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Location, Location, Location! 10 Innovative Money-Saving Wedding Venue Ideas

June 28th, 2013 - By Blair Bedford
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With the average wedding costing almost $28,000 to plan and execute in the United States, cutting the budget on important wedding aspects like the perfect dress or ring could be unnecessary and unnerving. If you are looking to cut some major corners while planning your future wedding nuptials, try starting off  with one of the biggest wedding costs, the venue.

Looking for a cheaper, but innovative wedding venue  to save costs? Try considering a few of these inexpensive, non-traditional wedding venues to tie the knot in.

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Leaked Princeton Survey Reveals Alarming Sexual Assault Statistics University Hid

March 5th, 2013 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Back in 2008, a survey called the “Sexual Experiences Survey” was conducted throughout the campus of Princeton University. The survey consisted of 17 questions, all multiple choice and was conducted in an effort to gage how frequently unwanted sexual acts were occurring and to measure “behaviors that meet legal definitions of various sex crimes,” reports the Daily Princetonian.

The survey, which was conducted on 1,595 graduate and undergraduate students, found that 1 in 6 of Princeton’s female undergraduate students had at one point or another, experienced “non-consensual vaginal penetration” during their time at the university. Out of the 809 female undergraduate students who filed out the survey, more than 120 of them positively responded to the statement, “A man put his private part into my vagina, or someone inserted fingers or objects without my consent.”

28 percent of the female students surveyed reported that they were touched in an inappropriate manner or had their clothes removed against their wishes. 12 percent reported that they were forced to receive and/or give oral sex. Between the years of 2006 and 2009, 44 cases of forcible sex were reported to School Safety and between 2009 and 2012, five students were penalized for sexual misconduct.

Although this study was conducted in 2008, the results were kept private, until now of course. One can’t say exactly why Princeton decided to bury the results, but Katie J.M. Baker over at Jezebel implied that it may have been Princeton simply attempting to save face.

“If we pretend elite college students aren’t sexually assaulting their peers, the rape fairy will make it all disappear,” Baker wrote.

Amanda Sandoval, Director of Princeton’s Women’s Center expressed that the results were probably never released because they were consistent with national averages.

“Anything about Princeton goes international, practically, and no other universities do that, so does Princeton want to be the one to say that this many of our students are sexually assaulted? I don’t think so. I don’t know that there is a real benefit to releasing it. I think if we had found something very different from the national average, that would be one thing, because that’s a real story. A story that Princeton’s rates of students who have been assaulted is on line with national averages is really not a story, but I mean in this news environment, people would make a big deal about it,” Sandoval said.

 

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Off To College? Tips On How To Conserve Your Cash

August 25th, 2012 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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My last day of high school will forever be embedded in my memory. One of the most down to earth and relatable teachers that I’d ever met went by the name of Duke Foti. On this particular day, Mr. Foti came from behind his desk and leaned on it, folded his arms across his chest, gazed at us with a half smile in like-Mr.Foti manner, and cleared his throat. “In a few months you’ll all be college freshmens. Congratulations, you’ve all just signed yourselves up for at least four years of poverty”. Of course he went on and on about why a college degree was absolutely necessary, but not before warning us about what we had just gotten ourselves into. That was Mr. Foti, straight and to the point.

I wasn’t on campus too long before I realized exactly what Mr. Foti was referring to. Ridiculously priced textbooks, sky-high tuition fees, and the laundry list of  living necessities that accumulate while living on a college campus are all culprits in making one’s college experience feel like a penny-pinching venture. As a recent college grad, having observed my own spending habits as well as those around me, I’ve realized that one of the biggest financial downfalls of college students is poor money management. Check out these helpful tips that may assist you in effectively managing your money during your time as a college student.

