Notes in the Margins: Fraternities, transgender students and the arts

Arts Education Gets White House Attention Officials from President Obama’s administration have met with arts education activists, including nonprofit executives, actors, and school administration officials, to discuss the impact of arts education and express concerns about its diminished role in school curricula. (U.S. News & World Report)

Women’s colleges examine transgender policies What place do gender roles have at a decidedly feminist institution? Or at any women’s college, for that matter? (USA Today)

To Survive, Fraternities Need to Stand for Something, Anything Delta Kappa Epsilon’s decision not to fight its suspension at Yale University could have serious ramifications for the free speech rights of college students across the country. Standing up for free speech–or at least standing up for something–is not only a good thing as a matter of principle, but may also be crucial to their survival as a matter of law. (The Huffington Post)

Course changer With not to online learning, professor says it’s time to rethink old higher-education model. What makes “The Innovative University,’’ out in hardback last week, stand out is its application of Christensen’s singular business principles (briefly, eliminate the inessential and embrace new technology) to “rethink the entire traditional higher-education model.’’ Some of the ideas Christensen supports are so dramatic that Jeffrey Selingo, editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education, recently wrote that administrators might consider them “toxic.’ (The Boston Globe)

Pregnant Student Goes Into Labor During Bar Exam, Still Finishes Exam A pregnant Northwestern law grad taking the Illinois bar exam went into labor during the test. Remarkably, the recent grad actually finished the bar, despite being in ‘active’ labor during the exam, and gave birth to a healthy baby boy two hours later. (The Huffington Post)