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BALTIMORE (AP) - New and returning students at several Maryland public universities will have to dig a little deeper for tuition.
The University of Maryland at College Park, Frostburg State University, Salisbury University and Towson University are all implementing tuition increases of 2 percent for the spring semester starting Jan. 26.
The university system's Board of Regents voted Friday to allow the increases.

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Kristen Loetz, who was the victim of a shooting at an off campus apartment by a former boyfriend, will be the Commencement speaker at Salisbury University this year.

She told the Salisbury Daily Times she felt the experience showed people that “…no matter what you are faced with there is a way to overcome it.”

The 22-year old from Stevensville was critically wounded in the shooting shortly after 6:30 p.m. on September 3rd of last year by 21 year old Ryan Shallue.

She also pays a personal tribute to her friend C.J Abbott who was killed trying to stop the shooting.

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Hundreds of Salisbury University students stood quietly yesterday -- many of them wearing black.

They were protesting the decision by a New York City grand jury not to indict a white police officer whose chokehold was involved in the death of Eric Garner.

The campus NAACP rallied against what the students see as a pattern of police brutality against black suspects like Garner.

Alexis Lee, a historian for the student NAACP, said 24 black men and women have experienced similar fates since 1999.

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There may be a new food court on the southern edge of Salisbury University.

Located at the corner of southbound South Salisbury Boulevard and Dogwood Street it would include a group of six or more restaurants along with a beer-and-wine station.

In addition, there would be four retail spaces.

The 12,900 square-foot structure would open in early spring just south of Sea Gull Square and Salisbury University.


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Salisbury University is imposing a hard hiring freeze in the wake of news that the state could be facing a budget deficit as high as $300  million in the fiscal year of 2015 with future reductions that could top $450 million.

In addition, all current vacant positions for which there have not been offers already made are to be left unfilled.

Voters Go to the Polls

Nov 4, 2014
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Voters are going to the polls across the nation.

Here on the Eastern Shore Republicans are making efforts to unseat Democratic incumbents.

Delegate Norm Conway is being challenged by Republican Carl Anderton while State Senator Jim Mathias is facing off against Republican Delegate Mike McDermott.

In Wicomico County Republican Bob Culver is taking a shot at County Executive Rick Pollitt.

Meanwhile, in Maryland’s First Congressional District incumbent Republican Andy Harris faces a challenge by Bill Tilghman.

Salisbury University students got a chance to chat with some of the local and state candidates who are running in the November election.

There was Addie Eckardt who is running for the state Senate.

She told the students that the rising costs of college are going to “eat us up. “

The Eastern Shore Republican said that the solution to high tuition costs should ultimately come from the private sector either through college savings plans or the state’s community foundations.

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A number of local candidates are expected to show up on the campus of Salisbury University today.

They will be joined by students in the University’s Red Square.

The candidates include Republican Addie Eckardt in District 37 for the state senate and Democratic candidate Judy Davis for District 38C in the House of Delegates.  

In addition, incumbent Wicomico County Executive Rick Pollitt and County council candidate John Cannon are also expected to be on hand.

The event will take place between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and will be open to the public.

Expect the roads around Salisbury to be crowded with cyclists on Saturday.

Some 6-thousand are expected to take part in the 26th Annual Sea Gull Century bike ride hosted by Salisbury University.

The show and go time is 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.

The riders should go straight on Bateman Street to South Division Street.

Participants will finish at 6 p.m. at the Perdue Hall Lawn.

A lawn party will be held with music from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

On the East Coast, the ride is one of the oldest and cyclists are expected to come from more than 35 states.

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - A new bus service will better connect downtown Salisbury to the students at Salisbury University.

Bus service dubbed the Downtown Trolley will begin Thursday in the city.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the bus service is funded through a $50,000 state grant, with an additional $16,000 from the city.

The bus, built to resemble a trolley, will run during the fall semester on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Fares will be $1 each way.

This winter Salisbury University will be breaking ground for a $19 million upgrade to the Sea Gull Stadium.

It will include 48-hundred seats and year-round locker room facilities for the school’s football, field hockey and men’s and women’s la cross programs. 

There hasn’t been an upgrade since 2007 when artificial grass and lights were put in.

Funds will be raised from institutional sources for the project and there will be no state taxpayer dollars involved.

The Salisbury University community is mourning the loss of 21 year old Janelle Oni who was killed by a drunken driver in College Park on Sunday.

She graduated last May with a double major in conflict analysis and dispute resolution and communication arts.

Oni was known as someone with a big personality.

Brianna DeNeal-Findley, her close friend and a Delta Sigma Theta Sorority sister, told the Salisbury Daily Times that she always greeted people and was a big presence in any room.

She was also a member of Untouchables Dance Incorporated.

Kappa Sigma Crest

The Kappa Sigma fraternity has been temporarily suspended at Salisbury University as school official investigate a Friday night variety show that included behaviors described in a campus emails that many deem  to be demeaning and sexually graphic. 

The investigation includes which groups or individuals were responsible and whether there were violations of the Student Code of conduct as well as sexual harassment.

The school email said that the national organization has been notified.

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Over the weekend Salisbury Police broke up an outdoor bashed by Salisbury University students.

It occurred around 3:30 p.m. on Saturday where around 500 people were gathered outside the residents at Cedar Crossing dubbed the New Zoo by students.

