Emma Sulkowicz (C), a senior visual arts student at Columbia University, is offered assistance by two strangers as she carries a mattress in protest of the university’s lack of action after she reported being raped during her sophomore year. Sulkowicz has said she is committed to carrying the mattress everywhere she goes until the university expels the rapist or he leaves. The protest is also doubling as her senior thesis project. (Andrew Burton, Getty Images)
Also, from this week’s Big Picture slideshow:
UC Santa Barbara students take part in a silent procession the day after Elliot Rodger, 22, killed six people in the Southern California college town of Isa Vista. (Spencer Wong, Getty Images)
Part 2 of the past semester in covers from The Chronicle Review.
Part 1 of the past semester in covers from The Chronicle Review.
A little background on a recent piece from our multimedia producer, Julia Schmalz:
I always look at real estate listings, but I had never seen one for an entire college campus. When I saw the auction notice for Saint Paul’s College I wanted to see the school for myself. The historically black college, which was founded in 1888, closed in 2013 after years of bad financial decisions. Appointed president after the school failed, Millard (Pete) Stith has been keeping the campus alive in hopes of finding another school to purchase it. The two maintenance guys work hard fighting Mother Nature. Last winter 20 pipes froze and broke, but they were able to prevent any major damages. The cared for campus with barely a soul in sight gives the rural Virginia school a post-apocalyptic feel. Signs for fraternities, designated parking spots, inspirational sayings and requests for student IDs all are evidence of a past vibrant community. Stith’s hope for the school after the sale is that there will be ‘life’ on campus again and he is working hard to find a buyer.
To learn more about Stith and Saint Paul’s, see our video:
More than 70 percent of college students in the U.S. attend public institutions, but just how public they remain is changing without much debate.
"An Era of Neglect: How public colleges were crowded out, beaten up, and failed to fight back” tells the story through six people in the trenches.
Take a look at a fantastic interactive piece from The Chronicle's Beth McMurtrie.
And join our Google Hangout with Beth and oral history experts Mary Marshall Clark and Clifford Kuhn today (January 29) at 2pm: http://chronicle.com/article/The-Belfast-Projects-Lessons/144249/
Students from St. Anne’s Community College, in Killaloe, County Clare, performed the Kincora call, a medieval war cry. They were kicking off a yearlong program of events dedicated to Brian Boru, a 10th-century Irish king, at Trinity College Dublin. (Niall Carson, PA Wire, AP Images)
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