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The Faith Middleton Show
10:32 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Is a Liberal Arts Degree Still Smart?

Credit Buck Butler for Sewanee: The University of the South/flickr creative commons

What makes an educated person? Is it the desire to learn? The ability to be a critical thinker in any situation? Perhaps.

For me, an educated person has the capacity to be a critical thinker—and an optimist at the same time. An educated person has developed a curious mind, thinks critically, has empathy, and an optimistic view.

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Campus Sexual Assault
9:56 am
Fri September 26, 2014

UConn Makes Changes in Wake of Sexual Assaults

UConn President Susan Herbst in a file photo.
Credit Chion Wolf / WNPR

University of Connecticut president Susan Herbst said the school has made significant changes to better prevent and respond to sexual violence on campus.

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Springfield
8:16 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Opening Enrollment At UMass Springfield Exceeds Officials' Expectations

Gov.Deval Patrick leads a grand opening ceremony for the UMass Center at Springfield.

Originally published on Wed September 24, 2014 6:16 pm

University of Massachusetts officials say they are pleased with the initial enrollment at the system’s first satellite campus. They say it bodes well for the future of the new UMass Center at Springfield.  Governor Deval Patrick led officials today at a grand opening ceremony.                

   Governor Patrick, who was a key supporter of establishing the first UMass satellite campus in downtown Springfield, described it as a sign of hope at a time when the gap between rich and poor in Massachusetts is widening.

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Colleges
10:35 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Wesleyan Orders Fraternities to Become Coed

Wesleyan University announced that Greek life organizations, "women as well as men must be full members and well-represented in the body and leadership of the organization."
Credit Wesleyan University / Wikimedia Commons

Wesleyan University in Connecticut is ordering its fraternities and sororities to become coeducational within the next three years.

School President Michael Roth and trustees Chairman Joshua Boger sent a letter to the university community Monday informing them of the decision.

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Campus Sexual Assault
1:41 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

White House Announces Campaign Against Campus Sexual Assault

President Obama and Vice President Biden on Friday debuted the "It's On Us" campaign to help colleges and universities prevent and respond to sexual assault on campus.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 2:29 pm

President Obama unveiled a new White House campaign aimed at combating campus sexual assault, saying such violence is "an affront to our basic humanity."

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Student Loan Debt
10:11 am
Fri September 19, 2014

With College Tuition Prices in Connecticut on the Rise, Can You Afford to Pay?

Getting through college is proving more and more challenging financially, according to a new report.
Bossi Creative Commons

A new report on student debt in Connecticut reveals the challenges students and their parents experience trying to pay for a college education.

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Pedestrian Safety
11:43 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Yale Crosswalk Awareness Influenced By Fab Four

http://ehs.yale.edu/Safety-Bulletin-September-2014

The Beatles’ 1969 Abbey Road album cover is the inspiration for a new Yale University campaign promoting pedestrian safety around campus. 

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Higher Education
8:50 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Another Academic Program Under Scrutiny at Southern Connecticut State University

Davis Hall at SCSU, where the School of Education is located.
Credit Southern Connecticut State University

Southern Connecticut State University is downplaying a decision by the state to place Southern’s School of Education on probation. 

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WAMC News
3:00 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Mount Holyoke Opens Admissions To Transgender Students

Originally published on Wed September 3, 2014 11:04 am

Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley has implemented a formal policy regarding the admission of transgender students. 

During the college's annual Convocation address on Tuesday, President Lynn Pasquerella announced that the all-women's  institution  now welcomes applications from transgender students who identify as female. 

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Sexual Assault
3:31 am
Wed September 3, 2014

Some Accused Of Sexual Assault On Campus Say System Works Against Them

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Originally published on Wed September 3, 2014 1:12 pm

After years of criticism for being too lax on campus sexual assault, some colleges and universities are coming under fire from students who say the current crackdown on perpetrators has gone too far.

Dozens of students who've been punished for sexual assault are suing their schools, saying that they didn't get a fair hearing and that their rights to due process were violated. The accused students say schools simply are overcorrecting.

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WAMC News
12:00 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Former Pittsfield Mayor Resigns From Westfield State Board Of Trustees

James Ruberto delivers his victory speech after winning reelection as Pittsfield's mayor in Nov. 2009.

