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Indiana University-Bloomington Lets LGBT Students Self-Segregate in Their Own Dorm

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Posted by    Thursday, July 30, 2015 at 5:00pm

Wouldn’t it be wrong to suggest that gay students should be housed separately?

Matt Lamb reports at the College Fix.

Top-ranked university for LGBTQ students now lets them self-segregate in their own dorm

‘A safe space for those people who feel they need it’

One of the most gay-friendly universities in the country is becoming even friendlier, by offering to shelter its LGBTQ students from the rest of the school.

Indiana University-Bloomington is opening a “thematic residence hall” this fall for students who don’t identify as straight men or women.

It will have a particular emphasis on transgender students and those who don’t “subscribe to conventional gender distinctions,” the Herald-Times reported, citing GLBT Student Support Services Office Coordinator Doug Bauder.

IU’s Residential Programs & Services (RPS) is less specific than Bauder. It says the so-called Spectrum area, housed within another dorm, is “designed to make all students of all gender and sexual identities feel comfortable and supported,” including “allies,” meaning supportive heterosexuals.

Spectrum uses “shared locking, individual bathrooms,” according to its RPS listing. The Indiana Daily Student reported in December, as Spectrum was in development, that it was specifically placed within a preexisting dorm that didn’t have a single-gender arrangement, given that its residents “are on a gender, identity and sexuality spectrum.”

Spectrum has a “connection” with the Gender Studies department at the school and a “direct partnership” with Bauder’s office, RPS says.

Students who live in the dorm will enjoy opportunities such as forming a delegation to the Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay Transgender Ally College Conference and attending campus events “such as a campus film screening, guest speaker, Kinsey art exhibit, etc.,” RPS says.

Recent winners in the Kinsey Institute Juried Art Show include an artist who made a “self-portrait” of her own sexual intercourse and climax, and another who designed a wooden sculpture of male genitalia in the posture of a rodeo bull.


 
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Choosing a College Based on Their Social Media Presence?

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Posted by    Thursday, July 30, 2015 at 3:30pm

While some colleges might be studying prospective student social media history as an admission consideration, prospective students are beginning to do the same.

Forbes reports:

Starting The College Search From Your Smartphone

One thing drilled into every college applicant: What you put on social media may affect what a college thinks about you. But while colleges may judge prospective freshmen and transfers by their social media habits, an increasing number of students are doing the same right back.

Rising college freshmen Hannah Major didn’t think twice about looking up schools she was interested in on social media. It was natural to explore colleges on the sites and apps she was already using. “It’s just like having a friend on Facebook,” says Major, who will attend Western Kentucky University in the fall. “I follow them on Facebook just to see what they’re posting.”

While college websites remain integral to the selection process (close to 80% of high school juniors and seniors say college sites influence their perceptions of schools according to the 2015 Ruffalo Noel Levitz E-Expectations report), high school students are also turning to social media to see what students, rather than administrators, are posting.


 
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Obama to Make Pell Grants Available to Prisoners

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Posted by    Thursday, July 30, 2015 at 2:00pm

It didn’t take long for this plan to become a reality.

Michael Stratford reports at Inside Higher Ed.

Politics of Pell for Prisoners

The Obama administration’s plan to open up Pell Grants to some incarcerated students, which will be announced formally on Friday, is already drawing criticism from some Republicans.

The U.S. Department of Education...

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Going From the NBA to College is a New Trend

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Posted by    Thursday, July 30, 2015 at 12:30pm

The same thing is happening to college football.

ESPN reports.

Back to school: NBA coaches return to college ranks

Avery Johnson thumbed through a roster book at a recent recruiting stop, searching for a player’s biography while the night’s final game began. Tipoff was close to 10 p.m., a time when many of the...

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Minority Students Harder Hit by College Loan Debt

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Posted by    Thursday, July 30, 2015 at 11:00am

According to a new report, minorities have a harder time getting out of college debt and accumulating wealth.

Sean Higgins of the Washington Examiner has the story.

Student debt undermining advantages of college for minorities

The average black household headed by a college graduate has a median wealth of $23,000, about $160,000 less than...

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Something Big is Happening in the Student Liberty Movement

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Posted by    Thursday, July 30, 2015 at 9:30am

A large domestic and international network of libertarian students is being been created.

The Libertarian Republic reports.

Something Is Happening in the Student Liberty Movement… And It’s Big!

The two largest libertarian student organizations in the world, Students For Liberty (SFL) and Young Americans for Liberty (YAL), may soon be more connected then they...

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University of Phoenix Under Federal Investigation

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Posted by    Thursday, July 30, 2015 at 8:00am

It’s been a very bad year in the world of for-profit higher education.

CNN reports.

University of Phoenix is the latest college under investigation

The University of Phoenix, one of the largest for-profit colleges still operating, is the next one the government is going after for allegedly deceptive pr...

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Use Frequent-Flyer Miles to Pay for College? You Can in Canada

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Posted by    Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at 6:30pm

How would you like to pay for college using frequent-flyer miles?

Bloomberg reports:

In Canada, You Can Pay for College With Frequent-Flyer Miles

All those frequent-flyer points can pile up, especially now that airlines are making it harder than ever to redeem them for flights.

