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Duke U. Lecturer’s Syllabus Excludes Student Reporters From Course

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 8, 2017 - 2:48pm
Staff members of the university’s student newspaper were surprised to discover that they had been explicitly barred from the class.
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These Universities Benefit From an Offshore Tax Loophole

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 8, 2017 - 2:08pm
The latest revelation in The New York Times’ “Paradise Papers” series, based on documents from a Bermuda-based law firm, is about how major investors, including colleges, skirt federal taxes.
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FLOTUS, Secretary Visit Highlights Anti-Bullying Efforts

U.S. Department of Education Blog - November 8, 2017 - 12:41pm

As a School Ambassador Fellow with the U.S. Department of Education, I had the opportunity to help plan and coordinate a visit for First Lady Melania Trump and Secretary Betsy DeVos to Orchard Lake Middle School in West Bloomfield, MI. The school was selected because they had pledged their commitment to anti-bullying initiatives promoting inclusion and acceptance. Orchard Lake Middle School prides itself on diversity and anti-bullying programs, so the principal and staff knew that they would be a good fit for FLOTUS’s bullying prevention platform.

Breaking Bully Stereotypes

I have spent the last decade focusing on breaking bully stereotypes and shifting the conversation around such a critical topic, so I jumped at the chance to be part of this work at a national level. Most of the bullying I faced as a student occurred in middle school, so I was shocked to see it happen with my third graders. The most surprising part, however, was when I realized which students were doing the bullying. Some of my sweetest, smartest, and most seemingly innocent kids were often the ones doing the most harm. I see the same trends and patterns with every class.

One thing these kids all have in common is that they do not see themselves as bullies since they do not resemble the exaggerated characters in TV and movies. No one is a bully all the time, and this misconception makes it hard for kids to accept their actions as bullying behavior. This problem can be perpetuated in any school lunchroom when kids are left feeling isolated and excluded, while the classmates doing the excluding don’t understand the harm they cause. Effective anti-bullying initiatives can really help change those dynamics, and having the First Lady and Secretary share that message really helps kids pay attention.

Students Realize the Magnitude of the Event

I was able to be at the school for most of the day, hours before the special guests arrived. I could feel the energy in the building as students buzzed with anticipation. It was fascinating to watch all that happened behind the scenes and the planning and manpower it took to execute a one-hour visit. But the students reminded me why this event was so important. While the adults were scurrying around making sure things were running smoothly, the middle schoolers were enjoying the moment, recognizing the magnitude of what was happening. They knew their school was being highlighted and it meant they were doing something right, and that is an empowering feeling.

Sharing a message with kids about the importance of compassion and kindness is something that everyone should stand behind, and that day, everyone did. It is a big deal to have the First Lady and Education Secretary of the United States at their school, and this is something that these kids will remember for the rest of their lives. I am quite sure they will also remember that no one should eat alone either.

 

Melody Arabo is a 2017-18 Washington School Ambassador Fellow.

Photo at the top: A student takes a selfie with First Lady Melania Trump. (Melody: “They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but the picture at the top is worth a million smiles. It perfectly captures the joy that was felt in the room by students who realized they were experiencing a once-in-a-lifetime moment.”)

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How One University Pollster Was Anointed an Election-Night Winner

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 8, 2017 - 12:02pm
Quinnipiac University’s polling institute seemed to be out on a limb with its predictions in key gubernatorial races. Then the results rolled in.
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When Student Activists Discovered Their New Friend Was an Undercover Cop

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 8, 2017 - 8:10am
“I talked to him a lot about my dissertation research,” one Ph.D. student said.
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In Reversal, Notre Dame Will Continue to Cover Contraception for Employees

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 7, 2017 - 2:27pm
The university announced in an email to faculty and staff members that it will keep the free-contraception provision that was established under President Barack Obama.
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How the GOP Tax Plan Could Hurt Graduate Students — and American Research

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 7, 2017 - 1:51pm
The plan, unveiled last week, would count tuition waivers as taxable income. That could push some students past their financial breaking points.
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What Happened After 3 Universities Suspended Greek Life

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 7, 2017 - 11:41am
Such indefinite bans often follow campus tragedies or controversies that involve fraternities or sororities.
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Oxford Professor Is on Leave Amid Allegations of Sexual Assault

