HBCU Review: FAMU Alum Death May Become a Stand Your Ground Case

Plus, Tuskegee nursing program to receive $1 million grant.

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Stand Your Ground Law May Apply to Cop Who Killed Florida A&M Student - Police make arrest in Hampton University homecoming after-party shooting, how the government shutdown is affecting HBCUs, plus more. — Dominique ZonyééJonathan Ferrell, a former football player at Florida A&M, was trying to get help when he was shot 10 times and killed by Officer Randall Kerrick last month. Kerrick was suspended and charged with involuntary manslaughter less than 24 hours after the incident. Now critics are opposing the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s decision stating that Kerrick may have a case based on Florida’s infamous “Stand Your Ground” law.(AP Photo/Florida A&M University)

Suspect in Death of Howard Student Has Been Arrested - Howard students had a sense of relief on Tuesday after police arrested Rasdavid Lagarde on first-degree felony murder charges for the July 4 robbery and shooting death of Omar Sykes, 22, a former junior marketing student at HU. Sykes was walking home with a friend when two men tried to rob them; Lagarde allegedly shot and killed Sykes.(Photo: Courtesy of Howard University)

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Suspect in Death of Howard Student Has Been Arrested - Howard students had a sense of relief on Tuesday after police arrested Rasdavid Lagarde on first-degree felony murder charges for the July 4 robbery and shooting death of Omar Sykes, 22, a former junior marketing student at HU. Sykes was walking home with a friend when two men tried to rob them; Lagarde allegedly shot and killed Sykes.(Photo: Courtesy of Howard University)

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Tuskegee University Nursing Program Receives $1 Million Grant - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded Tuskegee University’s Nursing Program in the College of Veterinary Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health (CVMNAH) a $1,003,014, three-year grant to continue to promote diversity in nursing. “The nursing faculty members are to be commended for employing strategies to increase the number of disadvantaged minority students,” Tsegaye Habtemariam, dean of the CVMNAH said.(Photo: Getty Images/Blend Images RM)

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“Shutdown Is Hurting College Students” - At Bethune-Cookman’s Inaugural Symposium Tuesday, Michael L. Lomax, president/CEO of the United Negro College Fund, told students and staff that the government shutdown is preventing discussions on issues such as default rates or federal student loans. The symposium examined the impact of federal legislation on the future of historically Black colleges, which has been a major concern nationwide.(Photo: Ana Abejon/Getty Images)

Clark Atlanta University Now Has a Phi Kappa Phi Chapter - Clark Atlanta University is the first HBCU to be granted a chapter of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. Phi Kappa Phi was found in 1875 at the University of Maine. It is the oldest and one of the most selective honor societies in the U.S. (Photo: REUTERS/Tami Chappell /Landov)

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Clark Atlanta Students Honor Domestic Violence Victims - In honor of National Domestic Violence month, Clark Atlanta University launched its “Call to True Beauty” program, honoring victims of domestic and dating violence. A week of activities to support victims kicked off on Monday with the release of dozens of purple and white balloons.(Photo: Clark Atlanta University)

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Hampton University Has a New Health Initiative - Hampton University has received a $13.5 million, five-year grant from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities to conduct research and training in health issues that largely affect minorities. Among their topics of focus are prostate cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, melanoma in Latinos and violence. (Photo: Hampton University Athletics)

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Arrest Made In Hampton Homecoming After-Party Shooting - A Hampton University homecoming after-party at the Magnuson Hotel turned violent on Saturday, resulting in the shooting death of a 23-year-old Hampton man. According to police, gunshots were heard at 2 a.m. Matthew O’Neil Allen, 24, was arrested later that morning and charged with second-degree murder.(Photo: Hampton University Athletics)

UNAIDS Executive Director Awarded Honorary Tuskegee Degree - Tuskegee University awarded the Degree of Doctor of Public Health (Honoris Causa) at the annual convocation on Oct. 13 to the UN?s Michel Sidib? for his role in the international AIDS response. University President Gilbert L. Rochon encouraged Sidib? to strengthen Tuskegee?s bridge with the United Nations and African countries.(Photo: Courtesy of unaids.org)

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UNAIDS Executive Director Awarded Honorary Tuskegee Degree - Tuskegee University awarded the Degree of Doctor of Public Health (Honoris Causa) at the annual convocation on Oct. 13 to the UN’s Michel Sidibé for his role in the international AIDS response. University President Gilbert L. Rochon encouraged Sidibé to strengthen Tuskegee’s bridge with the United Nations and African countries.(Photo: Courtesy of unaids.org)

ASU Sexual Harrasment Suit Has Hefty Price Tag - New HBCU learning program with China; Morgan State fires football coach; plus HBCU graduation rate results are disappointing. ?Dominique Zony??A judge ordered another $1 million to the three attorneys who represented Jacqueline Weatherly, Cynthia Williams and Lydia Burkhalter, former employees of Alabama State University as part of a sexual harassment suit against the university. In the original complaint, the women claimed that CEO John Knight and associate executive director LaVonette Bartley made sexual advances toward them.(Photo: Courtesy of Alabama State University)

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Audit Reveals Fraud at Alabama State University - Another HBCU board of trustees is under scrutiny for alleged financial fraud. A preliminary report released Monday alleged that Trustee Marvin Wiggins, former Trustee Lawrence "Larry" Lemak and Trustee Elton Dean all had relatives who improperly received thousands of dollars from the school.(Photo: Courtesy of Alabama State University)

Cheyney University Student Lands Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship - Cheyney University of Pennsylvania junior Emmanuel Tyler was recently awarded the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, which helps U.S. citizen undergraduate students of low-income families study abroad this summer.(Photo: Courtesy of Cheyney University of Pennsylvania)

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UPS Makes Second $25K Gift to Cheyney University - United Parcel Service held up to its $50,000 donation to Cheyney University with the another $25,000 gift on Oct 11.  The funds will help the university provide more scholarships and mentoring resources for African-American men seeking careers in secondary education via its “Call Me MISTER” teaching training program. (Photo: Courtesy of Cheyney University)

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FAMU Marching Band Is Back - After a two-year hiatus, stemming from suspension for the 2011 hazing death of Robert Champion, the Florida A&M University Marching 100 band is back in action. Although they appeared at the season opener, the band will put on a full show for the Rattlers’ Oct. 19 homecoming game against the Howard University Bison in FAMU’s Bragg Memorial Stadium.(Photo courtesy of FAMU)