Rent your textbooks

Ugh, there’s nothing more annoying than having to buy a $200.oo textbook for a three month class then going to sell it back to your school bookstore at the end of the semester and they offer you $25.00 for it. Many campus bookstores now offer students the option to rent their textbooks as opposed to buying them. This can help cut textbook costs in half and sometimes even more. I’ve have my textbook bill go from $700.00 to $350.00 by simply choosing to rent the books instead of purchasing them. If your campus bookstore does not offer the option to rent, try checking out the new textbook rental service recently introduced by Amazon.com or my personal favorite Chegg.com, which has been my saving grace since I began graduate school. They swiftly deliver your rental textbooks and offer you the free online version of the textbooks you’ve ordered until you books arrive. They also make returning your books at the end of the semester extremely simple and easy. Even their extension fees are very reasonable.

Purchase used textbooks

If for some reason renting books is not an option for you, used textbooks are the next best thing. Many campus bookstores sell used textbooks, but if you’re looking for better prices check the Internet. I’ve always had great luck with site like Amazon.com and Barnesandnoble.com. Be sure to always check out the seller’s ratings before making a purchase, though.

Purchase/Rent E-books

Okay, okay I promise this whole article isn’t a textbook rant, but purchasing or renting the electronic versions of your books and downloading them to your Kindle, I-pad, or any other tablet device is also an amazing, cost effective and eco-friendly option. I’ve tried it and loved it. Plus your bookbag and your back will thank you, no one likes toting zillion pound textbooks across campus.

Take full advantage of your school’s meal plan

A situation that you never want to find yourself in is trying to study for an exam on an empty stomach. It can be one of the most distracting things ever. Having your stomach on E because you just haven’t gotten around to eating is one thing, but to have an empty stomach because you don’t have the funds to buy food isn’t cool. Most universities offer meal plans in which on campus cafeterias provide breakfast, lunch, dinner, and sometimes snacks for students. The cost for these plans can be added into and paid for along with your tuition. Sometimes the plans can be a little steep in price but they are certainly worth it when you’re thinking long term. Eating on campus as opposed to always ordering takeout or hitting up fast food joints is a proactive way to keep your money from slipping away from you so quickly.

Take advantage of the perks that come with your student ID

Often times surrounding businesses near a college campus will offer students special discounts so always have your school id handy. You can often find out which businesses offer these discounts by visiting your school’s Res Life office, student activities office, or by simply asking around campus. A movie theater near my college offered students discounted movie tickets on certain nights of the week. This made for a great and inexpensive off-campus excursion with friends.

The campus shuttle bus is your friend

So I know most campus shuttle buses have the tendency to be unreliable and off-schedule, but if you’re taking (daytime) off campus trips for leisure and time isn’t an issue, the free shuttle bus beats expensive taxis every time.

Clip coupons and check out online deals

Okay, I know clipping coupons sounds like the most granny-ish thing ever, but I promise it will help you out in ways you couldn’t even imagine. Sites like Groupon, Living Social, and Amazon Deals also make for really fun and inexpensive outings and activities.

Invest in a coffeemaker 

All night cram sessions, late nights out with the girls, and early morning exams will make coffee your best fiend. Buying coffee everyday is a sure way to make you feel as if these is a hole in your pocket and making your own coffee is  sure way to ensure that your coffee is fresh while plugging that pocket-hole at the same time.

Jazmine Denise is a freelance writer living in New York. Follow her on Twitter @jazminedenise

Brace: Blackface Comedian Asks Brigham Students About Black History

February 9th, 2012 - By Brande Victorian
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I don’t what’s more disturbing about this video of students at Brigham Young University being quized on black history—the terrible and unnecessary blackface the comedian asking the questions is in or the ridiculous answers that are being given.

BYU is one of the least diverse campuses in the US, with only 176 black students out of the 30,000 student population, so it’s not surprising Dave Ackerman thought this would be the place to get “hilarious” responses to questions about black history. The video experiment shows students have no idea when Black History Month is—including a black student (SMH), they can’t name historical figures besides Martin Luther King and Malcolm X—no Samuel L. Jackson does not count, and they celebrate the month by listening to Jay-Z.

