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VIDEO: Why Student Loan Debt Isn’t Just a Problem for Millennials

America’s student loan debt is now over $1.2 trillion. But it’s not just hurting millennials. One-third of that debt belongs to people in their 40s.

Posted on Oct 7, 2015 READ MORE

Saddled with Debt

Posted on Jun 1, 2014 READ MORE

College Costs

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How You Personally Could Get Screwed by Paul Ryan

Are you poor? Female? A student? A veteran? Planning on growing old? Zach Woods of “The Office”? Well, congratulations! If Mitt Romney is elected president, then you’re definitely going to get screwed by his running mate Paul Ryan! Click below to find out how.

Posted on Aug 13, 2012 READ MORE


The Odds Are Stacked Against Today’s College Grads

Half of all recent college graduates are jobless or underemployed, with mounting student debt levels creating huge obstacles for millions of young people, an analysis of government data for The Associated Press has found.

Posted on Jul 10, 2012 READ MORE

Congress Vacation Again

Posted on Jun 16, 2012 READ MORE

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From the Classroom to the Courtroom

In Texas, some students who show up late for class too many times, or just plain don’t show up, are being sent to courtrooms instead of principals’ offices, while other youngsters face heftier charges and fines for offenses that used to be handled by schools’ internal disciplinary officers and structures.

Posted on Apr 11, 2012 READ MORE

Wikimedia Commons / PSUMark2006

Paterno’s Exit Sparks Student Riot

Angry at school officials and the media for ousting football hero Joe Paterno, thousands of Penn State students poured into the streets of their college town Wednesday night, clashing with police, chanting and taking their frustrations out on local property and a news van.

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Flickr / Micah Sittig

Missouri Outlaws Student-Teacher Facebook Friendship

The state-sponsored war on intimacy, fellowship and private contact continues in Missouri, where Gov. Jay Nixon just signed into law a bill forbidding any direct social networking contact between students and teachers. (more)

Posted on Aug 1, 2011 READ MORE

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Enlightened but Unemployed

The well-intentioned handwringing over what to do about the slow asphyxiation of the traditional American humanities education continues over at, where novelist Kim Brooks laments the failure of liberal arts colleges to prepare students for professionally and financially rewarding careers. (more)

Posted on Jun 19, 2011 READ MORE

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America’s Freshmen Are Really Stressed Out

Wedged between past years of standardized testing and fixating on applications and a future of paying off hefty loans with no guarantees of employment, first-year college students around the country are registering higher levels of stress and poorer ...

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California’s Top Court Upholds Undocumented Immigrant Tuition Policy

Even the California Supreme Court’s conservative contingent agreed Monday to uphold a ruling that gives undocumented immigrants a chance to partake in in-state tuition rates at participating institutions of higher learning.

Posted on Nov 15, 2010 READ MORE

A Back-to-School Pep Talk From President Obama

It’s hard to believe that it has already been a year since President Obama’s last back-to-school speech—the one that got certain detractors in a tizzy about his purported plans to brainwash America’s youth with dangerous socialist messages.

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Congressman’s Sidewalk Scuffle Captured on YouTube

Someone needs to remind North Carolina Rep. Bob Etheridge that this here is the Internet age, that he is a public figure, and that high jinks like this scuffle, which hit the Web on Monday ... (continued)

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AP / Dimitri Messinis

Kanellos the Protest Dog

A stray dog named Kanellos has apparently been on the front lines of most major protests in Greece over the past two years. He is also the focus of a blog, the subject of a recent Guardian photo essay, and the inspiration for several YouTube video homages.

Posted on May 7, 2010 READ MORE


Yale Imposes Hands-Off Policy for Interactions Between Undergrads, Faculty

After mulling over the issue for many years, the powers that be at Yale University have decided to ban sexual relationships between faculty members and undergraduate students, regardless of whether those students ever take their classes.

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Flickr / aficio2008

Don’t Look to D.C. to Help in Job Crisis

Talk of giving a much-needed jolt to the job market has petered out in the offices and chambers where something could actually be done about the country’s pervasive employment crisis. This priority problem in policy circles is unacceptable to economics whiz Paul Krugman, who proposes ideas to fill in the gaps.

Posted on Nov 30, 2009 READ MORE

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Flickr/James Buck

Age Trumps Youth in UC Tuition Dispute

Student protesters may think they are simply battling a wasteful, callous government bureaucracy that is more concerned about bailing out Wall Street banks than supporting a frivolous thing like education. But really the fight is about something much more basic and widespread: It is a fight between the young and the old, between California’s baby boomer pensioners and everyone under 49.

