Cognitive Dissonance

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I do not think that word means what you think it means

Today, my Race and Ethnic Relations class was playing a game where we all had poker chips signifying resources/power. Periodically, we drew more chips. Then this happened:

Girl sitting in the back: “Oh my God! I got, like, chips of all the same color! It’s, you know, so ironic!”

Professor: “Is it, Alanis Morissette?”

Made my freakin’ day.

The sad part? I think maybe half the class got it - if that. In case you’re in the half that’s lost, here’s an explanation.

(Source: cognitivedissonance)

Filed under University of Wyoming I do not think that word means what you think it means irony ironic lulz college Nerdery Wyoming Laramie

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Observe: Penn State students amass downtown in support of the recently-fired Head Football Coach Joe Paterno. They’ve pulled down a lightpost and flipped a news van. Students are standing on top of it and screaming, “We want Joe!” Students also threw bottles and rocks, hitting one officer and a photographer in the head.


Why? Because Joe Paterno and other high-ranking officials are suspected of covering up for a child rapist. Former Defensive Coach Jerry Sandusky was arrested on multiple counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, corruption of minors, endangering the welfare of a child, indecent assault and unlawful contact with a minor, as well as single counts of aggravated indecent assault and attempted indecent assault. Two Penn State officials were indicted for perjury and the university president was fired with Paterno.
Let me repeat: Penn State students and the community are rioting in support of this coach, not because they’re completely horrified this happened under Paterno’s watch.
Follow the school’s paper on Twitter for more.

Observe: Penn State students amass downtown in support of the recently-fired Head Football Coach Joe Paterno. They’ve pulled down a lightpost and flipped a news van. Students are standing on top of it and screaming, “We want Joe!” Students also threw bottles and rocks, hitting one officer and a photographer in the head.

Why? Because Joe Paterno and other high-ranking officials are suspected of covering up for a child rapist. Former Defensive Coach Jerry Sandusky was arrested on multiple counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, corruption of minors, endangering the welfare of a child, indecent assault and unlawful contact with a minor, as well as single counts of aggravated indecent assault and attempted indecent assault. Two Penn State officials were indicted for perjury and the university president was fired with Paterno.

Let me repeat: Penn State students and the community are rioting in support of this coach, not because they’re completely horrified this happened under Paterno’s watch.

Follow the school’s paper on Twitter for more.

Filed under Penn State disgusting sexual assault child molestation Joe Paterno Jerry Sandusky Football College College Sports NCAA outrage

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Sex Work to Pay Off College Loans? How the College Debt Racket Sucks Young People Dry -- And Led Many to Occupy Wall St.

The young man standing next to the “Jail Sallie Mae, Cancel All Student Loan Debt” sign in Liberty Plaza last night could very well end up in jail himself – not for protesting economic injustice and marching on Wall Street, but for doing sex work to pay off his student loans. “My loans are $1,300 a month,” he said. “My rent is $1,300 a month. My salary is $2,600 a month. You can see the problem. So I work as a prostitute for food and utilities.”

Though he works a day job in the tech sector, it’s not enough to get by. “But it could be worse,” he continued. “I could have to do sex work for all of it.” 

With the Department of Education estimating that outstanding US student loan debt will soon exceed $1 trillion and job growth stalled, students face the very real prospect that there’s no way to ever pay back their debts. As of this May, new graduates are leaving college with an average of $22,900 in debt each, which, according to the Wall Street Journal, makes the class of 2011 the most indebted in history. 

I don’t even want to think about my student loans and what will have to happen for it all to get paid off. It’s because I don’t know how it’s all going to shake out. I fear that getting a law degree won’t be enough.

Filed under student loans politics economy debt college university financing education education sex work prostitution

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What the hell is going on at the University of Wyoming lately?

"I am writing to express my dismay resulting from Saturday’s football game—and it has nothing at all to do with Nebraska.

I am referring to the “Ask the Cowboys” segment, which during players were asked, “What is your best pickup line?” One of the players (I did not catch the name) responded, “Does this napkin smell like chloroform?” complete with a graphic of a chloroform bottle.

Seriously? No one along the line of production saw a problem with this? Coach Dave Christensen felt it necessary to prevent the band from playing a certain tune, because he felt the students’ cheer associated with it was unsportsmanlike, but he is perfectly alright with one of his own players advocating the drugging and raping of someone in front of 32,000 people? And this only the day after an event was held on campus attempting to educate the public as to the very real, and continuing, horror of sexual assault!