Why not spend them on something re...

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$900K Settlement at Valdosta State is Being Paid by Another Party, not the University

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Posted by    Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at 5:00pm

Valdosta State isn’t paying out the $900K. another party is and that might actually be a good thing.

Greg Piper of the College Fix explains why.

Guess who’s paying for college’s $900,000 settlement with...

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Campus Rape Expert Has Trouble Answering Questions About His Sources

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Posted by    Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at 3:30pm

Just how “expert” is an expert that struggles to answer questions about the sources that define his theory?

Reason writes:

Campus Rape Expert Can’t Answer Basic Questions About His Sources

David Lisak’s serial predator theory of campus rape has made him a celebrity. Once a virtually unknown associate professor at the University of Massachusetts-Boston,...

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College Administrator Group Pleads for No New Campus Sex Assault Legislation

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Posted by    Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at 2:00pm

Can you blame them? There are so many nutty codes and laws, their lives must be hell.

Ashe Schow of the Washington Examiner reports.

No more campus sexual assault legislation, begs national group of college administrators

Colleges don’t need any more sexual assault laws or policies, says Kevin Kruger, president of NASPA — Student...

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Wheaton College Gets Rid of Student Health Coverage Over Contraception Mandate

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Posted by    Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at 12:30pm

About a quarter of the students were on the school’s health coverage.

The Chicago Tribune reports.

Wheaton College ends student health coverage over contraception mandate

Wheaton College will stop providing any health insurance for students to avoid complying with the government’s controversial contraception mandate.

The decision, announced July 10 and going into effect Friday, will...

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New Hampshire College Republicans Hand Out Hillary Proof Scissors to Journalists

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Posted by    Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at 11:00am

Remember when the Hillary Clinton campaign was corralling the press with ropes?

The College Republicans of New Hampshire have a fix for that and they’re sharing the technology with journalists.

This is hilarious.

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Arizona State Has the Lowest Graduation Rate in the Nation

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Posted by    Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at 9:30am

Arizona State also has the highest student loan default rate in the nation.

The AZ Central reports.

Arizona’s college graduation rate is lowest in nation

WASHINGTON – Arizona tied Alaska for the lowest college completion rate in the country in 2013, with just 29 percent of students able to earn a four-year degree in...

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U. New Hampshire Language Guide Says the Word “American’ is Problematic

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Posted by    Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at 8:00am

A language guide at UNH is supposed to point out biases.

Peter Hasson of Campus Reform reports.

Bias-Free Language Guide claims the word ‘American’ is ‘problematic’

American,” “illegal alien,” “foreigners,” “mothering,” and “fathering” are just a handful of words deemed “problematic” by the University of New Hampshire’s Bias-Free Language Guide.

According to...

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Program Plans to Track Down Students Who Unknowingly Earned Associates Degrees

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Posted by    Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at 6:30pm

Will tracking down students who’ve unknowingly earned an associates degree encourage them to continue their education? The University of Texas thinks so.

The Texas Tribune writes:

Program Aims to Give College Credit Where it’s Due

Across Texas, tens of thousands of students have earned enough college credit for an associate degree without knowing it....

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Admissions Tests No Longer Required at George Washington University

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Posted by    Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at 5:00pm

Students who don’t like to take standardized tests will no longer be required to do so if they’re applying to George Washington University.

Nick Anderson reports at the Washington Post.

George Washington University applicants no longer need to take admissions tests

George Washington University dropped its testing requirement for most freshman admissions Monday, becoming...

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At San Diego City College, Man Dressed as Woman Sexually Assaults Man

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Posted by    Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at 3:30pm

This is troubling to say the least.

NBC San Diego reports:

Man Dressed as Woman Sexually Assaults Man at City College: PD

A man dressed in a crop top, miniskirt and blonde wig sexually assaulted ano...

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Prager University – The Co-Founder of Greenpeace Explains Why He Left

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Posted by    Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at 2:00pm

In a new video from Prager University, Greenpeace co-founder Patrick Moore explains that he left the organization because it became politicized and anti-science.

Watch below.

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Course Description

Patrick Moore explains why he helped to create Greenpeace, and why he decided to leave it. What began as a mission to improve the environment...

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Recent College Grads Are Being Deployed to High Schools as Advisers

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Posted by    Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at 12:30pm

From college back to high school for some recent grads. This time from another perspective.

Lansing State Journal reports.

Recent college grads being deployed as high school advisers

Two words likely to strike fear into the hearts of any high school student eyeing college or trade school. But figuring out how to pay is...

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New Effort Rises to Bring College to American Prisons

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Posted by    Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at 11:00am

People in American prisons may be able to earn a college degree if proponents of this plan get their way.

Joe Palazzolo reports at the Wall Street Journal.

Philanthropists, Lawmakers Behind New Push for College Education in Prison

Philanthropy groups and lawmakers are giving college education for prisoners a fresh look, as criminal-justice policies...

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Bank Accounts Are Better Than Credit Cards for College Students

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Posted by    Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at 9:30am

The plastic card is not the best choice.

Time Money reports.

Why Bank Accounts Are Better Than Credit Cards for College Kids

If you want your college student to learn money management skills, get him or her a checkbook instead of a credit card.

In fact, a recent survey of 42,000 first-year college students found...

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