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Wright State Drops Presidential Debate Citing Costs

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Posted by    Sunday, July 24, 2016 at 9:30am

Wright State has backed out of hosting a presidential debate this fall citing concerns over cost and security.

Inside Higher Ed reports.

A Costly Debate

CLEVELAND — Colleges have long angled to play host to presidential election events, both to create educational opportunities for their students and to get publicity. A more cautious approach is emerging amid this unusual election, however.

Wright State University on Tuesday pulled out of hosting the first presidential debate of the general election, citing security and financial concerns. And several campuses here were quiet as nearby institutions scaled back their operations, largely due to worries about safety.

“This is a very difficult decision,” said David Hopkins, Wright State’s president. “But there has been a growing crescendo of concern about what it would take to guarantee the safety and security of the campus and the community. The expense would be daunting.”

Wright State, which is located in Dayton, Ohio, was to host the first of four debates. But cost estimates for the event had grown from $3.5 million to more than $8 million, which Hopkins said was too much for the public research university.

Security worries during the heated election were a key driver of those estimates, according to the university. And Hopkins said Wright State, as a public university, would not have been able to restrict public access to its campus for safety during the debate as could a private institution. Hofstra University, a private university located on New York’s Long Island, will instead host the Sept. 26 debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

Officials at Wright State did their homework before deciding to host the debate. They reached out to 11 colleges that had been home to previous presidential debates, the Dayton Daily News reported.

They heard a clear consensus that a debate, while expensive, was well worth it given the exposure colleges received. Students got a chance to experience a high-profile exercise in democracy at those institutions, which in some cases saw a boost in applications and fund-raising, Wright State learned in those interviews.


 
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College Campus Officials Are Calling For Unity

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Posted by    Sunday, July 24, 2016 at 8:00am

After a tense summer nationally, and fearing a return of campus protests, college officials call for a peaceful start to the academic year.

Inside Higher Ed reports.

Following summer of shootings and protests, campus officials urge unity

Bracing for another round of student protests as the new academic year begins, college officials are pre-emptively calling for peace and unity on their campuses following a summer of gun violence and political unrest.

Last year, anger over race relations — including issues that were specific to higher education and issues that were not, such as police killings of unarmed black men — led to widespread student protests at campuses across the country. The demonstrations prompted institutions to make some policy changes in regards to support for minority students, as well as compelling several college administrators to step down. The protests also provoked considerable backlash, with several campuses receiving online threats against black students.


 
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Student Protesters Cheat Themselves

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Posted by    Saturday, July 23, 2016 at 5:00pm

Once again, we have outlandish allegations of racism and harassment.

Minding The Campus reports.

How Student Protesters Cheat Themselves

One common complaint of protesting students is the old multiculturalist argument that the curriculum is too white and male and Western. The petition filed by students at Seattle University is a case in point.

Once again,...

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Comedians Appalled by Lack of Humor in College Students

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Posted by    Saturday, July 23, 2016 at 3:30pm

When you go through life angry over every perceived injustice, you become a very boring person. Comedians know this and a new documentary explores the topic.

Campus Reform reports.

Comedians ‘appalled’ by humorless college students

A feature documentary delving into the intersection of comedy and free speech traces the origins of the outrage culture...

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You Can’t Go To Church And Go To College In China

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Posted by    Saturday, July 23, 2016 at 2:00pm

The house church members have also reportedly been pressured into signing a document vowing that they will not take minors into the church.

The College Fix reports.

Christian students in China barred from going to college unless they stop going to church: Reports

“Chinese students attending a Christian house church in the central Guizhou...

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Case Western Offers Safe Space for Students During Republican Convention

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Posted by    Saturday, July 23, 2016 at 12:30pm

If you can’t handle political discourse, you don’t belong in college. Period.

The Daily Caller reports.

Fancypants College In Cleveland Offers SAFE SPACE For Students Traumatized By Republican Convention

Case Western Reserve University is providing a “safe space” for students who are upset about this week’s Republican National Convention.

The fancypants private school in Cleveland...

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Oxford Adds Access for Those From Less Affluent Households

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Posted by    Saturday, July 23, 2016 at 11:00am

“In offering new places, we’re not reducing anyone else’s chances of gaining a place – we’re creating a new opportunity for new students.”

Forbes reports.

An Oxford College Strikes A Blow For Social Mobility

An Oxford college has struck a blow for social mobility by allocating places specially for students from deprived families.

University College,...

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Pollster Says Trump Could Win Youth Vote

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Posted by    Saturday, July 23, 2016 at 9:30am

This suggestion conflicts with other reports but we’ll soon know the truth.

Red Alert Politics reports.

Pollster: Hillary is struggling, Trump could win youth vote

Despite Donald Trump’s struggle with millennial voters, pollster Kellyanne Conway told The Boston Herald that he could win the demographic in November. Conway was recently hired by the Trump campaign,...

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The Best College Majors For Getting Full-Time Jobs

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Posted by    Saturday, July 23, 2016 at 8:00am

The most sought-after bachelor’s degree are accounting, computer science, finance, business administration and mechanical engineering.

US News reports.

Top College Majors for Finding Full-Time Work

A college degree – for many – is the first major financial decision, and picking a major that is highly employable is one way to improve the odds of...

