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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
Don Rush

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.

Don Rush

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.