Activism

To Students, Congress Tops 'American Idol'

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College students are regularly criticized as being ignorant, self-absorbed and interested only in pop culture. But a new national study -- conducted by Tufts University researchers -- found that students know more about politics and civic life than many fear they do, and more than those in the same age group who are not in college.

The survey was conducted of people aged 18-24 who are not in the military. Half of those surveyed were in college full time and half were not. Demographics matched the population as a whole.

Among the findings:

A Standout Sit-In

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U. of Southern California's decisive response to sit-in raises questions about how officials deal with disruptive student tactics.

A Hunger Strike Epidemic?

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Student groups at four campuses either have such protests or just concluded them. Coincidence or a larger pattern?

New Front for Antiwar Movement

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A $105 million defense contract at Stanford has galvanized some faculty members. Will students follow?

Voter Ed -- Of, For and By Students

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Group looks to use education, not pop culture, to get young people excited about voting in '08 -- and to make sure they can.

Proving You're Not a Puppy Murderer

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One of a public relations officer's worst nightmares is a lie that won't go away, and Dalhousie University recently confronted a doozy: that it was experimenting on cuddly, doe-eyed puppies and kittens.

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.

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