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Last week, a Mount Holyoke College professor allegedly went around his class trying to guess what racial slurs minority students might have been called in their lifetime. Students claimed the exercise was a form of racial discrimination. In this day and age, we are more politically correct than ever before. College students now think twice before raising their hands to offer an opinion on sensitive or controversial topics. Similarly, professors have become more reluctant to analyze and dissect material that may trigger negative emotional responses. We fear that what we may say will offend someone else, even if we had not intended to do so. There has been a large institutionalization of microagression - small actions or word choices that are not intended to be malicious but are considered violent nonetheless. Where there once was the freedom of academic speech and healthy debating of opposing ideas, there is now a constant defense of students' emotions. This coddling, which infantilizes and diminishes intellectual discussion now exists to prevent countless lawsuits and could be considered an overprotection of adult students' psyches. For students looking to take on adulthood in college, should that require thicker skin and learning to listen to, and accept other people's opinions?

Should Political Correctness Trump Personal Opinion?

October 6, 2015
by Susan Dutca
Last week, a Mount Holyoke College professor allegedly went around his class trying to guess what racial slurs minority students might have been called in their lifetime. Students claimed the
It's move-in day, and some students at the  University of South Florida-Saint Petersburg are settling into their new college hotels. Due to housing overflow of upperclassmen at the USFSP campus since 2011, the Hilton has partnered with the university and has made it the permanent Residence Hall Hilton. With amenities such as access to all hotel facilities, weekly linen and cleaning service, as well as other accessories students would otherwise need to bring to the USFSP campus, students are a three-minute drive and eight-minute walk from the campus. However, not all students are pleased with the detached feeling of living away from their peers and campus.

Hotel the New College Dorm for USFSP Students

September 10, 2015
by Susan Dutca
It's move-in day, and some students at the University of South Florida-Saint Petersburg are settling into their new college hotels. Due to housing overflow of upperclassmen at the USFSP campus since
We've all heard the phrases, man up or be a man, but what exactly does it mean to be a man? Through the Margaret Cuninggim Women's Center, Vanderbilt University will host Healthy Masculinities Week. There will be a series of lectures and discussion panels to educate males on the politically correct way to be masculine. Other discussions will include: Maintaining Bro Status which investigates issues of masculinity and mental health as they pertain to fraternities, Masculinity XXL which addresses the flawed portrayal of manhood in Magic Mike XXL, and Policing Masculinity in the Gay and Bi Communities.

How to be a Real Man 101

September 9, 2015
by Susan Dutca
We've all heard the phrases, "man up" or "be a man," but what exactly does it mean to be a man? Through the Margaret Cuninggim Women's Center, Vanderbilt University will host "Healthy Masculinities
 While many people can recall their college days as being the best days of their lives, college is never stress-free. From completing last-minute papers, to studying for midterms and finals or dealing with a stressful breakup, students are expected to balance many social, academic and extracurricular responsibilities. For some, there are many positive lessons to be learned from the college experience, but the 2014 National Survey of College Counseling Centers reports a drastic increase in college students with severe psychological problems. Colleges now have trouble keeping up with the demand for mental health services. Up to 83 percent of colleges may deny treatment for students who possess problems beyond the capabilities of the staff. To tackle the issue, Drexel University has taken initiative in reaching out to struggling students by installing mental-health kiosks on campus.

Mental-Health Kiosks to Cure Plague of Modern Anxiety?

September 3, 2015
by Susan Dutca
While many people can recall their college days as being "the best days" of their lives, college is never stress-free. From completing last-minute papers, to studying for midterms and finals or
In the midst of Wednesday's tragic shooting and killing of WDBJ7 journalist Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward by alleged gunman and former WDBJ-TV reporter Vester Lee Flanagan, Parker's alma mater, James Madison University is accepting donations for the Alison Parker Memorial Scholarship. Similarly, Patrick Henry Community College, where Parker received her associate's degree, is accepting donations for their Alison Bailey Parker Memorial Scholarship. There is an identical scholarship being created for Ward, who graduated from  Virginia Tech in 2011.

Scholarships to Commemorate Slain Virginia Journalists

August 27, 2015
by Susan Dutca
In the midst of Wednesday's tragic shooting and killing of WDBJ7 journalist Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward by alleged gunman and former WDBJ-TV reporter Vester Lee Flanagan, Parker's alma
Thought you had adequate privacy on Facebook? Think again. Though there are various privacy settings offered by the social networking website,  Harvard University student Aran Khanna, who was scheduled to intern at Facebook's Silicon Valley headquarters in Palo Alto,  California, found a major privacy glitch in the Messenger app. As a public service, Khanna created Marauder's Map from his dormitory – an app that used existing data to show the danger in unintentionally sharing data. After a Facebook HR representative had contacted and told him to deactivate the app, as well as avoid talking to the press, Khanna complied and in turn, had his scheduled summer internship rescinded.

Facebook Privacy Breach Exposed by Harvard Student

August 20, 2015
by Susan Dutca
Thought you had adequate privacy on Facebook? Think again. Though there are various privacy settings offered by the social networking website, Harvard University student Aran Khanna, who was
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