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Paid tuition for SLC high school grads

A St Lawrence County lawmaker just floated a big idea to the county legislature: He wants the county to help pay tuition for any graduate of a local high school, if they attend one of the four local colleges. Jonathan Brown reports.  Go to full article

NCCC president retiring

The president of North Country Community College, based in Saranac Lake, is stepping down. Gail Rogers Rice announced her retirement yesterday and says she'll leave July 1st. The move follows a controversial year, as Rice pushed to build a major new campus in Lake Placid. That plan was rejected. As Chris Knight reports, Rice also led the college to an expansion of its programs and its facilities in Malone and Ticonderoga during her 15 year tenure.  Go to full article
SLU student Adam Falcon died after a night of drinking in 2004 (Source: SLU website)
SLU student Adam Falcon died after a night of drinking in 2004 (Source: SLU website)

North Country colleges confront "gray zone" between alcohol and adulthood

Paul Smiths College has drawn criticism in recent weeks, following the alcohol-related deaths of two students in May. But academic and law enforcement officials across the region say the problem of underage drinking is complicated, with few easy answers. In the final part of our series on alcohol and campus safety, Brian Mann reports that the debate often winds up in a legal and ethical gray zone.  Go to full article
Kristine Guest, age 20, died at Paul Smiths College in 2005
Kristine Guest, age 20, died at Paul Smiths College in 2005

Alcohol-related deaths at Paul Smiths College spark lawsuit, debate

This spring, two Paul Smiths College students died following a late-night drinking party. 20 year-old Sean Cornell of Manchester Center, Vermont, and 18-year-old Lee Walker of Enosburg Falls, Vermont drowned when their canoes overturned. They were paddling back to campus across Lower St. Regis Lake. The tragedy followed three alcohol-related deaths at the school in 2005. Some community leaders say Paul Smiths has made huge strides, working to keep students safe. But the school faces a lawsuit and simmering public criticism over its handling of student alcohol abuse. This week, we'll look at the controversy at Paul Smiths College. We'll also look at the changing ethics of alcohol on college campuses. Here's Brian Mann with part one of our special three-part report.  Go to full article

Essex County leaders oppose NCCC?s proposed move

Essex County supervisors voted yesterday to oppose any move by North Country Community College out of Saranac Lake. The decision comes a little more than two weeks after Franklin County, the college's other sponsor, took the same stand on the future of North Country's main campus. As Chris Knight reports, the college and the counties say they will now turn their focus to renovating the existing Saranac Lake campus.  Go to full article

Lawmakers consider campus safety

Senate Democrats are calling for a meeting with the leaders of the state's public and private colleges to institute new safety measures for campuses in New York, following the Virginia Tech murders. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Cuomo unveils college loan legislation

State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders announced a bill to crack down on shady loan practices by college financial officers and lending institutions. The announcement comes on the same day that the Attorney General announced a settlement with a third company for unethical behavior, in a widening scandal. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

NCCC move prompts opposition

The leadership of North Country Community College met Thursday with elected officials from the college's two sponsoring counties to discuss the future of the main campus in Saranac Lake. Facing a surge in enrollment and a lack of space, the college Board of Trustees is weighing whether to renovate the Saranac Lake campus or move to the former Upstate Biotechnology property outside Lake Placid. The counties would have to approve and help pay for whatever option is selected. As Chris Knight reports, some county officials said they would oppose any plan to leave Saranac Lake.  Go to full article

Contract dispute remains ugly at Clarkson

Unionized workers opened a new front yesterday in their contract dispute with Clarkson University. The Civil Service Employees Union launched a website detailing their opposition to last summer's contract offer. The two sides are about $40,000 apart, or roughly the price of tuition, books, room and board for one student. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
Dr. John Schwaller
Dr. John Schwaller

SUNY Potsdam welcomes new president

It's a busy week at many of the colleges and universities in the region. Classes start next week. SUNY Potsdam students will welcome a new president when they return to class. Last spring, The State University of New York Board of Trustees named Dr. John Schwaller as SUNY-Potsdam's new president. A scholar of early colonial Latin America, and of the Aztec language and people, Schwaller is the author of five books and the editor of two others. His wife, Anne, was born in New York City, and lived in Watertown while in elementary school. He told Todd Moe that he views managing a school in rural New York not as a challenge, but as an opportunity.  Go to full article

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