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Unfortunately it’s time to snap out of Thanksgiving break mode and get back into reality! What better way to get back into the swing of things than by catching up with current events? If you’re wondering what’s been going on at colleges after the too-short holiday break, here’s the scoop: students in Kansas are sticking it to the man, a student’s death at Valdosta State University may be ruled a homicide, and The Tufts University has a bone to pick with Lance Armstrong. Not to mention, we have two more lists for you – which schools are in the worst college towns, and which ones have the least interest in sports? Find out in today’s college current events roundup.

  • Tragedy at Valdosta State:  Jasmine Benjamin, a 17-year-old freshman at Valdosta State University was found dead on campus in a study room last Sunday, and while at first her death was thought to be due to natural causes, the police are now investigating it as a murder. It won’t be confirmed until the autopsy results come back in a few weeks, but either way, her death is a sad turn of events.
  • Kansas Students Protest: Last Tuesday, when most students were making their way home for the holiday, college students in Kansas were busy picketing the Kansas Secretary of State. About 50 students went to his office to deliver a letter about their feelings about his focus on immigration laws, which they claim are interfering with his job on the state level.
  • Tuft Luck: The Tufts University has decided unanimously to strip Lance Armstrong of his honorary degree, which he was presented with in 2006. The decision comes in the wake of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency investigation that found Armstrong was guilty of using performance-enhancing drugs, which left him stripped of all of his Tour De France titles and his Nike contract, among other honors.
  • Worst College Towns: The Princeton Review recently released a list of the schools in the worst college towns in America, based on the opinions of students. Most of the results were from liberal arts colleges in middle-of-nowhere towns. Topping the list: Tuskeegee University in Tuskeegee, AL,  United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT, New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark, NJ, and Albion College in Albion, MI.
  • Poor Sports: The Princeton Review also recently released their list of the schools that are least interested in sports. Number one on the list? Prescott College in Arizona. Also on the list: St. Johns College in NM, Bennington College in VT, Thomas Aquinas College in CA, and Champlain College in VT, among others.
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