Posted on January 15, 2012
Is anarchy threatening the Internet? Get an inside look at the hackers who disrupt corporations as a form of activism. Don’t miss CNN Presents at 8 p.m. ET Saturday as Amber Lyon takes you inside the secret world of “Anonymous.”
New York (CNN) — “Expect us” is the favorite tag line for an endless stream of Web videos posted by the Internet collective known as Anonymous. It’s a promise and a threat. In 2011, galvanized by the national Occupy movement, Anonymous delivered.
“This is what happens when the people have had enough,”
said “Troy,” a member of the collective who joined the street protests in New York. “This is what happens when greed goes unchecked. It’s the closest thing to a global revolution we’ve ever gotten.” Continue Reading
Posted on December 16, 2011
(MoneyWatch) Grade inflation has been raging for years on college campuses, but professors at some schools have never got the message to go easy on the grading.
Where do college students encounter the toughest grading? Stuart Rojstaczer, a former Duke professor, who created GradeInflation.com, compiled a list of schools earlier this year of the toughest graders.
At the 16 colleges and universities on the list, it’s significantly harder to get A’s than the typical campus. Not all of the schools have particularly low GPA’s, but Rojstaczer observed that there are selective schools on this list that would prompt you to expect more A’s.
Colleges & Universities With the Toughest Grades
- Boston University
- Princeton University
- Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
- Auburn University
- Florida International University
- Hampden-Sydney College
- Purdue University
- Roanoke College
- Southern Polytechnic State
- University of Houston
- Virginia Commonwealth University Continue Reading
Posted on December 5, 2011
(MoneyWatch) If you were to guess who the nation’s highest paid college presidents are, I’m sure the president of Mountain State University would never make the list.
Charles H. Polk, who is the president of Mountain State University in Beckley, W. Va., was the sixth best paid private college president in 2009, according to a report released today by The Chronicle of Higher Education. Mountain State devoted 3.5% of its budget to Polk’s compensation, which was a higher percentage than any other school in the nation.
According to federal government statistics, Mountain State’s four-year graduation rate is a mere five percent…[Yet] Charles H. Polk, who is the president of Mountain State University in Beckley, W. Va., was the sixth best paid private college president in 2009
If Polk did something amazing to merit this largesse, it wasn’t apparent. According to federal government statistics, Mountain State’s four-year graduation rate is a mere five percent. The nursing program at the university, which attracts many nontraditional students, lost its bid last month to be nationally accredited. What’s more, the entire school is in danger of losing its regional accreditation.
College Ballers Club
Posted on November 29, 2011
LONG BEACH, Calif. — Jesse Yeh uses the University of California-Berkeley library instead of buying textbooks. He scrounges for free food at campus events and occasionally skips meals. He’s stopped exercising and sleeps five to six hours per night so he can take 21 credits – a course load so heavy he had to get special permission from a dean.
The only thing he won’t do: take out a student loan.
“I see a lot of my friends who took out student loans, then they graduated and because of the economy right now they still couldn’t find a job,”
“I see a lot of my friends who took out student loans, then they graduated and because of the economy right now they still couldn’t find a job,” said the third-year student, whose parents both lost their jobs in 2009 and who grew up in the boom-and-bust town of Victorville, Calif., on a block with several houses in foreclosure. “The debt burden is really heavy on them.” Continue Reading
Posted on November 28, 2011
The 2012 presidential election can be seen as offering a choice between two visions of how to return us to this country’s golden age — from roughly 1945 to around 1973 — when working life was most secure for many Americans, particularly white, middle-class men. President Obama said his jobs plan was for people who believed “if you worked hard and played by the rules, you would be rewarded.” Mitt Romney explained his goal was to restore hope for “folks who grew up believing that if they played by the rules . . . they would have the chance to build a good life.” But these days, many workers have lost a near guarantee on a decent wage and benefits — and their careers are likely to have much more volatility (great years; bad years; confusing, mediocre years) than their parents’ ever did. So when did the rules change?
Folks who grew up believing that if they played by the rules . . . they would have the chance to build a good life.”
It has been hard to keep track. Over the past four decades, we have experienced the oil embargo, Carter-era malaise and a few recessions. Mixed in were the thrills of the late 1990s and mid-aughts, when it seemed as if you were a sap if you weren’t getting rich or at least trying. But these dramas prevented many of us from realizing that the economic logic was changing fundamentally. Starting in the 1970s, labor was upended by a lot more than just formal government work rules. Increased global trade devastated workers in many industries, especially textiles, apparel, toys, furniture and electronics assembly. Computers and other technological innovations had an arguably greater impact. While factories continue to make more stuff in the United States than ever before, employment in them has collapsed. Continue Reading
Posted on November 10, 2011
U.C. Berkeley students trying to set up an Occupy encampment faced a violent altercation with campus police, who arrested seven protesters and tore down tents along the campus’ Sproul Plaza Wednesday afternoon.
The police, wearing riot gear, clashed with students again Wednesday evening as they attempted to reestablish their camp.
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Posted on November 10, 2011
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Hundreds of Penn State students have taken to the streets to chant their support for ousted football coach Joe Paterno.
The students flooded downtown State College on Wednesday night after Paterno and university President Graham Spanier were fired amid a growing furor linked to their handling of sex abuse allegations against a former assistant football coach.
The students gathered about two blocks from the campus, with some chanting `We want Joe! We want Joe!” Some shook a lamp post and others tipped over a news van (video below), kicking out its windows.
A smaller crowd gathered outside Paterno’s home. He had earlier in the day announced his intention to retire at the end of the season. After his firing, he told student he would have to get used to not being the coach.
Posted on November 8, 2011
STATE COLLEGE — Penn State administrators on Tuesday canceled Joe Paterno’s weekly news conference, in which he was expected to field questions about a sex-abuse scandal involving former defensive coach Jerry Sandusky.
“Due to the ongoing legal circumstances centered around the recent allegations and charges, we have determined that today’s press conference cannot be held and will not be rescheduled,” assistant Athletic Director Jeff Nelson said in a statement.
Paterno’s son Scott told The Associated Press that the decision was made by President Graham Spanier’s office. Continue Reading
Posted on October 29, 2011
There is a serious issue when a country spends more on prisons than they do on their education systems. Sadly, that’s precisely what’s happening in the US. As universities have continued to lose federal aid, states have increased spending on their prisons (some spend close to twice as much on prisons than on higher education).