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Asians get the Ivy League's Jewish treatment: Column

Quotas to keep minorities out of schools were once considered racist and unfair, but colleges think it is just fine as long as they discriminate against the right minorities.<p>Decades ago, the Ivy League colleges thought they had a problem: too many Jews. These recent immigrants, from a culture that …

Glenn Reynolds: To reduce inequality, abolish Ivy League

Where the upper-middle class and rich go for taxpayer-subsidized, elitist networking.<p>The problem of “inequality” looms over America like a storm cloud. According to our political and journalistic class, inequality is the single biggest problem facing our nation, with the possible exception of …

Higher Education

A clash between administrators and students at Yale went viral. Why that is unfortunate for all concerned.

Over the past week, Yale University has been embroiled in some intense debates about race on campus. The Chronicle of Higher Education’s Sarah Brown offers some succinct backstory:<p>At the heart of the controversy are two emails and a Facebook post. On October 28, Yale’s Intercultural Affairs Council …

Bad tests

A NEW REPORT on student testing is prefaced with the observation that testing in the nation’s schools is the most hotly debated issue in public education today, with some of the debate well-informed and some “self-serving and misleading.” The truth of the latter point was driven home with the …

TV too diverse? Why it's only a start

<b>(CNN) —</b> Deadline's TV editor Nellie Andreeva created a stir with her latest column, originally titled "Pilots 2015: The Year of Ethnic Castings -- About Time or Too Much of Good Thing," and now headlined simply "Pilots 2015: The Year Of Ethnic Castings."<p>In the piece she suggests that television may …

Corporations are not people, so don't let them guilt you into tipping the maid

If I still somehow retained any capacity to be surprised by the tone-deafness of corporate America, I imagine I’d be pretty taken aback by the news that Marriott International has joined forces with a nonprofit called A Woman’s Nation to launch The Envelope Please, a campaign to encourage hotel …

Artificial trans fats banned in 3 years – FDA

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced its final decision to outlaw partially hydrogenated oils, the primary source of artificial …

Study: For Body Fat, 30 Minutes of Exercise as Good as 60

<i>Research in the</i> American Journal of Physiology <i>found that Danish men lost more weight with a half hour of daily exercise than they did with a full hour; their body fat remained the same in both cases. Moderation wins again.</i><p>Darryl Webb/Reuters<p><b>PROBLEM:</b> Creating a negative energy balance -- burning off …

Don't Cut Fat If You Want to Lose Weight: Study

Bring on the avocado.<p>New research published Thursday found yet again that cutting fat out of a diet is not the most effective way to lose weight, and …

Low-fat diets are not better for weight loss

Low-fat diets are unlikely to result in greater weight loss than higher-fat diets that have the same amount of calories, a new study finds.<p>Researchers looked at the effectiveness of low-fat diets compared with other diets and not dieting at all, in a large analysis of previous studies. The …

The Best Way To Lose Weight Is, Surprisingly, Not Through A Low-Fat Diet

Most diets follow the same three rules:<p>1. Eat a bit less<p>2. Drink more water.<p>3. Move around some.<p>But much in the same way that most religions share the same basic laws (be nice, don’t steal, try not to kill each other quite so much), much of the strife that occurs between different dieting …

Nutrition

Low-fat diets yield less long-term weight loss | Reuters

(Reuters Health) – Low-fat diets, and diets that restrict one category of nutrients in general, do a poor job of reducing weight and keeping it off for a year or more, according to a new review of clinical trials.<p>“Over the last several years and decades (low-fat) had been recommended as the way to …

Is junk food making us fat? Why cutting candy, soda may not be enough

It’s easy to blame junk food, fast food and sodas for our weight problems. Sugary sodas — with their more than 220 calories per serving — have been called public enemy No. 1 in the fight against obesity.<p>What if junk food or soda actually plays only a limited role in America’s fat crisis?<p>In a new …

5 college myths to ignore: Column

How to get good returns on the money and time spent pursuing an education.<p>Americans love college rankings. You can learn which schools have gourmet cafeterias, great parties or winning football teams. But if you want to know which school is the right choice for launching your future, these lists …

College & University

Physician-assisted suicide laws grant dignity: Our view

Fears that they'd lead to abuse have proved unfounded, and new California law has 65% approval.<p>Retired real estate agent Charles Selsberg, 77, was not what anyone would call an activist. But ravaged by Lou Gehrig’s disease in his dying days, Selsberg made a public plea to the Colorado legislature …

Health Care

Ben Carson's anti-Muslim comments are ahistoric but politically profitable

The would-be Republican nominee’s statement reveal he’s unqualified for the presidency. But they reflect common feelings among his conservative base<p>As a neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, Carson was an admired and most admirable figure but, despite his avuncular manner, as a political …

Religion

Preschool Can Be Worse Than the Alternative

We want universal child care to be a cure-all. Quebec's experiment shows it isn't.

Donald Trump Calls Photojournalist ‘A F***ing Thief’ Over Photo of Empty Chairs

Donald Trump is lashing out at an Associated Press photographer over photos of empty chairs at a Trump speech in South Carolina. The presidential …