Admissions: When Net Worth Matters More than GPA

The back-and-forth emails discovered between a director of admissions and a trustee have exposed the nepotism of college admissions that goes on behind closed doors. On several occasions, Brent Sembler, a trustee of Florida State University, worked with Director of Admissions Janice Finney to get the children of friends and potential donors into the university. In one email, he is quoted as saying, “[The student’s] family is capable of funding our new Business School!” Continue reading

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Giving to Others During the Thanksgiving Season

JMU students, faculty, and staff are anxiously awaiting their week-long break for the Thanksgiving holiday. It is a time for friends and family to gather together and reconnect with one another, as well as giving thanks while enjoying a delicious Thanksgiving dinner. But for some, their family lives too far away and they cannot afford to travel to spend the holidays with them. Others cannot afford the delectable abundance of food that will fill the tables of many families next Thursday. Continue reading

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Upheaval at Mizzou

Melissa Click, a JMU grad and faculty member at the University of Missouri, resigned her courtesy appointment with the Missouri School of Journalism after confronting student journalists filming protests on the quad.

This was just one incident in the long and tumultuous history of racial tension at Mizzou. Most recently, racial and homophobic slurs were one of the many big issues that prompted students to ask then-President Tim Wolfe to do something. Feeling that his response to have an “ongoing dialogue” was inadequate, students protested. One graduate student initiated a hunger strike. 30 African American football players boycotted the team, demanding that Wolfe resign before they would participate again. Other players as well as Coach Gary Pinkel publicly supported the players, drawing greater media attention to an already strained situation. Continue reading

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The Trans Facility Debate

The transgender community has made great strides in equality over the past few years. For people who are part of the transgender or trans community, meaning that their gender identity and/or expression does not align with the biological sex that was assigned to them at birth, these gains have been huge. In 2013, both Colorado and California passed laws protecting the rights of transgender people in public facilities. A year later, the Obama administration proclaimed that transgender people are federally protected from discrimination under the Civil Rights Act.

However, these victories are not as universal as they might seem. Continue reading

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JMU Diversity Teach-In on Nov. 6

The Madison Collaborative Educators will be at both tabling sessions! Come by and see them!

Poster featuring stylized ink drawing of Wilson Hall along with the full schedule of events for the day

Poster for the Nov. 6 Diversity Teach-In

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