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Daily Debriefing

(11/23/10 4:00am)

In an effort to increase transparency about college costs, a new federal rule which will be enacted next October mandates that colleges must post online calculators that determine the approximate cost of attendance for a student after receiving grants, The Chronicle of Higher Education reported Sunday. Students often have trouble determining the real cost of attending a certain college because details are not available until just weeks before they must accept colleges' offers, giving students little time to consider their implications, according to The Chronicle. The expected family contribution calculators are anticipated to have considerable effects on student decisions, according to The Chronicle, leading to some concerns that they could pose problems for colleges if they are inaccurate. Although many colleges support the implementation of the new rule, some universities that do not utilize a simple formula when awarding grants such as the University of Pennsylvania may have difficulty designing accurate calculators.

Hayes awaits official sentencing

(11/23/10 4:00am)

The defense team for Steven Hayes who was convicted of murdering Hayley Petit and her mother and sister in 2007, and who is expected to be sentenced to death for the crime has asked New Haven Superior Court Judge Jon Blue to either grant Hayes a new trial or sentence him to life in prison without parole, The Middletown Press reported Friday. Hayes's lawyers have cited extensive media coverage and the political nature of the trial as factors that could have biased members of the jury against Hayes.

Students undertake hunger strike

(11/23/10 4:00am)

Salas was one of 12 students who planned a 36-hour hunger strike to raise awareness and elicit a more vocal response from the College administration for the DREAM Act, he said. Organizers called off the strike which was scheduled to end on Tuesday morning at around 5:30 p.m. on Monday after College President Jim Yong Kim's Chief of Staff David Spalding sent an e-mail to organizer Irvin Gomez '14 assuring the students that Kim would make his already existing support for the Act more clear.

HEAR AND NOW: The Kids are All Right: Youth dominates 2010 American Music Awards

(11/23/10 4:00am)

Although the 2010 American Music Awards show was far from unpredictable, it made one thing quite clear: In addition to dominating the airwaves, the current crop of young stars has won the hearts of both the public and music critics. During Sunday's broadcast of the awards, Rihanna sizzled, "Bieber Fever" took over and Taylor Swift debuted a new look.

The Cost of Compromise

(11/23/10 4:00am)

In a recent article in The New York Times, Stanley Fish reviews a new study of the higher education industry by Robert B. Archibald and David H. Feldman. In their book, "Why Does College Cost So Much?" (2010). Archibald and Feldman argue that while it's true tuition has risen faster than inflation for decades, this increase is not the product of poor management within colleges but rather of external pressures. Fish acquits the usual suspects administrative bloat and resultant Soviet efficiency remarking that while serving as a dean at the University of Illinois at Chicago he "encountered the rising costs of personnel, laboratory equipment, security, compliance demands, information systems and much more every day." The three authors are united in blaming the increased cost of doing business, especially "change in the sophistication and cost of technology," for skyrocketing tuition. They contend that colleges would be criminally negligent to "hold out for pencil, paper and blackboard instruction," so they have no choice but to burden students with the cost of keeping up to date.

Invisible Men

(11/23/10 4:00am)

Bashing men on the issue of sexual assault became a persistent theme at Dartmouth this Fall term. A song attacking fraternity members as soul-stealing rapists was sent out to campus ("Out of Control," Oct. 4), and received open support from several students. The grave nature of such attacks even put Dartmouth men such as Tom Mandel '11 ("I am a Dartmouth Frat Bro," Oct. 6) in a position of needing to defend themselves against crimes they have never committed. "I am not a rapist, nor do I work to create a safe haven for sexual violence,'" Mandel stated in the first lines of his column.

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