Sunday, January 27, 2013
Vice President holds panel with Sen. Tim Kaine and other leaders on gun safety, gun laws, expanding mental health.
Sunday, January 27
By Katherine Johnson and Mechelle Hankerson, Capital News Service Vice President Joe Biden held a round-table discussion about gun violence Friday at Virginia Commonwealth University, saying “we cannot remain silent” on the issue. The discussion was closed to the public, but in remarks outside the panel he said the group reached a “broad consensus” that certain parties should be denied access to guns. They include convicted felons, those guilty of domestic violence and those who are legally found to not be capable because of mental capacity. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius and Deputy U.S. Attorney General Jim Cole joined Biden for the discussion. Virginia officials …
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
With reversal on affirmative action, enrollments could become less diverse.
Hispanics, African Americans and Asians make up about 30 percent of George Mason University's student body, but, a few years from now, that percentage could drop if the Supreme Court reverses its position on affirmative action. Last week, the court announced it will hear arguments this fall for a Texas case in which the plaintiff claims she was discriminated against attending the University of Texas because she is white. The use of affirmative action in college admissions was last upheld in 2003, but the makeup of the Supreme Court has since changed significantly. In The Huffington Post, law professor Ediberto Roman said he believes the conservative bloc of justices will likely eradicate the practice "once and for all." The court's …
Sunday, November 7, 2010
A necessary evil or accurate predictor of performance?
On Saturday morning, Katelyn Crank joined thousands of high school students across the country in taking the SAT Reason Test (formerly known as the Scholastic Assessment Test), commonly referred to as the SAT. Over the past several decades taking the SAT (or one of its competing tests such as the ACT) has become an essential rite of passage for anyone who wants to go to college. The SAT in particular has maintained its importance despite a number of changes over the years, and not a few criticisms about bias in its content and manner of posing questions. For the uninitiated, the tests are scored on a scale of 200 to 800 and are administered in Reading, Writing and Mathematics. Each section is allotted just over an hour to complete. The …