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University in Maryland is Doing Away With Textbooks

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Posted by    Tuesday, September 1, 2015 at 11:00am

There will be no more textbooks at University of Maryland University College. This will save their students a lot of money but will it work?

USA Today reports.

Maryland university to eliminate textbooks

The University of Maryland University College plans to eliminate textbooks this fall to save students money by using resources online.

Kara Van Dam, a vice provost, said Thursday students will be able use a variety of materials like readings and videos online at no cost.

Van Dam says the change will save students thousands of dollars over their academic program. She says other universities are taking similar steps, but UMUC is a front runner in making a transition of this magnitude.

UMUC caters largely to adults who come to the school with previous college-level learning, whether from prior college course work or job training received in the military.

The change begins this fall for undergraduates and by fall of 2016 for graduate students.

UMUC has about 84,000 students.


 
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Columbia in the Hot Seat Over Lawsuit From Student Accused by Mattress Girl

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Posted by    Tuesday, September 1, 2015 at 9:30am

The accused student claims the university did nothing to protect him and made his life a living hell.

The Associated Press reports.

University Defends Mattress-Carrying Project Against Lawsuit

Citing the importance of the First Amendment, Columbia University asked a judge Friday to reject a student’s lawsuit alleging the school failed to protect him after a onetime friend called him a “serial rapist” and carried a mattress around campus to protest sexual abuse.

The New York City university said in a federal court filing that it was a “fatal flaw” in Paul Nungesser’s lawsuit that he failed to sufficiently claim intentional gender discrimination by Columbia. His lawsuit alleged that the university’s actions caused him to face gender discrimination and defamation during the last school year and damaged his job prospects.

The German citizen sued the university this year, saying it effectively sponsored attacks against him by letting Emma Sulkowicz obtain class credit with a mattress-toting project that was designed to draw attention to her claims against him for a year leading up to commencement proceedings. The lawsuit said Sulkowicz has repeatedly and publicly called him a “serial rapist,” resulting in national and international media attention. The lawsuit sought unspecified damages.


 
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Prager University – Does Free Speech Offend You?

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Posted by    Tuesday, September 1, 2015 at 8:00am

In the newest video from Prager University, FIRE president Greg Lukianoff examines the threat to free speech coming from American college campuses.

As a nation, we’re going to have to deal with this problem sooner or later.

Here’s more information:

Course Description

Should offensive speech be banned? Where should we, as a society, draw the...

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Progress: Chicago Tribune Editorial Board Endorses Police Reporting of Campus Sexual Assualt

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Posted by    Monday, August 31, 2015 at 6:30pm

Sexual assault should be handled by the justice system, not campus kangaroo courts.

From the Washington Examiner:

Chicago Tribune calls for police reporting of campus sexual assault

A Chicago Tribune editorial from Friday called for colleges and universities to turn accusations of sexual assault over to the police.

While the editorial board spends the first...

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Indiana University Sees Surge in Chinese Students

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Posted by    Monday, August 31, 2015 at 5:00pm

The school has enrolled over 3,000 Chinese students since 2014.

From the Indy Star.

Chinese student population surges at Indiana University

More international students at Indiana University are coming from China than any other country.

Data from the university show that 3,100 Chinese students were enrolled on the Bloomington campus in 2014, the latest statistics...

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Wheaton College Alum, Horror Filmmaker Wes Craven Passed Away

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Posted by    Monday, August 31, 2015 at 3:30pm

The man behind some of Americas most iconic horror flicks passed away Sunday. Craven didn’t wait to get to Hollywood before he began to cause a stir. While attending Wheaton College, Craven served as an editor for a campus literary magazine, which ultimately lead the school’s president to denounce him from...

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Jefferson Davis Statue Removed From the University of Texas

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Posted by    Monday, August 31, 2015 at 2:00pm

There was some legal back and forth about this but it has finally happened.

From the Associated Press, via ABC News.

University of Texas Removes Jefferson Davis Statue

A statue of Jefferson Davis was removed from its pedestal Sunday on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin, days after a court rejected...

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College Democrats at Tulane to Mitch McConnell: ‘Suck My D***’

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Posted by    Monday, August 31, 2015 at 12:30pm

I understand being disenchanted with the Republican Senate Majority leader, but this is a bit much…

The Daily Caller reports:

Tulane University College Democrats To Mitch McConnell: ‘Suck My D***’

What claims to be the official Twitter account of the Tulane University College Democrats celebrated the one-year anniversary of the death of Michael Brown...

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Washington State Students Told Not to Use Terms ‘Illegal Alien, Male and Female’

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Posted by    Monday, August 31, 2015 at 11:00am

Students have been told that use of these words could actually affect their grades.

Peter Hasson reports at Campus Reform.

Professors threaten bad grades for saying ‘illegal alien,’ ‘male,’ ‘female’

Multiple professors at Washington State University have explicitly told students their grades will suffer if they use terms such as “illegal alien,” “male,” and...

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Federal Reserve Study: College Degrees for Minorities No Guarantee of Raising Income

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Posted by    Monday, August 31, 2015 at 9:30am

The results are striking.

Campus Reform reports.

