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USA Today reports that more than two hundred high school students remain missing and are feared dead after a South Korean ferry sank in the seas of the country’s southwest coast:

Rescue teams, fighting strong currents, have finally gotten into the upturned vessel and managed to pump air inside in hopes of reaching possible survivors.

Meanwhile, the vice principal of the school that arranged the overnight trip was found hanging from a tree, police said, in an apparent suicide. The school official, identified only by his surname, Kang, was on the island of Jindo, where rescued passengers have taken shelter.

Some 268 people, mostly high-school students, are still missing, as rescue teams report finding more bodies floating in waters off South Korea’s southwest coast, pushing the death toll to 28, the Yonyhap news agency reports.

Of the 475 original passengers, 179 have been rescued, but 268 others, mostly high-school students on a school trip, remain missing…

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Liberty Voice reports that a massive party, populated largely by students from the University of California Santa Barbara, got out of control, turned into a riot, and resulted in more than 100 arrests:

Police officers who responded to the scene were forced to use tear gas and what “foam projectiles,” according to the police department, in order to subdue the unruly and drunken participants who were using bottles and rocks to fight the police from shutting their party down…

Chemical agents were also used to break up the gathering as one police officer was struck in the face with a brick and two more were hit in the head with beer bottles…

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UCSB is notorious for its wild student parties. This latest incident will do nothing to alter that reputation.

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On Thursday morning, The College Fix reported on a two-hour drag show hosted recently at the Catholic University of San Diego that ended with a devilish finale – its transvestite host came onstage in a long black robe and horned headdress and sung about how evil should triumph over good.

On Thursday afternoon, the nonprofit advocacy group that upholds and defends Catholic principles and that had detailed the drag-show dance number to The College Fix – Catholic Action for Faith and Family – released a video on its website of the actual stage performance.

Also on Thursday, a campus spokeswoman from the University of San Diego returned a media request from The College Fix about the controversy, saying the outfit was designed to replicate the outfit worn by Angelina Jolie in the upcoming Disney movie “Maleficent,” and that the song, “Good N Evil” is a song from the classic “Jekyll and Hyde.”deviloutfit

“I hate that critics have chosen to depict the costume and song in a nefarious, demonic manner, but clearly that was not the case,” Pamela Gray Payton, assistant vice president of public affairs, said in an email to The Fix.
And in fact the video released Thursday shows that when the black-robe donning performer first comes out on stage he does so to an apparent voice-over from the original “Sleeping Beauty” Disney soundtrack. Yet the transvestite performer quickly moves on to the “Good N Evil” song and takes off his robe, revealing a tight dress as he dances to the number.
Critics of the performance have said the long black robe and horned headdress and lyrics about how evil will triumph over good and “heaven must lose!” elicited notions of Satan, regardless of the original intent of the costume’s design. As for the song “Good N Evil” – here’s a taste of its lyrics:
The battle between good and evil
Goes back to the start -
Adam and Eve and the apple tore Eden apart!
The key thing about good ‘n’ evil -
Each man has to choose! -
Heaven ‘n’ hell
Is a helluva gamble to lose! -
But as I peruse
This world we abuse -
It’s hell that we choose -
And heaven must lose!Evil is everywhere -
Good doesn’t have a prayer!
Good is commendable -
Evil’s dependable!
Evil is viable
Good’s unreliable!
Good may be thankable!
Evil is bankable!
To watch the video, which cannot be embedded, scroll down to the bottom of the 2014 USD Drag Show Report.

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The Washington Post reports:

Dartmouth College’s president lamented Wednesday that the Ivy League school’s promising future “is being hijacked by extreme behavior,” including sex assaults, parties with “racist and sexist undertones,” and a campus culture in which “dangerous drinking has become the rule and not the exception.”

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National Review Online reports:

Paul Krugman announced a couple months ago that he’s leaving his Princeton professorship to become a professor in the economics Ph.D. program at the City University of New York and a scholar the Luxembourg Income Study Center, which is based at CUNY. It turns out he’s going to be quite nicely compensated for his professorship. According to a freedom-of-information requestby Gawker, he’ll be paid $225,000 a year for the gig.

In the first year, the job won’t involve any teaching at all. CUNY’s words told him for the first year he’ll be “asked to contribute to the buildup of [the Luxembourg Income Study Center] and our inequality project…

That’s right. $225,000 per year for a part time job to study “inequality.”

These people have no sense of irony, do they?

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Music mogul P. Diddy has been tapped to receive an honorary degree and give the graduation speech at Howard University this May.

“We are honored to have Mr. Combs serve as our speaker,” the historically black college’s officials said in a statement. “He sat in classrooms where our students sit, walked ‘The Yard,’ and like many students, his entrepreneurial spirit was sparked at Howard.”

Unlike many students at Howard, however – Diddy never did earn that degree. He dropped out to pursue his music career, a fact that has some people confused as to why he was selected for the honor.

“We know he will inspire our class to work hard and to always strive for excellence,” campus officials added.

Diddy took to Twitter to gush about the honor, saying he was speechless and thanking administrators.

No word yet on whether he’ll give a performance while he’s up on stage.

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