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New loan policies fail Black college students

Like thousands of Black college students, Bethanie Fisher, a psychology major at Howard University, depended heavily on the Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS) program that allows parents to borrow the full amount of college tuition and fees. During, the 2007-08 school year, an estimated 33 percent of undergraduate students that earned degrees at Historically Black Colleges and Universities receiv ...

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Blacks don’t have same views on same-sex marriage

Rev. Amos Brown, pastor of the Third Baptist Church of San Francisco and Rev. Anthony Evans, president of the National Black Church Initiative in Washington, D.C., are brothers of the cloth. Though they share a love for Christ and the Bible, they do not share the same views on same sex marriage, an issue now before the U.S. Supreme Court. ...

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New partnership, new online focus for student teachers

The University of Detroit Mercy is partnering with the Michigan Virtual University to help UDM education students learn to teach online. Both undergraduate and graduate students can enroll this summer in Advanced Instructional Tech-nology/Teaching in the Virtual Environment. The program, which resembles a student-teaching experience, is an introductory course focused on online instruction. Students will hel ...

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Jackie Robinson’s wife meets Obama

President Barack Obama talks with Rachel Robinson, widow of famed baseball player Jackie Robinson, before the “42” movie screening depicting the struggles and victory of Robinson’s life and baseball career. Robinson family members and cast and crew attended the screening in the Family Theater at the White House on April 2. “42” opens in theaters April 12. ...

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Title VI complaints will be investigated

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR) has announced it will investigate complaints filed against Detroit Public Schools and the State of Michigan. Helen Moore, of Keep The Vote/No Takeover, filed a Title VI complaint last year alleging the state of Michigan, through its statewide school district, discriminated against Black and Latino students and parents. Moore says low-income dis ...

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State police raid Romulus mayor’s home

Romulus Mayor Alan Lambert’s home was raided March 25 in what investigators are calling an ongoing investigation of public corruption. The corruption case is said to involve top Romulus city officials and may have connection to other departments. Michigan State Police Lt. Michael Shaw released a statement stating that after troopers questioned Lambert, they searched the Mario Ann Court residence. “He has be ...

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Private colleges seek racial, not religious diversity

Some of Michigan’s private colleges are pushing for more racial and ethnic diversity, but not actively seeking more religious diversity. Colleges like Hope, Calvin, University of Detroit Mercy, Albion, Cornerstone and Concordia that are affiliated with denominations of Christianity are reaching out to minorities in recruitment. Yet, religious diversity is not a goal. Hope College professor of religion Barry ...

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Michigan cuts to higher education among the worst in country

Michigan has cut investment in its public universities by 32 percent since 2008, driving up tuition and undermining educational quality, while making it harder for the state to attract businesses that rely on a well-educated workforce. That’s a decrease of $1,817 per student, when adjusted for inflation, according to a new report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Michigan is just one of 18 st ...

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