Originally published on Wed August 27, 2014 9:31 am

The former mayor of Pittsfield, Massachusetts has resigned from the Westfield State University Board of Trustees. University leadership has been under scrutiny for the past year.

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Where We Live
9:00 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Talking About Suicide

Robin Williams in a scene from the 2006 film, "The Night Listener."

The recent death of actor Robin Williams left many people shocked, and it re-started the conversation about suicide, its warning signs, and ways to get help. We revisit a show we did about the illness last year.

We also hear a moving story about depression from author Andrew Solomon, who shared it at The Connecticut Forum earlier this year.

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Huge Piles of Compost
10:11 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Citizen Science Project at Trinity College Taps Trained Eyes of Veterans

A coyote checks out a compost pile in this infrared shot from Smedley's remote camera.
Scott Smedley Trinity College

Researchers at Trinity College are snapping pictures of animals at compost piles as part of an ongoing biology project. They've been getting lots of pictures, and they're now hoping a new group can help analyze them: veterans. 

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Higher Education
9:59 am
Thu August 21, 2014

UNH/Lyme Academy Merger to Offer Students New Forms Of Expression

Students at work at Lyme Academy of Fine Arts in Old Lyme.
Lyme Academy

University of New Haven President Steven Kaplan said the school’s recently announced merger with the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts will offer students from both institutions an opportunity to explore new forms of expression. 

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Vice Presidential Visit
2:20 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Biden, in East Hartford, Says Manufacturing Jobs Are Coming Back

Vice President Joe Biden during a visit to New Hampshire in 2012.
Marc Nozell Creative Commons

Vice President Joe Biden said manufacturing jobs are coming back to the U.S., but workers need the right training to fill those positions. 

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Higher Education
10:50 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Visual and Performing Arts Center to Open Soon at WCSU in Danbury

A new School of Visual and Performing Arts will open at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury.
Western Connecticut State University

Western Connecticut State University in Danbury is home to the only School of Visual and Performing Arts in the Connecticut state university system. Its proximity to New York offers a chance to attract an impressive faculty. Later this month, WestConn will open a new Visual and Performing Arts Center.

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Spotlight on the Arts
9:59 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Remembering Tireless Educator and Choreographer Elena Del Vecchio Rusnak

Elena Del Vecchio Rusnak.

Elena Del Vecchio Rusnak could take The Lovely Bones and re-imagine it as a haunting, dream-like work of modern dance.

For her biographic short on Isadora Duncan, Rusnak skillfully mixed dialogue with choreography, shaping them into a soliloquy of sound and movement that brought to life the exotic 19th-century dance icon. 

Rusnak passed away earlier this week at age 68. 

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Quantum Research
11:38 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Dartmouth Physics Professor Working To Solve Mystery Key To Quantum Computing

Originally published on Mon August 11, 2014 5:26 pm

Some of the biggest technology companies in the world are on a chase for what some consider the holy grail of the information age: Quantum computing. And some of that research is going on right there in New Hampshire. But one big challenge is to get the quantum bits to dance how we want them to. 

Before getting too high-tech, let's go back to 1938. A brilliant physicist, an Italian named Ettore Majorana, withdraws all his money from a bank and boards a boat. Then, somewhere between Palermo and Naples, he vanishes without a trace.

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Higher Education
11:56 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Senate Committee Calls For-Profit Colleges' Recruitment of Veterans Into Question

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A new Senate committee report analyzes the impact of the G.I. bill on "for profit" colleges in the United States.

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WAMC News
11:35 am
Fri August 8, 2014

Attorney General Sues Ex-Westfield State President

Originally published on Thu August 7, 2014 3:46 pm

The Massachusetts Attorney General has filed a lawsuit against the former president of Westfield State University Evan Dobelle

A complaint filed in state court in Boston Thursday by Massachusetts Atty. Gen. Martha Coakley accuses Dobelle of spending up to $100,000 in school funds on personals purchases, trips, and meals at high end restaurants. 

The suit alleges he violated state laws and university policies by knowingly submitting false claims to Westfield State for personal expenses totaling $59,000.  

