Hello everyone, and welcome to the April 4th edition of the Daily Dose for Breakdrink.com!
Reuters reported today that Xavier University will cut off birth-control coverage for its employees in July. There has been much discussion between Catholic bishops and the Obama administration regarding the provision of free birth control through health insurance plans, with limited accommodations for religious institutions that oppose contraception on moral grounds. Students, faculty, and staff at the campus are divided, with many feeling the coverage should not have been provided in the first place, based on the Jesuit Catholic identity of Xavier University. The institution states that it welcomes students and faculty of all religions, which has caused many to be surprised by the removal of coverage.
On Tuesday, Arizona Governor Brewer signed into a bill to ban medical marijuana from being used at state universities and community colleges. Supporters argue that the measure was put into place to protect federal funding for institutions of higher education, as marijuana is classified as an illegal narcotic at the federal level.
On Monday, seven people were shot and killed at Oikos University, a religious institution in California. One Goh has been arrested and accused of the crime. Apparently, the former student may have been seeking revenge on a female administrator after being expelled. Goh apparently lined up students before shooting them point blank. He is currently being held on suspicion of seven counts of murder, as well as other charges.
A bill passed in the Tennessee State Senate on Monday would allow anyone teaching in a college to teach in a high school without additional training in education if they have taught in a certified college or university full time for two years or part time for four years. The bill still needs to be passed through the Tennessee House before potentially being implemented.
As many as 30 demonstrators were pepper-sprayed by Santa Monica College police officers after trying to push their way into a trustees meeting. The students were upset about raising course costs. Hundreds of students were protesting at the site.
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