Debt by Degrees — ProPublica’s College Scorecard

Debt by Degrees

Which Colleges Help Poor Students Most?

by Sisi Wei and Annie Waldman, ProPublica, Sept. 12, 2015

New data from the U.S. Department of Education shows in unprecedented detail how much federal student loan debt college students from low-income families are being saddled with. Use this interactive database to search among 6,000 schools in the U.S. to see how much they support their poorest students financially. Related: Colleges Flush With Cash Saddle Poorest Students With Debt »

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The Mindset List: 2019 List

Beloit College Releases the Mindset List for This Year’s Entering Class of First-Year College Students, The Class of 2019


Beloit, Wis. —  Members of the entering college class of 2019 were mostly born in 1997 and have never licked a postage stamp, have assumed that  Wi-Fi is an entitlement, and have no first-hand experience of Princess Diana’s charismatic celebrity.

Each August since 1998, Beloit College has released the Beloit College Mindset List, providing a look at the cultural touchstones that shape the lives of students entering college this fall. For this year’s entering class there has always been Google; Email, informal to previous Millennials, has emerged as “the new formal” for them, while texting and other social media serve as the wild and wooly mode of exchange. Teachers have had to work overtime encouraging them to move beyond the Web and consult sources in books and journals. And Poland has always been a member of NATO, suggesting that Mr. Putin’s heartburn about Western expansion is at least as old as the new college kids are.

“The Class of 2019 will enter college with high technology an increasing factor in how and even what they learn,” said Charles Westerberg, Director of the Liberal Arts in Practice Center and Brannon-Ballard Professor of Sociology at Beloit College. “They will encounter difficult discussions about privilege, race, and sexual assault on campus. They may think of the ‘last century’ as the twentieth, not the nineteenth, so they will need ever wider perspectives about the burgeoning mass of information that will be heading their way. And they will need a keen ability to decipher what is the same and what has changed with respect to many of these issues.”

In fairness to the members of the entering class, this year’s Mindset List also includes an addendum of terms that faculty need to understand if they are going to communicate effectively.

The Beloit College Mindset List, which this year is as old as the entering students themselves, is created by Ron Nief, Emeritus Director of Public Affairs; Tom McBride, Emeritus Professor of English; and Charles Westerberg. Additional items on the list as well as commentaries and guides are found at and www.themindsetlist.comRegular updates and discussions are on Facebook and Twitter.

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Color Alive – Mythical Creatures – Crayola

A special app and crayon transform coloring by activating a virtual experience complete with color effects. Crayola Color Alive Mythical Creatures comes with six Crayola Crayons, one special color effects crayon, free app download, and 16 action coloring pages featuring dragons, wizards, and other characters for young artists to color and interact with.


With the free Color Alive app, kids can use a compatible device to bring characters to life in their own surroundings. The Color Alive app breathes life into the mythical creatures with movement and sound. Each action coloring page character has its own unique animation within the app that kids can activate by tapping on their phones or tablets. When children are done coloring the 16 included pages, they can print additional action coloring pages from the app.

Color Alive app is compatible with iOS, Android, and Windows devices. It is available on the App Store, Google play, and the Windows Store. For specific device compatibility, visit


How often do technologies which may be disruptive start as “toys” or entertainment?

I think the possibility exists for low cost 3-D demos (in court or elsewhere).  Click here for details and demo videos.

Free Old Time Radio MP3 Downloads from “The Golden Age of Radio!”

Old World Radio

Before television (or Netflix, or Buzzfeed) families around the country used to sit together in the evenings and listen to the radio. This website gathers some of the classic radio favorites that defined the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s. Organized by Comedy, Drama, Mystery, Sci Fi/Superheroes, Western, Detective Stories, Music, and Miscellaneous, each of the categories includes famous entertainers, including big band leaders like Artie Shaw and Benny Goodman as well as famous comedians like Abbot and Costello. For readers who are new to old-time radio, there is also a Recommended Favorites section that includes Vintage Commercials, The Shadow, CBS Radio Mystery Theater, and Amos ‘n’ Andy. In particular, the 1957 Chevrolet commercial, which can be located in the Vintage Commercials tab, should not be missed.

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2015.

Editor’s Note:  They have 54 episodes of “X minus One”–my personal favorite.

Cuomo Vetoes Kiryas Joel Annexation Bills–“State of Politics”

Gov. Andrew Cuomo late Wednesday vetoed a pair of bills aimed at providing more oversight and enforcement of land annexations by the village of Kiryas Joel.

The legislation, backed by Republican Sen. Bill Larkin and Democratic Assemblyman James Skoufis, would have directed land annexations to the county planning agency or regional planning council.

A second measure would have required the state environmental conservation commissioner to consider federal and state regulations when it comes to annexations and disputes between municipalities.

Land annexations in the Hudson Valley community of Kiryas Joel, where the vast majority of residents are Hasidic Jews, is part of an ongoing controversy in Orange County and the town of Monroe.

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Not-so-guilty pleasure: Viewing cat videos boosts energy and positive emotions | EurekAlert! Science News


“…Internet data show there were more than 2 million cat videos posted on YouTube in 2014, with almost 26 billion views. Cat videos had more views per video than any other category of YouTube content…”


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I Made an Untraceable AR-15 ‘Ghost Gun’ in My Office–And It Was Easy | WIRED



THIS IS MY ghost gun. To quote the rifleman’s creed, there are many like it, but this one is mine. It’s called a “ghost gun”–a term popularized by gun control advocates but increasingly adopted by gun lovers too–because it’s an untraceable semiautomatic rifle with no serial number, existing beyond law enforcement’s knowledge and control. And if I feel a strangely personal connection to this lethal, libertarian weapon, it’s because I made it myself, in a back room of WIRED’s downtown San Francisco office on a cloudy afternoon. 

I did this mostly alone. I have virtually no technical understanding of firearms and a Cro-Magnon man’s mastery of power tools. Still, I made a fully metal, functional, and accurate AR-15. To be specific, I made the rifle’s lower receiver; that’s the body of the gun, the only part that US law defines and regulates as a “firearm.” All I needed for my entirely legal DIY gunsmithing project was about six hours, a 12-year-old’s understanding of computer software, an $80 chunk of aluminum, and a nearly featureless black 1-cubic-foot desktop milling machine called the Ghost Gunner.

The Ghost Gunner is a $1,500 computer-numerical-controlled (CNC) mill sold by Defense Distributed, the gun access advocacy group that gained notoriety in 2012 and 2013 when it began creating 3-D-printed gun parts and the Liberator, the world’s first fully 3-D-printed pistol….


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