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LucieTheLakie Senior Member

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  • Re: Wheaton College (IL) Hazing Incident

    From today's Washington Post (and follow the link to the original Chicago Tribune article for more details):

    "Evangelical college football players face arrest over hazing incident"
    The five players allegedly tackled and duct taped a freshman in his dorm before carrying him roughly to a vehicle, according to the Tribune, which said it obtained documents describing the victim’s statements to investigators after the Wheaton police department declined this year to release reports under the state’s Freedom of Information Act. As the football players transported the victim to an off-campus park, they played “Middle Eastern music” and uttered slurs against Muslims, according to the contents of the documents described by the Tribune. (All Wheaton students sign a required statement of faith espousing evangelical beliefs.) ...

    The reports of anti-Muslim behavior during the course of the incident came within months of college leaders clashing with a professor over Muslim-Christian relations. Former political science professor Larycia Hawkins, who wore a hijab in support of Muslims, wrote on Facebook that Christians and Muslims worship the same God. Her comment went viral and outraged conservative alumni, and she eventually left the college and became a visiting fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia.

    Just months later, according to the documents obtained by the Tribune, the assault of the student took place.

    “Oh my gosh,” Hawkins said, as she considered the timeline of events.

    “The ignorance of well-educated students,” she said while taking a deep breath, “it’s so reprehensible.”

  • Re: Schools known for good merit aid

    I feel like it would be more helpful to future families if folks listed the final cost of attendance for the family after any merit awards applied.

    While a merit of award of $25,000 sounds like a lot, if the total COA is $65,000, it may leave a final price beyond a lot of families. OTOH, if the full COA is $30,000, $25,000 likely makes it doable, as a Stafford loan could cover the balance.
  • Re: Penn State fraternity and 18 of its members are charged in student's death

    They are, mostly, admirable human beings on a learning curve.
    @greenbutton, I think you have that exactly right, and I also think that's the case at most places of higher education around the country.

    FYI, if you like to follow the news in the world of higher ed, Inside Higher Ed covers a lot of this stuff five days a week for free (you can subscribe to their daily newsletter if you just want the headlines), and the Washington Post has a blog called "Grade Point." You can subscribe to their weekly newsletter without charge.as well.

    The Chronicle of Higher Education is the granddaddy of these publications, but most of it is behind a paywall. If you work at PSU, you can probably access it via the library.

    It's hardly what defines it, of course. but, you're corrent that there's no lack of sordid stories every week coming out of higher ed.

  • Re: Question for Out of State Honors Students

    Unless you can schedule his Bama Bound session just prior to Honors Action week, I think he will have to travel two times.

    My son did, and I attended Bama Bound with him. And, along with his dad, I traveled to UA to move him in for Alabama Action. It was rather stressful as he didn't schedule BB until late July, so we were back within two or three weeks as I recall. Hopefully, you can get that last BB session scheduled, and if it appears fully booked, I'd pick up the phone and call to see if they can accommodate your son, given your circumstances.

    Keep in mind you're moving him in for the semester when you come for Honors Action - either send him alone to Bama Bound or just accept that this is a onetime expense and try not to dwell on it too much. I know it's hard. We had to travel to Russia twice in four weeks to adopt our younger son, so maybe that's why two trips to Tuscaloosa in a similar time-frame didn't seem as daunting or expensive.

    BTW, some kids actually move in without their parents too. I know it's not the norm, but there are a lot of kids on very tight budgets. Do what works best for your family.
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