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Women's basketball announces matchups with Duke

When Penn women’s basketball coach Mike McLaughlin announced a trip to Hawaii for the upcoming season, he talked about providing an experience for his players during their four years at Penn.

Now he’s added a meaningful experience a little closer to home.

The Red and Blue announced a home-and-home series with Duke for the next two seasons, beginning with a Nov.




Facts and figures about Harvard's graduating class

The Harvard Crimson conducted a senior survey and produced some interesting statistics about Harvard's Class of 2015.

Here's some bullet points of the most interesting figures from the survey (To check out the whole survey, click here).

  • 74 percent of black students felt marginalized because of their race while they were at Harvard.
  • 3.64 mean reported GPA while 72 percent of those who responded felt that grade inflation wasn't a big problem.
  • 19.5 percent admitted to cheating while recruited athletes were more likely to have said they cheated than the rest of the Class of 2015.
  • 24 percent said they did not have sex while at Harvard.
  • 14.4 percent of women said they had been sexually assaulted.

Do you think these stats would be similar for Penn's Class of 2015? Do you think grade inflation is an issue at Harvard?


Harvard receives $400 million from hedge fund manager

Harvard's engineering program is getting a new name — and a fair amount of money to go along with it.

Harvard Business School alum and hedge fund manager John Paulson donated $400 million to the University to endow its school of engineering and applied sciences.


Concealed handguns allowed at Texas colleges

Texas' state legislature is passing a law to allow concealed handguns in the classroom.

The campus-carry bill, which would allow students and faculty to have concealed handguns all around state campuses, is expected to be signed into law by Texas Governor Greg Abbott and would take effect starting in August 2016. 

Texas would become the eighth state to officially allow concealed handguns on campus.


Penn State frat shut down for three years

A Penn State fraternity has been shut down for the next three years shortly after a secret fraternity Facebook page was found with photos of nude and semi-nude women.

The University's Interfraternity Council suggested a milder punishment for Kappa Delta Rho according to an AP report.


Sulkowicz carries mattress at Columbia graduation

Throughout the last school year, there has been plenty said about Paul Nungresser, Emma Sulkowicz and her performance art of carrying a mattress throughout Columbia's campus.

And all of that came to a head at Columbia's graduation.

Sulkowicz did as she said she would last September, bringing the mattress across the stage at graduation.



Senator Sanders proposes making four-year colleges tuition free

Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders has a proposal that would make a lot of newly minted voters quite happy.

Sanders, a 73-year-old Vermont senator, introduced a bill known as the "College for All Act" that would make all four-year public college and universities tuition free.


Samantha Power's graduation speech

On Monday, Samantha Power gave the graduation address to Penn students. And now you can read the entire thing.

Power posted a link to the speech on her Twitter account and you can check out the entire thing here. She also posted the following tweets about her speech. 


College football average attendance drops

Average attendance in major college football has hit its lowest level in over a decade.

With schools around the country dealing with issues like student apathy or top notch TV coverage of nearly all games, attendance fell by over 1,000 fans per contest to 44,603, a 2.3 percent decrease according to an ESPN report.

The Ivy League, which is not included in this average due to its Football Championship Series status (formerly known as I-AA), also saw a decrease in average attendance at games, going from 9393 to 9040 fans per game.



Jerome Allen's last stand

It’s just a few minutes until tip-off as Jerome Allen strolls out of the locker room and onto the Palestra floor for Penn basketball’s penultimate game of the season.



Alumni asked to pay senior's debt at Howard U.

With graduation coming, it's time for students to pay their final bills at Howard University. But with some unable to make pay, alumni may come to the rescue.

Howard President Wayne Frederick sent an email to alumni, asking them to help pay off 180 seniors' debts so they can graduate. 

The 180 students' debt totaled around $380,000 and the University has received over $160,000 in the weeks following Frederick's email. 

As to how students still owed money, Howard had a policy that allowed students to pay 25 percent of their tuition before the semester and make regular monthly payments during the semester.


Dartmouth "Animal House" frat derecognized

Dartmouth fraternity Alpha Delta has been officially derecognized by the University. Alpha Delta was the inspiration for the Delta Tau Chi fraternity in the 1978 classic comedy film "Animal House."

The fraternity was already under suspension when it allegedly branded new members in the fall, prompting Dartmouth to take action.


Is Yik Yak being used to cheat?

There always seem to be new ways to cheat.

At multiple universities, students have appeared to share answers on quizzes, tests and exams by posting on Yik Yak.




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