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Student Loan Debt: The Next Economic Crisis

(10) Comments | Posted August 1, 2012 | 4:57 PM

I remember cringing as I hit the submit button on a $3,500 private loan application back in January. It wasn't the amount of the loan that was causing the cringing, it was because I applied for a loan with my mother as a co-signer. My mother is a single parent...

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Deporting Students: Who Are We Helping?

(9) Comments | Posted June 18, 2012 | 11:19 AM

Last summer I worked for a Hispanic newswire where I became quite familiar with the DREAM Act and the problems facing young undocumented immigrants in the United States. I have heard illegal students tell their stories of growing up in America and fighting for a chance to pursue an education...

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As a Female College Student, I Want Equal Pay

(5) Comments | Posted June 6, 2012 | 12:28 PM

Like most days, yesterday I was disappointed with Congress. Senate Republicans blocked the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would discourage wage discrimination based on gender by allowing women to seek out information about what their fellow male co-workers are earning.

When I first read about this bill, I...

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Raising Interest Rates? But Students Are Already in Debt

(15) Comments | Posted May 11, 2012 | 11:51 AM

I am a college student who is really tired of hearing Congress argue about college. Whether it is college tuition costs, college debt or unemployment after college, the word "college" is constantly in the headlines. The most recent controversy surrounding college is the disagreement among Congress on the interest rates...

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Is It Time to Delete Facebook?

(19) Comments | Posted April 17, 2012 | 5:42 PM

When I opened my laptop the other day and started my traditional newsgathering, I came across a disturbing story. Marine sergeant Gary Stein posted anti-Obama sentiments on his Facebook page and is now facing an "other than honorable discharge" from the military. This case raises a lot of...

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Why College Students Should Vote for Obama

(23) Comments | Posted March 27, 2012 | 6:55 PM

After watching countless Republican debates in the past year, I have listened to candidates discuss everything from the economy to birth control. I have heard Republicans fighting for Hispanic votes, women's votes and Christian's votes. They have addressed important issues and aimed their messages at vital groups of voters, but...

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Why I Support Sandra Fluke

(27) Comments | Posted March 20, 2012 | 10:29 AM

On Feb. 29, radio show host Rush Limbaugh called Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke a "slut" and "prostitute." The reason for these comments was that Fluke testified at an unofficial Democratic Party hearing Feb. 23 advocating all institutions to provide contraceptives in their healthcare insurance policies. Fluke specifically criticized...

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