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Abbott leaves SC for Student Activities job

Only one job was appealing enough to lure James Abbott away from the position of Student Confederation Comptroller; he started that position Aug. 14 in the AU Student Activities office as the new Accounts Specialist. "In this position I have a lot of the same abilities to help out with a lot of the same student activities.

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Universities face overcrowding nationwide

AU students suffering from the shortage of on-campus housing are not alone. Many campuses in the D.C. area and across the country are facing similar problems of overcrowding. One of the most famous cases of overcrowding this year has come from Northeastern University in Boston.

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Court resolves Howard U. case

D.C. Superior Court upheld a $5 million discrimination verdict last week in a case involving sexual harassment by an "out of control" catering supervisor at Howard University. Judge Susan R. Holmes Winfield denied food contractor Daka, Inc. several requests for reversal of the jury's decision or a new trial, and let stand March's ruling for compensatory damages of $187,500, and $4,812,500 in punitive damages, the Partnership for Civil Justice reported.

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Md. colleges require meningitis vaccine

The Maryland State General Assembly passed a law this summer-the first of its kind in the country-requiring all college students in the state to be vaccinated against meningitis. Beginning this semester, all Maryland college students living in residence halls must get the vaccination or get out of school.

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VarsityBooks.com settles industry lawsuit

A lawsuit filed by the National Association of College Stores against online textbook giant VarsityBooks.com last year has resulted in new standards for collegiate textbook advertising. This follows the dismissal of one of two counts in the complaint filed last fall by NACS in U.

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Marriott changes distributor

Marriott dining services switched food distributors over the summer in an effort to improve customer service. AU food services has had a contract with the Sodexho-Marriott distribution firm for the past 2 1/2 years, but that contract ran out over the summer and AU administrators decided not to renew it said Terrace Dining Room manager Mike Bauer.

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