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U. Cincinnati students die in suicide, double murder

(U-WIRE) CINCINNATI – Attraction became fatal early Monday morning when University of Cincinnati student Nicklaus Joyce shot his ex-girlfriend Jennifer Duke and her boyfriend Nicklas Tipple, both UC students, Cincinnati police said.

“I think somebody’s been in my apartment and killed someone. Please hurry,” UC student Michael Duke, Jennifer’s brother and roommate, told a 911 operator at about 12:50 a.m. Monday.

He called from a closet in the condo where the shootings occurred.

Five minutes later police found three UC students, all of whom were expected to graduate in 2007, shot in a Westwood condominium. Hamilton County Coroner’s Office pronounced the two victims dead with multiple gunshots.

The assailant was also dead.

Duke recently broken up with 23-year-old Joyce, a student in the College of Engineering. Duke and Joyce were from suburban Columbus.

Texas A&M student charged with taping sex without consent

U-WIRE) COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Texas A&M University student Brennan Jasper Bice was arrested Oct. 31 after he admitted to videotaping intercourse with a female student without her knowledge and then showing the tape to fraternity members.

Bice, 21, a junior information and operations management major and member of the Lambda Chi Alpha sorority, told police he videotaped himself and a sorority member having consensual sex at his home last month, said Lt. Rodney Sigler of the College Station Police Department.

“The woman was completely unaware they were being videotaped at the time,” Sigler said.

Court papers show up to 15 people saw the videotape on different occasions at the fraternity house.

Yale scraps binding early decision program

U-WIRE) PHILADELPHIA – The controversy over early decision continues to grow in the Ivy League, with Yale University announcing Wednesday that its early application program will no longer be binding.

Yale officials said they hope the decision will help slow down the college admissions process for applicants.

Yale waited to announce the decision until after the Nov. 1 deadline for early applications had passed. The decision will take effect next fall.

Yale and Harvard universities are now the only two Ivy League schools that offer a non-binding early action program.

Study delves into reasons for decrease in student voters

U-WIRE) BATON ROUGE, La. – An in-depth study of voting trends for 18- to 24-year-olds performed by the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement shows students are not casting ballots as much as they used to.

The study, which focused on the many variables affecting college-aged voters, concluded turnout during presidential voting years has seen more than a 15 percent drop since 1972.

“The present generation is far less politically-minded than past generations,” said Stanley Hilton, an LSU history professor. “The atmosphere on college campuses during the ’60s and ’70s was charged with activism and emotion.”

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