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Beware of traffic between Camden Avenue and College Avenue as well as Pine Bluff Road today as around 12-hundred students along with their parents flood the campus of Salisbury University.

The Salisbury University Police warn motorists that this is Move-In Day as the academic term gets underway.

The non-University traffic coming from the Fruitland and Eden areas on Camden Avenue will be rerouted onto route 13 at Dogwood Drive.  

If you’re near the intersection of Camden and College Avenues southbound traffic will also be rerouted to Route 13.

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Local developers Palmer Gillis and Tony Gilkerson are donating the Plaza Gallery to Salisbury University.

The SU Foundation will facilitate the takeover of the 60-thousand square-foot building that was once owned by the F. W. Woolworth Company during the heyday of downtown Salisbury.

The university says that the structure with its annex amounts to a $4.4 million gift.

Salisbury University President Janet Dudley-Eshbach says that this allows the university to establish a greater presence in the downtown area that has already seen growth.

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The Nursing Department at Salisbury University has received $2.1 million in grant money from the Maryland Higher Education Commission.

It’s the largest grant that the nursing department has gotten from the commission.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that it will go for the Nurse Support Program for developing clinical experts for its nursing staff.

Under the Eastern Shore Faculty Academy and Mentoring Initiative the plan was developed by the university and others to increase the diversity of adjunct professors.

The grant will span 5 years.

 

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The Wicomico River got some mixed reviews from a local environmental group.

The Wicomico Creekwatchers found that the nitrogen and phosphorous level have improved slightly.

But the Salisbury Daily Times reports that the bacterial levels were found to be a high risk for swimmers at six out of eight sites that were tested.

This was worse than a year ago.

The group of Salisbury University volunteers tested 22 sites along the Wicomico River.

 

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The Phi Beta Sigma fraternity was suspended on the campus of Salisbury University after the school’s Community Hearing Board found it guilty of “forced drinking”, “physical abuse” and “acts of coercion”.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the board found the fraternity was involved in a series of hazing incidents that ranged from paddling and drinking to severe verbal abuse and physical acts against the pledges.

Much of the evidence came from a series of group messages among fraternity members and nearly all of the fraternity brothers were present for the incidents.  

SU Unveils Master Plan

Apr 29, 2015

The master plan for Salisbury University was unveiled yesterday that would ensure a central academic base, while improving the ties to the East Campus.

There is a proposal for a Fine and Performing Arts complex on the main campus and a Field House on the East campus.

It would also include the potential plans to improve not only the academic side of the campus but for student life and recreation.

The plans would establish – what has been described as – University District that would cross Route 13.

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - Health officials say a third Salisbury University student has been diagnosed with tuberculosis.
 
WMDT-TV reports that the Wicomico County Health Department and the university are working to test others at the school.
 

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Salisbury University has suspended the Phi Beta Sigma fraternity for two years due to an alleged hazing incident that is now being investigated by the Salisbury police.

Valerie Randall-Lee, the dean of students, told the Salisbury Daily Times that a university board has found the fraternity violated the school code.

In addition, she said, that the university is working with the police investigation.

The school would not reveal any of the details or identify any punishment imposed on the student because of federal privacy protections.

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There was a public signing yesterday of a 30-foot-long 1,000 pound steel beam on the campus of Salisbury University.

It will be put on the top floor of the new 122-thousand square-foot building that will be the Patricia R. Guerrieri Academic Commons.

Salisbury University President Janet Dudley-Eshbach told those gathered in Red Square that this was a celebration of a building that will benefit not only the campus but the community.

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The Maryland Board of Public Works will once again take up additional funding requests. 

And, among them, is money for the new Salisbury University Commons and a new facility at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. 

But, this year, it is a very different kind of Board with the arrival of the new Republican Governor Larry Hogan. 

Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with Capital News Service reporter Brian Marron about the chances that some of the delayed requests get funded and how the panel has changed this year.

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It was a not guilty verdict for former Salisbury University student Travis Guthrie for from a change of not obeying a lawful order during an incident last October.

Two others Curtis Adams and Abdi Geleta, now SU graduates, were also arrested that night and also found not guilty.

All three of them have filed a civil case against the city the police department and Officer Justin Aita claiming they were unlawfully arrested.

They allege that the offier used excessive force.

The incident took place outside of Pat's Pizzeria around 2 a.m. on May 4th of last year.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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