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Weekly Round-Up: July 5, 2013

Happy Friday, everyone, and welcome to the Weekly Round-Up!

If you’ve got stories or links that you think ought to be shared for next week, you can email us at unidiversityblog@gmail.com, or tweet us @uni_di_versity.

Lamenting the rising cost of tuition is a pastime of many students. Get this: Oregon’s legislature recently proposed that students commit a portion of their future income to re-paying the state instead of paying tuition fees up front. While many details need ironing out, it’s pretty rad that students from Portland State University proposed this plan to state lawmakers!

A recent report in South Africa indicates that improving literacy levels among primary students requires much more than improving the teaching skills of teachers. Schooling alone won’t fix literacy rates, so it’s time to look at alternative avenues to holistically improve literacy.

“Girl Rising” is a documentary that highlights the quest for education of nine girls across the world. Backed by heavyweight Meryl Streep, this film is gaining traction and thousands of screenings. Have you seen this film? We haven’t and we’re curious what it’s like, especially since plans are in the work for future editions involving Indian and French actors.

Gender stereotypes permeate education – science is for boys and arts is for girls, or so we’re often told. A recent study shows that even though boys outnumber girls in science related subjects, girls are now out-performing boys at the BTEC levels in the UK. Despite this success, few girls make the leap to science-related degrees at the university level.

End your week with a comical video of Brazilian students aged 8-13 correcting the grammar of their fave celebs’ tweets. Charlie Sheen, you stand corrected!

Have a stellar weekend, folks. Come back on Monday for some more good reads by the uni(di)versity team!

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Weekly Round-up: June 28, 2013

Happy Friday, everyone, and welcome to the Weekly Round-Up!

If you’ve got stories or links that you think ought to be shared for next week, you can email us at unidiversityblog@gmail.com, or tweet us @uni_di_versity.

Start off your weekend with Ikhide Ikheloa’s candid account of his life at the University of Mississippi. As the only black student in his class of no more than 25, Ikheola shares the nuances of his experience – from missing Nigerian beer, to black-on-black prejudice.

Race permeates almost every facet of life in South Africa, even filtering into dormitory assignments. Are universities a microcosm for wider societal tensions and barriers to racial integration in South Africa? Check out Eve Fairbanks’ depiction of race relations at the University of Free State.

The number of English majors is declining, as students are under pressure to choose degrees with more “occupational potential”. Verlyn Klinkenborg argues that studying humanities is still relevant and necessary. For him, a humanities degree is the gift of “clear thinking, clear writing and a lifelong engagement with literature” that keeps on giving.

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his crew often publicly dismiss the value of intellectual inquiry into social and public policy. Joseph Heath defends sociological and criminological contributions to policy, arguing that criminologists are hated because they call out nonsense with long-term trends and statistics.

Finally, to all those in sexy foreign affairs programs, consider reading Brandon Scott’s “Myths of Foreign Affairs.” Unfortunately, your semester abroad doesn’t make you a global citizen. And you may have to work a bit harder to land yourself a gig in an intelligence agency.

Have a lovely weekend. We’ll be back on Monday with more rad articles from our amazing team of writers!

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