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College Students Unite to Bring Relief to Refugees 

George Mason University students streamed into a room in the campus’ community building in Fairfax, Virginia, one day last week to pack rice and beans. These meals, 40,000 of them, were bound for refugee families in the Middle East. “Each box provides meals for a family of five for a whole month. We are able to pack 280 boxes to take over there,” said Brett Miller with George Mason’s Christian Campus Ministry. The interdenominational Christian organization Mason Cru organized Meals for Refugees in response to what has become a very…

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Science 

Monks For A Month: College Kids Give Up Talking — And Technology

Enlarge this image PeopleImages/Getty Images Imagine a college course that requires students to give up computer and cell-phone technology for a month — and, in fact, to cease speaking entirely for that period. Then imagine that the class is super-popular, with students clamoring to get in. This scenario fascinates me because, if successful, it would be the polar-opposite situation to the one I wrote about here last month, in which psychology professor Larry Rosen urged his colleagues to give students “tech breaks” to check their cell phones during college classes….

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Business 

GOP Plan To Tax College Endowments Like Yale’s And Harvard’s Would Be Neither Fair Nor Effective

Tucked away in the recently announced GOP tax bill is a small item you may have missed: a new tax on university endowments. As I have spent decades working in higher education, the proposal immediately piqued my interest. Colleges create endowments by raising funds from alumni, companies and other donors, invest the money in stocks, bonds and other assets, and use the returns to fund student aid programs, professors’ salaries and any other expenses needed to run a college. Republicans want to slap a 1.4 percent tax on certain endowments’ investment income, also…

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