Tuition fight: Colorado lawmakers are fuming over Metropolitan State College of Denver's decision to offer lower tuition rates to illegal immigrants after the legislature rejected a similar statewide measure earlier this year. Illegal immigrants must pay out-of-state tuition rates at other state schools. But Metro State administrators decided to charge its illegal students $3,578 per semester, about half the rate nonresidents pay. On Tuesday, Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced the school's decision could not be supported by "governing law." He said any changes in the tuition rate for illegal immigrants at state schools would have to come from the state legislature. The fight in Denver comes as states around the country are trying to figure out how President Barack Obama's announcement of a two-year reprieve on deportation for illegal immigrants brought into the country as children will effect the tuition rates they pay at state schools. Several states, including Texas, already offer in-state tuition rates to illegal immigrants at all state schools.
RNC 101: The University of Tampa is taking an "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em" approach to the disruption the school expects to face during the GOP convention in August. The City of Tampa expects to swell by almost 50,000 visitors as Republicans flock to town for their election year nominating bash. The school, just under two miles from the city's convention center, expects students and professors to get caught in a traffic nightmare that likely will make them late to class, or cause them to miss class altogether. But instead of canceling class for the week, school administrators decided to take class to the convention.
All 1,600 incoming freshman will be required to take "RNC 101," a class that will teach them about political convention history, civics, the political process and current events. Despite being named for the party hosting its convention in their city, the class curriculum will not favor one party over another, school officials say. The Democrats will hold their convention in Charlotte, N.C. in early September. The University of North Carolina-Charlotte is capitalizing on the event with a series of speakers and campus programs. Although it's not offering a class focused specifically on the convention, the school's website for the convention initiative offers a list of classes related to politics and governance.
Second chances: From the files of really-ingenious-attempts-to-get-into-the-school-of-your-dreams comes this beauty from a young man desperate to get in to the University of Michigan. Lawrence Yong ended up on the wait list with 14,659 other eager freshmen. Instead of just sitting back and hoping school admissions officials would give him another chance, he decided to take his appeal to YouTube. Yong's creative rendition of "I Want You Back," by the Jackson 5, complete with updated lyrics espousing his love for the school of his choice, helped convince Michigan administrators they wanted him too. Yong's a cappella cover racked up almost 89,000 hits on YouTube and gave him 15 minutes in the media spotlight. But most importantly, it got him what he wanted-one of the 42 tickets off the wait list and onto the list of incoming freshman.