Campus news of the week: Frat burglary, dueling student businesses, Trump Jr. and more
Welcome to the weekly Campus news of the week roundup here at USA TODAY College. There are around 5,000 colleges and universities in the U.S. Here’s a snapshot of the most compelling stories that happened on campus around the country this week, according to student newspapers.
Louisiana State: Burglary at the DKE house
The Daily Reveille reports that a current student, Patrick Winkeljohn, was arrested for allegedly stealing property from LSU's Delta Kappa Epsilon house.
The police had been called to the house early in the morning with the call, but some fraternity brothers found the stolen items in the back of Winkeljohn's truck. It is unclear as to whether or not they knew Winkeljohn.
Harvard: Student business giving another one a run for its money
According to the Harvard Crimson, ShopCrimson -- a business started by Harvard sophomores this year that delivers dorm supplies -- is giving the Harvard Student Agency, also student-run, some competition.
Another student-run delivery service on campus, InstaNomz, was forced to close in 2013 after being told that they were violating rules by conducting business activity on campus and having to choose between becoming an outside vendor or partnering with HSA.
ShopCrimson could possibly be facing regulatory orders by the university as well. Ming Ying '20, one of the co-founders of ShopCrimson, said, “We believe there shouldn’t be a monopoly that’s allowed to operate inefficiently and charge students ridiculously high prices to compensate for those inefficiencies. Obviously, if the administration tells us to do something, there’s really no way to argue."
Boston University: Newspaper launches a 'Spotlight' team
The Daily Free Pressreports that, as a student newspaper devoted to high-quality journalism and transparency on campus, they are founding an investigative newspaper team. (If you've seen the Oscar-winning movie Spotlight, that's the kind of team they're talking about.) The goal is to "ensure that those who hold power in the Boston University community are acting responsibly and fairly," said Samantha J. Gross, chair of Back Bay Publishing Co., Inc., in a release.
University of North Texas: Donald Trump, Jr. is being paid $100K to speak
According to the North Texas Daily, Donald Trump, Jr. is being paid $100,000 to speak at the Kuehne Speaker Series.
Trump, Jr. will present a speech for 30 minutes, followed by a 30-minute Q&A session, with all questions being submitted ahead of time. He will also, per the contract, attend a dinner, a VIP breakfast, and a reception and photo op.
In addition to the speaking fee, Trump, Jr.'s lodging, meals and travel will be covered as well.
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University of Maryland: State representative announces hate speech bill at campus event
The Diamondbackreports that U.S. Rep. Anthony Brown (D-MD), who was speaking at an event at UMD as part of their year of "campus-wide actions, dialogues and healing for the University of Maryland community," announced plans for a bill that would punish hate speech at universities.
The bill would require universities across the country to design programs and initiatives to clearly define "what is acceptable speech and what is not acceptable speech." For universities and colleges without the resources to do so, the bill would set aside grant money.
Iowa State: Campus and community police launch new campaign
According to the Iowa State Daily, the campus police and community police have joined forces for a new campaign: "Be a fan in the stands, not a pain in the grass."
Focused particularly on game day behavior, the campaign is following the viral 'Donut Disrespect' campaign from 4/20 last spring.
"We just want people to have fun, but do it in a respectful way," said Iowa State community outreach officer Anthony Greiter. "We recognize that not everyone is going to be alcohol-free, drug-free and ride the straight and narrow path all the way through college... but we want to encourage people to make intelligent decisions and those intelligent decisions often reflect in a way that is respectful."
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Susannah Hutcheson is a 2017 Texas A&M graduate and a USA TODAY College digital producer. Follow her on Twitter: @susiebhutch
This story originally appeared on the USA TODAY College blog, a news source produced for college students by student journalists. The blog closed in September of 2017.