Around the industry: University president says Greek organizations can avoid ban on pledging with better behavior

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  • New York: Genessee Community College (GCC) has passed a series of security test conducted by the state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, working with local law enforcement and state police. According to GCC, "Unbenownst to Genesee Community College's administration, the college's security system and its readiness for a terrorist attack was tested by unplanned and unannounced" visits over three days (Goodman, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, 6/27). 
  • South Carolina: University of South Carolina President Harris Pastides says the school's Greek organizations may be able to avoid a proposed ban on pledging if they clean up their acts. In May, university officials issued a proposal to abolish the formal pledging period and replace it with several new processes. "I would love nothing more than if we got to a point where we had a pact with the organizations that said, 'Trust us. Let us continue. We heard you. We're going to have a clean bill of health this year," Pastides says. "And, maybe, we won't need to be that radical about pledging" (Huckabee, "The Ticker," Chronicle of Higher Education, 6/27). 
  • Washington: Eastern Washington University announced Friday that it is cutting resident undergraduate tuition 15% for the 2016-2017 school year, following a 5% cut made for the 2014-15 academic calendar. Last year, the state of Washington voted to cut back four-year college tuition costs at its public institutions (Samuels, USA Today College, 6/27). 

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