A review of Academic Progress Rates among the men’s basketball teams in Connecticut has found that the University of Hartford had the best rate: of 990 in 2010-2011. Yale University was second best at 984. Quinnipiac University’s rate of 968 was third best, followed by Sacred Heart University at 961. Central Connecticut State University was at 956 and Fairfield was at 955. At 897, UConn’s rate was the lowest in the state – so low that it was banned from NCAA postseason play in 2013. This year, schools must be at 940 to avoid penalties.
It was three years ago in New York when Alfred Coney got hit in the head with a pipe. He had been hanging out with friends when a fight broke out. “I didn’t know what hit me,’’ Coney said. Though he was not severely injured, Coney decided to stop hanging out with certain friends because he could have lost his life because of those friends. “I will be careful of the friends I have and just hang out with the ones who only want the best for me,’’ he said.
In 2012, 15-year-old Malcolm Sharpe was hanging out with friends at their home when he faced death. His friend, Albert, flipped him from float into a pool. This caused Malcolm to panic and try to swim away, but Albert kept grabbing him to bring him back into the water. Finally, Malcolm had to choke Albert into submission, allowing him to escape. “It was traumatizing and made me panic,’’ Sharpe, now 16, said.