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Poverty The Strongest Factor In Whether High School Graduates Go To College

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Students from high-poverty public schools are less likely to attend college than those from wealthier ones, regardless of whether they’re from urban, suburban or rural areas.

A report released Tuesday by the research branch of the nonprofit National Student Clearinghouse, which examined data from more than 3.5 million high school graduates, found that poverty remains a more important indicator of whether a student will go to college than high school demographics or location.

Class of 2013 students from low-minority, low-income, suburban and rural schools were the least likely to have enrolled in college by last fall –in the semester immediately following their graduation — according to the report. Students who went to low-minority, higher-income suburban schools were the most likely to have enrolled in college. Among higher-income schools, those with high populations of minority students posted lower college enrollment rates than low-minority schools.


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Calling all Freshmen



8a.m.’s are the best… said no one ever. You wake up at 7a.m. to get ready, and at 7:55 you’re on your way rushing to Ballantine. On your way to Ballantine, you remember that you didn’t do your homework the night before because you decided to hang with your friends instead. Now, you are stressing trying to decide if you should attend class or not. Does this sound like you? A freshman who doesn’t have control of their social life and academic career? Do you go to your dorm every day and take a nap instead of doing your homework? Or do you avoid attending office hours because you think you are too smart?

Too many freshmen think this way and find themselves in a bad position because they are in denial about the transition from high school to college. It’s true, arriving at college seemed like the best time of your life. No homework and all the free time in the world, until Monday, the first day of classes, hit. The professors give you these weird syllabuses that most of us just threw away in high school, but here at IU, they became the center of our lives. Plus, compared to High school it is becoming clearer that at college, the biology, psychology, and chemistry classes are fast paced and teachers don’t check to make sure you read—they expect it.

I don’t know about you, but I am starting to realize that college isn’t as easy as I thought it would be. Unlike, high school I have to actually study to get an A. I am also learning that once you start slacking off in college you cannot catch up quickly. So whatever you are doing now, DON’T FALL BEHIND! Yes, your friends will knock on your door, and call you on Thursday nights because they don’t have classes Friday, but sometimes you have to say NO. There are many opportunities at Indiana University, but you are here and you must put your Academics first. So remember that when you skip your homework to go to a callout meeting, or take a 3 hour nap before a huge test the next day, the consequences will be costly.


Here are some solutions to keep you on track:

 Take control.

For many students, the most striking difference between college and high school is that at college there’s no one there to stand over you and tell you what to do. Getting to class, doing the homework, getting your papers in on time—all of these are things you’re going to have to do without a parent or teacher to push you. Step up to bat and take responsibility. You’re in charge of this thing.

Get to class.

 Most students have a “cutting budget”: the number of classes they think they can miss and still do pretty well in the course. For four, five, six, seven classes, you might think: “No problem, I’ll get the notes.” But, miss seven classes and (if the course has 35 meetings) you’ve missed 20 percent of the content. This can do major damage to your GPA come the tests. Also, most courses have a limit to how many classes one can miss before grades drop by policy, SO GO TO CLASS!




Adjust your attention span.

 You’re used to getting your content in short, entertaining blasts: one- to three-minute YouTube videos, hyper abbreviated text messages, and 140-character tweets. But your professor is thinking in terms of a 50-minute lecture, divided into perhaps two or three segments. Retrain your attention span to process long—very long, it will seem—units of content (rather than zoning in and out as things strike you).

Study; don’t “study.”

Though nobody quite tells you this, at college most of the work is done outside the classroom. Rule of thumb: one hour of lecture, two hours of preparation. As soon as the semester starts, find yourself a quiet place to study and block out the times of the week you’re going to do the studying. Above all, don’t count study-related activities as actual studying: copying over your notes, getting the e-readings, listening to the lecture again, and “getting acquainted” with your study group are all fine activities, but they don’t count as studying.

Connect with your professor (or TA).

 The single most underutilized resource at college is the office hour, now available in-person, by e-mail, or by Skype. You might not have realized it, but professors are required to be in their office two to four hours a week to meet with students and help them with the course. Your tests and papers will go better if you’ve had a chance to ask about things you’re confused about, and, with any luck, received some guidance from the professor about what your thesis sentence should be or what’s going to be on the test.

Sources: http://www.quintcareers.com/first-year_success.html


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How A Police Officer Shot A Sleeping 7-Year-Old To Death

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 A Detroit police officer accused of manslaughter in the death of a 7-year-old girl will go on trial this week, as national attention remains focused on the militarization of U.S. law enforcement and police violence perpetrated against people of color.
Aiyana Stanley-Jones was sleeping in her home on the east side of Detroit on the night of May 16, 2010, when officers barged into the house. They were conducting a police raid in search of a murder suspect who lived at that address — and being filmed for a reality TV show in the process — when Officer Joseph Weekley accidentally fired his gun. What exactly caused him to fire is still a matter of dispute. But the shot killed Aiyana.

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Urban Outfitters Hits New Low With Faux Blood-Stained Kent State Sweatshirt



In its endless quest to seem edgy, Urban Outfitters has gone too far once more.

The store offered a one-of-a-kind Kent State University sweatshirt splattered with red coloring for $129. The tactless garment is a clear reference to the 1970 killing of four students protesting the Vietnam War by the Army National Guard at the Ohio school.

As of early this morning, the Urban Outfitters website said the item was sold out. The store did not respond to The Huffington Post’s request for comment.

Officials at Kent State expressed their outrage over the item.

“We take great offense to a company using our pain for their publicity and profit,” read a Kent State University statement posted on Monday. “This item is beyond poor taste and trivializes a loss of life that still hurts the Kent State community today.”

Urban Outfitters posted an apology to Twitter around 10 a.m. EST Monday, saying that it “was never our intention to allude to the tragic events that took place at Kent State in 1970 and we are extremely saddened that this item was perceived as such.”

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Black Twitter Comes For Vogue Booty Article, Doesn’t Hold Back


Remember that time Marie Claire applauded Kendall Jenner for rocking “new epic” cornrows and Twitter had a meltdown? Well, it appears Vogue Magazine just kicked off take two.

The fashion and lifestyle magazine published an article on Wednesday titled “We’re Officially in the Era of Big Booty,” in an attempt to give a history lesson on the progression of cultural regard for derrieres in anticipation for the release of a new Jennifer Lopez and Iggy Azalea song.

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Ballerina Misty Copeland On Racism: No, All Black Women Don’t Have The Same Body


Misty Copeland knows criticism is part of being a ballerina, but she’s sick of the criticism focusing on things she can’t change.

“As a dancer, when you’re put in front of the spotlight and an audience, it is a subjective art form. Not everyone is going to like you,” she said during the interview. “But it’s hard when you’re being judged for things you can’t control, like the color of your skin, or the type of body that you have.”

Check out the video below of her explaining why body type does not matter.


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Video Shows Witnesses’ Disbelief Following Michael Brown Shooting

handsupA video airing on CNN Wednesday showed witnesses’ immediate reactions to the shooting death of Michael Brown, the unarmed black teenager shot and killed by a Ferguson, Missouri police officer last month.

What do you think of the Michael Brown shooting, and the riots in Ferguson? comment above!



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