Saturday, June 15, 2013

Horrific Exam

From Daily Mail:

The University of Cambridge has defended a law exam described as 'horrific' by students because of its graphic depictions of oral sex, male rape and naked torture.

The university's renowned law faculty has used real-life scenarios for exams in the past, but many students were left shocked by its latest test questions.

Around 200 students sitting the exam on Saturday morning were presented with a scenario involving a fictional college drinking society's initiation ceremony which went on to describe several indecent assaults.

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MR

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Friday, June 14, 2013

Fewer Online Marriages Result in Divorce

From ars technica:

Like everything else, dating has moved online in recent years through a combination of organized dating services and incidental meetings (the Ars forums have enabled a number of matches). Now, a new survey of American households shows just how important this phenomenon has become: since 2005, a third of marriages were the result of online meetings, with nearly half of those coming through online dating services. The good news? Fewer relationships that started online ended up in divorce, and people were generally more satisfied with the ones that survived.

The numbers come from a survey sponsored by eHarmony, a dating site that frequently uses its advertisements to suggest that it makes matches based on psychologically validated personality profiles. As revealed in the conflict of interest statement, one of the researchers involved in the new study is a scientific advisor to eHarmony. But the researchers got the dating company to allow them to publish their survey analysis no matter what it showed, and the group hired an outside statistician to validate the work.

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MR

Hat Tip: SH

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Thursday, June 13, 2013

FASFA Changes Consider Income of Same-Sex Partners

 From Erez Aloni, writing for the Huffington Post:

Under the purview of the Department of Education, the new Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will now include in its calculation of students' eligibility for financial aid the income of cohabiting, unmarried parents -- including same-sex spouses that are generally unrecognized by the federal government due to the Defense of Marriage Act. LGBTQ organizations have long fought for this legal change; indeed, our community has accepted it as a political victory. Gay activists and commentators argue that the new policy is more just because it reflects the real structure of families -- that it validates "LGBTQ families and experience." The Web is replete with stories of unfortunate children of same-sex couples who had to include only one parent in their applications in previous years (despite having two parents living together) and who suffered emotionally pain as a consequence (even in the face of typically larger tuition grants under the old policy).

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MR

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

How Much Are We Working

See great charts from the Atlantic about how much we are working these days here.

MR

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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Harvard Admissions Letter

From the Washington Post:

A woman answers a letter from the Harvard Admissions Office from over half a century ago, inquiring into her plans for working while having a family.

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MR

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Monday, June 10, 2013

The Atlantic's Take on Marriage

The Atlantic has a series of interesting articles on marriage here.

MR

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