David Barnes

Edwards targets poverty on national college tour

Former senator and vice presidential candidate John Edwards returned to the public eye last week by kicking off a national college campaign to encourage students to fight poverty by volunteering in their communities. In the last two weeks, Edwards has spoken at 10 colleges as part of his “Opportunity Rocks” tour, which he hopes will […]

American U. president fired over spending

American University’s board of trustees announced Monday night that Benjamin Ladner will not return as president of the Washington, D.C. school following a weeks-long investigation into allegations that he embezzled university funds for personal use. Acting board Chairman Thomas A. Gottschalk made the announcement at a news conference Monday night, prompting cheers from a small […]

New, cheaper satellites allow student space research

Space may be the final frontier, but it’s no longer a frontier off limits to college students. “CubeSat,” a program developed at Stanford University and California Polytechnic State University, now offers students and companies the chance to build and launch tiny cube-shaped satellites to conduct research in low-orbit space above the Earth’s atmosphere. At about […]

Students help design video games to teach classic literature

(U-WIRE) WASHINGTON – As students across the country prepare for final exams, making time for that “Halo 2” break is becoming more difficult. But students may soon be picking up keyboards and game controllers for their finals in place of No. 2 pencils, according to recent research conducted at Abilene Christian University. “I think we’re […]

Students protest for nationwide health insurance

(U-WIRE) WASHINGTON – Medical students, faculty and administrators around the country will hold demonstrations, panels and classroom discussions in the first week of May to draw attention to a growing epidemic of Americans living without health insurance of any kind. Initially chaired by Presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter, “Cover the Uninsured Week” will be […]

Washington, D.C.-area universities look for legal file-sharing options

(U-WIRE) WASHINGTON – As new methods of file sharing push music and movie piracy to new heights on college campuses, universities around Washington, D.C., and the nation are weighing their students’ freedom against the entertainment industry’s demand: Shut down or pay up. Since file sharing began with the launch of the music sharing program Napster […]

Graduate programs look toward liberal arts focus

(U-WIRE) WASHINGTON – Columbia University’s top-rated graduate school of journalism announced the creation of a new master of arts program in late March for veteran journalists to refine their knowledge in a chosen discipline — science, politics, economics and business. The announcement breathed new life into a three-year-old debate started by the university’s president that, […]

Legislation introduced to protect children from abuse

(U-WIRE) WASHINGTON – Rep. Mark Foley, R-Fl., introduced a bill earlier this month to allow government social service officers access to federal criminal databases. The move, he said, would aid the social workers in protecting parentless children from abusive foster and adoptive guardians. But the proposal to make sensitive criminal information to an entire new […]

Student elections heat up on campus

(U-WIRE) WASHINGTON – As President George W. Bush took his second oath of office, many Americans breathed a heavy sigh of relief that the campaign rhetoric and chaos that swept across America would be, for at least a moment, silenced. But just a few short blocks from the White House, inauguration did not bring closure […]

Students struggle to understand Social Security debate

(U-WIRE) WASHINGTON – A Florida congressman introduced a new twist on the Bush administration’s plan to privatize Social Security earlier this month, sending analysts scrambling to measure its impact in Congress and leaving many students struggling to understand the effects the complex issue will have on their lives. Rep. Clay Shaw, R-Fla., unveiled the “Guarantee […]