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http://www.kcentv.com/news/local/baylor-works-to-complete-105-pepper-hamilton-recommendations/439258913


Baylor works to complete 105 Pepper Hamilton recommendations

The Baylor Board of Regents says it has implemented all 105 recommendations to fix the on-campus culture following the school's sexual assault scandal.
Stephen Adams, KCEN 6:26 PM. CDT May 12, 2017

WACO - At its regular spring meeting Friday, Baylor's Board of Regents announced "structural completion" of the Pepper Hamilton Law Firm's 105 recommendations that came in response to the firm's investigation into the University's mishandling of rape and sexual assault allegations.

The University said "the infrastructure and foundation" were in place for each recommendation, but it was still working to implement them on campus.

"One of the things is always dealing with structures and reporting so that we get everybody always knowing," Interim President David Garland said. "The right hand always knowing what the left hand is doing and vice versa."

The regents also voted to approve new board members. Former Baylor Scott & White CEO Joel Allison, 69, will become the Chairman of the Board of Regents on June 1, which is the same day Linda Livingstone assumes the role of president.

Baylor's $621.7 million operating budget for the 2017-2018 academic year was also approved at the meeting, along with a scholarship fund named after Interim President David Garland and a new degree program in communication studies. You can read about those here.

Read all the Pepper Hamilton recommendations here. The University claims it never asked for a full written report that contained the complete findings of the investigation. A summarized findings of fact that was published on University letterhead is available to read here.

"The challenging part, then, is getting those embedded into the way people work every day," President-Select Linda Livingstone said. "Into the behaviors of everyone and making them, just, the way we do business."
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http://www.roanoke.com/news/crime/roanoke_county/acquitted-roanoke-college-student-s-suit-against-accuser-has-new/article_a27431cd-a19f-5b7e-a85a-5625f87edb9e.html

Acquitted Roanoke College student's suit against accuser has new court date

By Neil Harvey neil.harvey@roanoke.com 981-3376 13 hrs ago

A 2015 civil suit brought by a Roanoke College student against a woman who accused him of sexual assault is moving forward in Salem Circuit Court and now has an August court date.

The suit was filed by Ezra Zigarwi, 20, who as a freshman was charged with rape and aggravated sexual battery following a March 2015 incident at a dormitory.

In November of that year, following a daylong trial, Zigarwi was acquitted of the charges by a jury that deliberated for less than half an hour.

The following month, he also was cleared at an on-campus sexual misconduct hearing and he has since re-enrolled at the school. That same month he filed suit against the woman.

Zigarwi’s suit alleges that after his acquittal, his accuser intentionally published false statements about him on social media and in an online petition.

In an amended complaint filed Tuesday in Salem Circuit Court, his suit claims defamation and negligence and asks for $500,000 in damages.

It also seeks to restrict the defendant from making statements about her allegations, and it asks that she be forced to remove any online statements or posts about it that might exist.

Roanoke College’s student directory says Zigarwi, who is from Zimbabwe, is registered as a sophomore. His accuser is not listed as a student on the website. The Roanoke Times does not name people who file sexual assault reports.

Zigarwi’s attorney, Stephen Kennedy, could not immediately be reached Friday. Matthew Schottmiller, who represents the defendant, said he wasn’t able to comment about the pending case.

In March, nine months after the previous filing, Schottmiller entered a request to have the case dismissed, but that was answered this week by the amended complaint.

The next hearing in the civil case is set for Aug. 29.

During the criminal trial, the accuser testified that on the night of March 15, 2015, she had been drinking on campus for several hours. She invited a male friend over to her room but he declined. Soon after that, she said, Zigarwi contacted her, and she invited him into her second-floor dorm room.

A sexual encounter occurred, but she and Zigarwi gave different accounts of whether she had consented. After he left, she called the male friend from earlier and told him she had been assaulted, and they notified campus security.

In her cross-examination of the accuser, Zigarwi’s defense attorney, Deborah Caldwell-Bono, brought forward apparent contradictions between statements the woman gave to police and her courtroom testimony, specifically about her level of intoxication that night and her relationship to the friend she had called for help.
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Duke up 6-3 at end of 1st Qtr against Johns Hopkins at Hopkins.

http://www.ncaa.com/game/lacrosse-men/d1/2017/05/13/duke-johns-hopkins/play-by-play
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Duke up 12-5 at the half against Johns Hopkins at Hopkins.

Alternative site: http://www.hopkinssports.com/gametracker/launch/gt_mlacros.html?event=1548864&school=jhop&sport=mlacros&camefrom=&startschool=&
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Duke up 16-5 after 3 quarters against Hopkins at Hopkins.
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Dominated.

@DukeMLAX hands Johns Hopkins its first #NCAALax Championship loss at Homewood Field since 1991.
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19-6 final, Duke over Hopkins.
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UNC getting whipped 14-3 by Albany in the 3rd quarter. . . . I typed too soon, I just checked and UNC has scored 9 unanswered goals and now only trails 14-12 with 6 minutes to go and . . . . UNC never got closer. Final 15-12 Albany.
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