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Weekly College News Roundup: “Free” Tuition in Oregon, “Parks & Recreation” Star Swanson Coming to Ohio

student-groupOregon Law Trades Education for Future Paychecks


When the Federal student loan interest rate doubled, Oregon countered by offering free tuition to students attending its universities. Instead of paying back a loan with a set interest rate, students would pay 3% of their paycheck to the state after they graduate. The plan is no doubt revolutionary, but not everyone is excited about it:

“Why work so hard?” Walker said, mentioning that those who graduate and find higher paying careers would end up contributing more to the fund than those who decided to go into service positions, such as teachers or reporters. “You don’t know how much you’re going to make after college,” Walker said. “Just saying it’ll be 3 percent won’t matter if I don’t get a job.” – Daily Emerald

The bill will enter a study phase in 2015, meaning that it will not become the law of the land until at least 2019.

Sonoma State Orientation Leader Asked to Remove Her Cross Necklace


When Sonoma State Junior, Audrey Jarvis, was asked to remove her religiously affiliated jewelry before going in front of future students as an orientation leader, she was understandably shocked. After the incident received national coverage and Jarvis teamed up with Liberty Institute to seek restitution, school president, Ruben Armiñana, released an official school-wide apology:

“Somebody made a mistake. It should not have happened . . . you are free to display whatever religious instrument you wish.” – President Ruben Armiñana, as quoted by the Sonoma State Star

Jarvis will be meeting with school officials, and it’s possible that legal action will be brought against the school as well.

nick-offerman-ohioNick Offerman, aka Ron Swanson to Visit Ohio University in November


Award-winning actor and comedian, Nick Offerman (best known for his role in NBC’s Parks and Recreation) will be visiting Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium on Nov. 9 as part of his American Ham Comedy Tour. Offerman’s tour begins in Rhode Island this August and marches down the Northeast coastline before heading inland to Ohio’s campus.

Gainsville Florida, Columbus Ohio, and Los Angeles California Named Top Cities for “Bros”


Unsurprisingly, some of the biggest cities for “bros” are those with large fraternity presences, but don’t think that being a bro is necessarily a bad thing:

“I generally think of it positively. Sometimes being a bro and having bros means a lot of times you’ve gone through a lot of the same things and shared experiences. That’s what makes you bros.” – Chris Sposito, Junior at the University of Florida

Apparently popped collars, beer pong tourneys, and lots of muscle-y beach pics aren’t always thought of as a bad thing.

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Weekly College News Roundup: Harry Potter Fans in Providence Get Good News, Student Loan Regulators Don’t

Young men at Brown University in Rhode Island are getting some pretty exciting news this week, and the education department admits that they might have given away a few hundred million dollars more than they had to this year. Read on for this week’s biggest college news headlines.

Harry Potter Starlet to Return to Classes at Brown


It looks like Emma Watson will be back in school this fall. According to BroBible:

“Watson originally enrolled in the school back in 2009, then took time off in 2011 for Hermoine-related responsibilities. She’s currently taking a class at NYU, and now needs a few more credits to get a degree.”

So what is the former Harry Potter turned sex-symbol studying? History according to FanPop.

534px-Gordon_GeeOhio State’s Charismatic and Quirky President to Retire


After making some jokes about rival sports teams that didn’t sit well with critics, President Gee will be leaving the university that he has done so much for over the past several years. According to CollegeSpun:

“Gee’s seemingly-forced retirement comes down to the spotlight that Ohio State football draws in the national media. Gee’s retirement won’t really have an effect on that football team, but it will have a huge effect on the institution. The media seems to forget that Ohio State is actually a school, not just an athletic program.”

With a long and proud career behind him, we’ll just hope this minor gaffe at the end doesn’t change the way he’s remembered.

Another Side to the Student Loan Debacle


As student loan debt continues to gain front-page attention, there’s another number that’s steadily increasing and worth watching: student loan fraud. According to the Huffington Post:

“The Education Department’s watchdog says the number of college students who are suspected of engaging in loan fraud has increased 82 percent … [and] estimates the government issued $874 million in suspected fraudulent student loans since 2009.”

Almost a billion dollars in fake student loans seems like quite an oversight, but with more than $1 trillion in student debt outstanding, it’s really just a drop in the bucket.

4145641372_60700a77afBoston, Seattle, and Denver Top the List for Best Cities for Recent College Graduates


The class of 2013 faces a tough, but slowly improving economy. This week, NerdWallet put together a comprehensive list of the best post-college towns for the class of 2013. Their criteria included the following questions:

  1. Will you have peers and others your age?  Fresh grads want to live in young cities with plenty of twenty-somethings to meet.  We included the percentage of the population between the ages of 18 and 24 in our analysis.

  2. Will you have an active social life?  We proxied social life by the number of bars per 1,000 residents

  3. Is the city walkable?  Can you live there without a car? Most recent grads don’t have cars or savings to buy a car, so we included the city’s Walk Score, which measures how easily you can get around without having a car.

  4. Can you afford to live there?  Recent grads often have low salaries and no savings, so we included the median cost of rent.

  5. Can you get a job?  To assess the availability of jobs and local economy, our calculations include each city’s unemployment rate.

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