What we’re reading


This has been a big week in college news. First off, and most notably, Rolling Stone published “Rolling Stone and UVA: The Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism Report,” a detailed breakdown of what exactly went wrong in reporting the UVA rape case.

Then, there’s The Atlantic‘s “Are Colleges Invading Their Students’ Privacy,” which looks at student privacy in the digital age. The New York Times looks at why public college costs continue to climb in “The Real Reason College Tuition Costs So Much.” Spoiler alert: it’s not really because of the commonly cited reason, which is less state funding. And finally, The Economist‘s “The world is going to university” attempts to answer whether the American obsession with college is worth it.

In slightly college-related news, GQ’s “The Great Cocaine Treasure Hunt” follows a man hunting for buried treasure–in the form of $1 million of blow.

The New York Times’ Iran and the Obama Doctrine” is a 45-minute video interview of Obama by revered columnist Thomas Friedman about the historic arms negotiations and America’s relationship with Iran moving forward.

In Defense of Fangirls,” from Pitchfork, argues that deriding tweens for their Bieber fever and obsession with One Direction is inherently sexist–and needs to stop.

The New York Times has a piece on how California’s drought questions what California is–literally–built on: endless growth on arid land.

And last, but certainly not least, check out the three UCS presidential candidate’s platforms here, here, and here.