Should Your Political Beliefs Be Protected by College Discrimination Policies?

The inclusions of political and intellectual diversity are both tactics straight from the playbook of conservative polemicist David Horowitz. With another college semester well underway, college students across the country have already forgotten about the syllabi handed out the first week of class. Most include a nondiscrimination clause, letting the students know the protected classes and aspects of their identity. The list is familiar, and often includes race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, creed, religion, sexual orientation, and veteran’s status. But at the University of Colorado, there is a peculiar addition: political affiliation and philosophy. This raises a lot of questions. The ones I want to try to answer here are: How did it get there? Who is it meant to protect? Will it do more harm than good? Short answers first. It’s the result of conservative efforts to insert themselves and anti-science views that align with their ideology […] Read More

Student Loans Are Becoming The Most Crippling Debt In America

It’s one of the key facets of the American Dream: if you want to have a great house, beautiful spouse, and that head-turning Mercedes, then you need to get a good education. For many, an education does just that, as it provides them with the training they need to get into the field they are passionate about, to pursue the career that helps them achieve this “ideal” reality. However, there seems to be a much darker side to post-secondary education that is strengthening its grip on the necks of well-intentioned Americans. This dark side is student debt. According to the Federal Reserve, student loan debt is now nearly $1.2 trillion in the United States alone.(1) A 2012 study revealed that the average cost to attend an American post-secondary institution [tuition, room and board] ranges from approximately $14,300 to $37,800 per year.(2) With the cost of education so high, it’s no […] Read More