Free Community College?


By Kyra-lin Hom

The latest Obama news spike to hit the air is his proposal for 'free' community college nationwide. If the proposal passes Congress and then the states, community college will be funded 75% by the Federal Government and 25% by the relevant state. The total estimated federal cost would be $60 billion over the next 10 years. Of course there are a few more details than that, but you get the gist.

Since its announcement, the mud has been flying back and forth on whether or not this is financially feasible, socially acceptable or even just some big political ploy to make the opposing republicans look bad. All of that aside, at least it's brought the issues of college tuition and student debt back into the political mainstream.

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Take Two #151: Groupthink vs. Group Think

by Kyra-lin Hom

The term 'groupthink' was first coined in 1952 by William H. Whyte, Jr. to imply a type of rationalized conformity. Twenty years later, Dr. Irving Janis published the first compendium of early research on the topic. Since then, with the popularization of layman's sociology and psychology, 'groupthink' has become a social buzzword. But what exactly is it and why should any of us care? Let's explore.

Groupthink is what psychologists and other fancy-pants people call a logical or formal fallacy. In other words, it is an invalid pattern of reasoning. Usually a logical fallacy is something that seems true but isn't. For example: all girls drink tea; Nancy is a girl; therefore, Nancy never drinks coffee. This fallacy in particular is called the fallacy of the inverse. There are several, and they're pretty fun to play around with. Then again, I am a self-admitted nerd.

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Take Two #150: Prevent Holiday Stress

By Kyra-lin Hom

As every Hallmark card proclaims, the holiday season is a time for families and feel goods. But the rest of us know that those things don't always come so easy. Forced dysfunctional family gatherings are even common fodder for many a comedy or drama. You know the trope: shove a bunch of grudge-bearing people who barely like each other into close quarters then sit back and watch the fires ignite. And though few of us are at those Weasley (before book seven) vs. Lannister levels of extreme, the point still stands: holiday stress is a real thing.

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