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Loyola Student Looks at Catholics and the GOP

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Posted by    Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 3:30pm

As tw0 beloved modern popes — John Paul II and John XXIII — are poised to be canonized, Loyola University student Matthew Lamb takes a look at Catholics and their role in American politics.

…[T]the Republican Party is much closer to the Catholic Church on social issues than the Democrat Party, and...

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Western Michigan U. Gives Rapper a Bad Rap, Bans Campus Pefrormance

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Posted by    Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 12:30pm

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) has a report on the case of a Western Michigan University student group whose invite to a rap artist was rejected based on false charges.

The Kalamazoo Peace Center (KPC) had invited activist and rapper Boots Riley to give a performance at their annual...

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College student makes his last tuition payment entirely in pennies!

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Posted by    Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 9:30am

At least one college student is graduating debt free.

And, he is making his last payment in pennies to make a point about sensible budgeting for college education.

Andrew Magbee has become a role model for many college going students who are struggling to repay their loans. The 24-year-old Southwestern Christian University senior...

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A sneak preview of the new and improved SAT questions

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Posted by    Monday, April 21, 2014 at 3:30pm

College Board releases more detail on ideas behind the new version of the SAT  — and some sample questions.

Let’s hope they’re better than those we have reported for Common Core!

Inside Higher Ed’s Scott Jaschik files this report:

Today, the College Board is releasing much more detail about the thinking behind new sections...

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U. of Utah pays tribute to keep its official “Ute” nickname

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Posted by    Monday, April 21, 2014 at 12:30pm

The good news: At least a university has managed to retain something in the wake of campus PC-mania!

In a new five-year-agreement with leaders of the Ute Indian Tribe, University of Utah states it will retain ‘Ute’ as the official name for sports teams. The Memorandum of Underst...

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Alleged Jewish Community Center killer once guest lectured at Missouri State

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Posted by    Monday, April 21, 2014 at 9:30am

Missouri State University’s “zero tolerance” policy extends to nerf guns used for student fun.

Sadly, one of its guest lecturers did not have the same concern for human life.

Frazier Glenn Miller, the 73-year-old former Ku Klux Klan leader accused of gunning down three people at a Jewish Community Center and a Jewish...

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Colleges investigate scary new trend: Student deaths by falling from buildings

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Posted by    Sunday, April 20, 2014 at 5:00pm

A series of deaths and injuries in which students fell from buildings has some colleges rethinking policies.

Inside Higher Ed’s Cory Weinberg files this report.

When 18-year-old Joshua Robert Helm fell seven floors off a window ledge out of a freshman residence hall at University of North Carolina at Charlotte last month, campus...

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Officials Say Pot Law Not Reason for Colorado’s College Applications Surge

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Posted by    Sunday, April 20, 2014 at 2:00pm

We recently noted that an intriguing consequence of Colorado’s new marijuana laws may be a surge in the number of college applications to state schools.

However, officials are flatly denying any connection.

Several Colorado college officials have denied...

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Wishful Thinking Alert! Dartmouth tries to upgrade its rowdy image

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Posted by    Sunday, April 20, 2014 at 11:00am

Dartmouth College, which is among the rowdiest of the Ivy League colleges, is trying again to change its campus culture.

Good luck with that!

During Prohibition, John Sloan Dickey returned to Dartmouth College after a weekend football game against Cornell and found a box of whiskey under his cot in an off-campus apartment....

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Purdue Student Ties Birth of Porn Star’s Career to Death of Affordable College

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Posted by    Sunday, April 20, 2014 at 8:00am

Purdue University Saran Mishra ties the birth of the porn career of Duke student Belle Knox to the death of affordable education.

A Duke freshman’s two-syllable porn star name is a trending topic now on the Web, but more importantly, her story gives rise to an ever-growing social issue.

Belle Knox – don’t...

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Noted edu-author says that it’s not just athletes — college screws everyone!

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Posted by    Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 5:00pm

Naomi Schaefer Riley is the author of “The Faculty Lounges: And Other Reasons Why You Won’t Get the College Education You Pay For.”

We have been following the unionization process for the Northwestern University football team; she has as well. In the New York Post, she has the following analysis (hat-tip Instapundit).

