Rubio v Paul: Who answered it better?

Our '2016 Sweet 16' bracket is bringing us closer to a winner! This round is between Senator Marco Rubio against Senator Rand paul on the topic of ISIS. Listen and watch the video and then make sure to vote in the poll.

Walker v Cruz: Who answered it better?

We have gone from 16 to 8 in our '2016 Sweet 16' bracket! This one is between Governor Scott Walker against Senator Ted Cruz on the topic of taxes. Listen and watch the video and then make sure to vote in the poll. The winner will advance to the next round!

 

A Disaster in Journalism

By Jay Boyd, Fox News Summer College Associate

Rolling Stone magazine is facing a bevy of lawsuits in the wake of an article titled “A Rape on Campus”, which chronicled a student’s story of a gang rape at the University of Virginia.

Just this week, three UVA graduates, who were members of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity profiled in the article, filed a lawsuit against Wenner Media, the publisher of Rolling Stone, and Sabrina Rubin Erdely, who wrote the now debunked story. The lawsuit was filed in United States District Court in New York and charges three counts, including defamation and negligent infliction of emotional distress. The three men claim they suffered “vicious and hurtful attacks” because of the article. One of the graduates in the lawsuit says he was “easily matched as one of the alleged attackers and… [people] interrogated him, humiliated him, and scolded him”.

In May, Nicole Eramo, UVA’s associate dean of students, filed a $7.8 million defamation lawsuit against Rolling Stone. Eramo is responsible for overseeing the university’s sexual-assault claims. In the article, Eramo was characterized as discouraging rape reporting in favor of maintaining the reputation of the university. She claims that the article has ruined her life, especially “as a woman who has dedicated her life to assisting victims of sexual assault and domestic abuse”.

In the wake of these two lawsuits, Rolling Stone announced that its managing editor will be leaving the magazine next month. Will Dana had worked for Rolling Stone for 19 years, but in a statement, he said “it is time to move on”. A spokesperson for the magazine stated that “many factors go into a decision like this”, without specifically mentioning the “Rape on Campus” disaster.

The article had a profound effect on the University of Virginia this past year. With a community already thrown into grief with the situation leading to the tragic death of second-year Hannah Graham, the article threw salt onto the exposed wounds prevalent in the university community. The reputation of UVA was being thrown to the curb through the all the negative attention that was garnered and the media exposure that followed suit.

Sexual assaults on campuses around the country took more of a center seat in American society as a result of the events. President Obama has long pushed for increased scrutiny of the sexual assault crimes occurring across America, and this situation, whether it happened or not, helped the President’s push for change.

Effects of the article were felt in concrete actions taken by University President Teresa Sullivan. Since UVA was listed by the Department of Education as one of 55 colleges under investigation for potentially mishandling sexual assault violations, President Sullivan was under pressure to act, given the circumstances. She would end up suspending all social events at Greek organizations for weeks while the internal investigation into the eventually-debunked story took place. Later on, fraternities would go on to make significant changes, such as banning kegs, employing security workers for parties, and maintaining three sober members at minimum at each event the fraternity hosted.

The story of Rolling Stone vs. UVA is far from over, and these lawsuits only prove that the debacle of journalistic malpractice will continue for the foreseeable future.

 

Bush v Huckabee: Who answered it better?

We have gone from 16 to 8 in our '2016 Sweet 16' bracket! This one is between Governor Jeb Bush against Governor Mike Huckabee on the topic of abortion. Listen and watch the video and then make sure to vote in the poll. The winner will advance to the next round!

 

 

 

Trump v Carson: Who answered it better?

We have gone from 16 to 8 in our '2016 Sweet 16' bracket! This one is between Donald Trump and Dr. Ben Carson on the topic of immigration. Listen and watch the video and then make sure to vote in the poll. The winner will advance to the next round!

Gilmore: “I've looked at the people that are in the race and I've concluded that I ought to run for the presidency.”

Former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore told viewers Thursday on “Special Report with Bret Baier”  that “I have looked at the race, I've looked at the people that are in the race and I've concluded that I ought to run for the presidency.”