Unfortunately, the interview doesn’t stop with questions, Ackerman also asks students to imitate how black guys and black girls act and gets their thoughts on interracial dating. In the end, Ackerman says he finds it disturbing that only three people commented that he wasn’t really black but I find it more disturbing that he thinks this experiment really achieved his goal of fighting ignorance with ignorance. Looks like another excuse to get away with wearing blackface.

Check out the video and tell us what you think. Does this serve any purpose as far as educating BYU students?

Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.

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Two Killed in Virginia Tech Shooting

December 8th, 2011 - By Brande Victorian
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Memories of the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history which occurred on the campus of Virginia Tech in April 2007 flashed through everyone’s minds today when reports came through that an armed man was running loose on the school’s grounds.

A Virginia Tech police officer was shot and killed at a traffic stop before the suspect fled on foot through a parking lot nearby. A second body was later found there. Initially police believed the suspect was still roaming campus, but they now believe the second body belongs to the shooter.

University President Charles W. Steger called the incident “a wanton act of violence”

In light of news that the shooter was suspected to no longer be a threat, university officials lifted the campus wide alert early this afternoon. Montgomery County schools also lifted a lockdown and allowed students to head home.

Ironically, today’s incident coincided with an appeal by Virginia Tech managers of a $55,000 fine levied by the U.S. Department of Education after the 2007 shooting.

Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.


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Where Have All the Male College Students Gone?

December 6th, 2011 - By Charlotte Young
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Ladies, when you take a look at your college campus, you probably shake your head and ask the same question again: Where are all the men? It appears as if they’ve all stepped to the side to make way for an increase of girl power in college and it’s not just your imagination. The International Business Times reports that on some co-ed campuses, the ratio of girls to boys is almost three to one.

The National Center for Education Statistics observes that the college enrollment increased 38 percent between 1999 and 2009, in total. But during that time span, women enrollment increased by 40 percent compared to the 35 percent increase by men.

And according to them, the disparity between the sexes will only continue to grow. The NCES estimates that by 2013, women will account for 57 percent of students in undergraduate study programs across the country. By 2019, NCES estimates a jump to 59 percent in undergraduate programs.

Advanced degree programs are also experiencing a ratio change. In 2008, women made up 61 percent of the master’s degree students and 51 percent of the doctoral students. That percentage is expected to grow to 61 percent across all advanced degree programs.

The rising numbers of women in college were also observed by the US Department of Education. In 2010, they stated that women “account for a disproportionate share of the enrollments of higher-education institutions at every degree level and are likely to become an even more dominant presence on campuses over the coming decade.”

For African-Americans, the gender difference in school leans even heavier in women’s favor.

So much for meeting your future husband in college.

Linda Sax, professor in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA recognizes that the gender gap is changing concerning women enrollment, but also notes that men are enrolling in school in high numbers as well.

Then why can’t we see them? Sax tells the International Business Times that it’s simply the balance in population.

In addition, she says, “the growing gender gap in college enrollments is attributable primarily to increases in college attendance among women from groups historically under-represented in higher education — namely, African Americans, Latinas, older students, and lower-income students.”

Now with that question solved, here comes the next question: with more women graduating from undergraduate and graduate programs than ever, why are men still likely to advance higher in the work world than women?

According to the International Business times, 53 percent of entry-level new hires are women. But if you take a look up the working hierarchy, the percentages begins to diminish with 37 percent in lower-middle management; 28 percent at the vice-presidency level; then only 14 percent at the executive committee. At the very top, women only represent 3 percent.

There are unfortunately, still several unfair hoops that women must jump through to make it to the top. Another explanation can be found in the degree programs women choose to complete compare to men.

The Chronicle for Higher Education reports that “certain majors in university remain dominated by men,” such as engineering and computer and information sciences.

It seems in addition to focusing getting into school, women must also take into consideration which majors lead to greater professional and financial gain.

Sex Crimes Reported on Campus Seldom Prosecuted as Felonies

December 6th, 2011 - By Brande Victorian
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It’s often difficult for women, especially on college campuses, to report that they were victims of sexual assault, and low prosecution rates certainly don’t do much to convince women that coming forward is worth the shame and embarrassment they often feel.

