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One Year Later, Profs Back Occupy Wall Street

Crystal Plum

On the anniversary of the Occupy movement's launch, the Chronicle of Higher Education highlights faculty members' support for the movement but fails to cite any dissenting voices. 

Student Editors Weigh In On OWS, Sustainability, Other Issues

Glenn Ricketts

Student press corps regulars size the Occupy Wall Street movement and other current issues.

Price Controls: Obama's Higher Ed Agenda, Part 2 of 8

Peter Wood

In the second of an eight-part series, Peter Wood examines the president’s newly announced goal of capping tuition increases via federally imposed price controls.

OWS Course Dropped From Columbia’s Spring Offerings

Glenn Ricketts

An advocate of the Occupy movement almost took the lecturn, but Columbia axed the course

Will Harvard Stop Trying to Impose Orthodoxies?

Harvey Silverglate

FIRE co-founder Harvey Silverglate applauds the Harvard student newspaper for defending free inquiry at the University, where the faculty is increasingly inclined to enact political orthodoxy.

Occupy UC-Davis, What a Gas

Scott Herring

Scott Herring offers a few firsthand observations about the now infamous pepper spray incident and its lingering effects on the UC Davis campus.

Sustainability News

Ashley Thorne

Researchers determine that sustainability is now a science; Occupy Wall Street's sustainability committee plays house; Harvard looks to hire someone who can "cultivate an understanding of food"; and a debate asks whether the campus sustainability movement detracts from the better purposes of higher education.

Collegiate Press Roundup

Glenn Ricketts

Student news beat regulars encourage support for the Occupy Wall Street protests, suggest some good speakers for spring commencement, assess the drinking culture on campus, and note the difficulty of defining "social justice."

No, They Can't Renege On Student Debt

Charlotte Allen

An Occupy Wall Street spin-off movement urges students to default on their educational debts. No way, says Charlotte Allen, since taxpayers would have to pick up the tab.

Collegiate Press Roundup

Glenn Ricketts

Student press regulars take a look at free speech on campus, the American pre-occupation with sex scandals, bad behavior at concerts and the price of disbelief in evolution.

5th Avenue Percussions

Peter Wood

Peter Wood contrasts discontented Occupiers with another discontented group.

Get Off My Lawn

Peter Wood

College campuses are home base to the evicted Occupy Wall Street protesters.

The Merchant of Zuccotti Park

Peter Wood

Peter Wood argues that the Occupy Wall Street movement is helping Americans realize that college is not necessarily an “investment.”

Walking Out on Education

Peter Wood

Peter Wood examines the Occupy movement

Peter Wood at the University of Alaska Anchorage: "Pre-Occupied: Higher Education, Anger and the Wall Street Protests"

Kate Hamilton

NAS president Peter Wood will address the Occupy Wall Street movement and "New Anger" as part of the Polaris Lecture Series.

Did College Create Occupy Wall Street?

Jason Fertig

The actions of the Occupy Wall Street protesters do not help refute the notion that Millennials are the Peter Pan Generation.

Default Education

Peter Wood

College grads protesting their student-loan burden would do better to protest the quality of their college programs, writes Peter Wood.

Pre-Occupied

Peter Wood

Peter Wood examines the theatrical anger of the Occupy Wall Street movement.