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 7, 2017 - 9:50am
Tariq Ramadan, a professor of contemporary Islamic studies, is on leave “by mutual agreement,” the university said.
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After 10-Hour Hearing, Clemson U. Students Vote Not to Remove Black Leader

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 7, 2017 - 7:37am
Jaren Stewart's impeachment had sparked charges of retaliation for his protest during the Pledge of Allegiance. But proponents of his removal said he had committed misconduct.
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Slaves in the Ivy League: Princeton Discovers Its Racial Past

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 6, 2017 - 5:22pm
How one historian's seminar has grown into one of the most-ambitious investigations of an institution's racial history. 
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What Some Colleges Have Learned From Hosting Controversial Speakers

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 6, 2017 - 5:21pm
Top academic and student-affairs officials who have handled appearances by Milo Yiannopoulos and others shared lessons at a meeting held by the Council of Independent Colleges.
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Florida State U. Suspends Fraternities and Sororities After Pledge’s Death

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 6, 2017 - 2:58pm
“There will need to be a new normal for Greek life at the university,” said the president, John Thrasher.
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Longest Serving Sergeant Major of the Army to Highlight ED Veterans Day Program

U.S. Department of Education Blog - November 6, 2017 - 1:00pm

Here at the Department of Education, autumn is more than back to school.  In addition to all the back to school activities, we also host significant events each year tied to our nation’s history.  Veterans Day is one of them and is observed at the Department each year close to November 11.

2017 marks the centennial of the U.S. entry into World War I and Veterans Day originated from that war. November 11 marks the date of the armistice that ended hostilities in 1918.

In fact, President Woodrow Wilson signed the following proclamation to commemorate the first Armistice Day, held on November 11, 1919: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”

ED’s 2017 Veterans Day Program

This year’s Veterans Day program theme is “Military members serve with their hearts – We honor them with our thanks.”

The program will be held on Thursday, November 9 at 10:00am in the LBJ Auditorium.  The keynote speaker this year is Kenneth O. Preston, who retired as the 13th Sergeant Major of the Army and was the longest-serving Sergeant Major of the Army.  According to the U.S. Army web page, “There’s only one Sergeant Major of the Army. This rank is the epitome of what it means to be a Sergeant and oversees all Non-Commissioned Officers. The Sergeant Major serves as the senior enlisted advisor and consultant to the Chief of Staff of the Army.”

In that position, Sgt. Maj. Of the Army Preston served as the Army Chief of Staff’s personal adviser on all Soldier and Family related matters, particularly areas affecting Soldier training and quality of life. Throughout his 36-year career, he served in every enlisted leadership position from cavalry scout and tank commander.  SMA Preston holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from TUI University and has earned numerous medals and awards, including the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, and the Bronze Star Medal.

This year’s program will include appearances from representatives of the National Security Council and the Veterans Administration.  The University of Maryland USAF Color Guard and the North Point High School ROTC will participate.

 

Anthony Fowler is Interagency Liaison at the U.S. Department of Education.

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‘Not a Home’? Students Blast U. of Maryland for Administrator’s Comment

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 6, 2017 - 10:45am
“This is not a home,” said the university’s chief of staff in a meeting about a proposed ban on “hate symbols.”
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Want to Improve Technology on Your Campus? Ask Users What They Want

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 6, 2017 - 10:27am
How an effort to improve a classroom control panel helped one university’s professors, administrators, and tech staff find common ground.
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IT, ‘Like Electricity,’ Is Now Everywhere

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 6, 2017 - 10:25am
Infomation technology is pervasive in everything we do in so many ways, says Marty Ringle, chief information officer at Reed College and a founder and former chair of Educause.
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IT, 'Like Electricity,' Is Now Everywhere

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 6, 2017 - 10:25am
Infomation technology is pervasive in everything we do in so many ways, says Marty Ringle, CIO at Reed College and one of the founders of Educause.
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NYU Faculty Members Shun Abu Dhabi Campus Over Academic-Freedom Issues

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 6, 2017 - 9:07am
Professors in the journalism school told the university’s president that the denial of visas to two colleagues represents “a significant threat.”
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Steering More Women to Silicon Valley

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 5, 2017 - 4:31pm
In an attempt to get more women into the technology industry, Duke University has launched a program that matches female undergraduates with internships.
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