The University of Pennsylvania is now offering a course where students are required to do nothing but "stare at the screen for three hours, only interacting through chat rooms, bots, social media and listservs." So basically, it’s like every other college course, accept there’s no lecture going on in the background.
The goal of the class “Wasting Time on the Internet" isn’t totally clear, but has something to do with pondering the literary value and poetry of stuff like the junk on YouTube and listicles filled with GIFs of old Saved by the Bell references. The professor/poet behind the course told VICE, he was inspired to start the course because he was “very tired of reading articles in The New York Times every week that make us feel bad about spending so much time on the Internet, about dividing our attention so many times." Either that, or he just wanted to teach a class that simply involves him just sitting around while students aimlessly goof around on their laptops ... Discuss
Despite being a well-known advocate for dropping out of college, hip-hop star Kanye West is returning to the classroom—as a professor. After getting into a scuffle with a photographer in an airport last summer, a judge sentenced him to 250 hours of community service (along with probation and anger management classes) which he is fulfilling by teaching a course in fashion at the L.A. Trade Technical College. A well-known talent sentenced to helping young people hone their own gifts … This has inspirational movie written all over it ... Discuss
A Columbia University student named Emma Sulkowicz says that her school and local authorities have taken no action against a fellow student that she says raped her in her own dorm room. Two of her classmates have also said the same individual sexually assaulted them, but despite the pleas to school officials and police, he has not been expelled, and according to New York Magazine, “all of their claims were swept under the rug.” She and 22 other Columbia students have filed a Title IX complaint against Columbia for improperly handling accusations of sexual assault, but now Sulkowicz is going one step further to draw attention to the case.
A visual arts major, Sulkowicz has created a performance-art style senior thesis called Mattress Performance or Carry That Weight. Until the alleged rapist is expelled from school—and she is no longer forced to share a campus with him—Sulkowicz is carrying a dorm-room mattress with her wherever she goes. In a video about the project, she explained, "I was raped in my own dorm bed, and since then that space has become fraught for me. And I feel like I've carried the weight of what happened there with me everywhere since then” ... Discuss
The U.S. government recently opened an investigation into dozens of major American colleges—from big-name, Ivy League Universities to small private schools—examining how they handled, or mishandled, reports of sexual assaults on campus. The task force is an indication of how widespread sexual violence has become at universities around the country. Even Christian schools haven’t been immune to the epidemic. The conservative Bob Jones University recently came under fire for allegations of improperly responding to reports of rape from student victims. Read More