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Christian Group Scores Free Speech Victory at North Carolina State

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Posted by    Friday, July 22, 2016 at 6:30pm

The school wanted these students to have to get a permit to speak to other students. Unreal.

The Daily Caller reports.

Christians Win In North Carolina, Take Down University Speech Code

A Christian group at North Carolina State University (NC State) won a substantial legal victory, as the university agreed to revise a speech...

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Republican Party Platform Denounces Indoctrination by Campus Liberals

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Posted by    Friday, July 22, 2016 at 5:00pm

It’s good to know someone is willing to stick up for conservative college students.

Campus Reform reports.

GOP platform denounces ‘indoctrination’ by campus liberals

The Republican Party’s official 2016 platform includes several promising planks related to higher education, including reduced federal subsidies and enhanced speech protections.

Within the 66 pages of the GOP platform, the...

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GOP Maintains High Unfavorable Ratings With Youth

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Posted by    Friday, July 22, 2016 at 3:30pm

Jordan argued that Trump’s decision to bring on Indiana Governor Mike Pence as his running mate further alienates young women.

Red Alert Politics reports.

RNC Panel: GOP platform “repulsive to a lot of young voters”

Back in April, more than 60 percent of millennial women said they were “scared” of Donald Trump.

Now that he...

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VIDEO: Does Philosophy Have a Woman Problem?

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Posted by    Friday, July 22, 2016 at 2:00pm

The always brilliant Christina Hoff Sommers has a new video out which is worth your time.

Take a look below.

The Heterodox Academy has more.

Does Philosophy Have a Woman Problem?

This post presents a video by philosopher Christina Hoff Sommers, originally posted on her YouTube channel “The Factual Feminist”. Because this episode deals with...

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How One Millennial Bought A House At Age 25

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Posted by    Friday, July 22, 2016 at 12:30pm

She’s “got it figured out.”

CNN Money reports.

How I bought a house at age 25

Brown is only 26, but she already owns a house and has socked away a nice amount of money for retirement in both a 401(k) and Individual Retirement Account (IRA). Oh, and she has a renter who pays...

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Colby College Wins FIRE’s Speech Code of the Month

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Posted by    Friday, July 22, 2016 at 11:00am

Did you know Colby College has a bias response policy? How nice for them.

FIRE has their own response.

Speech Code of the Month: Colby College

FIRE announces its Speech Code of the Month for July 2016: Colby College in Maine.

Colby’s Bias Incident Prevention and Response pro...

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University of Michigan-Flint Prof Files Complaint Against Women-Only Study Lounge

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Posted by    Friday, July 22, 2016 at 9:30am

Michigan State does not have a similar space for men.

The College Fix reports.

Professor files civil rights complaint against women-only study lounge

As a Michigan taxpayer, public university employee and a man, Mark Perry is tired of the university system granting its own exemptions from the state’s civil rights laws.

The University of Michigan-Flint...

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The College Conservative on The Flaws of Feminism

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Posted by    Friday, July 22, 2016 at 8:00am

Treston Wheeat of the College Conservative has some thoughts on feminism and shares them in a new post.

The Flaws of Feminism

There is a particular strand of feminism, mostly predominant on college campuses and within the online echo chambers of the social justice warriors, that is philosophically problematic at all levels. Now,...

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Universities Are Choosing To Fund Big-Time Football Programs

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Posted by    Thursday, July 21, 2016 at 6:30pm

Starting — or reviving — a Division I football team is an expensive and complicated process, with little obvious return on the investment.

Inside Higher Ed reports.

Despite long odds, universities start or resume big-time football programs

In February, John Bardo, Wichita State University’s president, tweeted an image of a black and yellow football...

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Obama Administration Argues Student Debt is Good for the Economy

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Posted by    Thursday, July 21, 2016 at 5:00pm

Nothing to see here, folks. Just another Orwellian proclamation by the Obama administration.

The Daily Caller reports.

Obama Admin: $1.3 Trillion In Student Debt Is Good For The Economy!

The Obama administration has released a new report arguing the massive $1.3 trillion student debt load is helping the economy.

“Investing in Higher Education: Benefits, Challenges,...

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Millennials May Not Have Healthcare in 10 Years

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Posted by    Thursday, July 21, 2016 at 3:30pm

Obamacare has created 23,000 newly uninsured people.

Red Alert Politics reports.

Are millennials going to have health care in 10 years?

I just graduated from college, and I’m worried that recent developments in the health care sector of our economy foreshadow a bleak future for young people. Will...

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Yale Rehires Employee Who Smashed ‘Racist’ Stained Glass Window

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Posted by    Thursday, July 21, 2016 at 2:00pm

That was quick. Two days ago, this guy merely said he wanted his job back and Yale caved immediately.

FOX News reports.

Worker who shattered Yale window depicting slaves gets his job back

A Yale University dining services worker who resigned after smashing a stained-glass window depicting slaves has gotten his old job back.

Patricia...

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Pre-College Programs Ease College Transition

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Posted by    Thursday, July 21, 2016 at 12:30pm

The program helps enable high school students to see themselves on a college campus.

Winston-Salem Journal reports.

Pre-college programs ease transition, open doors

Roommates, dorm food, early classes — the transition to college can be a bumpy one. Enter: pre-college programs, welcoming high school juniors and seniors to college campuses around the country for...

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