Student Life

Virginia colleges drop free-speech limits

Campus “free speech zones” are losing court challenges, reports Fox News. The Virginia Community College System has suspended its limits on student demonstrations in response to a lawsuit filed by a student. Christian Parks was barred from preaching at Thomas Nelson Community College. The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) says about six in 10 […]

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College diversity event excludes whites

A ”diversity happy hour” was canceled at a Washington state community college, when the emailed invitation said white people were not welcome, reports the Washington Times. “Staff, Faculty and Administrators of Color” at South Puget Sound Community College invited all college employees, except for whites. “If you want to create space for white folks to meet […]

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Food pantry helps feed students

A new food pantry is helping students at Pueblo Community College in Colorado, reports the Pueblo Chieftain. Students can get nonperishable food and toiletry items for free. PCC’s student government is providing funding and seeking donations.  “A lot of times it’s down to either buying a gallon of gas or a gallon of milk,” said Levi Ropp, student government […]

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Speech-zone suit costs college $50,000

On Sept. 17, Constitution Day, a Modesto Junior College student was told he couldn’t hand out copies of the Constitution on campus outside the small free-speech zone which already was in use. To settle Robert Van Tuinen’s First Amendment lawsuit, the California college will allow free speech on campus and pay $50,000 to the Army veteran, now a […]

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A Klingon Christmas Carol

A Klingon Christmas Carol is a holiday tradition at Elgin Community College in Illinois.

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Helping smokers kick the habit

Nursing student James Marsh shows criminal justice and corrections student Denzel Conze a jar of tar that represents one year’s worth of smoking in the lungs. — Carrie Chantler, The Citizen Cayuga Community College (New York) nursing students are trying to help classmates quit smoking, reports The Citizen. Student volunteers are urging smokers to try the […]

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From rock star to student

New Feeling by Talking Heads Percussionist Steve Scales joined Talking Heads in 1980. He also recorded with the Psychedelic Furs, Tom Tom Club and Yoko Ono and toured with Tina Turner and Bryan Ferry. Now the rock star has taken on a new role, reports Community College Times. He’s studying human services at Housatonic Community College (HCC) […]

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CCs cancel cheap health insurance

Many “students have found themselves in health care limbo this semester,” reports CBS New York. “Community colleges in New Jersey used to offer cheap health insurance for hundreds of dollars a year” but cancelled coverage because the new federal health care law bans barebones policies. Upgrading the college’s plan to meet Obamacare rules would cost […]

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Student files free-speech lawsuit

Modesto Junior College (MJC) student and Army veteran Robert Van Tuinen is suing the Yosemite Community College District and MJC administrators for violating his First Amendment rights. Van Tuinen was prevented from handing out copies of the Constitution — on Constitution Day — because the small “free speech area” was in use. “Constitutional law can get pretty complicated […]

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Pima fires 2 after veterans complain

Student veterans complained repeatedly about mismanagement and harassment at the veterans’ center at Pima Community College‘s campus in downtown Tucson. Finally, PCC fired two top administrators and reassigned the center’s manager, reports the Arizona Daily Star. Luba Chliwniak and Jerry Haynes, the campus president and vice president, were fired. Diane-Marie Landsinger, who formerly oversaw the center, remains […]

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