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NOLAN: The Top Ten Universities for Student Debt

August 24, 2010
Hamilton Nolan

For-profit" colleges have come under fire for saddling students with big debts in exchange for dim job prospects. But what about "real" colleges? They're pushing huge debts on students, too. We crunched the numbers to find the worst (NYU).

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MURRAY: Eastern Michigan students celebrate tuition freeze

May 20, 2010
Dave Murray

Eastern Michigan University students celebrated their school’s decision to hold the line on tuition and fees hikes at an all-campus picnic Thursday, and gathered for a photo — with a message.

EMU photographer Randy Mascharka took the shot from the roof of the Ypsilanti campus’ Student Center.

Eastern President Susan Martin told me last month that she knows the university is taking a risk by not asking students for more money at a time when state aid could be slipping and busing expenses continue to rise.

Aug. 10, Benton Harbor Michigan: March to protest corporate takeover of city

From: 
Rev. Edward Pinkney, Benton Harbor, Michigan
What's happening: 

Tuesday, August 10, 2010, 11:00 am

City Hall, 200 E. Wall Street (49022)

All will march to Jean Klock Park to
protest Harbor Shores and Whirlpool's
hostile takeover of the city. 

Everyone is invited.  For info contact
Rev. Edward Pinkney, 269-925-0001,
banco9342@sbcglobal.net

Background: Benton Harbor, Michigan, is the center of a fightback against corporate power and control as the people of the city organize to oppose a corporate takeover of public land, their much-beloved Jean Klock park, for conversion to a privately owned golf course and lakefront development called Harbor Shores. Executives of the Whirlpool corporation, which is based in the city, are behind the effort to redevelop the land over strong public opposition. The struggle has been led by the Rev. Edward Pinkney, who has continued to speak out despite efforts by city officials to silence him, including a local judge's sentence of 3-10 years in prison that was later overturned as a violation of Rev. Pinkney's free-speech rights.

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From: 
Rev. Pinkney Support Committee
What's happening: 

Benton Harbor, Michigan, burst onto the national news in June of 2003 when hundreds of unemployed African American young people rose up in anger after a 28 year old resident, Terrance Shurn, died as a result of police action. This was only the latest of a plague of incidents of racial violence and police brutality over many years. In 2004-2005 Rev. Pinkney and his organization, BANCO, exercised their democratic rights by working in a successful recall campaign against a person who did not represent the community's interests, a corrupt city commissioner backed by the Whirlpool Corporation, the largest employer in the area. Then, in an attempt to circumvent the will of the people, the vote was overturned by a local judge. In a further outrage, Rev. Pinkney was arrested on vote fraud charges. He faces a possible sentence of 20 years.

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