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Time to Use a Content Ratings System for College Courses?

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Posted by    Friday, March 14, 2014 at 6:30pm

We have been discussing a college ratings system from the Obama Administration, which has already impacted institutions’ acceptance choices.

Once students arrive on campus, RealClearPolitics contributor Peter Berkowitz suggests that a content-based rating be applied to every course offered, similar to the system used for movies.

Since the late 1960s, the movies have...

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Lesbian Professor’s “Road to Damascus” Moment

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Posted by    Friday, March 14, 2014 at 3:30pm

The College Fix contributor Samantha Watkins, a student at Point Loma Nazarene University, tells a fascinating story of one New York professor’s journey of faith discovery.

As a tenured lesbian professor at Syracuse University, Dr. Rosario Champagne Butterfield set out to study and ultimately expose the “Religious Right”...

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Rowan U. Defends Free Speech After Students Demand “Hate Speech” Policy

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Posted by    Friday, March 14, 2014 at 12:30pm

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) shares a story about role reversal — campus administrators defending free speech from student demands.

Rowan University student newspaper The Whit reported late last month on a student petition urging the school to revise its free speech policy in order to address “recent hate...

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Texas Tech University Hikes Tuition for Upcoming Academic Year

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Posted by    Friday, March 14, 2014 at 9:30am

According to a report by Breitbart’s Kristin Tate, school is about to get a bit more expensive for some Texas students.

Students in the Texas Tech University System will see a tuition increase of nearly 4 percent for the 2014-2015 academic year, according to the Associated Press.

More specifically, $183 will be added...

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Princeton Student on “The Invisible Minority” on Campus – Low Income Students

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Posted by    Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 6:30pm

While college administrators savor platinum perks and fraternity parties are targeted by diversity police, Princeton University sophomore Lea Trusty discusses an overlooked minority on campus: Low income students.

….You can imagine my surprise and panic when I was slapped with an $800 due expected by the end of February. I called the...

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“CMT versus BET” frat party sparks outrage from the usual suspects

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Posted by    Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 3:30pm

The Diversity Police are descending on another fraternity event, this one humorously pitting two cable music stations against each other.

McDaniel College in Westminster [Maryland] says it’s investigating a “CMT versus BET” party thrown by sorority and fraternity members wearing outfits inspired by Country Music Television and Black Entertainment Television.

Vice President for...

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Minnesota Daily Photos of Student Alcohol & Drug Use Raises Eyebrows, Concerns

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Posted by    Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 12:30pm

A candid photo essay by a student newspaper on campus drug and alcohol use at the University of Minnesota may be giving its participants lessons in the consequences of social media messaging.

Concerns are being raised about the exploitation of students and how anonymous they truly are, living in an “Instagram” world.

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Colorado Schools: All about “choice” except when they’re not

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Posted by    Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 9:30am

Lisa T. McElroy,  an associate professor of law at the Drexel University Earle Mack School of Law, has recently been working as a visiting professor at the University of Denver.

She thought it would be easy to opt her daughters out of the supposedly voluntary school standardized testing in the liberal bastion...

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New Mexico State Basketball Players Suspended After Post-Game Brawl with Fans

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Posted by    Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 6:30pm

As KSL noted in its report, things got ugly at the conclusion of a basketball game between Utah Valley and New Mexico State.

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Now, two of the players involved in the tussle have been suspended:

The Western Athletic Conference has suspended New Mexico State’s K.C. Ross-Miller for two games and Renaldo Dixon for...

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Princeton students’ newest diversity demand: Stop asking if applicants have criminal past

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Posted by    Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 3:30pm

Some Princeton students are demanding that the university to stop asking whether applicants have been convicted of anything.

In their newest “diversity” drive, they say academe needs more people with experience in the justice system. Inside Higher Ed’s Scott Jaschik files this report:

From time to time, colleges face scrutiny over whether they...

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U. of Virginia’s First Annual “Condom Olympics” Features “Threesomes” Events

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Posted by    Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 12:30pm

We recently covered the University of Arizona’s “Condom Olympics,” which had required student participation.

Now, the University of Virginia unveils its first annual “Condom Olympics.”

Remember: It’s all for “student health.”

Thomas Jefferson, the foremost American son...

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Hot New U. of Kansas Religious Series: “Queering Christianity”

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Posted by    Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 9:30am

So looking forward to the University of Kansas series on “Queering Islam!”