A report into 16 colleges and universities in the Chicago area found that sex crimes reported on the campuses are rarely prosecuted as felonies. Out of more than 100 incidents reported since 2005, only 12 resulted in arrests, five in convictions, and most potential felonies were downgraded to misdemeanors—an act that is often viewed as an insult to victims.

“A misdemeanor battery is the same charge you’d get if you punched someone in the face,” Sharmili Majmudar, Executive Director of Rape Victim Advocates, told The Chicago Tribune. “To have any kind of conviction is something positive, I can’t deny that. But it’s such a qualified success. We’d like to see more felony charges.”

Earlier this year, The Tribune reported similar results from a June survey of six schools in Illinois and Indiana. Of the 171 reported sex crimes police investigated since 2005, there were only 12 arrests and four convictions.

The arrest and conviction rates in the Midwest and Cook County surveys were far below the average for rapes reported nationally, which suggests other states pursue sex crimes more aggressively, but it seems as though victims may be getting violated all over again in these cases which typically boil down to one person’s word against the others.

Did you often hear about sex crimes occurring on your college campuses? Were perpetrators ever convicted of their crimes? Why do you think the conviction rate is so low?

Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.

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Collegiate Qualms: Dealing With Diversity on a Predominately White College Campus

November 21st, 2011 - By Bianca Clendenin
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Four years ago when I was trying to decide where I was going to college, there were many things I had to consider: how much will it cost? Do I want to go out of state? How big is the school? Do they have my major?  Is the school diverse?

College was not an option–it was something I had to do. There was no way my mom was going to allow me not to go get my degree. So as young as 10 I was trying to figure out which Ivy League I would attend. Brown University was the front runner at one point.

In high school I moved to a predominately white and rural area in New York. At first it was a culture shock because growing up I went to school in the inner city. Everyone for the most part was black or brown. I didn’t have to answer ignorant questions like if I had ever seen someone get shot or how was I so smart to get in an upper level math class as a freshman. These incidents of ignorance gave me a sort of identity crisis. My white peers, as well as some of my black peers, didn’t find me black enough to meet their expectations, so I thought maybe going to a historically black college might help.

Though my experiences have helped shaped me as the person as I am today, in the end, it definitely pushed me to look for a diverse college to attend.  But what does diversity truly mean to you? Does it mean an all black college? Or does it mean 75 percent white and a sprinkle of “color” that at the most reaches 25 percent?

At the end of day I applied to schools I could afford to go to. As we all know college is getting more and more expensive, so instead of going to my dream schools such as NYU or Brown, I applied to the next best thing: a small liberal arts college. For one, the one I chose was a public college and “for two,” it’s in a perfect location–45 minutes away from New York City and only a hour and half away from home.

When I went to visit my future school almost three years ago, I was drawn by how everyone was so carefree. Everyone had green hair, piercings and paint on their jeans. It just seemed like this very hippie, artistic, and carefree environment. My mother knew as soon as we went to visit that it was the right fit for me. My Denise Huxtable bohemian sensibilities craved this setting. Sorry, but football and frat parties wasn’t the college experience I was looking for.

Now that I’ve been at the same college for three years now, I realized my school is not as diverse as I thought it was. Sure, if you’re white and/or an individual from the LGBT community, you’re more likely to fit in and agree our school is a home for diversity. “Think Wide Open” is our slogan.

I’m not always the only other black student in a class like I was in high school, but I find myself as the token black girl in many situations. But when my school does have pockets of racially inspired events, like a discussion on the N-word or a hip-hop cypher (freestyle rapping for those who don’t know), it doesn’t get the turnouts like bigger events on campus do. I wonder why…

So what is a girl to do when you want more events on campus that deal with the black experience, yet feel the only ones that get the green light are these almost stereotypical attempts at diversity? Hip-hop shows or the hottest parties shouldn’t be the only things black students contribute to on campus. We might not have the majority, but we still have a voice, and we can do a lot better than that.

How do you deal with a lack of diversity on a college campus or at work?

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