Protesters stand arm-in-arm as the confront police wearing riot gear Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014, a day after Vonderrit D. Myers was shot and killed by white, off-duty St. Louis police officer in St. Louis. | CREDIT: AP/Jeff Roberson.
Taken from the “Undermining Pell: How Colleges’ Pursuit of Prestige and Revenue is Hurting Low-Income Students” report.
The Pell Grant program has expanded over the years, and is currently serving over 9 million students. The program has helped students bear the cost of college, which can equal up to half, or over half, of low-income families’ annual income. While this grant and other need-based aid are increasingly essential for students, as the cost of college rises and combined national student debt tops $1.2 trillion, a new report shows that hundreds of schools are undermining the very purpose of the Pell Grant.
This summer, Washington Post columnist George Will published a piece in which he took issue with the statistic that 1 in 5 women on U.S college campuses experience sexual assault and stated that sexual assault awareness and prevention efforts have made “victimhood a coveted status that confers privileges.”
Since then, Will has been subject to widespread controversy. Scripps College of Claremont, CA canceled a scheduled appearance by the columnist (you can read Scripps’ students reactions here, from our Voices Network publication the Claremont Port Side), but Miami University in Ohio says that Will’s upcoming appearance will go on as planned, despite the university’s unsettling history with sexual assault on campus.
“Like the NFL, which turned a blind eye while its players assaulted and victimized women and children, Google has turned a blind eye while its sites repeatedly exploit and victimize these women. ”
— Attorney Martin Singer in a letter to Google threatening to file a $100 million lawsuit on behalf of several female “actresses, models, and athletes whose confidential, personal, private photos and videos” were stolen in a recent hack of Apple’s iCloud internet storage service.