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Cal State Rejects In-state Students; U. of GA Students Quit Newspaper Thanks to Admin Censorship

Red and Dead. Student staff members of the University of Georgia’s newspaper, Red and Black, resigned yesterday following a decision by the administrative board to hire 10 full-time non-student staff members to edit and censor the publication. Former student editor Polina Marinova released a statement on Facebook and Twitter explaining the reasons behind the walkout and defended the students’ protest against administrative censorship. In protest, a new Twitter group known as “Red & Dead” was created and picked up a substantial following before the account closed. In the last two years, the student paper has shifted to online publication and social media in order to communicate with “a generation which grew up with computers, cell phones and iPods” and currently only produces one printed newspaper weekly. [Atlanta Journal-Constitution]

In-State Students Rejected. California State University recently announced that they would not be accepting in-state graduate students for their upcoming spring term, although foreign and out-of-state students will still be admitted. The difference between in-state and out-of-state graduate tuition totals roughly $10,000 per student. Additionally, ten campuses have decided that community college transfer students will only be accepted if they have associate degrees. Last year’s $750 million cut still weighs heavily on both CSU and University of California schools, who face an additional threat of another $250-million cut if Proposition 30, a tax measure proposed by Gov. Jerry Brown to help the state’s educational institutions, does not pass this November. [Daily News]

Interfaith Unity. DePaul University, a Catholic college, is launching an“interfaith scholarship” program designed bring together 10 students of different religious backgrounds in an effort to build bridges between the different religious communities. DePaul’s diversity has inspired other Catholic colleges, such as Georgetown University, to open their doors to students of all religions and to offer interfaith studies as a way of fulfilling the undergraduate theology requirement. This fall, DePaul students will take part in a new survey administered by Interfaith Youth Core that will study college students’ religious literacy rate in respect to faiths practiced all over the globe. [Inside Higher Ed]

Diversity is Bad? Harvard sociologist, Robert D. Putnam accused Abigail and Stephan Thernstrom for incorrectly citing a paper he wrote in 2007, titled “E Pluribus Unum: Diversity and Community in the Twenty-first Century,” as proof that diversity is overrated, in an affirmative action brief presented by Abigail and Stephan Thernstrom, on behalf of Alston & Bird LLP. The brief in question was filed in response to the debate regarding admissions based on race at the University of Texas at Austin. Putnam’s paper concludes that although people in ethnically diverse neighborhoods tend to be more wary of their neighbors, diversity is beneficial for society overall. The paper does not include studies of the impact of diversity on college campuses. [Chronicle of Higher Education]

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