What the new tax plan means for college students

New tax plans always have at least one thing in common: They can’t make everyone happy. The new tax plan proposed by the GOP is no different. Proponents say the bill will help out the middle class, and naysayers believe it will only help the rich. The bill promises corporate tax cuts, new tax brackets and a general overhaul of U.S. tax code. Not all of this sounds bad, but what exactly does this bill mean for students like you and me?

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Why professors should assign less reading

Academia has grown and changed a lot over the years, but pedagogical techniques in the classroom oftentimes seem to be stunted by traditional learning tools, such as assigned readings. I'm not talking about a couple of sections—I'm talking about whole chapters. While reading has always been one of my passions, I believe that the modern college system puts a little too much emphasis on textbooks and reading assignments.  

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Remembering the simple things this holiday season

We are living in a time of distress. The news seems to be almost always bad, with stories on shootings, rage, police brutality and ongoing political drama. While these issues aren’t necessarily new, they seem more alive and relevant than ever. While our world is filled with hate, it can be so easy to drown in the bad things. However, as we enter the holidays, I think we all need to do a better job of remembering and being thankful for the simple things in life.  

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Why being thankful should include giving back

The semester is winding down, and I think I speak for all students when I say, "Thank goodness." College is hard, plain and simple, but we’re lucky to be here. As we approach Thanksgiving break, I think it’s important to remember to be thankful for all of the opportunities that we have been given. More than that, I think we should all take some time to give back to those who are less fortunate than we are.  

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What Australia is doing right with voting

There’s been a lot of celebration recently over the result of a national vote in Australia confirming that the majority of its population—61.6 percent of participating voters—supports the possibility of marriage-equality legislation, a prospect that seems very likely to become reality after Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s pledge to “get on with the job the Australian people asked us to do, and get this done, this year, before Christmas.” 

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