It made me ashamed to cheer for my own school’s team!”

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It’s a line from the movie Horrible Bosses (or Hall Pass), but that doesn’t make it okay. This is after an ASUW senator had to apologize for his comments on sexual assault, an educational panel discussion on sexual assault, and SlutWalk at the UW campus. Also, statistics released fairly recently show our number of reported sexual assaults has spiked.

The author is right about Christensen’s salary - our football coach makes more than the university president, the governor, or any other employee in the state. He’s got a zero-tolerance policy towards misbehavior by players for the most part. I hope he takes this player aside and explains why this comment was, uh, less than enlightened - especially if someone hadn’t seen the movie!

To top it off, the questioner looked to be about eight or nine. I can just see someone’s parents being asked about chloroform, as one commenter mentioned. Thanks to Geoff Hiatt for a great letter. So, UW… what the hell?

Filed under sexual assault rape University of Wyoming university college football college football UW UW Cowboys Cowboys Laramie Wyoming I am disappoint

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Controversy erupts over Campus Republicans bake sale plans

Campus Republicans at the University of California Berkeley have cooked up a storm of controversy with their plans for a bake sale.

But it’s not your everyday collegiate fundraiser they’ve got in mind. They’ve developed a sliding scale where the price of the cookie or brownie depends on your gender and the color of your skin.

During the sale, scheduled for Tuesday, baked goods will be sold to white men for $2.00, Asian men for $1.50, Latino men for $1.00, black men for $0.75 and Native American men for $0.25. All women will get $0.25 off those prices.

"The pricing structure is there to bring attention, to cause people to get a little upset," Campus Republican President Shawn Lewis, who planned the event, told CNN-affiliate KGO. "But it’s really there to cause people to think more critically about what this kind of policy would do in university admissions."

Really? By the way, you’re not even original. It was done in Florida several months ago, and several times before that. In Florida, they sold parts of cookies based on race. I bet one of Campus Republicans’ main arguments is that because we have a black president, racism is over. It’s totally true, amirite?! I mean, white folks are constantly discriminated against! Here’s Tim Wise’s thoughts:

"I get the joke. How very original. It’s been done for 15 years. The point that I think needs to be made … is that by the time anyone steps on a college campus … there has already been 12- to 13-years of institutionalized affirmative action for white folks, that is to say, racially embedded inequality, which has benefited those of us who are white. And it’s only at the point of college admissions that these folks seem to get concerned with color consciousness.”

So yes, have your bake sale, and play the victim for people being angry. It’s not like this country has a pattern of hundreds of years of embedded inequality or anything. It’s a little quite a bit condescending to have a table full of white college kids offer a person of color (or a woman) a cookie at a discounted rate because of their race or gender, and then say, “See, that’s what it’s like when you get into college!” 

Filed under Republican republicans Berkeley California politics bake sale race bigotry racism gender affirmative action college admissions STFU conservative conservatives

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So you can go to college on Pell Grants — maybe I should not be telling anybody this because it’s turning out to be the welfare of the 21st century. You can go to school, collect your Pell Grants, get food stamps, low-income energy assistance, Section 8 housing, and all of a sudden we find ourselves subsidizing people that don’t have to graduate from college.

Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-Mont.) voicing his opposition to subsidizing higher education back in April. And sure enough, Tea Partiers are attempting to cut Pell Grants.

I could fully rebut this, discuss how hard it is to get Section 8 housing - virtually impossible without dependents. I could point out that Pell Grants are disbursed to the university first, and the student does not receive anything if tuition is not paid in full. I receive the Pell Grant. It’s $2,750 a semester, $5,500 a year. This does not go far. I could go into more details, but I’m tired of this shit. This guy’s net worth makes him the 14th richest member of the US House, though he thinks he’s “cash-poor” and “struggling like everyone else.”

Here’s my message to those people like Rep. Rehberg, who think it’s perfectly acceptable to make it even harder to go to college:

(Source: thehill.com)

Filed under Pell Grant politics Denny Rehberg Montana college tuition education higher education

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Dear University Alumni Office

Dear University Alumni Office,

I’m sorry to hear that the university’s $750 million endowment has fallen in value to $500 million because of the recession and because your bank died. I’m also sorry to hear that you’re dealing with declining enrollment due to the fact that middle-class families are no longer willing or able to bet their homes on a $45,000-a-year higher education for their children. I really am.

