Members of the Occupy Harvard movement are occupying Harvard University’s all-night Lamont Cafe in protest of recently announced early retirement packages for librarians. The administration has threatened to revoke the students’ library privileges indefinitely should they choose to continue to sleep in the library. Observers note that were it not for the Occupy posters, the occupiers might seem to be just a large study group that stayed overnight.
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Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson Arun Gandhi spoke at Cornell University’s annual commemorative MLK speech on Monday. He spoke about how nonviolence can be its own separate strategy in social movements and much more than just the opposite of violence. He also stressed the importance of channeling anger into finding a solution for humanity’s problems.
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Brown University alumni have created the dating website IvyDate that allows Ivy League alums and others to find love! To join the site, prospective members have to fill out an extensive application not unlike a college application. After the membership committee accepts a member, users receive 5 matches per week depending on different preferences. About 70 percent of applicants are accepted, and in order to protect members’ privacy, browsing of user profiles is not allowed. The site currently has 17,000 members all around the world from 18 to 35 years old.
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Yale University partnered with Mexico’s Center for Research and Training in Economics(CIDE), displaying the University’s first partnership with a Latin American country. With this latest move, the University’s vice president Richard Levin seeks to establish leadership training in a variety of countries in order to show what Yale can contribute to the thinking of the leaders of those countries.
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Uncertainty over financial aid awards because of delays in notification has caused many students to have to drop out of Columbia University. Consequently, Columbia’s Office of Financial Aid is hosting informal student lunches in order to determine what issues of transparency exist between the office and students and how they might be resolved.
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An Asian-American student has filed suit against Harvard and Princeton University for discrimination after being denied from both universities. The case has prompted universities to consider whether Asian-Americans are held to higher standards when it comes to admissions. The U.S. Department of Education is examining the complaint.