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Morocco's colonial heritage in higher education

Al Jazeera

Rabat, Morocco - When Widad Houmaid, 20, earned good marks in high school, she decided to enrol in a biology class at Hassan II University in Casablanca. There was only one problem; Moroccan university professors teach science in French. Houmaid, a graduate of Moroccan public schools where maths and science are taught in Arabic, does not speak French. She is now struggling in her biology class. "You have to speak French to get the professors' respect, and to get their attention," she said.


Here's What Happened To The College Couple Whose Snapchat Love Story Went Viral

Huffington Post - Tech news and opinion

Maybe, if they have the entire campus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison rooting for it to happen. Such is the case of "Mystery Girl" and "Vikings Fan," two college students whose failed attempts meet went viral this past week and they became the talk of Snapchat, according to Seventeen.com. This real-life rom-com began Thursday night when "Mystery Girl," whose real name is Abby, spotted a hunk in a Minnesota Vikings jersey at the library. Abby decided to track him down using the University of Wisconsin-Madison Snapchat story, which anyone in the area can submit photos or videos to. "I'm seriously in love with you," she said in her snap, adding, "Find me." "Vikings Fan," whose real name is "Reed" responded with a time and place to meet, but -- as anyone who has seen a romantic comedy can guess -- she didn't see the snap, according to New York magazine.


Three students from U.S. universities among Dhaka attack victims

Los Angeles Times

Three students from American universities were among the victims of an armed attack at a restaurant in Bangladesh early Saturday, university and foreign officials confirmed. At least 20 hostages were killed in a 10-hour standoff before Bangladeshi forces stormed the restaurant in the capital, Dhaka, and killed six of the attackers. Two of the students who were slain, Abinta Kabir and Faraaz Hossain, were studying at Emory University in Atlanta. Kabir, who was from Miami, was a rising sophomore at its Oxford College, university officials said in a statement. Hossain, who was originally from Dhaka, had graduated from the same college and was headed into the Goizueta Business School in the fall, university president James Wagner wrote.


Families of school maintenance workers and bus drivers won't be getting higher death benefits

Los Angeles Times

This is Essential Politics, our daily feed on California government and politics news. Citing the high cost of government employee pensions, Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday vetoed an effort to boost the death benefit paid to families of public school cafeteria workers, maintenance staff and bus drivers. Assembly Bill 1878 would have allowed for annual increases, based on inflation, in the death benefits promised to classified school employees. Currently, the families of those workers are eligible to receive 2,000. That payout has remained unchanged for more than a decade and a half, and trails behind the death benefit paid to the families of teachers.


Rule for student debt forgiveness could threaten colleges and spur lawsuits

Los Angeles Times

In the wake of the collapse of the Corinthian Colleges and questions about other for-profit career colleges, the Department of Education has drafted broad new rules for when people can get out of repaying federal loans. These proposed changes to what's called the "borrower defense rule" would let people petition for loan forgiveness or even sue their school. The problem is the proposed rules, which will be finalized by Nov. 1, are so vague they may invite abuse and lawsuits. For example, student borrowers could apply to discharge their loans if the college made statements that were "misleading under the circumstances." What does that mean exactly?