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Wayne State University and the Roots of the College BDS Movement

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Posted by    Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at 5:00pm

We’ve offered many reports on the BDS movement at some of America’s colleges and universities. Now Alex Vanness of Breitbart reports on the history of this phenomenon.

The BDS Movement’s History of Dishonesty

For many, the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement began in 2005.  This movement calls for the economic, cultural,...

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University of Oregon Police Keep a “Bowl of Dicks” List

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Posted by    Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at 3:30pm

The officers of the graveyard shift have apparently kept — and frequently debated — a quite extensive list of people, places, and things that they collectively feel should “eat a bowl of dicks.”

Greg Piper at The College Fix has the story:

‘Bowl of Dicks’ List Religiously Maintained By University Of Oregon Cops

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New ‘Young Outsiders’ Voting Bloc is Socially Liberal and Fiscally Conservative

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Posted by    Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at 2:00pm

Sounds like a bunch of young libertarians to me.

Kara Mason of the College Fix reports.

New ‘Young Outsiders’ Voting Bloc Wholly Rejects Welfare State, Poll Finds

A newly coined voting bloc called Young Outsiders has two major attributes – they are socially liberal and fiscally conservative. Really fiscally conservative.

An overwhelming majority of these Millennial-aged...

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U. of Texas at Austin Plans to Charge Students For Internet

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

It seems college students find the idea of paying to use the internet absolutely absurd.

Carl Straumsheim at Inside Higher Ed has the story:

U. of Texas at Austin announces, then delays, plans to charge for Internet access

While most of academe rages against the Federal Communication Commission’s plans to divide the Internet into fast...

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New Details in Murder of Law Professor Dan Markel

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Posted by    Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at 11:00am

Last month we reported the murder of Florida State University professor Dan Markel. Paul Caron of the Tax Prof Blog is keeping a detailed list of updates on the story.

Details Emerge in Murder of Dan Markel

More details are emerging in the

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Teacher Files Lawsuit Claiming He Was Fired for Exposing Cheating

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Posted by    Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at 9:30am

Apparently, exposing cheating is one of the few fire-able offenses a teacher can commit.

Chuck Ross of The Daily Caller reports:

Teacher Claims He Was Fired For Exposing Cheating Scheme

A Michigan high school teacher says he was fired after he blew the whistle on the schools’ effort to help students cheat on the...

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College Kids Not ‘Developed’ Enough for Free Speech Says US Civil Rights Commissioner

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Posted by    Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at 8:00am

This is a follow up report on a story we brought you last week.

Kaitlyn Schallhorn writes at Campus Reform.

U.S. Civil Rights Commissioner: College kids not ‘developed’ enough for free speech

The U.S. Civil Rights Commissioner claims campus speech codes need to be tightened as college students are still “developing” and cannot yet...

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Humboldt State’s Desire to ‘Feel Warm And Safe’ May Get it Sued, Says Prof

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Posted by    Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at 6:30pm

Many universities are starting to prioritize being a ‘safe space’ over academic freedom and freedom of expression, but luckily this isn’t a losing battle for those of us who prefer a university which actually does its job as an institute of higher education.

Greg Piper at The College Fix has the story:

Humboldt...

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Last Year Wasn’t Great for Due Process on Campus

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Posted by    Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at 5:00pm

As KC Johnson of points out in a new post at Minding the Campus, due process is becoming scarce on college campuses.

A Depressing Year for Campus Due Process

This article is second in a series on “the year that was” in higher education.

The 2013-4 academic year featured a steady assault on campus due process,...

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Teacher Tenure is a Possible 2016 Presidential Issue

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Posted by    Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at 3:30pm

GOPers might be divided on Common Core, but at least they seem united in their opposition to teacher tenure laws.

From Fox News:

On heels of big lawsuits, teacher tenure looms as a likely 2016 presidential issue

Teacher tenure looms as a likely hot-button issue in the 2016 presidential races, with several potential GOP...

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U. Mississippi Tries to Address Race Issues, Angers Everyone

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Posted by    Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at 2:00pm

Critics say the school’s nickname is racist as well as the Greek system. The students and alumni who are part of the Greek system weren’t too happy about that.

Scott Jaschik of Inside Higher Ed reports.

Names, Symbols and Race

To most University of Mississippi students and alumni, calling the institution “Ole Miss” is...

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Are For-Profit Universities Really That Bad?