So, what I want to know is, why are you wasting money on glossy fundraising brochures full of meaningless synonyms for the word “Excellence”? And, why are you sending them to ME? Yes, I know that I got a master’s degree at your fine institution, but that master’s degree hasn’t done jack shit for me since I got it! I have been unemployed for the past TWO YEARS and I am now a professional resume-submitter, sending out dozens of resumes a month to employers, and the degree I received in your hallowed halls is at the TOP OF IT and it doesn’t do a fucking thing.

You know, maybe if you wanted a little bit of money from me (and these days you’d get about $3) maybe you should send me a fancy color brochure admitting your role in the bubble economics that got us all in to this mess.

For example, since 1987, higher education expenses have gone up 450 percent, while personal income in this country has gone up 87 percent, making tuition IMPOSSIBLE to afford without special financing. But, during this time, you were thriving because people could come up with the cash in two ways:

1. Get a home equity loan and use the inflated value of their house to pay for their kid to get drunk and/or raped at your school and then lose the house when the market crashed.
2. Get a federal loan.

HAD IT OCCURRED TO YOU THAT NEITHER OF THESE SOURCES OF MONEY ACTUALLY EXIST? THAT IT WAS BEING MANUFACTURED BECAUSE YOU MADE PEOPLE THINK THAT ONE OF YOUR DEGREES WAS NECESSARY TO CLIMB TO THE TOP OF THE BUBBLE?

Oh yes, federal loans. I’ve got $40,000 of those, which are in “forebearance” right now because I’m unemployed, meaning that the feds are paying the interest for a while, which is convenient for me, but not for our government which is now owned by China. You know, the idea behind federal loans was that it would allow more students to attend your university, not let you INFLATE your tuition to obscene levels! I mean, what the fuck were you spending the $16,000 per semester on, anyway? I was in a public policy program, so that meant we got to sit in classrooms and listen to Professor God up at the front of the lecture hall glorify Himself and Creation as He saw it and talk about how much smarter he was than anyone else and how much he’d learned at MIT and the RAND Corporation.

Really, that’s about all you did for us — gave us a lecture hall, gave us an arrogant bastard to listen to, and gave us a room full of computers we could use sometimes, and you gave us a degree that employers look at and say “This guy knows how to write reports. Amusing.” And I will be paying for this privilege until I am 51 years old.

So I’m sorry that the economy’s been rough on you. Maybe, if you wanted to save a little money, you could stop printing and sending brochures to my parents’ house (oh yeah, that’s where I live because I can’t afford rent on ANYTHING). And, maybe I’ll donate a little bit of money to you in 2030, when I get the loans for your imaginary education PAID OFF!

Sincerely yours,
Alumnus

(Source: craigslist.org)

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Trends in College Spending 1998-2008

Trends in College Spending, 1998–2008: Where does the money come from? Where does it go? What does it buy? is the third in a series of reports on college and university spending from the Delta Cost Project. The findings presented in this report concentrate on the 1998 to 2008 time period—the last academic year for which spending data are available, and what in retrospect may turn out to be a high point in funding for higher education.

This is wicked fascinating if you’re a data nerd.

Filed under Education Spending College higher education university Where does the money go? Tuition

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stfuconservatives:

alexholzbach:

The FSU College Republicans hosted an affirmative action bake sale to show how discriminatory the policy is.

Just as educational institutions (and even some employers) split their applicants up and give them different advantages or disadvantages based solely on the color of their skin, we did the same. We gave full cookies to blacks and Hispanics, half cookies to whites and quarter cookies to Asians.

The protest went off without a hitch, save the occasional expletive-infused attack by campus liberals. SGA and the University didn’t get involved, which is good considering these types of events have been shut down by liberal administrations throughout the country.

We had many respectful and logical debates and changed a lot of people’s minds with the literature we gave out. I’ll post a copy of that sheet when I get it back. 

Anyway, here are a few pictures that I promised I’d put up. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get any of myself. Nonetheless, you get the idea.

Jaw-dropping.

The image of a bunch of self-satisfied white kids handing a Black person a cookie and screaming “I HOPE YOU’RE HAPPY NOW!!!” is probably a lot more evocative than they realize.

Are you fucking kidding me? This is just drenched in wrong sauce.

Filed under discrimination race GOP Oops you're a racist STOP QUOTING MLK LIKE YOU GET IT! Seriously? college

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I felt like this until I realized classes start next week. As a professional student, I feel aimless and without purpose on breaks. It’s nice for a few days, then I want to go back after about a week.

I felt like this until I realized classes start next week. As a professional student, I feel aimless and without purpose on breaks. It’s nice for a few days, then I want to go back after about a week.

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