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Hopkinsville Community College president under fire Hopkinsville Community College president under fire
Calling her “an ineffective leader” and citing her apparent disregard for established hiring processes, her refusal to discuss her actions publicly, “a resounding vote of no confidence from her staff and faculty” and “an apparent canyon between her and community leaders,” the Kentucky New Era, on its opinion page Saturday, Sept. 17, 2005, called for the resignation or removal of Dr. Bonnie Rogers, HCC president since 2000. In the Friday, Sept. 16 edition of the Kentucky New Era, a front-page article quoted State Sen. Joey
Pendleton as saying he began receiving calls and e-mail concerning Rodgers about six weeks ago. The alleged complaints center primarily on Rogers' questionable hiring procedures, the school's declining enrollment and private giving and allegations by community leaders that she has done little to support local business, industry and agriculture.
(The Kentucky New Era, Sept. 16 and 17, 2005)

Suspected of being a possible terrorist, University of Memphis student arrested
The FBI is investigating whether Mahmoud Maawad, 29, a University of Memphis student from Egypt had connections to terrorists. Maawad was ordered held without bond after prosecutors said they found a pilot's uniform, chart of Memphis International Airport and DVD, titled “How an Airline Captain Should Look and Act” in his apartment. Maawad, who is in the U.S. illegally, is awaiting trial on charges of wire fraud and fraudulent use of a Social Security number. (Associated Press, Sept. 16, 2005)

Local higher ed institutions open doors to displaced students
Local colleges and universities have opened their doors to students displaced by Hurricane Katrina. About 100 students from the Gulf Coast are now at Vanderbilt University, 66 students are at Tennessee State University, 47 students at MTSU and 35 students at Fisk University. (NewsChannel 5.com, Sept. 14, 2005)

Underage drinking a growing problem at Vanderbilt
This academic year, more freshmen have been charged with underage drinking on the Vanderbilt campus than last year, and some students have been rushed to the emergency for alcohol poisoning. As a result, Vanderbilt officials are re-evaluating the university's rules regarding alcohol consumption by students, parents are being notified of the problem and alcohol education will be mandatory for freshmen. (NewsChannel5.com, Sept. 12, 2005)

U.S. ranks ninth among global education leaders
The United States' dominance in education has fallen in recent years, as other countries make gains in student achievement and graduation. Among all industrialized nations, the U.S. ranks ninth in the percentage of 25 to 34 year olds that have at least a high school degree. It is tied for seventh, along with Belgium, in the share of people with a college degree. These yearly rankings are compiled by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). OECD researchers note that while the U.S. was ranked first 20 years ago, the range in the quality of education and low expectations are allowing its position to slip. In all levels of education, the U.S. spends $11,152 per student, the second highest amount behind Switzerland. (The Washington Post, Sept. 13, 2005)