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Facing Anxiety

Anxiety eclipses depression among college students, and the number who say it’s overwhelming them is on the rise. Campus counseling centers confront many challenges in trying to serve students, not the least of which is that mental health still has a stigma on campuses.

Here are the voices of five students explaining how they cope, what they’d like their professors to know, and what their peers need to hear. Sharing their stories, they hope, will lead to more open discussion of the daily struggles students face, and the support that could help them thrive.

‘Dreamers’ Make Desperate Plea on Capitol Hill

Trying to leverage sympathetic democratic senators, DACA recipients and their supports staged days of sit-ins and peaceful protests hoping to get a clean vote on the Dream Act. Here is a link to the photo essay from one day on Capitol Hill.

A New High-Tech Learning Center Changed How These Professors Teach

When the Edward St. John Learning & Teaching Center opened this fall at the University of Maryland at College Park, students were not the only ones learning.

A College Town Takes On Its History and the Alt-Right

It’s hard to separate a college from the college town – or in this case the University of Virginia from Charlottesville. Here even the mayor is an adjunct professor. So as the town braces for what could be a significant gathering of the alt-right on August 12th residents talked about how they got to where they are today – and the difficult discussions about race that need to happen.

Thinking about School Choice


I’d been thinking about school choice and how to possible explore the issue. K-12 isn’t usually part of our mission since we focus on higher education, but when the U. Rochester mentioned this program in a pitch to interview their president, I had to find out more. There continue to be significant challenges for this community, but seemingly tuning out the current political rhetoric, these educators of focused on how to improve the lives of their inner-city youth.

 

Dr. Bunsen Honeydew Is Always a Win

There was more than one set of Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and his assistant Beaker at the March for Science and that made the event even more wonderful. Second in size only to the Women’s March, this celebration of the importance of research and facts was well attended, despite a steady rain. Here is the picture essay from the day.

Scenes from the March for Science and Earth Day, April 22 2017 on the mall, Washington, D.C.
Chronicle photo by Julia Schmalz

Groups That Oppose Abortion See Opportunity Under Trump

This year I attended the March for Life  for our sister publication, The Chronicle of Philanthropy. The story was on groups that oppose abortion see opportunity under Trump.