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  • A Dangerous Delay

    In November 2018, Olivia Paregol’s father frantically called the University of Maryland from the intensive care unit at Johns Hopkins Hospital. The 18-year-old freshman, who had lived in a mold-infested dorm, was fighting for her life and doctors couldn’t figure out what was wrong. Was there anything else on campus making students sick? The director of the student health center knew of severe cases of adenovirus on campus but the public had no clue. Less than a week later, Olivia was dead from the virus and the outbreak would sicken dozens of students. It was only after her death that school officials informed the campus about the virus. Ian Paregol had more questions than answers: How long had the university known? Why didn’t they tell Olivia or other students when they showed up sick at the student health center? Washington Post reporters Jenn Abelson, Amy Brittain and Sarah Larimer interviewed more than 100 people and obtained thousands of pages of medical records, hundreds of emails, text messages, voicemails and other documents to reconstruct the events that led to Olivia’s death and threatened the health and safety of thousands of students at the University of Maryland campus. College officials said it would cost $63,000 to disclose internal emails about the outbreak, so reporters obtained many of those records from state and county agencies. In May, the Washington Post published “A Dangerous Delay,” a detailed investigation examining the outbreak of mold and adenovirus at the University of Maryland. The reporters revealed that the school waited 18 days to inform students about the virus and officials discussed — but decided against — notifying students with compromised immune systems, like Olivia, and those living in mold-infested dorms.
  • Under the Influence, Under 21

    In a three-part, eight-story series, I found that underage drinkers on Ohio University's campus were safer drinking at the bars than they were at a house party. It also broke down a three-year Ohio Liquor Control Commission oversight; allowing a bar to remain open for three-years under an intended suspension. The series also looks at drinking in dorms, which are the location of the most underage drinking citations.
  • An Educated Guest: Parents purchase homes for kids at college to save on costly campus housing

    Many college students and their parents are saving money on room and board. To do this, they are buying off-campus houses and condos for the students to live in. Many might think this is more expensive, but the answer is it's less expensive than on-campus housing. It is less expensive because after buying these houses and condos, they can sell them and receive a profit off the sale instead of wasting money and never receiving a return.
  • Wreck the Halls

    Because of rising enrollment, construction began on two new dorms on the Middle Tennessee State University campus in 1972. At the time MTSU administrators decided to cut the necessary ventilation system from the dorms, saving the university $26,000 at the time. Two years later after the dorms were completed the director of housing and residential life began getting complaints about moisture problems in the dorms, causing books, clothes, and furniture to mildew. Over the next 27 years the problem worsened, with asbestos being discovered in the dorms, and concrete chunks falling from the ceilings. In 1999 MTSU finally evacuated the dorms, but is unable to renovate or destroy the dorms, while housing students continue to pay for the construction cost from 1972.
  • Silent Trust

    WBRZ-TV reports about "student-on-student sexual misconduct at the Louisiana School for the Deaf in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Major findings ... include dozens of confirmed cases of student-on-student sexual misconduct ranging from inappropriate touching to repeated gang rape from 1989 to 1999... Inadequate supervision for the 256 students living in the school's six dorms... Inadequate training and pay for the 68 dorm monitors entrusted with student care... More than a million dollars in legal costs and legal settlements stemming from such incidents since 1989.. Administrative reticence to recognize and solve a problem..."
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    Racial tensions and street conflicts often boil over in the 'thunder dorms' of the Pitchess Detention Center. The Los Angeles Times looks into the understaffed and overcrowded jail, described as the most explosive in L.A. County. (May 19, 1996)