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Thomas Jefferson School of Law Defaults on its Bonds

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Posted by    Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 11:00am

This is pretty serious. File it under higher ed bubble.

Staci Zaretsky of Above the Law reported.

Troubled Law School Defaults On Its Bonds, May Be Forced To Cease Operations

While it’s true that things have been spiraling downwards for law schools since the Great Recession, it wasn’t until 2011 that things really got out of hand. That was when the very first class action lawsuit about deceptive employment statistics was filed against the Thomas Jefferson School of Law. Little did we know that it would prove to be a harbinger of doom for the school.

About a year ago, we brought our readers the sad news that TJSL had conducted faculty and staff layoffs in an effort to free up funds. Not only had it suffered a blow to its enrollment, but it was also struggling to pay off the $133 million debt it accumulated after opening its new campus building in 2011.

To make matters infinitely worse, in December 2013, Standard and Poor’s released news that it had downgraded the credit ratings of a slew of stand-alone law schools. TJSL was one of the downtrodden schools whose credit standing was downgraded to B+, junk bond status with a negative outlook.

Now, we’ve got news that could have disastrous effects for the law school. It seems that TJSL has defaulted on its bonds, and it may be unable to remain in operation due to its financial predicament…


 
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Study Suggests Liberals and Conservatives Smell Differently

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Posted by    Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 9:30am

How about a study on how liberals and conservatives think differently? But we already know what the conclusion would be.

From the NY Daily News:

Liberals and conservatives smell different, are attracted to odors of those who share their beliefs: study

People are attracted to the odor of those who share their political beliefs, according to a new study that suggests why many couples vote for the same candidate.

And yes, Democrats and Republicans smell differently, according to lead author Dr. Rose McDermott, a political scientist at Brown University.

Researchers worked with a group of 146 participants who rated the body odor of strangers who leaned strongly to either the left or right of the political spectrum.

They never saw the individuals whose smells they were appraising although results indicated that mutual attraction to body odor and political beliefs go hand in hand.

“People could not predict the political ideology of others by smell if you asked them, but they differentially found the smell of those who aligned with them more attractive,” McDermott said. “So I believe smell conveys important information about long-term affinity in political ideology that becomes incorporated into a key component of subconscious attraction.”


 
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Four Universities Being Considered for Obama Presidential Library

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Posted by    Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 8:00am

As you read below you may notice that the Obama library is going to cost twice as much as the George W. Bush library.

Anyone surprised?

Ella Vincent of State Column reported.

Four universities in the running for Obama presidential library

Four universities are on the short list for the President Obama’s library. The future...

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College Students Unhappy with Diversity Course Requirement

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Posted by    Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 6:30pm

Students at Salt Lake Community College are actually complaining about a dance class that counts for the diversity course requirement at the school.

Maggie Lit writes for Campus Reform:

Diversity dance class draws students’ ire in Utah

Can students learn about diversity through dancing? According to one community college in Utah, they can, but...

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Guy With Phony Ph.D. Fools West Virginia University

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Posted by    Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 5:00pm

Aren’t you glad you don’t work in their human resources department?

Dave Huber of the College Fix reported.

Phony Ph.D. Fools West Virginia University, Many Others

Meet Anoop Shankar: He boasted a Ph.D. in epidemiology, and claimed to have “researched population-wide diseases.” He said he was a member of the Royal College of Physicians....

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Applicants to Goucher College Don’t Need to Submit High School Transcripts

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Posted by    Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 3:30pm

The Maryland college already ditched SAT scores back in 2007, so why not take it a step further?

Jonathan Marks at Minding the Campus has the story:

Goucher to Applicants: No High School Transcript, No Problem!

Goucher College is lowering its application standards even further. Having dispensed with the SAT requirement in 2007, it’s now making...

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Rush Limbaugh Reads College Insurrection on the Air

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Posted by    Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 2:00pm

This was a nice surprise on Monday.

Talk radio giant Rush Limbaugh read from a College Insurrection post about sexual consent rules at Ohio State.

Here’s an excerpt from Rush’s transcript.

“At Ohio State University, to avoid being guilty of ‘sexual assault’ or ‘sexual violence,’ you and your partner now apparently have to...

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New Poll Says Women are Better at Writing Than Men

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Posted by    Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 12:30pm

The battle of the sexes comes to the written word.

From the Daily Beast:

Poll: Women Are Better Writers Than Men

Women write better, male writers get to the point faster, and both sexes are more likely than not to write about people like themselves, says a poll by the staff of Grammarly.

The poll...

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California Sorority in Trouble After Taco Event Deemed Racist

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Posted by    Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 11:00am

Do colleges now employ people who are in charge of going around campus ruining everyone’s fun? Are there actual brigades of PC police roaming around looking for things like this?

Katherine Timpf reported at National Review.

Sorority in Big Trouble after Taco Tuesday Event Deemed Racist

A sorority at California State University Fullerton is...

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Ayaan Hirsi Ali Gets Standing Ovation at Yale

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Posted by    Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 9:30am

To think, there were a number of students who didn’t want her to show up at all. This is definitely a moment of triumph for freedom of expression.

