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The Week's HBCU Headlines

The Winston-Salem State University football team

Winston Salem State University quarterback Rudy Johnson told reporters on Monday that he was attacked by members of the Virginia State University football team during a fight at a luncheon over the weekend. The fight took place the day before the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association championship game. The game was later canceled and the Virginia State University Trojans were deemed ineligible to compete. According to Associated Press reports, Virginia State running back Lamont Daniel Britt has been charged with misdemeanor assault as a result of the attack. At a press conference in Virginia on Monday, VSU head coach Latrell Scott said, "I acknowledge that we had one young man who made a bad decision, as young men sometimes do.”

Officials at Bowie State University are blaming the Affordable Care Act for the loss of student health plans at the state school. The president’s signature health law reportedly drove the cost of insurance plans up from about $50 to $900 per student per semester, the school’s student newspaper reports. “The university discontinued its mandatory insurance requirement and the minimal $5,000 plan that had been offered in the past,” reads a statement on the university website. Discussions about increasing this coverage over the past several years had met with objections from students because of the increased cost.”

Association of Public and Land Grant Universities named Delaware State University the 1890 Land Grant Institution of the Year. Fifteen total HBCUs were awarded during the ceremony set to highlight the achievements in research, education, and innovation on the campuses of land grant colleges and universities.

 

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Howard University launched a Sirius XM radio channel last week, focused on the HBCU experience. The station lives on channel 142.

The North Carolina A&T women’s basketball team became the first HBCU to win consecutive games during the preseason Women’s National Invitational Basketball Tournament. The team has also won more games in the tournament than any other HBCU. The Lady Aggies defeated Stetson 73-68 and will play Appalachian State in their home opener this Thursday. Via NCAT

In other sports related news, the FAMU Rattlers will take on the Wildcats of Bethune-Cookman on Saturday for the Florida Blue Classic game in Orlando. Via FAMU

Morehouse and Spelman colleges’ glee clubs will host their 87th annual Christmas Carol Concert the weekend of Dec. 6-8. There will be three shows; the Friday and Saturday shows will begin at 7:30 p.m and on Sunday the show will begin at 6p.m. Via Spelman