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Letter to Lamar Alexander

Jul 30, 2014 by Peter Wood |

Peter Wood writes to Senator Lamar Alexander about the Office for Civil Rights's efforts to lower standards of due process in cases of alleged sexual assault on campus.

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Should You Avoid Ivy League Schools?

Jul 29, 2014 by Peter Wood |

Peter Wood responds to William Deresiewicz's provocative New Republic piece, "Don't Send Your Kid to the Ivy League."

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How Often? How Bad?: New Evidence on Self-Reported Sexual Assault on Campus

Jun 17, 2014 by Peter Wood |

Surprising new statistics, from a surprising source, on sexual assault.

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Prager U: What Every Graduate Should Know

Jun 04, 2014 by Jason Fertig |

Dennis Prager offers five key ideas that every college graduate should understand.

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Food Justice Programs Popping Up Like Mushrooms

May 02, 2014 by Marilee Turscak |

Over the past two decades, food-related courses and food justice programs have become a hot trend in academia.

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Why Do Most College Students Think the Same Thoughts?

Apr 30, 2014 by Peter Wood |

On many topics—racial preferences, sustainability, gay marriage, world citizenship, patriarchy, harassment, sexual freedom—there is room on campus for only one opinion.

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Godzilla vs. Godot

Apr 29, 2014 by Peter Wood |

Godzilla and Godot have more in common than a first syllable. They are the two opposing faces of despair: a god that is pure wrath and a god that never shows up.

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Dartmouth’s Freedom Budget: Peaceful Protest, or Intolerant Tolerance?

Apr 23, 2014 by Marilee Turscak |

Dartmouth president Philip Hanlon hopes to tame the tempers of Freedom Budget activists, but it remains to be seen whether he can truly transform the college.

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Bowdoin’s Double Bogey

Apr 21, 2014 by Peter Wood |

"Bowdoin has a bad conscience. It knows that it has made some wrong turns but it doesn't like hearing that from a stranger."

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A “Party School” is put under the microscope

Mar 05, 2014 by George Leef |

George Leef writes about the recent book, Party School, written by West Virginia University sociology professor Karen Weiss. The book documents the way party culture has dominated most of WVU.

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The Unexamined Life of Academic Kindness

Feb 19, 2014 by Marilee Turscak |

A new Tumblr blog called Academic Kindness seeks to highlight instances of generosity, goodwill, and compassion in academia.

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Let Them Speak! Why It’s Important to Let Speakers Speak

Jan 30, 2014 by Joshua Bridges |

At many universities, students have shot down speakers who announce differing opinions. By doing so, they undermine their own intellectual development.

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Quizzed!

Dec 24, 2013 by Peter Wood |

Peter Wood playfully considers the nature of quizzes and offers NAS's final quiz of the season: comics and college. 

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A College President Defends Free Speech

Oct 30, 2013 by Peter Wood |

Amherst College president Biddy Martin turned down a request to dissociate the College from the writings of campus speaker Hadley Arkes. 

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The New School’s New Wail: A Visit to Campus Sustainability Day

Oct 24, 2013 by Peter Wood |

At a sustainability festival at The New School, students complacently accepted pseudo-scientific claims and the nationwide campaign to divest holdings from oil companies. 

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