Posted on Nov 24, 2009 READ MORE

empty classroom

Cutting Classes to Cut Costs

Although this might strike the kids involved as a good deal, it’s a definite sign of the times for the adults: A rural Minnesota school district has decided to strike Mondays from the calendar this fall in order to save money, making classes slightly longer on other days to make up the lost time.

Posted on Aug 18, 2008 READ MORE

Sentenced to Die Over a Download

Sayed Parwez Kaambakhsh, a 23-year-old Afghan student, has been sentenced to death for blasphemy because of an article he downloaded from the Internet. The verdict has aroused outrage around the world, and top U.S. and European officials have spoken with the Afghan government. However, some worry that international pressure could back Afghan President Hamid Karzai and the nation’s religious fundamentalists into a corner and therefore ensure that the execution is carried out.

Posted on Feb 18, 2008 READ MORE

iPod touch

A Vote for an iPod: A Fair Exchange?

Oh dear—file this one under “further evidence our democracy’s in deep trouble”:  The Politico reports that, according to a recent poll of over 3,000 NYU undergraduates conducted by an on-campus journalism class, two-thirds said they would give up their right to vote in the next presidential election in exchange for a year’s tuition at their school, while 20 percent said they’d swap it for an iPod touch.

Posted on Nov 14, 2007 READ MORE

Venezuelan protest

Student Protesters Clash With Police at Venezuelan Rally

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez projects a certain confidence in his leadership prowess to the rest of the world, but this video of a student rally in Caracas indicates that not everyone in Chavez country is on board with his program. 

Posted on Nov 1, 2007 READ MORE

Star Simpson

MIT Student With ‘Hoax Device’ Arrested at Airport

First came January’s “Aqua Teen Hunger Force” faux bomb scare, and now this Boston-area “hoax device” news: MIT sophomore Star Simpson was arrested at gunpoint at Logan Airport on Friday for wearing a computer circuit board and wiring on her black sweatshirt, with “Socket To Me” written on the back. Oops.

Posted on Sep 21, 2007 READ MORE

Tasered student

Student Tasered at Kerry Event

Guess he wasn’t in the “free speech zone”: University of Florida student Andrew Meyer apparently went on too long while asking Sen. John Kerry about his 2004 presidential run (among other questions) and was Tasered and arrested on Monday.  Did the police overreact?  That’s where Internet video comes in handy.

Posted on Sep 18, 2007 READ MORE


Russians Get a Lead in Beheading Case

Russian authorities have arrested a student for allegedly posting a video of the apparent execution of two men by a neo-Nazi group, although authorities still don’t know who recorded the video or carried out the attack.

Posted on Aug 16, 2007 READ MORE

The Baker's Dozen
From ABC7News

Firestorm Over Attack on Yale Singers

Nearly two weeks after a group of San Francisco high school students assaulted the members of a Yale all-male a capella singing group—leaving two hospitalized—charges of homophobia, a police cover-up and local political indifference are making headway in the national news media.

  • Comprehensive coverage
  • Cops finish questioning singers (two weeks late)
  • Posted on Jan 14, 2007 READ MORE

    French Students Turning to Sex Work?

    France’s leading students union estimates that some 40,000 students have taken up prostitution to fund their studies. French police are disputing the report, saying prostitutes are posing as students. (Via BloggerNews)

  • Also: Check out the battle in the Italian gov’t over transvestite bathroom rights

  • Posted on Oct 31, 2006 READ MORE

    Nude Greek art

    Only in America. Seriously.

    A fifth-grade teacher is out of a job after leading a class through an art museum in Dallas. One of her students saw nude art; the student’s parent complained; the teacher is suspended.
    Even crazier: Local TV stations are blacking out Greek sculpture genitalia during newscasts.

    Posted on Oct 2, 2006 READ MORE

    Harvard Student’s Book Pulled From Shelves

    The Ivy League sophomore, who got a $500,000 two-book deal, admitted borrowing material from two other books.

    Posted on Apr 28, 2006 READ MORE

    Mike Hoover / CBS via The New York Times

    The Freshman

    How did the Taliban’s chief spokesman abroad end up a student at Yale? The New York Times Magazine has the story.

    Posted on Feb 27, 2006 READ MORE

    Bob Child / AP

    Sex Week at Yale Draws Controversy, Porn Stars

    A prudish Harvard student, writing in a conservative campus newspaper, says the following of Yale’s annual ode to sex: “I don’t see how bringing a Playboy stripper to campus is helping anything.”
    No surprise there. The Yale contingent at Truthdig knows from experience that Cantabs are sooooo uptight.

    Posted on Feb 17, 2006 READ MORE

    Homosexuality Still a Capital Crime in Iraq

    “What for me is love, unfortunately, is punishable by death,” says a remarkably brave Iraqi medical student, speaking on the record and using his real name.

    Posted on Feb 5, 2006 READ MORE

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