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And NASCAR Drivers Aren’t Running Moonshine Any More

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Here are the lead paragraphs in a photo-essay published by Business Insider:

“College football met NASCAR in Tennessee on Saturday night when Tennessee played Virginia Tech in the “Battle at Bristol,” played at Bristol Motor Speedway.

“The game set a college football attendance record with 156,990 fans in attendance. That shattered the old record of 115,109 for a game at the University of Michigan’s Michigan Stadium against Notre Dame in 2013.

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As a stunt, the scheduling of this game was undeniably a success.

But if we start to see more games move off-campus from “home” stadiums to these kinds of more massive venues, it will be further evidence that intercollegiate athletics has become something increasingly difficult to justify as something connected to, never mind central to, our conception of—our enduring notions about–post-secondary education and the student-athlete.

The photo essay by Cork Gaines is available at: http://www.businessinsider.com/battle-at-bristol-motor-speedway-tennessee-virginia-tech-2016-9?utm.

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Duke Supports NCAA’s Position on North Carolina Law

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Duke University has released the following statement on the NCAA’s decision to pull seven championship tournaments out of North Carolina in the 2016-2017 academic year:

“We agree with the NCAA’s decision. Our position has been clear on this matter, which is that this legislation is discriminatory, troubling and embarrassing. We deplore any efforts to deprive individuals, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, of legal protection and rights. We will always be committed to diversity and inclusion, and applaud any efforts to ensure that those values are protected and enacted at all times, and in all places in the state of North Carolina.”

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Much More on the Koch Centers

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Writing for AlterNet, Alex Kotch explains in great detail “Charles Koch’s Six-Step Guide to Founding a Free-Market Center at Your University.” The article is based on recordings made at a Koch-sponsored conference.

Here is a substantial portion of the introductory section of Kotch’s article:

“Since 1980, the family foundations of billionaire industrialist Charles Koch have gifted roughly $200 million to U.S. colleges and universities, largely to promote libertarian, free-market economics programs around the nation. Koch gave $108 million of that total to 366 colleges and universities between 2005 and 2014, according to the Institute for Southern Studies. Koch and his brother, David, who are well known for their vast, conservative political spending network, own Koch Industries, a giant conglomerate composed of companies that sell gas, pipelines, chemicals, minerals, paper and textiles, among other products. The brothers have fervently opposed taxation and regulation for decades.

“At the root of Koch’s…

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Focusing on the Cost and Results for Low-Income Students

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The Department of Education has released two lists of universities and four-year colleges with “good outcomes” for low-income students. The first list simply measures tuition costs against income after graduation. The second list is limited to institutions at which at least 40% of the student populations can be described as low-income.

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Ailes’s Name Removed from Ohio U “Newsroom”

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This is an item from tonight’s CNN Reliable Sources:

No More ‘Ailes Newsroom’

“Breaking news from Athens, OH: ‘Roger Ailes‘ name will be removed from a WOUB newsroom, Ohio University President Roderick McDavis announced” this evening, per the student paper The Post‘McDavis gave no exact date for its removal, but the letters of Ailes’ name were taken down before the meeting ended, and a wooden board was placed over the space soon after.’

Here’s more info via CNNMoneyAiles donated $500,000 to OU’s communications program back in 2007 . . . McDavis is now returning the money . . . Leaving me to wonder if others will step up with new donations for the school . . .

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NCAA Moving Multiple 2016-2017 Championships out of North Carolina

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Here are several of the opening paragraphs of an article written by Des Bieler for the Washington Post:

“he NCAA announced Monday that it was moving its slate of 2016-17 championship events set to be played in North Carolina out of that state. The college sports governing body made its decision in reaction to the so-called ‘bathroom bill,’ a much-publicized piece of legislation aimed at the LGBT community, passed there earlier this year.

“In a news release, the NCAA outlined four reasons why it found North Carolina, as opposed to other states, to be an unacceptable site:

“–Its state-level laws “invalidate any local law that treats sexual orientation as a protected class or has a purpose to prevent discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender individuals.”

“–It has ‘the only statewide law that makes it unlawful to use a restroom different from the gender on one’s birth certificate, regardless of…

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Highest and Lowest Tuition Increases at Public Universities

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The following statistics are from a ProPublica report, “Median Income Is Down, But Public College Tuition Is Way Up,” prepared by Fan Fei:

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The report, which includes a feature that allows you to identify the tuition increase at any public university or college in the country, is available at: https://projects.propublica.org/graphics/publictuition.

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Michigan—Like Ohio, But Somewhat Worse

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The Michigan League for Public Policy has issued a report on the funding of public higher education in the state. The full report is available here: http://www.mlpp.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Back-to-school_2016.pdf.

Writing for Michigan Live, Brian McVicar provides this summary of the report’s most salient findings:

“Michigan has failed to adequately invest in higher education, and students are paying the price with skyrocketing tuition that has left many graduates awash in debt, according to a new report released today.

“The report, by the Michigan League for Public Policy, shows that state higher education funding-–when adjusted for inflation–-has declined by 30 percent since 2002-03.

“In addition, Michigan spends just $223 per student on need-based financial aid, an amount well below the national average and all but one other Midwestern state, the report says.

“Those factors, according to the report, are among the reasons why Michigan’s average student debt now totals $29,450-–the ninth highest in the…

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Ursinus Board Chair under Fire for Tweets

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These are the lead paragraphs from an article written by Susan Snyder for the Philadelphia Inquirer:

“Tweets by the chairman of Ursinus College’s board of trustees have drawn ire from some students and at least one fellow board member, who called them ‘elitist, racist, sexist, body-shaming,’ and ‘generally intolerant,’ and resigned over them Sunday.

“The controversy at the small liberal arts school in Collegeville began last week after a student posted on Facebook the tweets by Michael C. Marcon, an insurance executive and 1986 Ursinus graduate. A four-page printout of the tweets also was circulated on campus.

“’Got to love a janitor with a “Ban Fracking Now” sticker on his bucket. Barack is clearly reaching his target demographic,’ said one of the tweets.

“’Yoga pants? Per my DTW visual survey, only 10 percent of users should be wearing them. The rest need to be in sweats–or actually get dressed,’…

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Presidential Residences Outside of Ohio, Part 2

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Emory University

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University of Florida

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Furman University

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University of Georgia

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Hampton University

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Harvard University

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University of Idaho

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Other Posts in This Series:

Housing Provided to Public University Presidents in Ohio: https://academeblog.org/2015/12/26/housing-provided-to-public-university-presidents-in-ohio/.

Residences of Presidents of public Universities in Ohio: https://academeblog.org/2015/12/26/residences-of-presidents-of-public-universities-in-ohio/.

Presidential Residences Outside of Ohio, Part 1: https://academeblog.org/2016/01/07/presidential-residences-outside-of-ohio-part-1/.

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