- Georgia: A Savannah State University student died Thursday after being shot near the student union. In a statement Friday morning, Georgia Bureau of Investigation officials said they have not identified the shooter, but they believe it was an isolated incident. The university organized a prayer vigil Friday night (Stack/Rogers, New York Times, 8/28; AP/CNS News, 8/31).
- Illinois: The University of Illinois (UI) will now broadcast its football games in Chinese. UI junior Bruce Lu will co-anchor the broadcasts, targeted to UI's cohort of more than 4,500 international students from China. If they succeed, UI may start broadcasts for other sports and other languages, too (Wurth, News-Gazette, 8/28).
- Maryland: The University of Maryland University College will use online materials instead of textbooks starting this fall, vice provost Kara Van Dam said Thursday. The shift could save students thousands of dollars, Van Dam estimated, by allowing them to access readings and videos online (AP/CBS Baltimore, 8/27).
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