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Asking Essential Questions at Ursinus

Asking Essential Questions at Ursinus

October 15, 2018

Ursinus College’s (PA) Common Intellectual Experience has long been one of its crown jewels. So when it came time to rethink Ursinus’s core curriculum, it seemed natural to draw inspiration from the yearlong sequence, which asks freshmen to ponder some of life’s biggest questions with readings that stretch from Plato and Sappho to Ta-Nehisi Coates and Alison Bechdel.  The result of Ursinus’s years-long core revision is a curriculum based on four questions, to be asked throughout one’s time on campus, in the classroom and elsewhere: What should matter to me? How should we live together? How can we understand the world? And what will I do?
Ursinus College’s (PA) Common Intellectual Experience has long been one of its crown jewels. So when it came time to rethink Ursinus’s core curriculum, it seemed natural to draw inspiration from the yearlong sequence, which asks freshmen to ponder some of life’s biggest questions with readings that stretch from Plato and Sappho to Ta-Nehisi Coates and Alison Bechdel.  The result of Ursinus’s years-long core revision is a curriculum based on four questions, to be asked throughout one’s time on campus, in the classroom and elsewhere: What should matter to me? How should we live together? How can we understand the world? And what will I do?

October 15, 2018

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The Chronicle of Higher Education

At Stanford, a Conservative Student Was Confronted at a Pro-Kavanaugh Event. Now He’s Pressing Charges.

At Stanford, a Conservative Student Was Confronted at a Pro-Kavanau...

October 15, 2018

At Stanford University (CA) this week, an argument between students at an event supporting Brett M. Kavanaugh’s appointment to the Supreme Court descended into a physical confrontation that prompted a police response.  Several media outlets reported that John Rice-Cameron, president of the campus’s chapter of the College Republicans, called the police to report being shoved by another student. No one appeared to have been injured in the dispute, first reported by The Stanford Daily, but the police did issue a student, Melinda Hernandez, a citation for battery.
At Stanford University (CA) this week, an argument between students at an event supporting Brett M. Kavanaugh’s appointment to the Supreme Court descended into a physical confrontation that prompted a police response.  Several media outlets reported that John Rice-Cameron, president of the campus’s chapter of the College Republicans, called the police to report being shoved by another student. No one appeared to have been injured in the dispute, first reported by The Stanford Daily, but the police did issue a student, Melinda Hernandez, a citation for battery.

October 15, 2018

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The Wall Street Journal

The Secrets of Getting Into Harvard Were Once Closely Guarded. That’s About to Change.

The Secrets of Getting Into Harvard Were Once Closely Guarded. That...

October 12, 2018

This year, 42,749 students applied to Harvard College, and only 1,962 were admitted. How Harvard decides who makes the cut has long been a mystery.  That’s about to change. A trial beginning Monday in Boston federal court will examine how the elite institution uses race to shape its student body. It will force Harvard to spill details about its admissions practices.  The case has transfixed the world of higher education—both for the peek it provides into a process cloaked in secrecy, and the prospect that the court decision will upend the admissions practices of other colleges as well.
This year, 42,749 students applied to Harvard College, and only 1,962 were admitted. How Harvard decides who makes the cut has long been a mystery.  That’s about to change. A trial beginning Monday in Boston federal court will examine how the elite institution uses race to shape its student body. It will force Harvard to spill details about its admissions practices.  The case has transfixed the world of higher education—both for the peek it provides into a process cloaked in secrecy, and the prospect that the court decision will upend the admissions practices of other colleges as well.

October 12, 2018

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The Atlantic

The Little College Where Tuition Is Free and Every Student Is Given a Job

The Little College Where Tuition Is Free and Every Student Is Given...

October 12, 2018

There’s a small burst of air that explodes from every clap. And when hundreds of people are clapping in unison, it begins to feel like a breeze—one that was pulsing through the Phelps Stokes Chapel at Berea College in Kentucky. The students and staff that had gathered here were stomping, clapping, and singing along, as they were led in a rendition of the Civil Rights era anthem, “Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around.”
There’s a small burst of air that explodes from every clap. And when hundreds of people are clapping in unison, it begins to feel like a breeze—one that was pulsing through the Phelps Stokes Chapel at Berea College in Kentucky. The students and staff that had gathered here were stomping, clapping, and singing along, as they were led in a rendition of the Civil Rights era anthem, “Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around.”

October 12, 2018

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The Baltimore Sun

Protests Ensue After First Dean of College Named for Gwen Ifill Is a White Man

Protests Ensue After First Dean of College Named for Gwen Ifill Is ...

October 12, 2018

The appointment of a white Loyola University Maryland administrator as the dean of a new center that honors Gwen Ifill, the late African-American host of the “PBS News Hour,” has become the focus of criticism at Simmons University (MA).
The appointment of a white Loyola University Maryland administrator as the dean of a new center that honors Gwen Ifill, the late African-American host of the “PBS News Hour,” has become the focus of criticism at Simmons University (MA).

October 12, 2018

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