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Interview with Aspen Prize chief about high-achieving community colleges and their leaders

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Posted by    Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 2:00pm

We have covered the increasing role of community colleges in American education.

Josh Wyner’s new book describes what community colleges do well, and what they can do better.  Inside Higher Ed’s Paul Fain had a chat with the author, who discusses the details.

Josh Wyner visits a lot of community colleges. After several...

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Howard U. students unhappy with “P. Diddy” as commencement speaker

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Posted by    Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 11:00am

Nowadays, it seems students are often much more circumspect about their graduation ceremonies that school administrators.

Case in point: Howard University’s bigwigs selected music mogul “P. Diddy” as their keynote speaker.

Howard University students are protesting against the school’s choice of commencement speaker for this year.

Rapper and entrepreneur Sean Combs was chosen to...

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Sallie Mae probe focuses on potential rip-off of military personnel via federal student loans

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Posted by    Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 8:00am

During tax season, one of the few consolations many of us have is that at least some of our money goes to the men and women who honorably serve our country in the armed forces.

Sadly, people in charge of providing them student loan services may have been substantially less honorable.

Sallie Mae...

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Howard U. Invites ‘P. Diddy’ to Give Graduation Address

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Posted by    Friday, April 18, 2014 at 6:30pm

The last time we checked on Howard University, it was cutting 200 from the staff in the wake of fiscal troubles.

Choices like this probably help explain some of its difficulties:

Music mogul P. Diddy has been tapped to receive an honorary degree and give the graduation speech at Howard University this May.

“We are...

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Student Pro-Life Group Denied Membership to Yale’s “Social Justice Network”

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Posted by    Friday, April 18, 2014 at 3:30pm

A story from Yale University shows that “Social Justice” should never be confused with the real thing.

After spending the year as a provisional member of Dwight Hall, Choose Life at Yale (CLAY) — Yale’s pro-life student organization — was denied full membership status in Dwight Hall’s Social Justice Network for the...

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Students booted from Hawaii college council for questioning fees for non-existent services

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Posted by    Friday, April 18, 2014 at 12:30pm

Perhaps the citizens of Hawaii should send in the team from Hawaii Five-0 to investigate what is happening at a community college in Hilo?

Hawaii Community College in Hilo has charged students about $245,000 in fees for the last year and a half for services that aren’t available on the campus, such...

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Atheist group targets Clemson football team for its “interweaving religion and athletics”

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Posted by    Friday, April 18, 2014 at 9:30am

President Eisenhower once said, “An atheist is a man who watches a Notre Dame – Southern Methodist University game and doesn’t care who wins.”

Now, an atheist is someone who targets a school’s football team for its traditional reverence for God.

The Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF), a Wisconsin-based atheist organization, has accused...

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California State U Student: On the First Amendment, Left Prefers Slogans to Speech

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Posted by    Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 6:30pm

California State University – Fullerton student Keith Fierro has an interesting observation about the left’s use of its First Amendment rights.

If the past months’ bickering on whether religious employers should have to pay for personal contraceptive items to which they morally object has taught us anything, it’s that the left is...

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Allegheny College’s Czech Prof Teaches Capitalism To Americans

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Posted by    Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 3:30pm

College Fix contributor Andrew Desiderio, a student at The George Washington University, has a report on a college professor I would really love to meet!

Born in 1983, Simon Bilo experienced a struggle in the 1990s as the economies of the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic were transitioning from a socialist...

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Education Dept. Reaps $127 Billion in Profits on Backs of Student Borrowers

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Posted by    Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 12:30pm

Perhaps Obama should reassign Department of Education head Arne Duncan to a spot in the US Treasury?

The U.S. Department of Education is forecast to generate $127 billion in profit over the next decade from lending to college students and their families, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

Beginning in the 2015-16 academic...

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Cornell Student Supports School’s Tabling of Israel Divestment Measure

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Posted by    Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 9:30am

Professor Jacobson recently reported that the Cornell Student Assembly voted to table indefinitely a Resolution to Divest from companies doing business in Israel.

And student Jacob Glick says that it was the right thing to do.

If there is any issue over-discussed at Cornell, it is the ongoing crisis between Israel and Palestine....

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