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They represent the official black student union group at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). They are angry and members of the Black Bruins have come forward to expose something that is lacking at the university: racial diversity. Led by Sy Stokes, these young black men want to see change and for them, it starts with a recently posted video on Youtube.
In an explosive video narrated by Stokes (who is of Black, Cherokee Indian and Chinese descent) and backed by 10 black male students, current statistics were unleashed regarding the enrollment and graduation rates of African-Americans, and specifically black men, at UCLA.
Posted by The Huffington Post:
“According to the school’s enrollment statistics, African-Americans make up 3.8 percent of the student population. In the video, Stokes points out that black males make up 3.3 percent of the male student population, and that 65 percent of those black males are undergraduate athletes. Of the incoming men in the freshmen class, only 1.9 percent of them were black.”
Stokes admitted that he wanted to leave the university during his freshman year because he wasn’t comfortable there. While he eventually found a community to call “his own,” Sy Stokes knew that it was time to bring awareness to the lack of enrollment of minorities. That’s how the ideo of the video was introduced to other members of the Black Bruins.
The vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, Janina Montero sent a statement to The Daily Bruin, UCLA’s newspaper, in response to an interview Stokes did with them. in It, she says:
“We certainly recognize that the low numbers of African Americans and other underrepresented students on campus does lead to a sense of isolation and invisibility. It is difficult to eliminate this painful imbalance without considering race in the admissions process.”
Affirmative Action was deemed unlawful in California back in 1996.
Stokes says he has received negative comments and hate mail since posting the video but he’s fine with it.
“It doesn’t matter how much hate I get, just as long as someone is talking about it.”
Make sure you check out the video. We’d love to hear your thoughts.
Are you still confused by Obamacare? Well, if you can survive the tech glitches that still plague the online registration site, it is not hard to enroll in health care coverage in the Affordable Care Act insurance exchanges.
FYI: Coverage starts in 2014, but you must sign up by December 15 if you want coverage to begin January 1, reports CNN.
The way you enroll will depend on the state you live in. But in general guideline, here’s to how to sign up for a policy on the exchange.
1. Go to the official enrollment site at Healthcare.gov, and enter your state.
“If you live in a state that’s running its own exchange, you will be directed there or you can just go directly to your state’s exchange website. Those in the states where the federal government is running the exchange will apply through the federal portal,” explains CNN.
So what is an exchange? “The health care exchanges are essentially marketplaces where you can easily choose the type of insurance that best meets your needs. They are either run by the state or the Federal department of Health and Human Services,” reports About.com. Exchanges offer four different types of plans: Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum. Through these categories you to can compare plans with the same copays, deductibles and monthly fees from different companies.
All the insurance plans offered by the exchanges must cover these essential health benefits: Emergency room services and hospitalization, outpatient care, including preventive and wellness visits, as well as chronic disease management, maternity care, and prescription drugs.
2. Next, you must then set up an account and provide information, such as your name, address, age, number of people in your family, household income, employer and whether you have access to insurance elsewhere, explains CNN. You’ll also have to reveal if you are a smoker, since insurance carriers can charge smokers more.
3. If you want, you can also apply for a federal subsidy, which may require you to provide pay stubs and certain tax forms. The income you list must match your Internal Revenue Service records. The website should tell you instantly if you qualify for the subsidy. “You’ll also find out whether you are eligible for Medicaid, and whether you can enroll your children in the government health program for kids, known as CHIP,” reports CNN.
4. Now it is time to actually enroll. You can learn about the various insurance policies available in your area, including deductibles, out-of-pocket costs, doctor networks and benefits packages. Plans are sorted by premiums and various other criteria and can be compared side by side.
“You can then enroll and opt to set up premium payments online or call the carrier’s customer service department for additional payment options,” reports CNN.
If you don’t want to enroll online, applications can also be mailed in.
And if you need help enrolling, visit localhelp.healthcare.gov on the federal portal and type in your zip code. It will list various places you can get help in filling out the application.
With the recession still an ongoing reality for so many, there is not only a decrease in job opportunities, but graduate school enrollment as well. The New York Times reports that the decline from 2009 to 2010 came despite an 8.4 percent increase in applications and a 5.5 percent increase in enrollment from the previous year.
According to the Council of Graduate Schools, “this is the first decline in first-time graduate enrollment since 2003.” It takes place most noticeably among the business, education and public administration program degrees, the council’s president, Debra W. Stewart, observes.
Historically the trend has been the weaker the economy, the higher the graduate school enrollment, but Stewart believes people are now cautious to leave their jobs to go back to school fearing that they may not have a job waiting for them once they’ve completed their degree.
In addition, the high cost of tuition has also caused many prospective students to reconsider, and turn to other alternatives to professional advancement. Many businesses once paid for employees to earn a graduate degree, but with budget and benefit cuts, there is most likely a cutback in sending employees back to school.
The council’s report observed a faster growing doctoral program enrollment than either master’s or certificate programs. Over 60 percent of the first time graduate students chose public institutions and 58 percent were women. In the 2009-2010 school year, women seemed to dominate the entirety of the graduate school numbers. Women comprised about two-thirds of the students who earned graduate certificates, 60 percent of those that earned master’s degrees and 52 percent of the number who earned a doctorate.
Graduate enrollment is up an overall 1.1 percent with 1.75 million students. The shrinking numbers only accounted for domestic enrollment. There was a 1.2 percent decrease, with black student enrollment falling by over 8 percent. Hispanic student enrollment however, grew to about 5 percent. International graduate student enrollment also grew 4.7 percent.
“Higher education and, increasingly, graduate education are what drives prosperity,” Steward told the NY Times.
“If we get to the point where only people with significant bank accounts can afford graduate education, the country is doomed.”