Penn Daily News Service | Aug 3, 2015

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Chronicle of Higher Education — August 3, 2015


Marie Gottschalk of the School of Arts & Sciences comments on Michelle Alexander’s book The New Jim Crow.

New York Times — August 3, 2015


Paul Saint-Amour of the School of Arts & Sciences pens an op-ed related to his new book, Tense Future: Modernism, Total War, Encyclopedic Form. — August 3, 2015


Dan Romer of the Annenberg Public Policy Center writes about what it would be like if guns were treated like motor vehicles.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette — August 2, 2015


Marybeth Gasman of the Graduate School of Education comments on marketing strategies to help Cheney University recruit students. — August 1, 2015


Rebecca Wells and Michael Pack of the Perelman School of Medicine are featured for leading a study about biliary atresia in zebrafish and mammals.

Noteworthy in Higher Education

Inside Higher Ed — August 3, 2015


In 2010, when Campus Pride urged the Common Application to add optional questions about gender identity and sexual orientation, the idea was novel. No colleges at that time included such questions, and early in 2011, the Common Application rejected the proposal. But in August 2011, Elmhurst College became the first college to add such questions and others have followed. Among them are such large and prominent institutions as Duke University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Iowa. With the University of California system adding the question this year, a huge applicant pool will face the questions -- optional as they are at all institutions that have adopted them.

Inside Higher Ed — August 3, 2015


In December, facing a possible lawsuit, the University of Oregon officials sought and received the campus therapy records of a student who said she was gang-raped by three Oregon basketball players. Her lawsuit alleging that the university mishandled her case was filed the next month. In the suit, the student also accused the university of violating her privacy by accessing those records without her consent. That the university accessed her records isn't in dispute, but the consensus among student privacy experts is that the university did nothing illegal. It is a detail that, seven months later, continues to worry victims’ advocates and some federal lawmakers, who have urged the U.S. Department of Education to close what even the department views as a gap in the privacy rights of students.

Chronicle of Higher Education — August 3, 2015


Throughout their history, fraternities have taken many forms. They began as early-American literary societies, evolved into clubby training grounds for corporate leaders, and entered the 21st century hung over from the legacy of Animal House. They have always reflected the best and worst behaviors of college life, turning out student-government presidents and binge-drinkers alike. But today people are asking whether fraternities have fallen out of step with the times. A string of ugly incidents has reinforced the image of entitled white men egging each other on to behave badly: chanting racist songs, sharing pictures of incapacitated women, hazing their pledges. At their worst, fraternity houses have been the sites of sexual assaults and accidental deaths. So how did we get here? And is there a place for fraternities on the modern campus?

Chronicle of Higher Education — August 3, 2015


The security roles of campus police forces and municipal law enforcement inevitably intersect, and in many situations the two groups collaborate effectively. But the fatal shooting last month of a 43-year-old man by a University of Cincinnati police officer who was conducting an off-campus traffic stop has highlighted some of the complexities of that relationship, as well as the often-murky boundaries that define their respective authorities. To alleviate confusion, most municipal and campus law-enforcement agencies have signed agreements, known as memoranda of understanding, that vary in scope but usually spell out general protocols for taking on cases and leading investigations. One benefit of the agreements is that they require all parties to come to the same table and have a thoughtful conversation, says Steven J. Healy, managing partner of Margolis Healy, a consulting firm on college security.

New York Times — July 31, 2015


Six years ago, with crime creeping upward in the tree-lined, if slightly downtrodden, neighborhoods encircling the University of Cincinnati campus, the city and the university quietly signed an agreement giving the 72-member campus police force authority to patrol nearby residential streets. The goal was “increased visibility,” university officials say, and the roughly 10,000 students who live in apartments and rowhouses off campus noticed a difference. Campus officers walked them home late at night or gave them rides. “I feel like crime has gotten pushed out,” said one senior, Jen Steiner, 21.

New York Times — July 31, 2015


When it comes to finding the perfect college, the sky’s the limit. For $43,500 — about $1,000 more than the average cost of a private four-year college education — families can buy a 10-hour “jet card” for a private plane to whisk them to and from prospective schools. “I wouldn’t call it a budget saver,” said Joshua Hebert, chief executive of Magellan Jets, which offers the package. “It’s always going to be more expensive than commercial, but it’s substantially more convenient.” Planes seat nine. Conveniences include door-to-door chauffeur service; notepads for assembling pro/con lists, summarized and typed up for you at trip’s end; and — once the big decision is made — a gift basket of school apparel.

Washington Post — July 31, 2015


Recently, New York Gov. Cuomo signed legislation designed to help student survivors of sexual violence get help, including bringing clearer paths to accountability, while also trying to reform the campus culture that classifies rape as a youthful indiscretion. While legislating prevention is not a blanket solution to the issue of sexual and interpersonal violence, it is a start to reducing the statistic that one in five college women are assaulted each year. This statistic, which ignores the immense swath of people who do not report, as well as those students who do not identify as women, is still incriminating.

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