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Wisconsin Charges Man With Murder of Saudi Student

Case shocked UW-Stout community

(Newser) - After more than two months, a man has been charged in a killing that shook the University of Wisconsin-Stout community. Cullen Osborn, a 27-year-old from Minneapolis, has been charged with felony murder and battery in the beating death of Saudi student Hussain Saeed Alnahdi , the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram reports. The... More »

Saudi Student at University of Wisconsin Fatally Beaten

Cops aren't sure why he was attacked

(Newser) - The University of Wisconsin-Stout has been shaken by the killing of a student from Saudi Arabia in a possible hate crime. Police say Hussain Saeed Alnahdi, 24, was attacked and beaten at around 2am Sunday near a pizza restaurant in downtown Menomonie by an attacker described only as a white... More »

These Are the Top 10 Party Schools in the Nation

No Faber College?

(Newser) - With summer pretty much over, it's time for the nation's college students to return to school and get back to the hard business of partying down. And according to the Princeton Review , the following schools are where most of that partying will be getting done. For its annual... More »

Detroit Lion Apologizes for Trash-Talking Marching Band

Reportedly called members 'fat,' gay slurs

(Newser) - The Detroit Lions' 22-9 loss to the Packers wasn't the ugliest thing that happened on Lambeau Field on Sunday. Center Dominic Raiola has had to apologize to the University of Wisconsin marching band, after he reportedly trash-talked its members. "My interaction with the Wisconsin marching band was inappropriate,... More »

Hackers Target Universities Millions of Times Each Week

Personal details, intellectual property at risk

(Newser) - College campuses are becoming increasingly less safe, but the threat is not physical. Universities are under attack from hackers, with America's institutions of higher learning facing millions of attempted cyberattacks, mostly from China, every week, the New York Times reports. At stake is far more than a bunch of... More »

First Woman to Join NFL Trials Sunday

Lauren Silberman a longshot, but eager for her shot

(Newser) - There's never been a woman in the NFL, but that's not stopping Lauren Silberman. Just by trying out at the NFL regional trials on Sunday, she'll be making history, becoming the first woman to do so, reports the AP . Silberman, 28, has no experience playing organized football,... More »

Latest Search for Alien Life Taking Place on Earth

NASA turns to geologists for help

(Newser) - NASA's latest partner in the search for alien life: a group of about 50 geologists who are hunting for evidence of ancient life here on Earth. The University of Wisconsin's Astrobiology Research Consortium last month started a five-year, $7 million project funded by a NASA grant. It'll... More »

Midwest Blizzard Kills 7

1K flights canceled as storm begins to pass

(Newser) - Seven people died across four states as a winter storm continued to tear through the Midwest, dumping more than a foot of snow on sections of Iowa and Wisconsin. A 25-car pileup in Iowa killed two people, and nearly 100 accidents were reported in the state by late last night.... More »

Rachel Maddow Slams Email Witch Hunt

'How's that personal freedom thing working out for you?' snaps journalist

(Newser) - Rachel Maddow has become caught up in a right-wing think tank's apparent vendetta against professors with a whiff of the left about them. The Michigan Mackinac Center is demanding personal emails written by labor professors in the state system that mention "Wisconsin," "Madison," Wisconsin Gov. "... More »

Wisconsin GOP Seeks Emails of Critical Professor

William Cronon and allies see it as academic intimidation

(Newser) - Wisconsin's labor fight isn't simmering down. In the latest controversy, the state GOP has demanded the personal emails of a renowned University of Wisconsin history professor who's been critical of Gov. Scott Walker's anti-union moves, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel . The professor is William Cronon, who first entered the fray... More »

Wisconsin to Teachers: We'll Verify All 'Doctor's Notes'

School, Medical Society to examine claims

(Newser) - Teachers won’t get away with playing hooky to protest Wisconsin’s anti-union bill, school officials in Madison and Milwaukee said today, explaining that all "doctor's notes" must hold up to scrutiny. A conservative think tank caught doctors on tape passing out excuse notes to protesters this weekend, sparking... More »

Om My! Meditation Changes Brain Structure

Brain scans indicate permanent, positive development

(Newser) - This might already be obvious to enlightened souls, but researchers are discovering that meditation may permanently change the physical structure of the brain. Neural circuits linked to focus, happiness and empathy may be strengthened through long-term meditation, effectively rewiring the brain and "lighting up" certain sections with a life-long... More »

College Trio Fined $86K for Kegger

University of Wisconsin party hosts slapped with 130 citations

(Newser) - Three University of Wisconsin students are facing more than $86,000 in fines for what could be one of the most expensive beer parties in history. Police showed up at the Madison students' house party last month and found a couple hundred guests paying $5 per cup. The students were... More »

Colleges Protest US News Ranking Survey

Glossy lobbying campaign called unseemly waste

(Newser) - Each spring, US News & World Report asks college presidents to rank the reputations of other colleges—and a dozen or more presidents protest the surveys, refusing to fill them out and encouraging others to do the same. The focus this year is not only on the survey itself, a... More »

Wisconsin First to Cut Nike Off Over Labor Concerns

School OK with losing $50K per year in deal

(Newser) - Concerns over Nike’s overseas labor practices moved the University of Wisconsin to cancel its contract today with the sportswear giant. The school is the first in the US to do so, though the move will cost it $50,000 a year. “Nike has not developed, and does not... More »

Cornell Shocks Wisconsin, Gains Sweet 16

Big Red will face Kentucky; Ohio State outlasts Ga. Tech

(Newser) - Louis Dale scored 26 points, Ryan Wittman added 24, and No. 12 seed Cornell upset fourth-seeded Wisconsin, 87-69, today in Jacksonville, becoming the first Ivy League team since Penn in 1979 to advance to the round of 16.The Big Red (27-8) will play top-seeded Kentucky in the East Regional... More »

Colleges Hope to Cash In on Naming Rights for Classes

Hope corporate funds can save programs

(Newser) - With schools hit hard by the recession, some are considering new ways to pull in cash. One idea: corporate sponsorship for classes, Time reports. City College of San Francisco may sell naming rights to 800 classes that might otherwise disappear. College officials have mixed feelings, with some put off but... More »

Beer 101? Now, That's a Party School!

UWisconsin offers course in bacteriology of fermentation

(Newser) - The University of Wisconsin is starting a class with one thing you’d think its students would already know well: beer. But the offering is about the science of brewing, focuses on fermentation, and is taught by the bacteriology department, the Chicago Tribune reports. “This is not a... More »

Wisconsin Band Busted for Hazing

(Newser) - For the first time in 40 years, horns won’t blow at a University of Wisconsin football game tonight: The marching band’s been suspended for alleged hazing, the Wisconsin State Journal reports. The school hasn't disclosed details, but the band director said alcohol and “inappropriate sexual behavior”... More »

Schools Spark Debate by Luring Out-of-Staters

Such tuition cuts will squeeze out local students, critics say

(Newser) - More state universities are trying to lure out-of-state students with lower tuition, a trend that critics say goes against the very purpose of such institutions, the New York Times reports. The schools often do it to make up for shrinking support from their own states, but some worry that universities,... More »

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