Today’s news was all over the place – students at U. of Virginia are mourning the loss of a student, Cooper Union students are protesting, and Bristol University’s got some controversy to deal with. Plus, the lists are back in action with the most underrated schools and the schools with the most alumni support. Check out today’s college current events roundup.
- Tragedy at Sea: 22-year-old University of Virginia senior Casey Schulman died tragically this weekend, only a day before she would’ve returned home from Semester at Sea. Schulman was snorkeling in Dominica, the last stop on the ship before the United States, when she was killed in a boating accident. Family members, friends and students are now mourning her loss, and police are still investigating the exact circumstances surrounding the accident.
- Tuition Troubles: Cooper Union students are not too happy right now, and it certainly shows. The school has covered the cost of its students tuition costs since 1902 but recently decided to start charging tuition. Students are protesting as a result – 11 shut themselves up on the 8th floor of the Cooper Union building yesterday after finding a leaked document regarding the change. They say they’re upset about the lack of communication and want more information as well as the resignation of the school’s president. Wow.
- Women vs. Religion: Bristol University’s Christian Union is in the midst of a little controversy it seems. Why? Well, the organization doesn’t think it’s appropriate for women to teach at their meetings unless they are accompanied by a male speaker. The organization thus decided to ban women from speaking on their own. One student said, “So it’s ok for women to teach, as long as they’re not the most important speaker?!? This is really unbelievable.” I mean, that’s just like, against the rules of feminism!
- More to Love: They’re back! U.S. News and World Report has another list for us and this time it’s the most loved colleges – rather, the ones who get the most alumni support and donations. Princeton tops the list, followed by Carleton College, Amherst, Middlebury College, Williams College, and more.
- Underrated Schools: Sometimes awesome schools fly under the radar of all these college lists, and that’s why U.S. News and World Report also has a list of the most underrated colleges. As in, those who actually outperform their rankings, though we’re not really sure how that works. Number one on the list? Adelphi University. Also: Ashland University, Azusa Pacific University, Biola University, South Carolina State, and more.