Notes in the Margins: Hispanics, LGBT questions and Hurricane Irene

Hurricane Irene prompts colleges to change move-in plans Hurricane Irene is churning its way up the coast, and although it’s still several hundred miles away, everyone is preparing for a stormy weekend with heavy rain. Not exactly ideal move-in weather. And in anticipation of the storm, a few colleges have already changed plans. (The Washington Post)

Suburban College Nation’s First To Ask Applicants If They’re LGBT Elmhurst College this week released a new undergraduate application that includes a reportedly historic question: “Would you consider yourself to be a member of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered) community?” The question is the first of its kind according to Campus Pride, a national advocacy group working to foster more LGBT-inclusive college settings. (The Huffington Post)

Study: Hispanics now outnumber blacks in college A study released today by the Pew Hispanic Center finds that enrollment of Hispanic students aged 18 to 24 rose by 24 percent in a single year, reaching 1.8 million in October 2010. (The Washington Post)

ABA Addresses Law Graduates’ Job, Debt Woes The association’s young lawyers division offers resolutions regarding financial and employment issues. According to the Young Lawyers Division 111B Report, there is a disconnect between law students’ “perception” of their employment prospects upon completion of their law school education, and the “reality” of what law students achieve. (U.S. News & World Report)

Georgia Profs Offer Course To Undocumented Immigrants As college students return to campus in Georgia, a new state policy has closed the doors of the five most competitive state schools to illegal immigrants, but a group of professors has found a way to offer those students a taste of what they’ve been denied. (Associated Press via The Huffington Post)