ANN ARBOR, MI (AP)--   University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel says the partying culture of fraternities and sororities could dim their futures at the Ann Arbor school.  

Schlissel told reporters Tuesday following a program at the Detroit Economic Club that unless members of campus Greek organizations moderate some of the "risky behavior" that includes alcohol use "they may naturally wither and people may want to stop joining them."

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI (AP)--    Members of a college fraternity are on a roll between two of the largest cities in the Upper Peninsula. 

Tau Kappa Epsilon at Lake Superior State University is pushing a tub on wheels, from Marquette to Sault Ste. Marie. Fraternity members left Friday and hope to reach their destination by late afternoon or evening Saturday.

The red tub with three wheels is on a roughly 170-mile roll on highway M-28.

The fraternity is trying to raise money for St. Jude Children's Hospital. 

MARQUETTE, MI--   About $9 million in overpaid pension payments has been returned to Northern Michigan University. 

NMU is one of seven universities in the state to get a refund from the Michigan Public School Employees Retirement System.  Northern Vice-President for Finance and Administration Gavin Leach says since 1997 some payments made each year were not reported to the actuary, creating an overpayment. 

Michigan universities no longer participate in MPSERS, but must fund the pensions of participating employees. 

LANSING, MI (AP)--   A bill heading to Governor Rick Snyder for his signature lifts a cap on teacher certification test fees so they can go up for the first time in 23 years.  

The Senate voted 33-4 for the legislation Wednesday.

The current fee is $50 for a basic skills exam and $75 for an elementary certification or subject-area test. The bill doesn't outline new fees but says the state Education Department cannot implement fees exceeding actual costs.

MTU receives refund from MPSERS retirement system

Sep 30, 2015

HOUGHTON, MI--   As the result of a recalculation of liability on a state retirement program, Michigan Technological University and six other state universities received several million dollars in refunds on Tuesday.

Michigan Tech President Glenn Mroz says the recalculation showed that the universities were billed more than needed to cover liabilities to the Michigan Public Schools Employees Retirement System for nearly two decades.