Notes in the Margins: Belligerent students, Pell gaps and coming home

British Students Protest Tuition Fee Hikes Thousands of British students protested Wednesday against government plans to triple university tuition fees, and there were sporadic scuffles with police, two weeks after a similar demonstration sparked a small riot. (Huffington Post)

Report Finds Low Graduation Rates at For-Profit Colleges Citing federal data, a study by the Education Trust charges that such colleges deliver “little more than crippling debt.” (

Monterey instructor's resume sparks students' suspicions Bill Hillar's students had doubts about his claims of dangerous exploits as a Special Forces colonel. Officials at the Monterey Institute of International Studies say the students' doubts have merit. (Los Angeles Times)

Campus That Apartheid Ruled Faces a Policy Rift The University of Cape Town is engaged in a searching debate about just how far affirmative action should go to heal the wounds of apartheid. (

Flood Damage Update Since the devastating floods in early October caused heavy damage to the Stadium, East Gym, and other campus buildings and student houses, Carleton’s administration has made substantial progress on repairing the damage done. (

Rich Williams: In The Public Interest : Pell Grant Funding Gap Threatens Millions of Students, Workforce Without immediate Congressional action, the Pell Grant program will see a $5.7 billion cut next academic year, slashing the maximum aid award for a Pell Grant recipient by $845. A more than 15 percent reduction to the program would eliminate Pell Grant access to hundreds of thousands of students while millions more will have their awards deeply cut. (Huffington Post)

For college freshman and parents, a new reality: Home for the holidays isn't what it was The first semester of college is a life-changing, independence-building, scheduling-shifting, self-finding experience. And that means the first long trip home - whether it be for fall, Thanksgiving or winter break - can be a culture shock for students. And their parents, too. (

Future of 'Safe Ride' could be in jeopardy Saint Mary’s University’s participation in “Safe Ride,” which offers free bus service to SMU students on weekends, is under scrutiny because of the belligerence of some SMU students. The administration recently received a call from the city, which operates the bus service, saying that many of their drivers were “ready to quit” because students were becoming belligerent when bus drivers will not heed their request to be dropped off at multiple locations. (

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