Gilmore announced his candidacy Thursday, making him the 17th republican candidate to officially join the 2016 field. “I think the United States is in decline, “Gilmore said;  “it's in decline on its foreign policy, it's in decline on its national security, we're in decline on our economics. The report today was not good, I don't care what anybody says, we're not doing as well as we're supposed to do in economics. And I have the credentials to address these issues. “

Despite the already crowded field, Gilmore is undaunted by the challenge, noting that his resume sets him apart from the others, both at home and abroad: “I'm a former governor, so I'm in a position to address the domestic issues. We built jobs, we created economic opportunities in Virginia.

“But more than that, I have a background in foreign policy that the other governors do not have. I chaired the national committee on Homeland Security for the United States for five years. My degree is in foreign policy. I'm United States army intelligence veteran, assigned to NATO in Europe. I'm well-traveled around the world. I was the Governor of Virginia during the 9/11 attack. I know what needs to be done in order to reverse this decline and get America back on track again, and I believe that's why I should be the Chief Executive. "

Death of a Kingpin

By Jay Boyd, Fox News Summer College Associate

News from Afghan officials of the death of Mullah Mohammed Omar is a huge coup for those fighting the war on terror.

The man who once called for “the extinction of America” has had a $10 million bounty on his head ever since the 9/11 terror attacks that shook the world. While there is a report from Afghan intelligence that he succumbed to tuberculosis two years ago, we aren’t completely sure as to how the terror kingpin died. Even though Taliban sources are currently denying his death, Afghan officials are confident of it. This is the most definitive statement on his death since reports of his death were merely floated around in 2011.

Mullah Omar, as he was known, was notorious for hiding incredibly well – we haven’t seen him since 2001. The details about his past before the 1980’s are sparse. For example, we can only get his birth year down to a 12-year margin, anywhere from 1950 to 1962.

Omar was a soldier for the Mujahideen during the war in Afghanistan against the Soviet Union. While fighting in one of the battles, he suffered a shrapnel injury to one of his eyes, leaving him with only one functioning eye. This became the defining physical feature for the man that the west, specifically America, wanted so desperately to find.

After the war against the Soviets, Omar formed the Taliban, which started as a force of roughly 50 individuals. However, it would become a force whose power encapsulated the entire country of Afghanistan. The Taliban, in its infancy, started by capturing the Kandahar province, followed by Herat, and then, in 1996, it captured the Afghan capital of Kabul.

Mullah Omar became the 11th leader of Afghanistan, with his reign lasting for roughly 5 years. He was interviewed after the September 11 attacks, when he was still the leader of Afghanistan, and stated that his desire was for “[America] to fall to the ground”. Needless to say, he quickly became one of the prime targets of the war on terror. This only heightened when his regime was accused of giving shelter to Osama Bin Laden’s forces, who perpetrated the 9/11 attacks.

Early on in the war in Afghanistan, western forces bombed his house in Kandahar, but he was not there, and his son and uncle were killed in the attack. He was interviewed once again in 2004, this time by a Pakistani journalist via telephone, and said that the Taliban forces were “hunting Americans like pigs”. That was the last time we definitively heard from him, because all future communication with Omar would be through letters and statements.

In 2014, when America traded 5 senior Afghan prisoners for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, Omar reportedly praised their release. Later that year, Omar’s aide, named Abdul Rahman Nika, was killed in an attack by the Afghan army. Nika was responsible for many of the Taliban’s attacks in western Afghanistan, we are told.

The death of Mullah Muhammed Omar is one of, if not the most significant death for the western cause in the war on terror since Osama Bin Laden was killed in a raid in Pakistan in 2011. Whether this death will be trumpeted by the Obama administration to the level of Bin Laden’s remains to be seen.

The death of Omar represents a significant boost in morale for those of us fighting the war on terror, where notable gains and victories are becoming more difficult to come by as we progress.

Cruz v Christie: Who answered it better?

Round 8 of our '2016 Sweet 16' bracket goes to Senator Ted Cruz versus Governor Chris Christie on the topic of ISIS. Watch the video below visit our blog to vote in the poll. The winner will advance to the next round!

