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Vanderbilt Hires Chaplain to Deal With ‘All-Comers’ Policy

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Vanderbilt University has hired a chaplain in the hopes of ending a lingering controversy over its non-discrimination policy.
The “all-comers” policy at the school requires student groups to allow any student to join their groups and to hold office, regardless of their beliefs. (Note: The Legislature passed a bill last session intended to stop the policy, but it was vetoed by Gov. Bill Haslam.)
Vanderbilt reviewed all of its student groups for compliance with the policy after a gay student complained of being thrown out of a Christian fraternity. Since then, Christian groups have protested and several lost their official status for refusing to sign on to the policy.
The university announced on Wednesday that the Rev. Mark Forrester would be its chaplain and director of religious life beginning on Sept. 1. The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/NkJm9g) reports that one of his first tasks will be to meet with groups that lost their status.
The Rev. John Sims-Baker, who advises the Vanderbilt Catholic student group, which lost its status after not signing on to the policy, had a positive reaction to the move.
“It is a godsend,” said Sims-Baker. “When I heard the news, I was surprised and delighted.”

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State Hired Administrator Under Indictment

A recently appointed top administrator of Tennessee’s multimillion-dollar employment security system was under indictment in Ohio in a mortgage fraud case at the time of his appointment last month, according to the Tennessean.
Turner Nashe Jr., 37, of Brentwood, was charged in the May 2010 indictment with money laundering, theft and several counts of aiding and abetting an unlicensed loan broker who submitted falsified loan applications. The co-defendant worked for Nashe’s company, Trident Financial. The charges against Nashe were “dismissed without prejudice” on Nov. 29.
Maria Russo, a spokeswoman for Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Bill Mason, said the investigation is continuing and that the dismissal without prejudice does not preclude future action against Nashe. Nashe was one of dozens indicted in what has been billed by Ohio officials as the largest mortgage fraud case in the country.
Jeff Hentschel, a spokesman for the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development, said in an email response to questions that prosecutors dropped the charges “after a thorough examination of the facts, including complete inspection of records and financial statements, both business and personal.”
…In defense of Nashe, Hentschel said, “In the court of public opinion, it is unfortunate when someone is accused of something and the charges are dismissed that people tend to remember the accusation instead of the result of the findings.
“Here we have an individual who was extremely business savvy and owned a mortgage lending company that was working with millions of dollars each year. The authorities conducted a complete investigation of Nashe’s business activities and records and found nothing inappropriate,” he added.
Nashe, who received a master’s and doctorate degree at Tennessee State University, formed two companies since moving to Nashville. Earlier this year he filed for bankruptcy in federal court and listed his occupation as “unemployed.”