Political Engagement 101

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Specific curricular approaches can move students beyond apathy and ignorance -- without necessarily changing their ideologies, new Carnegie study finds.

Adding Hunger to the Strike

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Students at the University of Minnesota show support for striking union workers, pulling a tactic from the campus protest handbook: starving themselves.

Back to a Diet of Coke?

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Swarthmore College takes another look at its decision to ban the soft drink company from campus.

On the Road to Jena - and Activism

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In Louisiana and on their own campuses, black students are galvanized, and some colleges add education for those preparing to protest.

Privacy and Politics

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Wisconsin-Madison criticized for using financial aid data for political purposes -- but officials say concerns only distract attention from a big budget impasse.

Campus Food From Around the Corner

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As part of their sustainability initiatives, colleges are buying locally grown fare and marking it on the menu.

Millennials, Unspun

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A series of focus groups finds that today's college students are involved in civic activism but distrustful of the political system's polarization and opacity.

Striking Students

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Columbia undergraduates are protesting, among other issues, administration's response to recent campus hate incidents; UMass Amherst group is upset at college costs and more.

When 'Not Gay' is 'Not OK'

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We come from old Virginia,
Where all is bright and gay.

Asking for Input -- Deliberately

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Carnegie Mellon's "Campus Conversations" are premised on the idea of polling, not by phone, but after informed discussion and debate. The "deliberative polling" model is spreading.


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