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Harvard’s Government School Orientation Will Now Have A “Check Your Privilege” Session

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Last week, the dean of Harvard University’s prestigious Kennedy School of Government agreed to include “power and privilege training” for every new student at orientation.

As NYmag.com notes, activists like Reetu Mody, a first-year grad student at the Kennedy School, found themselves disturbed by how often their opinions, especially those suggesting a racial bias, were dismissed in class discussions. The Kennedy School is known for grooming future world leaders, but apparently it doesn’t offer a very wide range of viewpoints in the classroom. In response, concerned students created a Tumblr called HKS Speak Out, a website that allows students to anonymously share their frustration with the limited sense of diversity on campus. In an open letteron the blog published on April 29th, students asked for “a mandatory power and privilege training that examines components of race, gender, socioeconomic class, sexual orientation, ability, religion, international status, and power differentials for every incoming HKS student starting August 2014,” among other requests.

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List Of Alleged Rapists Turns Up In Columbia University Bathroom

  • Last week, a list of alleged rapists turned up on a bathroom wall on Columbia University’s NYC campus. The list was scrubbed off almost immediately, but the same names resurfaced in a different Columbia bathroom a few days later. Public safety officers have implied that the list would be seen as an act of vandalism, which could mean disciplinary or even legal action against whomever wrote it. The same type of list appeared on bathroom walls at Brown University back in 1990, and like this case, the names were rewritten almost as quickly as they were being cleaned off. [Columbia Lion]
  • The Nigerian government has denied terrorist group Boko Haram’s terms for the release of the hundreds of Nigerian teenage girls they abducted. The group said they would free the girls in exchange for the release of imprisoned members of the group. We still have no idea where the girls are and none of them have been rescued so far. [Jezebel] Keep reading »

Surprise: Going To An Ivy League Won’t Make You Any Happier As An Adult

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This one is for everyone who freaked about the colleges they got into, if they were privileged enough to get into college at all: a Gallup-Purdue University poll found that the experiences you had in college rather than the type of school you went to, are the major factor in determining the happiness in your post-grad quality of life. I’m guessing this could come as a major comfort to those high school juniors and seniors who are vying for spots at Princeton, Harvard and Yale. Keep reading »

Kickass Woman Of The Day: Senator Elizabeth Warren, Who’s Trying To Save Students Buried Under Mounds Of Debt

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Student loan debt in America currently totals $1.2 trillion, and is rising quickly. As graduation day approaches, the class of 2014 might be feeling less than hopeful about their future, faced with a less-than-stellar job market and tens (or hundreds) of thousands of dollars of debt accrued in the process of getting a degree. Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren is working hard to give those students a chance at a life that’s not defined by endless interest payments and constant phone calls from debt collectors. On Tuesday, she filed a bill in the Senate that would allow students to refinance their loans at the current rate (which is 3.86% right now).

“This is an economic emergency, and we can’t ignore it any longer,” she said.  Keep reading »

Frisky Rant: Hey Graduates, Please Don’t Try To Be A Special Snowflake At Commencement

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Frisky Rant: Hey Graduates, Please Don't Try To Be A Special Snowflake At Commencement

Graduation is a big deal. Plenty of people like to see it as the total culmination of a young person’s character and dedication. As the greeting cards say, “You Earned It Champ!” Earning a degree isn’t easy and deserves celebration.

The catch, though, is that celebratory public events like commencement are a prime breeding ground for Special Snowflakes and that makes life a whole lot harder for those who are unlucky enough to trespass into the glow of their imaginary limelight. Keep reading »

“Tuition,” A Cover Of Beyoncé’s Song “Partition” About Student Loans, Is Beyond Real

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Sallie Mae, Pay Off My Tuition Please

Beyoncé may have already sung about someone “callin’ like a collector” but she’s probably never wondered “if I owe Sallie Mae or I owe the mob.” That’s what Chanel Carroll sings in her completely on point parody cover of “Partition” called (duh) “Tuition” about the loan giant Sallie Mae. Pay all my loans please, I just wanna live the debt-free life …  Oh man, as a fellow NYU grad who also used a buttload of loans to pay for school, I so relate to that one. Those student loan collection people are persistent and will hunt you down!  Maybe Bey will see this spoof and offer to foot the bill? [YouTube]

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