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Chapel Hill Student Falsely Claimed He Was a Victim of a Hate Crime

The Maryland General Assembly has approved a bill to grant in-state tuition to undocumented students. This tuition would be granted to students in four-year universities who first graduated from a Maryland high school and then attended a community college for two years; these students must show that their families have filed state tax returns during those years. If signed into law, Maryland will be the 12th state to have such a provision. [The New York Times]

The claim by a gay student that he was attacked in a hate crime at the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill was false, said school officials Tuesday. Freshman Quinn Matney had told police “he was branded with a searing hot object because of his sexual orientation.” University officials had initially called the assault a hate crime that needed punishment, but the falsely filed police report could now go against Matney. [CBS]

A senior at Yale University died Tuesday night due to an accident in a chemistry laboratory. One police official confirmed early reports that Michele Dufault’s death occurred after her hair had gotten caught in a lathe, a machine used in woodwork and metal work to mold objects. The Occupational Health and Safety Administration has begun investigations into whether the specific lab has been following federal safety regulations. [Yale Daily News]

Over 100 students at the University of Minnesota have been taking part in a weeklong on-campus game of Humans vs. Zombies tag. The game began Monday night, hosted by the Minnesota Association for Zombie Enthusiasts, with six original zombies. Throughout the week, zombies tag humans and turn them into zombies. No breaks are allowed during the week, and the game is played all over campus with the exception of the insides of campus buildings and bus stops. [The Minnesota Daily]

Aliya Karim is an online communications intern for Campus Progress.

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