Category Archives: Students


Obama Is Equally Favored by Young Voters With and Without College, Survey Finds

Young voters who have attended college favor President Obama by the same margin as their peers without experience in college, according to an analysis of poll data released on Thursday by the Tufts University Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement.

More than half of the 18-to-29-year-old registered and extremely likely voters who were polled said they supported President Obama, compared with about a third who preferred the Republican nominee, Mitt Romney. There wa…


‘We’ve Never Heard of You, Either’

As hordes of reporters and politicians descended on Lynn University for Monday night’s debate, it seemed likely that at least a few of them quipped about the small private institution’s relative obscurity.

But the university, in Boca Raton, Fla., was ready with a feisty retort: “We’ve never heard of you, either.”

T-shirts quickly became one of the most popular aspects of the debate on the Boca Raton, Fla., campus. (Lynn U. photo by Helena Suba)

That was the message emblazoned on hundreds of offi…


Youngest Voters Favor Obama but Are Uneasy With Politics, Poll Finds

On the eve of the next presidential election, young Americans are showing far less enthusiasm for voting—and much greater skepticism about the political process—than they did four years ago, according to a new poll from Harvard University’s Institute of Politics.

Nearly two-thirds of the 18- to 29-year-olds in the poll, released on Wednesday, said they were registered to vote. Fifty-two percent said they thought President Obama would be re-elected, while 15 percent thought he would lose. They ov…


In Debate, Romney Voices Support for Expanding Pell Grant Program

In the second presidential debate, on Tuesday night, the Republican nominee Mitt Romney offered some of his most explicit support yet for the Pell Grant program, while President Obama touted several of his administration’s achievements that affect higher education.

The first question in the town hall-style debate came from 20-year-old Jeremy Epstein, a junior at Adelphi University. Addressing Mr. Romney, Mr. Epstein asked about his job prospects as a college student who will graduate in 2014. Mr…


In Debate, Obama and Romney Clash Over Who Would Do More for Education

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and President Obama wave at the start of Wednesday night’s debate at the U. of Denver (Reuters/Rick Wilking/Landov).

In the first presidential debate of this fall’s campaign, which focused on domestic policy, President Obama and his Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, sparred over their tax plans, the federal deficit, Wall Street regulation, and health care.

Throughout the 90-minute debate Wednesday evening at the University of Denver, both candidates…


Florida Professor on Leave After Campaigning-for-Obama Controversy

A community-college professor in Florida has taken a leave of absence after she was accused of electioneering on behalf of President Obama in class.

Sharon Sweet, an associate professor of mathematics at Brevard Community College, in Cocoa, Fla., is being investigated for allegedly urging her students to vote for Mr. Obama and distributing printed pro-Obama campaign material to them.

On Thursday, Brevard received a complaint from a parent of a student in one of the five classes Ms. Sweet teaches…


Aid for Students and Veterans Gets a Spotlight at Democrats’ Convention

Charlotte, N.C. — On the first night of their national convention here, several Democrats highlighted the role that federal student aid and veterans’ education benefits had played in their own lives and reminded voters that President Obama would continue to champion those public programs.

Making the case for why her husband deserves a second term, the first lady, Michelle Obama, said the president could relate to the plight of students struggling to afford college. She repeated a story Mr. Obama…


Lynn U. Rolls Out Curriculum Devoted to U.S. Presidency and Debates

On October 22, Lynn University will welcome President Obama and the Republican presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, to its campus, in Boca Raton, Fla., for their third and final presidential debate. By then, Lynn’s 1,600 students should be well prepared for the rhetorical battle, thanks to 80 classes related to the presidency and political debates that the private, nonprofit university added to its catalog for the fall semester.

Shortly after the college learned last fall that it had won the right…