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Domestic News | November 9, 2012

Crash Course 11.9.12

News roundup

Protests turn ugly, few surprises in this week's statistics and Glamour readers pick an outspoken Christian for Woman of the Year

Students, faculty and staff listen to University of Mississippi Chancellor Dr. Dan Jones speak from the steps of the Lyceum during the "We are One Mississippi" candlelight walk on the campus in Oxford, Miss., Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/The Daily Mississippian, Thomas Graning)

Post-election protests: Students at the University of Mississippi held a candlelight vigil on Wednesday to condemn a post-election protest that included racial slurs and ended in two arrests. The protest started with about 40 students but swelled to almost 400 as word spread on social media. Most students simply chanted political slogans, but some used racial epithets and profanity. At a similar but much smaller protest at Hampden-Sydney College, an all-male private school in Virginia, students threw bottles at the minority-student union and threatened physical violence. Administrators at both schools condemned the protests. While students at Ole Miss held candles to call for healing and unity, Hampden-Sydney students hosted a town hall meeting to discuss what happened.

No surprise here: Thanks to another entry in the category of statistics that don't surprise anyone, we learned this week that the number of young adults with college degrees reached an all-time high in 2012. According to the Pew Research Center's Social and Demographic Trends project, 33 percent of Americans between 25 and 29 have a college degree. Forty years ago, only 17 percent of young adults graduated from college.

Advocates for higher ed are touting the news as proof that efforts to increase education and graduation rates are working. We know from previous statistics released by the Department of Labor that college grads have a better chance of getting a job. But given how much they have to pay, or rack up in debt, to get that advantage, they might not be better off financially than the high school graduates of the 1970s.

Woman of the Year: Readers of Glamour Magazine have selected Katie Davis as their Woman of the Year for 2012. Davis, featured in this WORLD on Campus profile, moved to Uganda after graduating from high school in Brentwood, Tenn., to work in an orphanage. Four years later, she is mother to 14 girls and head of a ministry that provides money for education and food for almost 2,000 children. Davis' book, Kisses From Katie, became a New York Times best seller when it came out last year. Glamour readers selected Davis from a slate of eight finalists. Her organization, Amazima Ministries, was the only one that shares God's love with those it serves.