Lara Fishbane

Higher Edge: The truth about rankings

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09/14/2016

The U.S. News and World Report released its annual college rankings list on Tuesday Sept. 12. University presidents, administrators, and deans waited with baited breath for its release as a school’s ranking affects everything from a university’s application numbers to its president’s bonus. But, perhaps the amount of weight prospective students and universities alike invest in these…

The <i>Voice</i> Summer Reading List

The Voice Summer Reading List

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08/31/2016

“Dark Matter” by Blake Crouch — Graham Piro Multiverse theories and quantum physics typically make for dry, scholarly writing. In the hands of Blake Crouch, however, these topics make for gripping fiction. His novel “Dark Matter” tells the story of Jason Dessen, a college professor who wrestled with his decision to give up the pursuit…

Higher Edge: The Role of Campus Media in Student Protests

Higher Edge: The Role of Campus Media in Student Protests

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11/15/2015

The confrontation between student photojournalist Tim Tai and protesters at the University of Missouri has ignited a debate concerning the stifling  of free speech on college campuses, re-raised questions concerning the coddling of American  students, and shed light on the apparent contradiction of weaponizing safe spaces. A video of the incident surfaced on Tuesday, revealing…

Higher Edge: Challenging Without Triggering

Higher Edge: Challenging Without Triggering

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10/20/2015

“I don’t believe in trigger warnings,” my professor tells the class, proud of her refusal to succumb to the excessive coddling of college students. The problem with the discussion around trigger warnings, is that it’s not a question of whether or not professors choose to believe in them. Regardless of what anyone says about political…

Higher Edge: When the Grading System Misses the Mark

Higher Edge: When the Grading System Misses the Mark

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10/06/2015

The day the school year starts, reading stops feeling like reading. It starts with looking at the number of pages and hopefully ends with a neat bulleted list of discussion points. Reading becomes a matter of extrapolating as much content and symbolism in as small amount of time as possible. It probably seems like I…

Higher Edge: What Are We Paying For, Anyway?

Higher Edge: What Are We Paying For, Anyway?

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09/16/2015

It’s the second week of school and everyone I know already seems to be consumed by work. Nine days of classes, and we’re burnt out and sleep deprived and wondering what we’re doing here, paying $59,625—money that we have not yet earned—each year in tuition. Each year, without fail, our college tuition increases. Although the…

Passing Judgment: The effects of anonymous evaluations

Passing Judgment: The effects of anonymous evaluations

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04/16/2015

“I WANT YOU,” reads a long-forgotten sign that still remains affixed to the wall of a Car Barn classroom. This sign, and many others like it, are the last remnants of the Office of the Registrar’s campaign in the fall semester to increase the response rate of student course evaluations. Although these and other humorous…

Higher Edge: The cheating system—Who’s to Blame?

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04/08/2015

Stanford University is investigating a recent surge in allegations of academic dishonesty reported at the end of its winter quarter. These allegations, including an incident which involved up to 20 percent of students in one of Stanford’s larger introductory courses, are just the most recent of a burgeoning number of incidents of cheating at universities…

Higher Edge: The necessity of taking action

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02/25/2015

It hurts to get rejected from your dream college, especially if you believe you’re qualified. It even makes sense to bear a bit of resentment in the years following your rejection. While most students eventually learn to bear and shrug off their disappointment, Abigail Fisher is taking her case to the Supreme Court… again. Seven…

GU Fossil Free presents proposal to board of directors

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02/12/2015

After two years of working on its proposal for divestment from fossil fuels, Georgetown University Fossil Free presented the final explanation of its demands for full divestment from the top 200 fossil fuel companies over the next three years to the university’s board of directors on Feb. 11. The board of directors only meets three…

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