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  • Frat Boys and the Household
    Front Porch Republic on April 3, 2012

    If you follow college “culture” at all, you’ll find little new or surprising… in the recent discussions of the abusive hazing rituals at Dartmouth, or that the college and its alumni so cheerfully abandon any pretense of caring.

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  • Christian College Kids In Cultural Crossfire
    Academic Freedom File on April 5, 2012

    The good news is, we at ADF have the back of students when they do take a stand. If you or someone you know is experiencing discrimination on campus, contact us today.

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  • What Yale and the Times Did to Patrick Witt
    Minding the Campus on April 2, 2012

    Before the Patrick Witt case, I had some experience writing about how the New York Times handles cases of sexual assault allegations against high-profile college athletes--the Duke lacrosse case. After all that damage had been done, and after more than a hundred articles had been published in the New York Times, two Times editors, including Bill Keller, issued some half-hearted apologies for how the paper had mishandled the case, and "mishandled" is a generous word for what the Times did.

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  • A Letter from Old Nick to Candidate Santorum
    Front Porch Republic on April 3, 2012

    Sir,

    I write this letter to protest the public and wholly unwarranted attack on my character you have made during the course of your campaign, and which has only recently come to my attention. It seems that you have accused me of setting my sights on your country, of aiming to corrupt what you are pleased to call its “great institutions,” and to bring about the downfall of this, as you say, “good, decent, powerful, influential country.” I beg leave to inform you, Sir, that these accusations are without the least basis in fact, and anyone who considers the question fairly and candidly will see that you have slandered my good name (well, my name anyway) in the most disgraceful manner.

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  • Freemium Higher Education?
    Brainstorm on April 3, 2012

    Kevin Carey takes a look at a new online institution that doesn't accept federal financial-aid money and offers classes for free.

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  • The Radicalization of the University of California
    Minding the Campus on April 1, 2012

    Are the 234,000 students enrolled in the massive University of California system receiving an education or a re-education? It's the latter--or something fairly close--according to "A Crisis of Competence," a report just released by the California Association of Scholars (CAS), the Golden State affiliate of the National Association of Scholars. The devastating 87-page report addressed to UC's Board of Regents, concludes that leftist political indoctrination represents a significant portion of the curriculum at the nine UC campuses that admit undergraduates.

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  • Why Campus Mascots and Nicknames Are Under Attack
    Minding the Campus on March 29, 2012

    The University of North Dakota sports teams have been known as the "Sioux" or the "Fighting Sioux" for more than 80 years. But this week the university's hockey team played and lost in the NCAA playoffs wearing uniforms that said simply "North Dakota." The reason: Last November, North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple signed legislation permitting the university to retire its "Fighting Sioux" nickname so its hockey team could play schools that had boycotted teams with offensive mascots

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  • The Loan Defaults Are Coming--Here's What to Do
    Minding the Campus on March 27, 2012

    No modern-day Paul Revere is taking a midnight ride to warn about this, but the defaults are coming. Many are already here. They are coming from student loans given to the wrong students for the wrong reasons.

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  • Homeschool Community
    Front Porch Republic on April 2, 2012

    As a homeschooling parent I’m continually frustrated by the difficulty of talking about why we do what we do. Homeschooling is nearly always portrayed as a flight from something: bad influences, secular curriculum, bullying, drugs, violence, or simply a broken…

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  • "How to Be an Academic Failure" Revisited
    Brainstorm on March 31, 2012

    The problem started with a phone call from the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis.  It was the winter of 2001, and the guy from the Loft was calling about an essay I had written called “How to Be an Academic Failure: An Introduction for Beginners.”

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