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Much of Society's Unrest Caused By Barrage of Negative Stereotypes in Films

The University of Central Florida Forum | December 28, 2014 | College
To have more positive outcomes, we need to have a balance of positive images. We all say we want positive images, but what is positive, to whom and for what purpose?
Gary A. Olson

How Not to Reinvent the Wheel in College Accountability

Gary A. Olson | December 28, 2014 | College
At a well-publicized speech in Buffalo, New York on August 22, 2013, President Barack Obama announced that he would create a plan for sweeping reform of higher education. The details were sketchy, but the projected plan would institute a rating system of colleges and universities nationwide.
Abigail Seldin

Don't Let the FAFSA Ruin Your Holiday Cheer: 10 Financial Aid Myths Debunked

Abigail Seldin | December 27, 2014 | Education
According to a recent analysis by Mark Kantrowitz, Senior Vice President at Edvisors Network and author of "Filing the FAFSA," roughly 2 million students who could have qualified for need-based Federal Pell Grants in the 2011-12 academic year never filed.
Shari Medini

Your 20s Matter

Shari Medini | December 27, 2014 | College
It has become more and more common for people to underestimate 20-somethings. The message is that you don't need to be responsible or have a direction in life when you are in your 20s. But your 20s do matter!
Ashley McDonald

Lessons Learned From a Not-so-Merry Christmas

Ashley McDonald | December 26, 2014 | College
When you think of Christmas, you think of joy. You think of glamorous décor -- bits of tinsel littering lawns and living rooms; trees bloated with shiny bulbs; strings of colorful lights draping porches and garages. But not all Christmases are wrapped perfectly in glossy silver paper with a white bow on top.
Madeline Carey


The Mid College Job Crisis

Madeline Carey | December 26, 2014 | College
Somewhere around 21 years old, everyone hits the mid-ish life crisis that no one ever warned you about. While most college students are thrilled that finals are over and preparing to eat every crumb of food left in their parent's fridge, college seniors are peering into the dark abyss of life.
David Grambs

English Is Seldom at a Loss for Words

David Grambs | December 28, 2014 | Books
In vocabulary, English is the richest modern language. It is constantly surprising even to those word gatherers among us who spend much time exploring dictionaries, especially the larger and older lexicons that harbor thousands of neglected words -- words that may be a bit dusty but are none the worse for disuse.
Dr. Alan Kadish

The 2014 Best and Worst in Higher Education

Dr. Alan Kadish | December 24, 2014 | College
It was an up and down year for higher education, as each of these matters took a turn atop the 24-hour news cycle. While I am not particularly nostalgic, I'd like to review some of the highlights -- and lowlights -- of 2014...
Katherine Starr


The Real Truth About Collegiate Athletic Scholarships

Katherine Starr | December 24, 2014 | College
One has to ask, if the system is really fair if it doesn't acknowledge or understand abusive coaching styles and how that affects an athletes' performance? We need to also realize that all people are not created equal and some thrive in environments where others are harmed and scarred for life.
David Berri


The University of Michigan Will Win With Men's Basketball, Even If the Team Loses

David Berri | December 25, 2014 | Sports
The University of Michigan doesn't have any real problems with respect to its basketball program. Yes, losing seems bad. But because the pay of players is restricted by NCAA rules, Michigan is a winner even when the team loses.
Stacie Corliss

30 Days of Online Dating: My First Tinder Date

Stacie Corliss | December 24, 2014 | Comedy
Out on the sidewalk, I have absolutely no clue how this date is going -- and I'm usually pretty adept at gauging the waters. He suggests another (quieter) bar down the street. I take that as a positive.
Ebony Joseph

How to Survive the Holidays at Home

Ebony Joseph | December 24, 2014 | College
Going to college breeds a newfound sense of independence. You redefine your sense of normal and your sense of home. Then, you're thrown back into the time warp that is your childhood home and it brings the back all the feelings of being of child without actually being a child.
Craig Agranoff


Eight Things to Do After Graduation

Craig Agranoff | December 24, 2014 | College
Here's a checklist of eight things you should do after graduation to keep your life on track without losing track.
Tuajuanda C. Jordan

Educators Need to Get Off the Sidelines in Race Debate -- Colleges, Particularly the Liberal Arts, Must Lead

Tuajuanda C. Jordan | December 24, 2014 | Black Voices
College campuses have always been grounds for debate and free thought. This is well known: the idea of the college campus as a home for activism is woven into the history of many of America's most important movements for social justice.
Alexandra Watson

Millions March NYC v. Santacon: The Role of Millenials in Activism

Alexandra Watson | December 24, 2014 | College
I often feel like I see two distinct angles of the current generation of 20-30 year olds. Both, riding a wave of technological advances making it easier than ever to share ideas. On Saturday, December 13, I felt the contrast in stark relief with the convergence of two cultural events: The Millions March NYC protest, and 2014 Santacon.
Kyle Kaplan

Why 'All Lives Matter' Is Not Interchangeable With 'Black Lives Matter'

Kyle Kaplan | December 23, 2014 | College
All lives should matter, but this is not a current reality for Black people and people of color in America.
Alexis Jane Torre


5 Ways to Spend Your Winter Break

Alexis Jane Torre | December 23, 2014 | College
Even though winter break bucket lists don't exist like they do for the summer break, there are definitely ways to make these three week memorable and productive. Here are five ways to spend your winter break! (Maybe you'll even come away with a "winter break story!")
Rassoul Dastmozd, Ph.D.


Clarity About Disparity in Education

Rassoul Dastmozd, Ph.D. | December 23, 2014 | College
Spread the word -- education is worth it, it is necessary. We need every child -- indeed everyone -- to have access to learning in a safe, welcoming and stimulating environment.
Jackie Jenkins-Scott


Nonviolence as the Highest Form of Humility

Jackie Jenkins-Scott | December 23, 2014 | College
I am humbled by the immediate and quick action from faculty and staff to create safe and honest dialogues on these sensitive, complicated, and deeply rooted issues that require us to look honestly at our core believes and long held stereotypes.
Kimanzi Constable


8 Reasons to Choose Travel Over Going to College

Kimanzi Constable | December 23, 2014 | Travel
Remember what our generation was told growing up? "Go to college and get a degree, you'll then be able to get a good job." I think it's safe to say those days are over.
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