By Sam Coren
Every week StudentAdvisor compiles the top stories in college news. Here are some of the biggest stories that made the headlines this week:
Northeastern Physics Grad Accused of Terror Plot
Shock waves hit the Northeastern University community as news has spread all over the world of Rezwan Feradus. Rezwan, a 26-year old physics student graduated who from Northeastern in 2008, was recently indicted for allegedly plotting a terror attack on the Pentagon and Capitol with model planes rigged with explosives. Those who personally knew Rezwan have been working to dispel wild rumors circulating in media outlets such as him burning the American flag while in high school and turning his back during the pledge of allegiance.
Affirmative Action Bake Sale at UC Berkeley Triggers Backlash on SB 185
The Berkeley College Republicans have turned the classic campus bake sale into an activist showcase. On Tuesday the group sold out of cupcakes in a “Diversity Bake Sale” at UC Berkeley that had a sliding price scale. Caucasian males were charged the most and while Native American women were charged the least. Those who opposed the bake sale believed it to be inherently racist. The bake sale was in response to SB 185, a bill that recently passed in the California State Senate that would, “authorize the University of California and the California State University to consider race, gender, ethnicity, and national origin, along with other relevant factors, in undergraduate and graduate admissions.”
Seton Hall Offering Two-Thirds Off Tuition for Top Applicants
Seton Hall University, private Roman Catholic university in South Orange N.J., will be offering two-thirds off tuition for four years to qualifying freshmen enrolling for Fall 2012. This two-thirds tuition discount brings the cost of attending Seton Hall equal to attending Rutgers University-New Brunswick, New Jersey’s flagship public university, as an in-state resident. To qualify for the tuition discount students must be in the top 10% of their class and have an ACT composite score of at least 27 or a combined 1200 on the critical reading and math sections on the SAT. For more information visit Seton Hall’s admissions site.
University of New Hampshire Stalls On Banning Energy Drink Sales
Good news for you UNH Wildcats who can’t get enough Red Bull. University of New Hampshire has stalled on its plan to ban energy drink sales on campus. According to the Boston Globe, “conflicting reports about the caffeine and sugar content of some of the drinks, as well as negative student reaction” has prompted the delay. The school was set to remove Full Throttle, Red Bull, Moxie Energy and NOS from seven on-campus dining halls and convenience stores as well as school-owned vending machines starting in January.
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