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College Sports
2:48 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

NCAA Votes To Give New Autonomy To Big Conferences

Kansas State University President Kirk Schulz (left) discusses the NCAA structure Thursday, as Wright State University President David R. Hopkins looks on. The NCAA Board of Directors approved a package of historic reforms Thursday that will give the nation's five biggest conferences the ability to unilaterally change some of the basic rules governing college sports.
Michael Conroy AP

Elite college sports conferences can set their own rules about sharing profits with student-athletes and other matters, under a new policy adopted by the NCAA's Division I Board of Directors on Thursday.

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WAMC News
3:00 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

State Report Highly Critical Of Ex-Westfield State President

Evan Dobelle, who retired last year as Westfield State University President after the board of trustees put him on paid leave amid allegations he had recklessly spent university funds

Originally published on Thu July 31, 2014 4:52 pm

The Massachusetts Inspector General issued a scathing report Thursday on a former state university president’s use of school funds for personal purposes.

   Inspector General Glenn Cunha said former Westfield State University President Evan Dobelle knowingly and willingly violated school policy by spending lavishly for six years on trips and entertainment for himself, his family and friends.  Cunha called Dobelle’s behavior “outrageous”

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College Campuses
10:07 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Enlisting Smartphones In The Campaign For Campus Safety

Circle of 6 was born out of the 2011 "Apps Against Abuse" challenge, a partnership between the Office of the Vice President, Department of Health and Human Services and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
Kainaz Amaria/NPR

Originally published on Thu July 31, 2014 9:00 am

Technology – and particularly smartphones – could reshape safety efforts on college campuses. At least that's the hope of some developers.

Several new apps offer quick ways for college students facing unsafe or uncomfortable situations to reach out to their peers, connect with resources on campus and in their communities, or notify law enforcement.

These apps for the most part target sexual assault and rape, amid growing national concern about the prevalence of incidents and criticism of the ways colleges and universities are handling them.

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Professor Joe Lieberman
12:57 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Former Senator Lieberman to Be Professor in New York

Former U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman will be a professor at Yeshiva University (file photo)
Credit Chion Wolf, WNPR / WNPR

Former U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman has been appointed a professor at Yeshiva University for the 2014-2015 academic year.

The private New York university named him the Joseph Lieberman Chair in Public Policy and Public Service.

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Sexual Assault
2:39 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

UConn Settles Sexual Assault Lawsuit

Attorney Gloria Allred, at center, with UConn graduate Kylie Angell at the podium, and other plaintiffs in the sexual assault federal lawsuit against UConn.
Lucy Nalpathanchil WNPR

The University of Connecticut has settled a federal lawsuit filed by five women who claimed the school responded to their sexual assault complaints with indifference. 

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Campus Rules
6:40 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Connecticut Colleges Vary on Policies to Handle Dating Violence

Credit Concha García Hernández / Creative Commons

One in three women nationwide say they've been in an abusive dating relationship while in college.

With that in mind, the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the Injury Prevention Center at Connecticut Children's Medical Center, and Hartford Hospital have released a report examining what policies exist at state colleges and universities to address the problem.

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College Athletes
4:09 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

UConn's Athletic Director Sees Need for Student-Athlete Stipends

Warde Manuel in a WNPR file photo.
Credit Chion Wolf / WNPR

UConn's athletic director said he opposes the idea of unions for college athletes, but sees the need to provide students on athletic scholarships with additional money. 

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Nutrition
6:56 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Combining Food Stamps and Job Training in Connecticut

Asnuntuck Community College in Enfield.
Credit Asnuntuck Community College

One of Connecticut's community colleges has received additional funding to help food stamp recipients get jobs. 

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Where We Live
9:00 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Financing Higher Education

Jeff Bartlett.
Chion Wolf WNPR

Some people say that bachelor’s degrees are the new high school diplomas; they are becoming more and more necessary for job seekers to be competitive in the job market. But as the cost of higher education rises, students who attend college are now saddled with decades worth of debt in loans. 

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New Month, New Fiscal Year
10:20 am
Tue July 1, 2014

New Laws Take Effect in Connecticut

Governor Dannel Malloy signed several bills into law on May 12, 2014.
Governor Dannel Malloy

Connecticut's revised state budget and a host of new laws take effect Tuesday after being passed by the legislature and signed by Governor Dannel Malloy.

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