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Professor Questions Whether Rape Matters If You’re Unconcious; War Reaches Campuses In Syria

Professor Discusses Rape Policy Ethics, Prompts Outrage. Steven Landsburg, an economics professor at the University of Rochester, in New York caused controversy after publishing a blog post titled "Censorship, Environmentalism and Steubenville." Within the article, he questions "As long as I’m safely unconscious and therefore shielded from the costs of an assault, why shouldn't the rest of the world (or more specifically my attackers) be allowed to reap the benefits?" This is controversial due to the testimony of the Steubenville rape victim, who didn't know she was raped until she saw text messages, photos, and a video of the incident.[Huffington Post]

War Reaches Campuses In Syria. Last Thursday, a mortar shell crashed into the engineering campus at Damascus University, Syria’s flagship campus. The blast killed ten students and injured 29. Syria prides itself on its universities, which produce doctors and engineers who work across the Middle East and the world. The colleges also help create a middle class for Syria, one of the largest in the region. [New York Times]

'Stomp On Jesus' Outrage Drives FAU To Put Professor On Leave. Florida Atlantic University professor Deandre Poole has been placed on administrative leave to protect his own safety, according to the Boca Raton-based university. FAU junior Ryan Rotela said that he refused to participate when Poole asked students to write "Jesus" on a piece of paper and then step on it. Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) said the exercise was intolerant against Christianity. [Huffington Post College]

Harvard Unseated As Top Dream School. The nation’s oldest and most prestigious school is no longer students’ dream school, according to new test findings. The question is asked among the Princeton Review’s "College Hopes and Worries Survey" that is designed to measure student and parent stress levels during the college application process. The new top dream school for respondents was Stanford University in California. Harvard fell to number two. [The Princeton Review]

James King is an Online Communications Intern with Campus Progress. You can follow him on Twitter at @jamesmuratking

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