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Common Core Advocates Want to Use Curriculum in College Admissions

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Posted by    Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 5:00pm

After all, Common Core has worked well in so many other ways.

Andrew Desiderio writes at the College Fix.

Common Core Advocates Push for Curriculum’s Use in College Admissions

Even as several state leaders repeal their acceptance of the controversial “Common Core” federal standards for K-12 schools, the curriculum’s proponents are pushing for it to be...

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‘Liberty Kids’ Redefining L.A. Republican Party

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Posted by    Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 3:30pm

Apparently, it is possible for someone to align with the Republican Party and have socially liberal views, such as supporting the legalization of gay marriage and marijuana decriminalization. No doubt liberal Democrats are panicking at the thought of losing their “sure-bet” millennial base.

From a Reuters article published by Yahoo News:

‘Liberty Kids’...

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College Student – Nixon Resigned, Shouldn’t Obama?

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Posted by    Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 2:00pm

In a new post at the College Conservative, Elizabeth Marcello asks an important question.

Nixon Resigned, Shouldn’t Obama?

With the fortieth anniversary of Richard Nixon’s resignation from the presidency on August 3rd came replays of the Watergate scandal on most television news stations. Eager to avoid listening to the half-informed remarks of commentators...

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Bad Statistics Behind Bill On ‘Campus-Rape Epidemic’

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Posted by    Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 12:30pm

Apparently the likelihood of a woman being raped on campus is closer to 1 in 100 than to 1 in 5. Would you call that an epidemic?

Greg Piper at The College Fix has the story:

Shoddy Statistics Behind Bill On ‘Campus-Rape Epidemic,’ Former U.S. Official Says

The Campus Accountability and Safety Act, introduced...

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Leader of College Democrats of America Equates Israel With Nazi Germany

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Posted by    Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 11:00am

Since American media is completely fair, Democratic leaders in American politics will be forced to comment on this story on all the news shows.

Right?

Daniel Mael of Truth Revolt has the story.

College Democrats of America Student Leader Equates Israel With Nazi Germany

In a shocking exchange uncovered by citizen journalist Aaron Robinow, high...

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UT Austin Football Coach Charlie Strong Enforcing Strict Moral Code, ‘Core Values’

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Posted by    Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 9:30am

Charlie Strong is the head coach of the Texas Longhorns, the first black head coach of any athletic program at the University of Texas at Austin.

He’s working on the field to revitalize this iconic sports program, and he’s working off the field to instill certain ‘core values’ in his players: honesty,...

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President of Kentucky State Gives up $90K of his Salary to Boost Pay of Lower Wage Workers

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Posted by    Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 8:00am

A nice gesture to be sure. Maybe everyone who’s concerned about income inequality could do the same.

Merlene Davis of Kentucky.com reported.

KSU president gives up over $90,000 of his salary to boost lowest-paid campus employees

Raymond Burse, interim president of Kentucky State University, has given up more than $90,000 of his salary so...

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MIT Researchers Can Listen to You By Looking at Potato Chip Bag Next to You

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

Equal parts cool and scary.

Rachel Feltman of the Washington Post reports:

MIT researchers can listen to your conversation by watching your potato chip bag

Imagine someone listening in to your private conversation by filming the bag of chips sitting on the other side of the room. Oddly specific, I know, but researchers at...

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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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