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“Deadliest Fraternity” No More: SAE announces it will end pledging

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Posted by    Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 6:30pm

Sigma Alpha Epsilon, the fraternity whose  icy ‘torture’ of pledges that evoked Tarantino films and allegedly led to the death of some students, announces a radical change in how its chapters will get new members.

A December investigation by Bloomberg found that there have been nine deaths at Sigma Alpha Epsilon events...

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California College Students Fined $100 for Talking to Reporters too Close to Election

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Posted by    Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 5:00pm

Rules regarding student elections at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo have ignited a debate about free speech and the press.

J.J. Jenkins writes at The College Fix.

FREE SPEECH ALERT: California Students Fined $100 for Talking to Reporters

Several students running for student government positions at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis...

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Campus Crime Spree: Hackers Change Grades from “F’s” to “A’s”

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Posted by    Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 3:30pm

Given the fact that “A” seems to be the most common grade given in many college courses, the reports of hackers electronically altering records seems almost quaint.

However, there have been several incidents that have campus IT professionals concerned.

Former Purdue University student Roy Sun was sentenced to 90 days in jail for...

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College Offers No Promise of Success

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Posted by    Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 2:00pm

A new essay by Nika Anschuetz of The College Conservative reminds us that although a college degree has value, it doesn’t come with any guarantees.

A college degree may be the most sought-after thing in the United States. Students are bombarded with the message that college equals success. I’ve grown up believing...

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Black Conservatives Note Rutgers Prefers Snooki to Condoleezza Rice

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Posted by    Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 12:30pm

A black conservative group notes the glaring hypocrisy in the protests associated with the selection of  Condoleezza Rice as a commencement speaker and honorary doctorate recipient.

A few years ago, Rutgers University paid MTV’s drunken reality star Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi of Jersey Shore-fame $32,000 to talk to students about getting wasted and...

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White Powder Mailed to Princeton Student Caused Quarantine

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Posted by    Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 11:00am

It turned out to be a completely false alarm but it’s good to know people are still looking out for this sort of thing.

Anthony G. Attrino of NJ.com reports.

White powder mailed to Princeton student prompts quarantine at university mail center in Plainsboro

A white powdery substance mailed to a Princeton University student...

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North Dakota University System’s Server is Breached

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Posted by    Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 9:30am

We recently reported that the University of Maryland’s database containing student and staff information was hacked.

Now, another university is reporting a system breach in what appears to be an offshore attack.

A North Dakota University System computer server that stores personal information on students, staff and faculty has been hacked, but nothing...

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Iranian Georgia Tech Student Injured Making Bombs Has Died

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Posted by    Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 8:00am

Last week we told you about Saamer Akhshabi, an Iranian grad student at Georgia Tech who suffered burns over most of his body when the bombs he was making exploded. He has died due to his injuries.

I’m really amazed this story came and went with no attention from national media. Jim...

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Money talks, and today’s incoming freshmen are listening

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Posted by    Monday, March 10, 2014 at 6:30pm

A new survey shows that the rising costs in a post-recession economy are significantly impacting  the college choices for incoming freshmen.

Allie Grasgreen of “Inside Higher Ed” has these details.

The 2013-14 academic year marks a half-decade since the economic recession hit, but concerns about the costs of attending college are influencing incoming...

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Who is to Blame for the Decay of Public Colleges?

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Posted by    Monday, March 10, 2014 at 5:00pm

According to a new op-ed by Karin Fischer and Jack Stripling at the Chronicle of Higher Education, just about everyone is to blame on some level.

An Era of Neglect

It happened so slowly that no one really noticed at first. That’s the way erosion works. It is a gradual decay.

But somewhere along...

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Harvard Professor Markets the “oPhone” for Scent-Messaging

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Posted by    Monday, March 10, 2014 at 3:30pm

Soon, college students will be able to hit the “scent” button.

If the aroma of sweet, buttery coffee is something you want to share with friends – even friends who live miles away – you soon may have the option of doing so through a device called the “oPhone.”

Harvard researcher David Edwards...

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Purdue University Student Busted for Grade Tampering

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Posted by    Monday, March 10, 2014 at 2:00pm

If this student was smart enough to hack Purdue’s computer system, why didn’t he just study and go to class?

Irving Dejohn of New York Daily News reports.

