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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

The Shocking Toll of Campus Sexual Violence

8 statistics that show how serious sexual assualt on college campuses has become. Read More

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

A new survey conducted by a bipartisan congressional group has found that 40 percent of American colleges and universities reported that they have not conducted an investigation into a single sexual assault case in five years. Considering that it is estimated that 20 percent of female college students are the victims of sexual assault, this is very troubling news. Sen. Claire McCaskill—whose office oversaw the study—told CBS News, "On first blush, a parent would think that's good, they don't have a problem with sexual assault on their campus, but it's not good, it's very bad because that means they are either in denial or incompetent." The Education Department is currently investigating how more than 50 colleges handled—or mishandled—reports of assaults on campus. McCaskill’s team is also looking into new forms of legislation that would equip victims and help colleges communication with local law enforcement more effectively ... Discuss

According to a new study from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, despite national concerns about soaring student debt numbers, a college education is still worth the money. In their research, economists Jaison R. Abel and Richard Deitz determined that an individual who had a college degree could expect to make $1.2 million more from ages 22-64, than their peers who have just a high school diploma. The report also noted an increase in career earnings for students who had associates degrees compared to those who stopped school after completing high school. The team found that even employees of jobs that don’t require a college degree, will end up making more having completed a high education program than co-workers who did not ... Discuss