Jennifer Kabbany at The College Fix has the story:

Ayaan Hirsi Ali Given Standing Ovation at Yale

Ayaan Hirsi Ali received a standing ovation at the...

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Video: College Students Sign Petition to Support ISIS

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Posted by    Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 8:00am

To be fair, not all students who were asked signed the petition. In fact, two of them let the f-word fly.

Here’s the kicker – this video was shot on September 11th.

Stephen Gutowski of the Washington Free Beacon reported.

College Kids Sign Petition to Support ISIL

The terrorist group ISIL released its third beheading...

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U. Arizona Forced to Cancel Alec Baldwin Appearance After Poor Ticket Sales

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Posted by    Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 6:30pm

I guess Alec Baldwin is old hat now.

Kasey Marie Shores at The College Fix has the story:

University Cancels Alec Baldwin Appearance Due to Poor Ticket Sales

TUCSON, Ariz.  – An upcoming appearance by actor Alec Baldwin at the University of Arizona has been cancelled because of poor ticket sales, a campus...

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Economics Profs Call Obamacare a Nightmare for Working Students

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Posted by    Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 5:00pm

Can you imagine what it must be like to be one of these students who voted for Obama?

The College Fix reported.

Economics Profs Describe ObamaCare as Nightmare for Working College Students

Indiana University Southeast business professor Linda Christiansen and economics professor D. Eric Schansber rip Obamacare a new one in a jointly bylined op-ed...

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What do porn stars and math have in common in Thailand?

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Posted by    Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 3:30pm

Apparently, a “basic math” textbook published by MuangThaiBook Perhaps features a studious porn star in a “school girl’s” outfit on the cover. Perhaps a MuangThaiBook employee thought it would be a good gag.

NY Daily News reports:

Embarrassed Thailand education officials recall thousands of math textbooks after ‘teacher’ on cover revealed to be...

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Students at Paul Smith’s College Can Now Minor in Craft Beer

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Posted by    Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 2:00pm

All I want to know is this: Where were these programs when I was in college?

Kelsey Rupp of Red Alert Politics reported.

The college where students minor in craft beer

You probably guzzled down a lot of beer in college, but did you brew any of it? Or, even better, get credit hours...

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Urban Outfitters Apologizes for ‘Vintage’ Bloody Kent State Shooting Sweatshirt

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Posted by    Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 12:30pm

I feel what happened here is that the “suits” at Urban Outfitters, who under normal circumstances would have immediately vetoed this idea, feared being labeled “out-of-touch” and “old-timey.” So, they shut out common sense and let this inane idea go all the way through to store shelves.

Jessica Durando of USA...

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UCLA Prof Says Photo ID Laws Will Oppress Transgender Voters

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Posted by    Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 11:00am

Isn’t is amazing how the left can find political correctness violations in anything?

Johnny Kampis of Alabama Watchdog reports. Hat tip to Weasel Zippers.

Election monitor argues strict photo ID laws won’t oppress transgender voters

A voter integrity watchdog says a study arguing transgender voters could be d...

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After Yale President Pleas for Free Expression, Students Attempt to Silence Critic of Islam

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Posted by    Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 9:30am

It’s not just the universities stifling free expression: students are all too often ready to do the thought policing themselves.

Jake New at Inside Higher Ed has the story:

Following Yale president’s plea for free expression, student groups protest speaker

At Yale University’s Freshman Assembly last month, Peter Salovey, Yale’s president, urged students to avoid the...

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Koch Brothers Donate Money to Hope College Student Group

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Posted by    Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 8:00am

The more charitable the Kochs are, the more it drives the left absolutely nuts.

Brian McVicar of M Live reported.

Markets and Morality: Koch brothers foundation bankrolls Hope College student group

A Hope College student group focusing on economics and Christianity has received a $13,000 grant from the Charles Koch Foundation, a philanthropic arm...

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Catholic College Employees File Federal Complaint About California Abortion Mandate

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Posted by    Monday, September 15, 2014 at 6:30pm

They also told Penn State they’d be coming for them, too, after the university began removing Bibles from hotel rooms.

Greg Piper at The College Fix has the story:

California Abortion Mandate Challenged Federally By Catholic College Employees

Employees of Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles are tak...

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College Students Still Waging Pointless War on Big Oil

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Posted by    Monday, September 15, 2014 at 5:00pm

College is supposed to be about getting an education, not becoming a professional activist. Why are so many students wasting their time fighting the oil industry?

Megan McArdle writes at Bloomberg.

College Students Can’t Defeat Big Oil

The idea of divestment from fossil fuels is gaining traction on U.S. college campuses. Last year, student...

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Princeton Editorial Refuses to Believe Michael Brown Wasn’t a ‘Wonderful Person’

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Posted by    Monday, September 15, 2014 at 3:30pm

I don’t know about you, but based on what little I know about Michael Brown’s drug use and robbery of a liquor store tells me he’s not a ‘wonderful person’, or even a person I’d particularly like to spend time with.

The College Fix reports:

Princeton Editorial: ‘No Doubt’ Michael Brown Was ‘Wonderful...

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