Fed study: degrees didn’t protect blacks, Latinos from downturn

As the 2016 presidential contenders eagerly vie for the youth vote with promises to expand and further subsidize higher education, a new study claims that a degree is no guarantee of financial stability, at least for African-Americans...

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Social Justice Film Contest for Undergrads Announced

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Posted by    Monday, August 31, 2015 at 8:00am

Let’s hope they share the winning entries on YouTube.

From the Loyola school paper, The Maroon.

Social justice film contest seeks undergrad submissions

America Media and the Ignatian Solidarity Network have announced a new social justice film contest entitled “Voices from the Margins ’15.”

The contest invites college undergraduates to participate by creating short films...

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Roanoke College Staff Additions Include Former ‘Simpsons’ Producer

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Posted by    Sunday, August 30, 2015 at 5:00pm

Joe Boucher, former producer of the ‘Simpsons’ and ‘King of the Hill’ is returning to his alma matter, but this time as a staff member.

The Washington Times reports:

Former ‘Simpsons’ producer to return to Roanoke College

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) – Roanoke College is getting animated.

Joe Boucher, a former producer for “The Simpsons” and...

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Stanford’s “Angel of Grief” Statue Vandalized as Arm is Cut Off

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Posted by    Sunday, August 30, 2015 at 3:30pm

Classless act by vandals.

Stanford News reports.

Stanford police seek information on vandalism of Angel of Grief

Stanford police are seeking information and witnesses to recent vandalism of the white marble Angel of Grief statue at the Stanford Family Mausoleum.

The Stanford Department of Public Safety received a report on Tuesday, Aug. 11, that someone...

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No One is Interested in Russian Studies Anymore

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Posted by    Sunday, August 30, 2015 at 2:00pm

Well, almost no one. Eric Owens of the Daily Caller reports that very few people are majoring in the subject.

Russia Is Such A Backwater Dump Nobody Wants To Study It Anymore

The state of new research and graduate-level instruction on Russia in American colleges and universities is depressingly sad because, in a...

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You Can Now Take a Course in Selfies at Indiana U. Northwest

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Posted by    Sunday, August 30, 2015 at 12:30pm

Selfie culture has now entered the world of higher education.

Dave Huber reports at the College Fix.

Indiana U. Northwest to offer course dedicated to studying … selfies

Eve Bottando’s course “Mass Communications and Culture” at Indiana University Northwest this fall will be all about the “selfie.”

“People think selfies aren’t worthy of nuanced conversations,...

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U. Illinois Fires Football Coach Over Mistreatment of Players

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Posted by    Sunday, August 30, 2015 at 11:00am

He would push players to play while injured.

Inside Higher Ed reports.

Allegations of Athletic Abuse Vindicated

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on Friday abruptly fired its head football coach, Tim Beckman, after an external review into the coach’s behavior revealed that he put his players at risk by deterring them from reporting...

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College Student Claims She Was Assaulted by TSA Agent

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Posted by    Sunday, August 30, 2015 at 9:30am

This is a very sordid story. I feel bad for the student if it’s true.

Philip Messing reports at the New York Post.

Student ‘molested’ by TSA agent in LaGuardia bathroom

A uniformed TSA agent lured a college student into a La Guardia Airport men’s room under the pretense she needed more screening —...

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The Dos and Dont’s of Applying to Law School

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Posted by    Sunday, August 30, 2015 at 8:00am

Some advice for prospective law students.

US News reports.

Law School Grads Share Application Dos and Don’ts

Applying early can leverage opportunities for scholarships, says one law school graduate.

There is no surefire way for getting into the right​ law school.

Some applicants take the LSAT numerous times to get a competitive score. Others apply to...

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How the Small Job Economy is Affecting College Students

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Posted by    Saturday, August 29, 2015 at 5:00pm

Economic changes have prompted an increasing number of college students to take on contractor jobs as opposed to “traditional jobs.”

Robert Farrington explains at Forbes:

College Students And The Small-Job Economy

The modern day economy is changing, and the jobs that used to be readily available for college students have shifted. Th...

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Higher Education is No Place for Group Think

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Posted by    Saturday, August 29, 2015 at 3:30pm

A new post by Peter Wood of Minding the Campus explores the danger of group think in academia.

The Pressure of Group Thought

Academic “consensus” is in the news. Stetson University professor of psychology Christopher Ferguson, writing in the Chronicle of Higher Education,recently gave a run-down on how the American Psychological Association supposedly...

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Comedian Mark Normand: College Kids Can’t Take A Joke Anymore

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Posted by    Saturday, August 29, 2015 at 2:00pm

Mark Normand of Last Comic Standing chatted with the folks at The Federalist about college kids and their depressing lack of humor.

From The Federalist:

Comedian Mark Normand Says College Kids Can’t Take A Joke Anymore

The hilarious Mark Normand of Last Comic Standing joins Federalist Radio. The funnyman tells Ben that today comedy...

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Students Boo Mandatory Diversity Class at University of Oklahoma

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Posted by    Saturday, August 29, 2015 at 12:30pm

Have students had enough of mandatory diversity?

The College Fix reports.

New mandatory diversity class at University of Oklahoma draws boos from students

Freshmen will be required to take a 5-hour course on diversity in their first year, starting this fall at the University of Oklahoma, Tulsa World reported in June.

Now that students are...

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