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Signs Naming Students Accused of Sexual Assault Reopen Wounds at Atlanta Colleges

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 9, 2017 - 4:43pm
Many students have celebrated the signs, posted at Morehouse and Spelman Colleges, as a blow against rape culture. 
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Academics Share Pictures of Their Tattoos

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 9, 2017 - 2:21pm
They have a few thoughts to share as well, about ink’s place in academe.
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Which Colleges Do Students Say Defraud Them Most Often? For-Profit Colleges

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 9, 2017 - 1:32pm
Nearly all allegations of fraud submitted to the U.S. Department of Education by students concern for-profit colleges, according to a new report from the Century Foundation.
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Why Faculty Members Still Aren’t Sure What to Make of Education Technology

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 9, 2017 - 1:12pm
Their mix of skepticism and enthusiasm results in what one researcher calls "some very weird doublethink."
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Brooklyn College Students Are Sick of This Smelly Ginkgo Tree

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 9, 2017 - 11:24am
“The tree smells like vomit, urine, and fecal matter,” a junior said. “It smelled like rotten milk,” said another student.
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One Way to Fight Fake News

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 9, 2017 - 8:58am
To navigate the internet successfully, students need more than a checklist.
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‘Sometimes You Go Home With Tears’: Being a College’s Muslim Chaplain

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 8, 2017 - 5:50pm
Since the election of President Trump, the religious leaders have faced pressure to deal with Islamophobia.
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Another Small College, St. Gregory’s U., Is Closing

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 8, 2017 - 4:49pm
“Like so many small liberal-arts colleges, St. Gregory’s has struggled financially for years,” says a university statement.
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Tattoos Don’t Change. Academic Minds Might.

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 8, 2017 - 4:45pm
In navigating the ivory tower, tattooed professors face attitudes old and new.
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What’s the Most Unusual Academic Job Title You’ve Heard?

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 8, 2017 - 4:00pm
We’re on the hunt for odd job titles and the stories of how they came to be.
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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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