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DETROIT, MI (AP)--   In the wake of words deemed annoying or worthy of banishment, A Detroit university has offered up a batch it wants back in the linguistic limelight. 

Wayne State University on Tuesday released its annual Word Warriors list. It includes "insuperable," meaning impossible to overcome, and "nugatory," of no value or importance. Among other "neglected" words it wants to revive are "couth," which means cultured, refined and well-mannered, and "frangible," referring to something that's fragile.

ESCANABA, MI--   Bay College is seeking nominations for its Distinguished Alumni of the Year award. 

It was established in 1999 by the Alumni Association to honor a graduate who has made contributions to their career, community, and the college. Criteria also include education, leadership, honors and awards, and distinction in the nominee’s career field.

Nomination forms are due February 15. To submit a candidate go to baycollege.edu/nominatealumni. 

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI--   The wordsmiths at Lake Superior State University eschewed "fake news" and released LSSU's 43rd annual List of Words Banished from the Queen's English for Mis-use, Over-use and General Uselessness.

“We've drilled down and unpacked tons of pre-owned words and phrases deemed impactful by hundreds of nominators during 2017,” said an LSSU spokesperson. “Let that sink in.”

LANSING, MI (AP)--   The Michigan Supreme Court says the state must return more than $550 million to school employees who had money deducted for retiree health care. 

The court ruled 6-0 Wednesday.

School employees had 3 percent of their pay deducted for about two years under a law signed by Gov. Jennifer Granholm, but the law was declared unconstitutional.

Snyder in 2012 signed a new law that has survived court challenges.

HOUGHTON, MI--   College Magazine has ranked Michigan Technological University the safest college campus in the nation.

The magazine released its ranking of the 10 Safest College Campuses this week. It cites a long list of safety initiatives at Tech, including the Resident Officer Program, RAD—or Rape Awareness Defense, alcohol/drug awareness programs, the Staying Safe at Tech presentation, and the Michigan Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence.

The magazine notes Tech’s crime rate is 53 percent lower than the average for college campuses.

HOUGHTON, MI (AP)--   More than 50 people have applied to become president of Michigan Technological University in Houghton.

Officials are expecting more people to emerge before the January 15 deadline.

Bill Johnson, chairman of the search committee, says the group probably will interview 10 to 12 people and then recommend four to six candidates to Michigan Tech's governing board.

Glenn Mroz has been president since 2004. He plans to return to the faculty next summer.

Michigan Tech has 7,200 students, including 5,800 undergraduates. 

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Northern Michigan University Board of Trustees has approved funding for three capital projects.

At a meeting Friday the board authorized $20.5 million for the renovation of the University Center. Construction on the two-year project is set to begin in May.

The board also approved $150,000 for Phase II of the Forensic Research Lab on campus and renovations to the Superior Dome football office and academic area. The dome project would cost $700,000, but is contingent on reaching a private fundraising goal.

MARQUETTE, MI--   NMU has received more than $19,000 through the State of Michigan Campus Sexual Assault Grant Program.

The money will support a program called Empowering the Confidant. The initiative helps students respond when a friend, roommate, or another student discloses an incident of sexual misconduct. Associate Dean of Students Mary Brundage says sexual assault survivors are either helped or hurt by how their friends respond.

HOUGHTON, MI--   Upper Peninsula Power Company is collaborating with a group of Michigan Tech students to explore the creation of a solar facility in the area. 

UPPCO Vice President of Business Development and Communications, Brett French, says they’re conducting a feasibility study through the Alternative Energy Enterprise Group under the supervision of Tech faculty advisor Jay Meldrum.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan education officials are looking for ways to address an increase in chronic absenteeism among students. 

The Detroit News reports that 15.6 percent of students were chronically absent in the 2016-2017 school year, up from 14.7 percent the year before. That means more than 233,500 students were absent for 10 percent of the academic year.

A new law approved last month requires chronic absenteeism rates to be a factor in measuring school quality.

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