Purdue University graduate gets four-year sentence for grade-changing scandal

This Boilermaker got burned for trying to cook his grades.

A Purdue University graduate was sentenced to 90...

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California Students Protest Spa Vacay for Common Core Administrators

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Posted by    Monday, March 10, 2014 at 12:30pm

Given the numerous problems with Common Core implementation, the fact that administrators are reviewing the issues seems most sensible.

But do they really need to do so at a luxury spa? Many of their students don’t think so.

Members of the Inglewood, Calif. community were outraged to learn that school district administrators had...

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Free Speech Becomes Focus in Georgetown Student Elections

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Posted by    Monday, March 10, 2014 at 11:00am

One has to wonder if the IRS targeting of conservative groups will have any impact on college politics. Students at Georgetown seem fairly concerned with free speech.

Susan Kruth of The FIRE reports.

Students Focus on Free Speech in Georgetown Elections

As Georgetown University students await clarification of the school’s policies governing campus expression,...

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Brown Student Rails Against “Obnoxious Activists” who “Rack Up Social Justice Points”

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Posted by    Monday, March 10, 2014 at 9:30am

Simply brilliant.

Brown University student Andrew Powers shares his thoughts about the hypocrisy of protesting companies while using the items they manufacture.

…I find it disheartening that, at Brown University in particular, playing the part of the obnoxious activist who racks up social justice points is so f...

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Oklahoma State Settles Lawsuit With Pro-Life Students

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Posted by    Monday, March 10, 2014 at 8:00am

Let this story serve as a lesson to all pro-life student groups on college campuses. Fight the power.

Billy Hallowell of The Blaze reports.

University Settles With Pro-Life Student Group Over Alleged Crackdown on Abortion Display

Oklahoma State University has decided to settle a civil rights l...

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Students pushing the use of bitcoin in higher education

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Posted by    Sunday, March 9, 2014 at 5:00pm

A Japanese American man thought to be the founding father of Bitcoin recently led reporters on a freeway car chase to the local headquarters of the Associated Press.

Meanwhile, college students are leading the charge for bitcoin in higher education. Inside Higher Ed’s Carl Staumsheim files this report:

Before the University of Puget...

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YOLO Letters Stolen From Loyola University Sign

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Posted by    Sunday, March 9, 2014 at 3:30pm

YOLO is shorthand for you only live once. Someone obviously wanted those letters and took them from Loyola University’s sign as you’ll see in the image below.

Samantha Grossman of Time reported.

Someone Stole the Letters Spelling “YOLO” From Loyola University

You only live once. YOLO for short. It’s the motto Drake came up...

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Knox College Student on Illinois GOP Candidate for Governor, Kirk Dillard

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Posted by    Sunday, March 9, 2014 at 2:00pm

There is a field full of Republican candidates in the Illinois gubernatorial primary; Knox College student Alex Uzarowicz sorts through the field and offers his pick.

…State Senator Kirk Dillard.

Dillard is a proven conservative with an extensive voting record. Most importantly, Dillard worked across the aisle on many occasions bringing Boeing’s headquarters to Chicago, sponsoring...

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Administrators at Public Colleges Get a Pay Increase

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Posted by    Sunday, March 9, 2014 at 12:30pm

We learn this news despite the fact that administrative hires at colleges have more than doubled in 25 years.

Scott Jaschik of Inside Higher Ed reports.

Public Salary Recovery

After three years...

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College Grads Now Doing the Jobs High School Grads Used to Do

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Posted by    Sunday, March 9, 2014 at 11:00am

File this under “The Obama Economy”.

Jeanina Jenkins, a 20-year-old high-school graduate from St. Louis, is stuck in a $7.82-an-hour part-time job at McDonald’s Corp. that she calls a “last resort” because nobody would offer her anything better.

Stephen O’Malley, 26, a West Virginia University graduate, wants to put his history degree to...

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Cal State Campuses Consider Implementing ‘Student Success Fees’

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Posted by    Sunday, March 9, 2014 at 9:30am

If there’s one thing today’s college students need to be more successful, it’s more student fees. Right?

Carla Rivera of the Los Angeles Times reports.

More Cal State campuses are considering ‘student success fees’

They are called “student success fees” and they offer the promise of more classes and programs and improved graduation rates...

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