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Declaring Our Independence Through Education

Michael Roth | Posted 07.04.2014 | College
Michael Roth

On this July 4 we should dedicate ourselves to recovering the American promise that education should increase our independence. Since the founding of this country, education has been closely tied to self-reliance, to declaring one's independence through one's ability to think for oneself and creatively contribute to society. In a quickly shifting economic landscape, it is understandable that some parents and pundits are calling for streamlined learning to train people quickly. But gearing education only to meeting current economic conditions is a ticket to conformity -- and also to economic and cultural mediocrity.

Adventures in Brudderland: Conor Byrne's Foureyes and the New Nostalgia

Jaime Lubin | Posted 07.01.2014 | Entertainment
Jaime Lubin

Hanging out with Conor Byrne is like visiting Movie Nerd Disneyland, and you'd better have your adventure cap on.

5 Truths About College Every Incoming Freshman Needs to Know

The Prospect | Posted 06.17.2014 | College
The Prospect

Looking back on my own freshman year, there are a ton of things I wish I'd known; they would've saved me a lot of anxiety and confusion. So, college freshmen, here's what you need to know before you head here in three months.

My Seamester of Overlap

Caroline Catlin | Posted 06.10.2014 | College
Caroline Catlin

Thirteen students, aged 17 to 22, had signed up for a program called Seamester, which sent college and gap year students from all over the world to spend a semester learning how to sail a tall ship.

Women Are Never 'Asking For It,' And These Videos Make That Clear

The Huffington Post | Avery Stone | Posted 06.05.2014 | College

Have you ever been called a slut because of an outfit you wore, or called a tease because of the way you "flirted"? What about being told you were "as...

Questioning Privilege: My 2014 Wesleyan University Commencement Speech

Manon Lefèvre | Posted 07.30.2014 | College
Manon Lefèvre

There is still work to be done, here and everywhere. Yet, it is just as important to celebrate our potential to re-think the status quo, and our ability to remember that even in the face of adversity and defeat, things can be different if we decide to take action ourselves.

Emma MacLean: How Disability Is Represented in Theater

Wesleyan University | Posted 07.29.2014 | College
Wesleyan University

Although I had never considered myself an activist, my work in my American Sign Language class inspired me to learn more about the world of disabilities.

Remi Ojurongbe: The Incomplete U.S. Immigration Narrative

Wesleyan University | Posted 07.22.2014 | College
Wesleyan University

Media content, tone, and the framing of immigration also influences public perceptions and play a role in the definition of immigration as a "social problem."

Taylor Goodstein: Examining the Broken Brain and Reducing Stigma

Wesleyan University | Posted 07.16.2014 | College
Wesleyan University

I realized a seemingly obvious truth: A broken brain is not a broken ankle. There is no shame in a broken ankle, nor is there denial that the ankle is actually broken.

Second-Guessed by a Machine: Inventing the Lie Detector

Wesleyan University | Posted 07.12.2014 | College
Wesleyan University

It was the social psychologists' dream come true: a machine that could prove subjects were acting deceptive in the laboratory. It was a modified lie detection device that did not detect lies at all.

Defense Against Offense: The Reality of 'Trolling' and Its Impact

Michael Darer | Posted 07.02.2014 | College
Michael Darer

In the same way that the apology has slowly begun to put the impetus of offense on the offended, it has now become the job of every Internet user to pretend to be as detached and armored as possible.

Why Liberal American College Students Will Never Understand the Russians

Molly Zuckerman | Posted 07.01.2014 | College
Molly Zuckerman

Russian is neither a struggling country nor a non-entity in the international sphere. It is a strongly individualistic nation that is rounding the point of no return in its separation from European culture.

Growing Up With Judy Blume: A Retrospective

Jenny Davis | Posted 07.01.2014 | College
Jenny Davis

Let's revisit the eight most important Judy Blume books of all time and remember why we loved them, what they taught us, and -- most importantly -- that legendary moment that made us cringe every single time.

Should Gasol Go?

Daniel Caballero | Posted 07.01.2014 | Sports
Daniel Caballero

One of the major decisions Laker management will have to decide on is the price they're willing to pay to keep Pau wearing purple and gold. I'll try to list a few of the factors that the front office should be considering as they make their decision.

10 Non-English Words that Too Accurately Describe College Experiences

Emma Starer Gross | Posted 07.01.2014 | College
Emma Starer Gross

College is so many shades of awkward and so many types of embarrassing -- here is a selection of words with no English equivalent, but which perfectly describe phenomena endured by every college student.

Wait, There Are Elections in 2014? Why Should I Care?

Daniel Kim | Posted 07.01.2014 | College
Daniel Kim

Get everyone you know to vote, for these reasons or whatever reasons they think of on their own. Tell people about the elections. Tell people how they can register to vote. Tell people that if we don't do something now, we won't get anything done tomorrow.

A Review of 'Blue Ruin'

Michael Darer | Posted 06.30.2014 | College
Michael Darer

With beautiful cinematography, gut-wrenching and understated performances, and a sense of compassionate awareness for both its characters and its predecessors, Blue Ruin makes the case for the revenge film as human exploration more so than karma porn.

Why Admitting You're Depressed Is Like Coming Out of the Closet

Emma Davis | Posted 06.30.2014 | College
Emma Davis

If we as a society can understand that being gay is not the same thing as "experimenting," maybe we can someday understand that depressed people are not simply "having a bad day."

20 Fears Jack Black Can Help You Overcome

Hadley Feingold | Posted 06.23.2014 | College
Hadley Feingold

Upon closer inspection, the true J.B. (Jack Black) is the source of answers to your questions, resolutions to your New Year's, and most importantly, solutions to your fears.

The International Student Plight

Mikaela Reyes | Posted 06.23.2014 | College
Mikaela Reyes

As an international student, it was hard to relate to people who didn't understand the setting I came from. I'd sometimes find myself using a word from my language that didn't have a direct translation in English. Or feeling the need to reference something from back home.

The Second Sexism? Gender Discrimination Is Not a Zero-sum Game

Katie Schad | Posted 06.22.2014 | Women
Katie Schad

But the truth is, as with any ideologically-driven legislation, half of the country probably won't like the president's new rules. In addition to the fiscally conservative, some men will also likely take issue with the policies that regulate gendered wage disparities.

Why Every College Student Should Know the Definition of Consent

Leah Bakely | Posted 06.22.2014 | College
Leah Bakely

I would wager that many college students, including those on my campus, still don't understand the importance of communicating and, worse, still don't know the definitions of sexual assault or consent.

27 Real Lessons for the Freshman Girl

Angelina Massoia | Posted 06.22.2014 | College
Angelina Massoia

I wouldn't trade what I've learned about college, life, and myself in that time for the world and I'm excited about the person that freshman year has made me.

Lawsuit Alleges Woman Was Raped At Frat As Others Watched

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 03.13.2014 | College

Another fraternity at Wesleyan University in Connecticut faces a lawsuit over its alleged role in a sexual assault that occurred in its house. A fe...

Fraternities Exposé -- Alcohol, Assault and Lawyering Up

Nancy Doyle Palmer | Posted 04.22.2014 | Media
Nancy Doyle Palmer

In her cover story for the March issue of The Atlantic, Caitlin Flanagan takes on one of the most heavily fortressed bastions of the American male -- the college fraternity -- and most assuredly scores some direct hits.