Archive - February, 2015

How Purdue University is Serving Students by Cutting Costs

Purdue University is midway through a (so far) three-year tuition freeze. In the 2015-2016 school year, in-state students will pay $10,000 and out-of-staters $28,794. How’d they do it?

  • Adding higher-deductible health care plans that save the school money and make employees more cost-conscious.
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Why not massively lower interest rates on students loans?

Image result for student debtOver one million students graduate college each year with student debt. And the debt loads at graduation keep rising (to say nothing of the debt loads of the usually less employable college drop-outs). Naturally, politicians of all stripes are proposing policy solutions.

For example, the following has been proposed by 2016 Ohio candidate for the U.S. Senate, Democrat P.G. Sittenfeld:

  • Reduce interest rates to 2 percent for all recipients of subsidized federal loans who graduated with a four-year college degree since 2009.
  • Reduce interest rates to 3 percent for other federal loan recipients who graduated with a four-year college degree from public institutions since 2009.
  • Provide one year, up to $12,500, of federal student loan forgiveness to Pell Grant recipients upon their completion of a four-year degree.

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Why the Attraction of “Fifty Shades of Grey”?

Image result for 50 shades of greyWhy are millions of twenty-first century women drawn to a story about a rich man wooing, oppressing and humiliating a young, vulnerable woman? Don’t we live in a day in which sexual assault on college campuses and domestic abuse by professional football players fills us with indignation? Ross Douthat explain this mystery:

Viewed from one angle, the sexual revolution looks obviously egalitarian. It’s about extending to everyone the liberties–the freedom to be promiscuous, to pursue sexual fulfillment without guilt–that were once available only to privileged cisgendered heterosexual males. It’s about ushering in a society where everyone can freely love and take pleasure in anyone and anything they want.

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