“There is nothing wrong with being queer and Christian.”

That’s the premise behind “Queering Christianity,” the overarching Ecumenical Campus Ministries’ Faith Forum topic broached during a series of events at the University of Kansas throughout this school year.

“This Faith Forum has...

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“Deadliest Fraternity” No More: SAE announces it will end pledging

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Posted by    Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 6:30pm

Sigma Alpha Epsilon, the fraternity whose  icy ‘torture’ of pledges that evoked Tarantino films and allegedly led to the death of some students, announces a radical change in how its chapters will get new members.

A December investigation by Bloomberg found that there have been nine deaths at Sigma Alpha Epsilon events...

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Campus Crime Spree: Hackers Change Grades from “F’s” to “A’s”

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Posted by    Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 3:30pm

Given the fact that “A” seems to be the most common grade given in many college courses, the reports of hackers electronically altering records seems almost quaint.

However, there have been several incidents that have campus IT professionals concerned.

Former Purdue University student Roy Sun was sentenced to 90 days in jail for...

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Black Conservatives Note Rutgers Prefers Snooki to Condoleezza Rice

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Posted by    Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 12:30pm

A black conservative group notes the glaring hypocrisy in the protests associated with the selection of  Condoleezza Rice as a commencement speaker and honorary doctorate recipient.

A few years ago, Rutgers University paid MTV’s drunken reality star Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi of Jersey Shore-fame $32,000 to talk to students about getting wasted and...

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North Dakota University System’s Server is Breached

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Posted by    Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 9:30am

We recently reported that the University of Maryland’s database containing student and staff information was hacked.

Now, another university is reporting a system breach in what appears to be an offshore attack.

A North Dakota University System computer server that stores personal information on students, staff and faculty has been hacked, but nothing...

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Money talks, and today’s incoming freshmen are listening

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Posted by    Monday, March 10, 2014 at 6:30pm

A new survey shows that the rising costs in a post-recession economy are significantly impacting  the college choices for incoming freshmen.

Allie Grasgreen of “Inside Higher Ed” has these details.

The 2013-14 academic year marks a half-decade since the economic recession hit, but concerns about the costs of attending college are influencing incoming...

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Harvard Professor Markets the “oPhone” for Scent-Messaging

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Posted by    Monday, March 10, 2014 at 3:30pm

Soon, college students will be able to hit the “scent” button.

If the aroma of sweet, buttery coffee is something you want to share with friends – even friends who live miles away – you soon may have the option of doing so through a device called the “oPhone.”

Harvard researcher David Edwards...

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California Students Protest Spa Vacay for Common Core Administrators

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Posted by    Monday, March 10, 2014 at 12:30pm

Given the numerous problems with Common Core implementation, the fact that administrators are reviewing the issues seems most sensible.

But do they really need to do so at a luxury spa? Many of their students don’t think so.

Members of the Inglewood, Calif. community were outraged to learn that school district administrators had...

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Brown Student Rails Against “Obnoxious Activists” who “Rack Up Social Justice Points”

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Posted by    Monday, March 10, 2014 at 9:30am

Simply brilliant.

Brown University student Andrew Powers shares his thoughts about the hypocrisy of protesting companies while using the items they manufacture.

…I find it disheartening that, at Brown University in particular, playing the part of the obnoxious activist who racks up social justice points is so f...

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Students pushing the use of bitcoin in higher education

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Posted by    Sunday, March 9, 2014 at 5:00pm

A Japanese American man thought to be the founding father of Bitcoin recently led reporters on a freeway car chase to the local headquarters of the Associated Press.

Meanwhile, college students are leading the charge for bitcoin in higher education. Inside Higher Ed’s Carl Staumsheim files this report:

Before the University of Puget...

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Knox College Student on Illinois GOP Candidate for Governor, Kirk Dillard

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Posted by    Sunday, March 9, 2014 at 2:00pm

There is a field full of Republican candidates in the Illinois gubernatorial primary; Knox College student Alex Uzarowicz sorts through the field and offers his pick.

…State Senator Kirk Dillard.

Dillard is a proven conservative with an extensive voting record. Most importantly, Dillard worked across the aisle on many occasions bringing Boeing’s headquarters to Chicago, sponsoring...

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