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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:

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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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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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