As Universities Go Global, Free Thought Goes Missing
Is Yale and NYU sacrificing academic freedom?
‘Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng claims he is being booted from his apartment and his fellowship at New York University this month because of NYU’s kowtowing to the Chinese government. The school protests mightily, claiming that it has lavished resources on Chen and never intended for his fellowship – granted after he sought refuge in the U.S. embassy in Beijing – to last for more than a year…’
The Idea that Income Can Integrate America’s Campuses
‘The latest chapter in this national struggle was supposed to come with the U.S. Supreme Court’s consideration of an affirmative action case involving a white student and the University of Texas. But the ruling – announced Monday amid much anticipation – merely sent the case back to the lower courts for reconsideration.
‘Afiirmative action, in its threadbare form, lives for now. But there was enough in Monday’s opinion to suspect it will be diminished further in time…’
Fun with words
13 mysteries of the vernacular solved
‘Below, find the words explored up to now. And keep your eyes peeled (hmmm, I wonder what that expression is all about?) to TED-Ed for more enlightening entries.
What the word gorgeous has to do with turtlenecks
How the word window came from a clever metaphor
The strange derivation of the tuxedo
How Alfred Nobel invented dynamite
Why venom once meant ‘something to be desired’
The riddle of the word earwig
Why the word inaugurate is for the birds
How noise, nausea and naval are all related
The story of the word pants
Why the origin of the word miniature isn’t so small
What a hearse was before a vehicle for the dead
The word assassin’s roots in hash
And, as previously mentioned, why you could once knit with a clue…’
This news scares me too because I have many American relatives and friends
27% of Americans have no savings at all
And 75% of Americans are Living Paycheck-To-Paycheck
‘Roughly three-quarters of Americans are living paycheck-to-paycheck, with little to no emergency savings, according to a survey released by Bankrate.com Monday.
‘Fewer than one in four Americans have enough money in their savings account to cover at least six months of expenses, enough to help cushion the blow of a job loss, medical emergency or some other unexpected event, according to the survey of 1,000 adults. Meanwhile, 50% of those surveyed have less than a three-month cushion and 27% had no savings at all…’