Dartmouth Sorority: It’s OUR Party!

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Greek life on college campuses is generally recognized as a social hotspot, known for its rampant drinking and party culture. Less widely known is the fact that only fraternities are hosting parties and serving alcohol because, according to the National Panhellenic Conference, none of the 26 national sororities are allowed to. The rationale? According to […]

The “War on Boys” Narrative Is Back. Ugh.

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Every year as a new school semester begins, someone writes an ominous article about the fact that more women are graduating from college these days than men. The latest hand-wringing salvo comes from famed anti-feminist Phyllis Schlafly, and it’s a doozy. Schlafly wrote on World Net Daily earlier this week that not only is this imbalance […]

Reasonable Doubt? Rolling Stone’s Missteps Fuel Disbelief of Rape Victims

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Not long ago, I overheard a snippet of conversation among my college students. Another professor had talked about rape in class that morning. The professor didn’t talk about the prevalence of sexual assault on college campuses or the egregious way that universities were addressing (or, rather, not addressing) reports of rape. Instead, a student said, […]

Dear Colleges: Keeping Rapists on Campus is Bad for Your Bottom Line

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A few years ago my husband and I welcomed a close family member onto the small liberal arts college campus where we both work—he as an administrator and me as a part-time professor. We are both alumni, raising our children steps from the campus. We were thrilled to have her and thankful for another set […]

The Private Life and Natural Feminism of Sally Ride

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  When astronaut/physicist Sally Ride passed away in 2012, her obituary revealed for the first time publicly that she was a lesbian. In the recently published biography, Sally Ride: America’s First Woman in Space, Lynn Sherr fills out the story of this American hero, who worked tirelessly during her lifetime to encourage girls and boys […]

Texas Tech’s Run-In with Rape Culture

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Located in northwest Texas, the city of Lubbock is home to Texas Tech University and its 33,000 students—plus an all-too-familiar campus rape problem. Over the weekend of September 20, images from a party hosted by the Texas Epsilon Chapter of Phi Delta Theta were leaked to the website Total Frat Move. The first image showed […]

Why Colleges Won’t (Really) Address Rape Culture

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One in five women and 6 percent of men will face sexual assault/rape during their time in college. But no college in the U.S. has come up with a plan to effectively shift rape culture on their campus. It’s not an impossible task, but it is fraught with competing political and economic pressures. Below, we […]

California Steps Up for Sexual Assault Survivors

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Reports have consistently shown that 1 in 5 college women will experience sexual violence at some point during their university careers, and more attention has been paid to the crisis in recent months. The Obama administration has taken action to combat campus rape, and California is doing its part to move the needle as well. […]

Affirmative Action Survives Texas Court Challenge

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Affirmative action survived a federal appellate court challenge in Texas on Tuesday. In a 2-1 split, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the University of Texas at Austin can consider race in its admissions process. Writing for the three-judge panel, Judge Patrick Higginbotham wrote, “We find force in the argument that race here […]

“It’s Everyone’s Job to Prevent Sexual Violence”

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There was no one scandal that prompted Nowmee Shehab, 22, to become heavily engaged in efforts at Emory University to create a supportive environment for survivors of sexual assault. She readily acknowledges that she doesn’t have a single, all-encompassing answer to the question of why she first got involved. Elizabeth Neyman, 21, will be a […]