 

 

 

Ben Carson weighs in on Planned Parenthood video

Dr. Ben Carson, Republican presidential candidate, weighed in on the controversial Planned Parenthood videos on "Special Report with Bret Baier" saying "We, as a society, have allowed our sensitivities to gradually be dulled to the point where it takes something of this magnitude to begin to shock us when all along babies were being slaughtered."

Doctor Carson referred to the third sting video made public by the pro-life group Center for Medical Progress that purportedly showed a buyer inside a clinic discussing pricing for fetal tissues after abortions.

He is among a growing republican chorus calling to defund Planned Parenthood with more videos expected to be released in the coming weeks, and said the mother-infant bond as "sacred" during pregnancy, "Many women believe that that's an inconvenience for them and that that child is their enemy and that child can be destroyed. "

And that anybody who doesn't agree with that is engaged in a war on women, " Carson continued. 

George Washington University announces students no longer required to submit SAT/ACT scores

By Emily Cyr

On Tuesday, George Washington University announced that students applying there will no longer be required to submit SAT or ACT scores. But the question arises: is this aimed to help applicants or help a university still reeling from admissions scandals?

On the Test-Optional Policy page on their admissions website, the university states it has developed this rule in contingency with its “admissions philosophy of holistic review”, by encouraging students who would otherwise not apply, out of fear their test scores would hinder them. With this policy, the decision to submit test scores is in the hands of the applicants, who can decide whether or not their scores accurately reflect their academic abilities.

In the announcement, the university also sites efforts to broaden the student body as a reason for the change in policy:

 “The test-optional policy should strengthen and diversify an already outstanding applicant pool and will broaden access for those high-achieving students who have historically been underrepresented at selective colleges and universities, including students of color, first-generation students and students from low-income households,” said Laurie Koehler, senior associate provost for enrollment management and co-chair of the access committee.

Though the university has garnered a great deal of attention for this new policy, they are certainly not the first to drop test scores. American University, Wesleyan University, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Hamilton College are among the schools who have adopted the test optional policy. However, this does not mean fewer students are taking the tests. 

For the 2014 year (2015 not available yet), College Board reported there was an overall increase in SAT participation, including minority students whom GWU hopes to attract. College Board has also implemented a fee waiver program, granting more than 78 million dollars so that the college application process is more accessible to lower income students.

Some of these test takers will still be George Washington hopefuls.

Not all prospective students can opt out of the tests for GWU: students applying to their accelerated seven- year BA/MD program, homeschool students, recruited NCAA Division I athletes and students who come from secondary schools with only narrative evaluations (instead of grades), all must submit test scores in their applications.  

In the last couple of years, George Washington University has seen some hiccups in its admissions department.

 GWU was penalized for inflating its 2011 freshman class statistics, saying 78% of the incoming class were in the top 10% of their high school when the number was actually 58%.  It was the university itself that noticed the error and reported the mistake to U.S News & World Report, who then changed the university from a No. 51 ranking in their “Best Colleges” list to unranked for the year. They are currently ranked 54th on U.S. News & World Report National Universities list.

In 2013, the George Washington University school paper, The GW Hatchet , broke a story saying the university’s need-blind admission policy was false. The university reportedly placed students on the waitlist because they could not pay the tuition, demonstrating a need-aware policy.   

After problems like these, current students may feel uneasy.

I reached out to current George Washington student, Christian Schaeffer, to see how he felt about the new policy. Schaeffer, a junior in the School of Media and Public Affairs, said “I’m skeptical. We've yet to see how it will impact GW's selectivity, and by extension the value of my degree." 

This skepticism of the university is reflected in its admission statistics, where applicants were down following the previously described incidents. For the class of 2014, GWU saw a major decline in applicants: from 21, 789 for the class of 2013 to 18,950 that year. For fall of 2015, the number was 19,781 applications, a clear increase but still significantly smaller than the years prior to the scandals.

So is GWU trying to regain the trust of its applicants and repair its tarnished reputation? Or do they truly believe that college entrance exams are on their way out of college admissions?

The Office of Admissions at George Washington University could not be reached for comment. 

What do you think? Should schools require SAT/ACT scores?

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