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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.

With not...

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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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California State Charges Students Extra for Classes

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Posted by    Monday, August 4, 2014 at 8:00am

Isn’t the cost of classes supposed to be covered by tuition?

Katy Murphy of Willits News reports.

California State University’s big hidden fee

California State University campuses are charging students huge fees for something their tuition is supposed to cover — classes.

In the past five years, some schools have shifted classes that were covered...

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California Bars College from Enrolling Veterans

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Posted by    Sunday, August 3, 2014 at 5:00pm

For seven degree programs at the San Diego campus of the for-profit University of Phoenix more than 85% of students are veterans, which is apparently too high for California regulators to stomach.

The regulators believe the campus is specifically targeting veterans for admissions because their educations are federally-funded and therefore their tuition...

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Former Westfield State President Accused of Spending School Funds on Himself

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Posted by    Sunday, August 3, 2014 at 3:30pm

If the allegations are true, this guy is in a world of trouble.

New England Cable News has the story.

Report: Former University President Spent School Funds on Himself

The report reveals that Dobelle racked up tens of thousands of dollars in personal expenses and travel costs on university credit cards while also misrepresenting...

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Prof Hired to ‘Enhance Racial Diversity’ Loses Race Discrimination Lawsuit

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Posted by    Sunday, August 3, 2014 at 2:00pm

She claims that the administrators who hired her to increase faculty diversity then fired her because they’re racist. Sources say she has a very limited understanding of irony.

Dave Huber at the College Fix reports:

Prof Hired Due to Her Race Loses Race Discrimination Lawsuit

Roslyn Chavda, a former assistant pr...

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Twitter Account Features Drunk North Carolina State Students Passed Out on Campus

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Posted by    Sunday, August 3, 2014 at 12:30pm

Drinking on campus is riskier in the age of social media.

Heather Waliga of ABC News 11 reported.

Twitter page spotlights NCSU students passed out around Raleigh

A Twitter account showcasing hundreds of pictures of NC State University college students passed out drunk is catching fire.

The disturbing photos display...

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Facepalm: Teacher Fired for Blogging About Homophones, ‘Associating with Homosexuality’

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Posted by    Sunday, August 3, 2014 at 11:00am

Homo is a prefix that means “same.”

Homophones are words that are pronounced the same way but have different meanings and may have spellings. Here’s an example: “bear” and “bare.”

Homosexuals are people who are sexually attracted to people of the same sex.

Homophones have nothing to do with homosexuality.

Zach Schonfeld has the story:

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High School Students Make College Program Look Better by Lying About it

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Posted by    Sunday, August 3, 2014 at 9:30am

If you think the application process is too hard, you’re probably not ready for college.

Jay Mathews writes at the Washington Post.

Why smart, poor kids lied about college

Boston College professor Karen Arnold encountered a mystery in her investigation of graduates of an innovative high school program in Providence, R.I. Many of the...

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Students Nationwide Rarely Cited for Alcohol Violations

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Posted by    Sunday, August 3, 2014 at 8:00am

In a study of colleges nationwide, it was found that both campus security and local law enforcement were reluctant to cite students for alcohol abuse. If they did anything, they usually sent them to university discipline boards, not the court system.

Samantha Watkins at The College Fix has the story:

Alcohol Citations For...

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Sexual-Assault Course Mandated for Oklahoma State Students

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

In order to register for classes in the fall, all Oklahoma State students will have to take an online course of sexual assault and harassment. This course will reportedly cost approximately $45,000 to implement in the first year, and continue to cost somewhat less than that every year after.

Kaitlyn Schallhorn at...

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Congress Finally Provides Student Vets With In-State Tuition

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Posted by    Saturday, August 2, 2014 at 3:30pm

We constantly hear about illegal immigrants demanding and receiving in-state tuition. It’s about time that people who have served America got such a benefit.

Michael Stratford reports at Inside Higher Ed.

New Benefit for Vets

In passing a compromise piece of legislation aimed at reforming the Department of Veterans Affairs, the U.S. Senate on...

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Pro-Charter Group Says Quarter of NYC Public Schools are Failing 90% of Their Students

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Posted by    Saturday, August 2, 2014 at 2:00pm

According to Families for Excellent Schools, a pro-charter school group, 90% of students at one-fourth of NYC’s public schools are not at proficient levels of math and language skills. The report is aptly titled “The Forgotten Fourth.”

Leslie Brody of the Wall Street Journal has the story:

Report From Pro-Charter Group Decries New...

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Glenn Reynolds Interviews KC Johnson on Due Process in Campus Rape Cases

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Posted by    Saturday, August 2, 2014 at 12:30pm

Were you aware that at some schools, a student can be anonymously accused of rape? This situation is completely out of control. This interview is alarming in many ways. Via Instapundit.

The description from YouTube:

Professor KC Johnson talks to Glenn Reynolds about due process rights on college campuses. Students can be anonymously...

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