Stanford filed an amicus brief supporting Harvard in the Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard University case that is expected to wrap up on Friday.
Tiger Sun discusses how elite colleges, and efforts for colleges to brand themselves as such, may prevent them from serving certain groups of students.
During the 2016 election, Appalachian America received unprecedented levels of press. The lion’s share of these stories related to the region’s collective malaise – a potent combination of job loss, drug use and outright poverty – and attempted to use these cultural ills as an explanation for the people’s rabid and widespread support of Donald…
Editor’s note: This piece was originally published in our NSO magazine issue on Sept. 22. When it came in the mail, I looked at it a while before opening it. The packet, white-enveloped and Cardinal red, contained a letter that, on weighted paper, read, “It gives me very great pleasure to invite you into the…
An argument that relies on this rhetorical ploy–that gets to avoid defending its weakest points, and obscures differences and logical links between different beliefs–is exactly what we need to avoid. In order to formulate intelligent policy, we must seek to elevate reason over rhetoric–and always be wary of the motte and bailey.
Ben Kaufman ’17 and Wyatt Smitherman ’16 debate the usage and necessity of affirmative action policies. Kaufman argues that race should be one of many factors considered in university admissions while Smitherman claims we should have a solely merit-based admissions system.
The U.S. is not color-blind, nor does it need to be. What we need is frank awareness of the true racial disparities that still exist and action to eliminate them. The Supreme Court’s decision on the Michigan case now simply perpetuates the lie that races are “equal enough” in the country. It allows majority rule to overtake minority rights – something that the republican process was never meant to uphold.
Stereotype threat can cause minority groups with negative stereotypes to perform worse on tests. More importantly, however, there is psychological evidence to support the representation of intelligence as an entity that can grow, as opposed to a fixed quantity. Intelligence is something that is cultivated, and the academic, social and economic environment of a student matters. Students should be evaluated with reference to their origins and environments for a system to be truly meritocratic.