Around the industry: Fraternity that caused nearly $125,000 in damages to resort will be cut off

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  • Illinois: The University of Chicago (UChicago) is tackling the leading cause of death in young African-American males: homicide. UChicago partnered with the Macarthur Foundation and Get In Chicago to offer up to $1 million for proposals to reduce youth violence. Today marks the deadline for letters of interest, then finalists will be asked to file proposals. Winners will be announced in late May. Officials say they are seeking creative solutions that will improve the life outcomes of Chicago teens (Eldeib, Chicago Tribune, 2/27).
  • Michigan: The University of Michigan says it will not recognize fraternity Sigma Alpha Mu for the next four years after members caused thousands of dollars in damage to a ski resort in January. University officials say it is the most severe sanction they have at their disposal, but the fraternity's national office is being asked to further penalize the chapter. Ongoing assessments initially estimated that fraternity members caused $50,000 in damage over one weekend—but the final figure could end up closer to $125,000. Two more fraternities and three sororities have also been reprimanded for their members' roles in the damage (AP/USA Today College, 2/27; Schramm, USA Today College, 1/29).
  • Oregon: The University of Oregon (UO) is launching this week a massive effort to vaccinate students against the dangerous B strain of meningitis—the one that killed a UO student-athlete last month. Though many teens get a meningitis vaccine before attending college, the most common shot only protects them against two of the three major strains, leaving them vulnerable to the B strain. UO officials say they are making every effort to vaccinate as many students as possible: bribing them with goodie bags, keeping wait times short, and streamlining insurance coverage (Tokito, The Oregonian, 2/17; Hammond, The Oregonian, 2/26).

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