Students said it was similar to a “War on the Shore” party.

This year the lacrosse game against Washington College was held during spring break when most students were not on campus.

The Maryland state legislature is moving toward upping the penalties for hazing on college campuses. A suspension and incident at a Salisbury University spurred lawmakers to act. Delmarva Public Radio's Kyle Bean prepared this report.

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The Maryland State Senate has given its blessing to increasing the penalties for hazing.

The measure by state senator Jamie Raskin would up the criminal penalty from $500 to $5-thousand with jail time capped at six months.

The legislation came as a result of hazing incident at Sigma Alpha Epsilon on the campus of Salisbury University.

Pledges were reportedly kept in a dark basement for many hours without food water or bathroom breaks while techno music was played at a loud volume.

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - A fraternity suspended for hazing a Salisbury University says it has eliminated the pledging process for members.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports the new policy took effect Sunday and affects all of Sigma Alpha Epsilon's 226 chapter and 15 colonies nationwide.

In a statement posted online the fraternity says it will treat all members "equally and fairly" regardless of their tenure.

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The Maryland General Assembly took up a proposal to increase the penalty for hazing after a hazing case involving a Salisbury University fraternity.

The measure by state senator Jamie Raskin would increase the penalty from $500 to $5-thousand with a maximum sentence of 6 months in jail.

Andrea Goodwin, director of student conduct at University of Maryland College Park, told a senate committee that having a crime like hazing could change Greek life.

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For the first time Salisbury University listed a notice about two suspended fraternities on its campus website in late January.

In addition, a campus-wide email was issued around the extended suspension of Greek social fraternity Sigma Alpha Epsilon for hazing.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the action follows criticism by elected officials and others after details became public about alleged hazing and illegal alcohol use at some of the University’s Greek organizations.

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Sigma Alpha Epsilon suspension at Salisbury University has been extended another 15 months.

The Greek social fraternity was initially suspended for a year and a half following hazing and alcohol abuse allegations.

The suspension has been extended because of charges that the campus chapter had been recruiting members while on suspension.

That is a violation of the conditions for reinstatement.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the fraternity would return in the summer of 2015 and stretches a post-suspension probationary period to 2017.

SU’s inaugural Research Day and Innovation Showcase highlights current faculty endeavors and provides information about the various efforts connecting the University and community.

These lectures were recorded September 27th at Perdue Hall on the Campus of Salisbury University. For more information, please visit

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By the end of this year,

Delmarva Public Radio will be moving out of Caruthers Hall and the building itself is set for demolition.

Today,  we discuss the history of this building and the people who worked and went to school here.

Guests: David Ranzan, Salisbury University Archivist

Ruth Bennet, former teacher

Jane Burt,  former student

SALISBURY, MD---Chamber music from Lincoln Center; works from the “Great American Songbook” with Michael Feinstein; Broadway classics; news, information and culture (including from a Latino perspective); music from Mountain Stage and World Café; expanded local news, as well as the latest in medicine, education and technology — all these and more will be available at Delmarva Public Radio (DPR) starting Monday, September 16.

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The funeral for Charles “CJ” Abbot will be held at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center in Salisbury this Sunday.

Friends will be able to visit the Civic Center from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday.

Abbot was killed when he tried to intervene when an argument erupted between Kristin Loetz and her ex-boyfriend Ryan Shallue near the Salisbury University campus on Tuesday evening.

Shallue also wounded Loetz before apparently taking his own life.

SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - Authorities are identifying the three people shot in an apparent murder-suicide at a home near Salisbury University.

The Wicomico County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday that 21-year-old Ryan Shallue shot 19-year-old Charles Abbott and 20-year-old Kristen Loetz on Tuesday night, then turned the gun on himself.

The sheriff's office says Shallue was pronounced dead on the scene and Abbott was pronounced dead at an area hospital. Loetz, a university student from Stevensville, is being treated at Shock Trauma in Baltimore in critical, but stable condition.

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - Authorities are identifying a man killed in an apparent murder-suicide as a former Salisbury University student.

Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis says the man killed Tuesday by the shooter was Charles Abbott of Hebron. Authorities are not identifying a female university student wounded in the shooting or the male shooter, who turned the gun on himself and died. Investigators believe the shooting was an incident of domestic violence.

NPR newscaster Jamie McIntyre is coming to Salisbury University!

ADELPHI, Md. (AP) - The Department of Defense has awarded a $250 million contract to University of Maryland University College.

UMUC announced Monday that the contract calls for offering exclusive undergraduate and graduate instruction at military installations across Europe.

The contract, which is renewed annually, extends through the 2022-2023 academic year.

UMUC will offer its MBA program for the first time in the European Command. The university also will partner with two other institutions in the University System of Maryland for first-time overseas programs.

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Salisbury University is getting a gift of $8 million for construction of the new Academic Commons that will include a state-of-the-art library.

The donation is being made in memory of Patricia Guerrieri, an SU alumna for whom the building will be named.

Michael Guerrieri told a ceremony announcing the contribution that this was an opportunity to honor the very place where his month met his father.

Salisbury City Election Analysis and The Salisbury University Read Green Festival, April 4-6th.

1st half guests- G.A. Harrison, blogger- The Delmarva Observer

Michael O'Loughlin, Salisbury University Professor

2nd half guests- Dr. Ernie Bond, Associate Professor of Education at Salisbury University