Colleges/Universities

The hard choice in fighting racism

The hard choice in fighting racism

Westfield State will confront head-on campus intolerance

WE HAD A CHOICE at Westfield State University. After two students of color were targeted with hateful messages on their dorm room door, we could have simply sought to support and comfort the affected students and issue a statement about the abhorrent nature of these actions, while calling on our campus community for greater civility.(...)

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Flying without a PILOT

Flying without a PILOT

Don't call UMass Lowell's groundbreaking pact with the city a PILOT

Photo by Frank Curran Lowell and UMass Lowell signed a master agreement in August, committing the university to providing nearly $8 million in cash and in-kind contributions for the community over the next 20 years. The agreement includes new funds for repair and upkeep of the city-owned minor league baseball field and a commitment to(...)

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You’re in college. Think.

You’re in college. Think.

Students need to fight the rising tide of anti-intellectualism

This is an excerpt from Professor Duncan’s address to students, faculty and staff at Stonehill College’s Academic Convocation on Wednesday, August 30. MY SUBJECT IS anti-intellectualism: The distrust of and contempt for intellectual and educational activities. The rejection of rationality, reason, and critical thought, on the one hand, and the embrace of emotion, faith, and(...)

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A promise to Dreamers worth keeping

A promise to Dreamers worth keeping

We must protect vulnerable students affected by DACA change

AS STUDENTS RETURN to school this week, many will face the humdrum childhood challenges that each new year brings – subjects to conquer, friends to meet, and challenges to overcome. Some, however, enter the classroom facing a country where their protections are crumbling around them, set into motion by President Trump’s decision to end the(...)

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A finger on the trigger warning

College campuses, often held up as the ideal locales for free-flowing discussions, are circling the wagons around students some say are too sensitive to hear discussions on issues that could trigger emotions related to a trauma or abuse some of them may have experienced. Critics, though, say the movement toward “trigger warnings” stifles the very(...)

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