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Michelle Obama Urges Young People to go to College

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Posted by    Friday, January 17, 2014 at 2:00pm

Pretty much all of the Democrats want more people to go to college, just like they wanted everyone to buy a house and we all know how that worked out.

Beckie Supiano of the Chronicle of Higher Education reports.

Michelle Obama Takes Bigger Role in Urging Young People to Pursue College

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Second Study Confirms Link between College Hook-ups and Depression for Women

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Posted by    Friday, January 17, 2014 at 12:30pm

Last year, we reported on a study in The Journal of Sex Research that involved 3,900 students, which linked depression and anxiety among college students with casual sex.

The journal recently published a second study…with results consistent with the first.

A newly released study of nearly 500 female college students has found that women who casually...

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Recent Grads Struggle to Find Jobs That Require a Bachelor’s Degree

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Posted by    Friday, January 17, 2014 at 11:00am

David Wessel of the Wall Street Journal provides a new report which suggests the job market for recent grads may be worse than thought, if that’s possible.

For Recent Grads, Good Jobs Really Are Hard to Find

Anecdotal accounts of young college grads working as baristas, bartenders or retail clerks are widespread, provoking...

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Yale Blocks CourseTable, a Popular Student Evaluation Site

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Posted by    Friday, January 17, 2014 at 9:30am

Yale University has just blocked a student-developed course and instructor evaluation website.

Peter Xu, a senior in Morse College and a co-founder of the CourseTable that was just shut-down, makes a compelling case for administrators to reverse their decision.

We are disappointed that an institution we so love...

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Racializing School Discipline

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Posted by    Friday, January 17, 2014 at 8:00am

The editors of National Review have written a new piece about the Obama administration’s use of the Civil Rights Act to direct school discipline.

School Discipline Racialized

The Obama administration is no stranger to trying to micromanage complex, intractable problems from Washington. But using the Civil Rights Act to direct schools’ disciplinary practices...

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Baylor University Student: Don’t Try to Explain Politics with Science

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Posted by    Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 6:30pm

Conservative pundits often regale their audiences with reports of “scientific evidence” that their beliefs, actions, or attitudes are inferior to progressive ones based on some questionably obtained data.

Baylor University student Danny Huizinga explores this concept in more detail:

Do Democrats make better neighbors? According to a long article by Ken Stern in The Atlantic, the correct...

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Canadian University Honors Student’s Request to Not Work With Women on Religious Grounds

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Posted by    Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 5:00pm

The student’s class professor initially denied the request but the school administration stepped in to override the prof’s decision.

Shawn Jeffords and Terry Davidson of the Toronto Sun report.

Hat tip to Ace Of Spades HQ.

York University prof fires back over religious accommodation controversy

A York University professor is firing back after being ordered...

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Your Next Teaching Assistant May be Named HAL

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Posted by    Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 3:30pm

Stanford University may have crated a program that will soon bring “2001: A Space Odyssey” to a classroom soon!

A group of researchers at Stanford University has engineered a computer program which can process thousands of students’ submissions for an assignment in a computer programming course. This “robotutor,” called Codewebs, indexes submissions...

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President Obama Meeting With College Leaders at the White House

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Posted by    Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 2:00pm

There’s a partial list of schools sending attendees at the link below. I look forward to providing a follow up report with a complete list and an outline of the topics discussed.

Michael Stratford of Inside Higher Ed reports.

The White House Summit

WASHINGTON — President Obama will convene a meeting with more than...

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Cal Poly Considers Ban on Student Drinking Games

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Posted by    Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 12:30pm

There may be no more drinking games during registered fraternity and sorority parties at California Polytechnic State University, if newly proposed school policies are implemented.

The alcohol policies at Cal Poly have been in negotiation by the university and Greek leaders for the past several months. All fraternities and sororities on campus...

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UCLA Prof Tells People With ‘Jewish Sounding Names’ to Lobby Senate Against Iran Bill

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Posted by    Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:00am

You would think a college professor would know better than to say such a thing. You would think.

Adam Kredo of The Washington Free Beacon reports.

UCLA Prof Urges Those With ‘a Jewish Sounding Name’ to Lobby Against Iran Bill

A UCLA professor is urging those who “have a Jewish-sounding name” to lobby their...

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West Virgina U’s student newspaper staff: It’s time to talk about hazing

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Posted by    Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 9:30am

Recently, hazing rituals have been described as torture, resulted in serious injury, and led to death.

The staff of West Virginia University’s student newspaper formally expressed concern about the practice in a recent editorial.

It’s 2014, and hazing is still an issue. With all the awareness campaigns and stories in the news, it...

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Education Department ‘Guidance’ Pressures Schools to Adopt Racial Quotas In Discipline

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Posted by    Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 8:00am

Crime rates are not the same for different racial groups, and student misconduct rates aren’t, either. The Supreme Court ruled many years ago that such racial disparities don’t prove racism or unconstitutional discrimination. But in guidance issued last week by the Education and Justice Departments, the Obama Administration signaled that it...

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Brown Student on Lawsuits in a World of “Free Healthcare”

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Posted by    Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 6:30pm

It is suspected that Obamacare’s failures will lead to demands for a single-payer healthcare system.

Brown University student Roja Garimella discusses what happens when the American legal system meets the world of “free healthcare”.

However, consider a different scenario in which people obtain services entirely free of charge and...

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The Top Issues Higher Education Will Face in 2014

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Posted by    Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 5:00pm

John Ebersole of Forbes compiled the list below. You won’t find any surprises here.

Top Issues Facing Higher Education In 2014

The last several years have seen much white water in higher education. The currents of change have propelled the sector toward, or onto, one rock after another. This year offers no prospect...

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Why Law School Can’t be “Fixed” From Within

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Posted by    Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 3:30pm

With applications and enrollments to law school plummeting, educators are wondering how best to fix the problem.

Cleveland State University law professor David Barnhizer has a few thoughts on how not to do it (hat-tip,

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How the GOP Can Win Young Voters in the Midterm Elections

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Posted by    Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 2:00pm

There certainly is plenty of opportunity for Republicans with young voters right now.

Julianne Stanford writes at The College Fix.

How GOP Can Win Youth Vote In Midterm Elections

OPINION: Young people want to vote Republican, if the establishment GOP wises up already

In the past year, failed policies and broken promises have caused Millennials...

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Frat’s “Hell Night” Rituals include Hot Sauce and Poop

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Posted by    Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 12:30pm

With stories like this, it certainly can be argued that fraternity members are among the most creative on campuses.

A student at the State University of New York at Canton in the furthest reaches of upstate New York has alleged that the fraternity hazing he and two other fraternity pledges endured near...

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Scary Chart of the Day

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Posted by    Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 11:00am

The Washington Post’s Wonkblog asked some well known people for their “favorite” graph of the year. PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel chose the graph below.

Peter Thiel’s Graph of the Year

Time has its “Person of the Year.” Amazon has its books of the year. Pretty Much Amazing has its mixtapes of the year....

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Education Department Recognizes Same-Sex Marriages for Financial Aid Packages

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Posted by    Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 9:30am

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision hat invalidated part of the Defense of Marriage Act, the Education Department will begin recognizing same-sex couples for the purposes of distributing federal financial aid.

Under the new rules, the federal government will treat gay couples who are married in a state or country...

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