What’s Dennis Reading? – Feb. 26, 2014

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Religious Dorms Sprout Up
by Arian Campo-Flores, The Wall Street Journal

Faith-based residence halls are making appearances at public colleges and universities nationwide, including the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Texas A&M University- Kingsville and the University of Nebraska- Lincoln. The push to create large-scale faith-based residence halls, mostly at public universities, is relatively new and is ironically coming at a time when many young people seem to be turning away from religion. A 2012 survey by the Pew Research Center found that 32% of people age 18 to 29 were unaffiliated with a faith, compared with 9% of those 65 and older. Though these faith-based housing centers are backed by Catholic ministries, they are open to people of all faiths.

Thank You for Not Sharing
by Elizabeth Bernstein, The Wall Street Journal

BYB- blabbing your business- has become perfectly acceptable and extolled in today’s society, where social media and reality television encourage the divulgence of every menial thought that crosses our minds. However, this practice of publicly announcing our feelings on a minute-by-minute basis isn’t solely done because Twitter and Snookie told us to do so. Experts say oversharing often happens when we are trying subconsciously to control our own anxiety, an effort known as “self regulation.”

Liberal Education in Authoritarian Places
by Jim Sleeper, The New York Times

President Obama’s plans to make colleges more affordable coincides with the effort to raise money by expanding colleges into rapidly growing countries. The encouragement of educational collaborations with strategically vital nations is also leading university presidents and trustees to define what a liberal education means to them, while trying to ignore the fact that the majority of the international universities they are collaborating with do not fit the criteria of “imbuing future citizen-leaders with the values and skills that are necessary to question, not merely serve, concentrations of power and profit.”

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