Around the industry: Sorority sues former member for revealing secret handshake

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  • California: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited the University of Southern California (USC), where he studied in the 1970s, last weekend. The tour came at the end of Abe's week-long trip to the United States. In honor of the visit, USC President C. L. Max Nikias presented Abe with a USC letterman's jacket (Gordon, Los Angeles Times, 5/2; Marziali, USC release, 5/2).
  • Saskatchewan: A University of Regina (U of R) professor wants to be the next president of Kenya. Joseph Mburu, associate professor of politics and international studies, says technology and volunteers will help him bridge the distance. Born and raised in Kenya, Mburu says his goal as president would be to restore economic prosperity to the country (Benjoe, Leader-Post, 5/4).
  • Washington: The national office of Phi Sigma Sigma is suing a former member for allegedly leaking secret information about the sorority's handshake, robe colors, and other rituals online. The website has not been made public, but a Seattle Post-Intelligencer search uncovered comments about Phi Sigma Sigma posted to the web comic site "Penny Arcade" during the relevant time period. The sorority is seeking a restraining order and financial compensation for damages (Pulkkinen, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 5/4).

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