It was quite a year of headlines.
By Lynda Lopez, First Year, University of Chicago
will soon make way for 2011, ushering in a new semester/quarter for college
students. Before we say farewell to 2010, though, it seems only fitting that we
look back at the biggest college news of the year. From the Rutgers University
suicide to the Yale University fraternity scandal, there were quite a few
college headlines that dominated the news this year. Continue reading to find
out which ones made ChiU’s Top 10 list.
- Rutgers University suicide:
A story which has now become a symbol for the continued harassment against the
LGBTQ community, the suicide of Tyler Clementi shocked the nation in late
September. Clementi, 18, jumped of the George Washington Bridge after roommate
Dharun Ravi and classmate Molly Wei live-streamed a video of Clementi’s sexual
intimacies with another man in his room without his knowledge. Ravi and Wei
have since withdrawn from Rutgers and are facing invasion of privacy charges.
- Student Protests in London:
Not even Prince Charles’ car was safe from the rage of student protesters in
London. On December 9, students kicked the vehicle on Regent Street in downtown
London, only hours after the House of Commons approved a measure that will
triple tuition for British universities to $14,000 a year. Throughout November,
protests had been raging because of the proposed hike to student tuitions.
- Dream Act:
A little over a week ago, the Dream Act was defeated in the Senate after having
passed the House of Representatives in early December with a 216-198 vote. For
the latter half of 2010, advocates of the Dream Act came out in full force to
try to pressure Congress to pass the act during the lame-duck session. The Dream Act would have created a path to citizenship for
undocumented students in the United States.
- Duke University Sex Scandal:
A Duke alum named Karen Owen created a 41
page “Senior Honors Thesis” entitled “An Education Beyond the Classroom:
Excelling in the Realm of Horizontal Academics, in which she describes her
sexual experiences with 13 men while at Duke. It has since become a topic of
debate among people that describe it as a form of “female expression” and those
that say it is a “step back for women’s rights.”
- UChicago Application Increase:
In the 2009-2010 application year, the University of Chicago saw an
unprecedented 42% rise in its applications. The sharp increase in applications caused
many to wonder what had caused the dramatic increase. Some say that UChicago’s
heavy marketing under the new Dean of Admissions worked like a charm. Whatever
the case may be, one thing is for sure, UChicago’s reputation is quickly
shifting. Perhaps, one day, it will no longer be thought of as “the place where
fun goes to die.”
- Gay Student Body President Bashed:
In the spring of 2010, the University of Michigan elected Chris Armstrong as the
first openly gay student body president. Soon after, Assistant Attorney General
Andrew Shirvell, a Michigan alum, started Chris Armstrong Watch, a blog to
monitor the student leader’s every move. In the blog, Shirvell accused
Armstrong of being “a dangerous homosexual rights extremist” among other
things. Armstrong reportedly responded to the blog by saying, “I will not
back down. I will not flinch. I will not falter. I will not succumb to any
unwarranted attacks. What I will do is I will carry on with the utmost pride
and vindication.” In November, Shirvell was fired from his job.
- “Operation Ivy League”:
In early December, the arrest of five Columbia University students stunned the
nation. Not only did they attend one of the most prestigious nations in the
country, they were charged with selling marijuana, cocaine, and ecstasy out of
Columbia University dorm rooms. According to the NYPD, the undergrads sold
$11,000 worth of drugs to undercover cops over a period of five months prior to
- Undocumented Student Body President
Revealed: In November, Fresno State Student Body President
Pedro Ramirez was revealed as an undocumented immigrant. He reportedly told the
Associated Press that, “This is a big, big issue that should have been
addressed a long time ago. My goal is to bring awareness to that.” As the fight
for the Dream Act continued to grow, this incident brought further strength to
the argument that undocumented students have much to offer to this nation.
- Yale’s Fraternity Chant: According
to the Yale Daily News, the school’s chapter of Delta Kappa Epsilon had their
pledges march through the university’s
Old Campus blindfolded and chanting “No means yes, yes means anal” and
“I’m a necrophiliac, I f— dead women.” On poor judgment, the chanters
just so happened to be marching past many freshman female dormitories. The
fraternity’s president soon apologized after Yale’s Women’s Center spoke
publically about the offensive nature of the chant. In the era of Youtube, there
just so happens to be a video of the march. Go here to see it.
- West Point Lesbian Resigns: West Point student
Katherine Miller came out to her classmates in an open letter of resignation.
She resigned as a rising junior, days before she would have had to commit to
another two years at the school and five in the military. Miller reportedly
said that she just could not handle having to hide her true identity at the
school. With the ending of “don’t ask, don’t tell, Miller has since reapplied
to West Point after completing half of her junior year at Yale University.