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Posted by    Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at 12:30pm

Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) seems to think so, painting them as sleazy scam artists seducing the ignorant. But haven’t we heard this same anti-corporate rhetoric before?

Daniel Bennet at Minding the Campus has the story:

A Faulty Attack on For-Profits

Specifically, Harkin laments for-profits’ success in enrolling military veterans and earning their Post 9/11...

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Arkansas State University Wins FIRE’s Speech Code of the Month

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Posted by    Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at 11:00am

Under the rules at Arkansas State, everyone has to be polite and civil to each other. Oh, and the school will decide what does and doesn’t qualify.

That’s pretty clear, right?

Samantha Harris of The FIRE reports.

Speech Code of the Month: Arkansas State University

FIRE announces its Speech Code of the Month for August...

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Who Spends $400,000 to Remove One Tree? A Public University, Of Course

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Posted by    Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at 9:30am

The culprit of the financial insanity is the University of Michigan, which is moving this single tree to make room for a $135 million expansion of its business school.

For the 2013-14 school year, in-state total cost of attending (tuition and fees) the University of Michigan was $13,189 and out-of-state total cost...

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Syracuse University Named #1 Party School

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Posted by    Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at 8:00am

This isn’t exactly the award school officials want to win but I’m sure some students are happy about it.

Carolyn Thompson of the Associated Press reported.

Syracuse University ranks as No. 1 party school

Syracuse University has claimed the title of nation’s top party school.

The No. 1 ranking was revealed Monday by The Princeton...

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Families Using More Savings and Income to Pay for College

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Posted by    Monday, August 4, 2014 at 6:30pm

Meanwhile, the federal government continues to pump money into the higher education market, thereby causing demand-driven tuition inflation.

Karen Damato of the Wall Street Journal reports:

Families Borrow Less for College

American families are relying more on their income and savings—and less on loans—to pay for college, according to an annual study by education...

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Libertarian College Students Rally at Young Americans for Liberty Convention

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Posted by    Monday, August 4, 2014 at 5:00pm

The star of the show was Senator Rand Paul, naturally.

Becca Stanek of TIME reports.

Libertarian Student Activists Rally at National Convention

A crowd of college kids screamed and cheered, belting out chants and pumping their fists. The energy in the room was palpable. Some craned their necks to get a better view and...

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Latest Fad Among College Students: Setting Themselves On Fire

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Posted by    Monday, August 4, 2014 at 3:30pm

Because the cinnamon challenge and planking just weren’t intense enough for the kids these days.

Dave Huber at The College Fix has the story:

Latest Young Adult Fad: The ‘Fire Challenge’

The new sensation on YouTube and elsewhere is, well, simply imbecilic: teens and young adults drenching themselves in alcohol or other flammable liquid...

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Students at U. Central Florida Build Bionic Arm for 6 Year Old Boy

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Posted by    Monday, August 4, 2014 at 2:00pm

Congratulations to these students for doing something so worthwhile.

FOX News reported.

College students build bionic arm for 6-year-old, free of charge

An engineering student at University of Central Florida is making a six-year-old’s dream of being a normal kid, come true, by creating a new bionic arm.

The trick? All of the parts were...

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A Thing of the Past: School Bake Sales

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Posted by    Monday, August 4, 2014 at 12:30pm

Is childhood obesity a problem? Yes.
Should children be encourage to eat healthy foods? Yes.
Should the government be in the business of policing what anyone eats? No.

From Stephanie Armour of the Wall Street Journal:

Put Down the Cupcake: New Ban Hits School Bake Sales

At Chapman School in Nebraska, resourceful students hawk pizza and...

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Increased Enrollment Causes Housing Shortage at Iowa State University

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Posted by    Monday, August 4, 2014 at 11:00am

Iowa State is one school that doesn’t have an enrollment problem but the dorms are bursting at the seams.

Anthony Capps of the Ames Tribune reports.

University prepares living space for a near-capacity crowd of students

For the second year, Iowa State University housing is heading into the fall at near full capacity.

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Spain Eliminates Entrance Exam to Attract Foreign Students

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Posted by    Monday, August 4, 2014 at 9:30am

Good news for anyone who wanted to study in Spain but didn’t have a strong background in Spanish language and literature.

Jack Grove at Inside Higher Ed has the story:

Spain seeks to attract more foreign students

Spain h...

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