Does It Matter If Republicans Gives To HBCU’s? Roland Talks To Dr. Michael Lomax, UNCF President

In my humble opinion, college scholarship money coming from ANYWHERE that helps college students pay their tuition can NEVER be a bad thing! Think about your child, your little cousin, your sibling, young people in your neighborhood and community! How can we have hope for a better future if there is no means to reach it?

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Roland Martin talks to Dr. Michael Lomax, President of the UNCF about their controversial decision to accept a $25M donation from known Republicans the Koch Brothers.

“Koch Industries has been a supporter of the UNCF for over a decade. We have 100,000 donors annually and we have donors that represent a broad cross-section of politics in America. But they believe in one thing — helping kids go to college,” Lomax said.

Click the link above to hear the entire interview!

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Doctors Treat Depression With Brain Magnets

Given that May is Mental Health Month, this is a very timely piece dealing with new treatments for depression in college students.

TIME

Meghan McGill was a freshman in college when she was diagnosed with depression. She lost interest in reading and dancing, two of her favorite activities, and eventually missed so many classes that she was disqualified from her university. Six years later, when she was 28, she finally saw a psychiatrist who put her on Prozac. That didn’t help either. “I lost a lot of jobs because I couldn’t call into work,” she says.

McGill’s experience is a familiar one for many patients with depression; more than one in 10 Americans take antidepressants according to the Center for Disease Control—and almost 15% of all women. But 20-40% of people cannot tolerate the side effects or do not benefit from antidepressants.

That’s why doctors are encouraged by a bizarre and novel treatment called transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), in which magnets (yes, magnets) are administered to alleviate depression. This strange strategies may provide…

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Am I a Student, or a Therapist?!

The Thesis Whisperer

Last year I published a post called “How I broke up with my supervisor” which detailed one student’s less than great experience of supervision. I got many emails after that post, some with really dreadful stories of neglect and bullying. I decided to publish some of them, with the authors’ permission, because I think they contain lessons for all of us, student and supervisor alike.

I posted one line from this email to Facebook and was amazed at the quick response and variation in thoughts, so I’m sure there will be a lot of interest in this story. Although the student invited me to edit the email post below, I decided to publish it verbatim. Finally, before you ask, I don’t know the names of either of the universities involved…

Hello Thesis Whisperer.

I have been thinking about writing to you for a while with my experience of flawed system…

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College Students Order a Hit on Themselves to Avoid Finals

This is INSANELY silly!

TIME

Instead of hitting the books, two students ordered a hit on themselves.

Two University of Georgia students didn’t have a death wish, but they did wish to be injured just enough to get out of their final exams. The two devised a plan and took out an ad on Craigslist.

While the ad has since been flagged for removal by the online classified site, according to Flagpole.com, a University of Georgia Athens news site who took a screenshot of the ad, the advertisement requested that the hit man literally hit them with a car.

While too lazy to study, but not overly sadistic, the women explicitly stated that they did not want to die, just simply be “injured enough to get out of taking our finals here at UGA.” Wisely the ad was placed under the site’s “skilled trades” section.

As for compensation for the act, the reward would…

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6 Reasons Moving Back In With Your Parents Is Actually OK

Metro

With the news that house prices will keep soaring until 2020, optimistic first-time buyers will definitely have to put off that first deposit and keep paying ludicrous amounts of rent every month just to keep a roof over their heads.

But for those of us who are lucky to work in the same home town we’ve always grown up in, and who actually get on with our parents, we might just be lucky enough to keep on living at home. And it’s not as bad as you might think. Here’s why:

1. Your housemates actually care when you’re sick

Chundering your guts out, sweating profusely and feeling like someone kicked you in the gut obviously isn’t great, but it’s so much worse when you live on your own or with a flatmate who’s out all the time. Having your mum bring you a tea makes it all better, even if you’ll…

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Sen. Gillibrand Drafts Bill To Allow College Grads To Refinance Federal Loans

New York college students and high school graduates may have a little stress lifted off their backs when it comes to federal loans thanks to the hard work of New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.

CBS New York

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – With student loan debt continuing to balloon, New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has launched an effort to allow recent college graduates to refinance their loans .

As WCBS 880’s Monica Miller reported, many college-bound students are about to take on tens of thousands of dollars in debt to pay their tuition.

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“Most student loans are federal loans and so I have a bill to say if you have a federal loan, you can refinance at the going rate,” said Gillibrand. “It’s absurd that you can refinance your mortgage or your business loan but not your student loan. So our bill says anyone who has a federal loan can refinance at 4 percent right away.”

Student loan debt has surpassed the $1 trillion mark nationwide, surpassing…

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