Fraternities, animal deaths and the Common Core

Author Tells College-Bound Students to Embrace International Challenge  Amanda Ripley urged the students not to be daunted by competition from abroad, even though the “kids from Korea” may be the ones who “determine the curve” in their biology class in college. (Washington Monthly)

NCAA Reaches $20 Million Settlement With Ex-Players Over Videogames The Agreement Covers College-Themed Basketball, Football Games Produced by Electronic Arts (The Wall Street Journal)

Efforts by Colleges to Curb Assaults Focus on Fraternities Numerous studies show that members of Greek organizations drink more heavily than other students, and alcohol abuse is strongly tied to other forms of misconduct. But in interviews at multiple campuses, fraternity members said that their reputations had been tainted by the bad acts of others. (The New York Times)

College presidents back Common Core More than 200 college presidents and state higher education leaders say the K-12 standards represent a significant improvement over most states’ standards. They say they are needed to tackle the high rate of students needing remedial help in college, and that the higher education community has a “clear and compelling” stake in the debate. (Community College Daily)

University Fined $127 K for Research Animal Deaths The Univ. of Alaska Fairbanks has been penalized $127,100 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture after 12 musk oxen died from malnutrition at the school’s large animal research station earlier this decade. (Laboratory Equipment via University Business)