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  • CBS: AmeriCorps Misconduct

    This CBS News Radio investigation probes allegations of widespread misconduct at the federally-funded AmeriCorps program. Part of the investigation details extensive sexual harassment allegations against the grandson of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black, Stephen Black, an Alabama attorney and founder of AmeriCorps grant recipient Impact Alabama. The report triggered Impact America to severe ties with Black, and the University of Alabama to launch a Title IX investigation before firing him as an instructor. It relied heavily on public records from FOIA requests, along with interviews with current and former Impact Alabama and AmeriCorp volunteers, lawmakers, and federal oversight officials.
  • The drug war at Alabama

    This series investigated the uniquely intrusive and harsh tactics the University of Alabama and local law enforcement agencies have employed in their efforts to address drug use and abuse on campus at UA. The first installment was the first in the nation to expose a university engaged in mandatory drug-testing of fraternities. The second looked at an infamous 2013 drug raid that targeted low-level student marijuana offenders and had lasting negative impacts many students' lives. And the third piece focused on the use of UA students as confidential drug informants, including the first-person story of one student who actually served as an undercover informant for the West Alabama Narcotics Task Force.
  • New Scrutiny for Powerful Greek Systems

    The Chronicle of Higher Education examines controversies surrounding the today's Greek system. The reporter finds that fraternities and sororities often promote racist and sexist attitudes. The story exemplifies the findings with two incidents - the rejection of a black student by all white sororities at the University of Alabama, and the distribution of a sex newsletter by a fraternity at Dartmouth College.
  • Seeking the Shade

    The Chronicle of Higher Education investigates violations of the Alabama sunshine law by public university boards in the state. The story details circumstances surrounding multiple closed meetings of officials at Auburn University, the University of Alabama and the University of West Alabama. The report also details lawsuits alleging violations of state freedom of information acts that are pending against public colleges or public college foundations in Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky and Missouri. In Arizona, Florida and New Jersey public college lobbyists have managed to curtail or limit the expansion of open-records or open-meeting laws.
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    The stories revealed questionable practices of University of Alabama at Birmingham President Dr. J. Claude Bennett in his operation of Woodward House, the presidential residence of the university. They detailed his use of housekeeping personnel at Woodward House for his private residence in suburban Birmingham, use of UAB workers to clear brush at his private home after a storm and charging the school for the costs of wedding parties he hosted. (January 25 - December 20, 1996)
  • The most powerful fraternity in America

    Esquire Magazine investigates a secret student organization called Theta Nu Epsilon (the Greek initials spell ONE) at the University of Alabama that controls student government and life on the campus; the group's membership is secret and is made up of a select representative from each white fraternity.
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    Birmingham News examines the University of Alabama Health Services Foundation; finds the not-for-profit group is aggressive, powerful and wealthy, Nov. 20 - 21, 1988.