Monthly Archives: September 2012

“Mitt Romney Spells Out Ideas On Schools But Provides Few Specifics At Education Nation”

“After reading the report, Romney decided to analyze some of the data for himself. When he was governor of Massachusetts, Romney said he plotted studentperformance against funding and class size. “The district that spent the most per pupil and had the smallest classrooms, Cambridge, those kids were in the bottom 10 percent,” he said.”

“[Class size] turned out to be a factor, but not a big one,” Romney concluded. His revised answer to educational issues, now that he’s running for president: “We know the answer as to what it takes to fix our schools is to fix in great teachers.”

“Romney has previously stated that he would use the U.S. Education Department as an arm to fight teachers unions…” (more…)

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“College Readiness Goes Beyond Academic Skills”

College Readiness

“In our recent research, we identified four specific areas — academic habits, cultural know-how, the ability to balance school and other demands and engaging in help-seeking — in which college faculty had clear expectations of their students.”

“Many college instructors think they already clearly articulate their expectations to students…”

“…For example, when an instructor asks students to “come to class prepared,” what does she mean? (more…)

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Dr. Farris is Guest Speaker at Turnitin Teachers Tour

Dr. Shannon Farris will be the guest speaker for four of seven Turnitin Teachers Tour events this fall.  The seven-city tour features presentations by Turnitin experts and power-users that highlight best practices for using Turnitin to foster original writing and provide substantive feedback on assignments. Dr. Farris is an assistant professor of psychology at Saint Leo University’s Savannah Center in Savannah, GA (Jan. 2013) and is currently serving as Lead and annual contract faculty in Psychology and QEP administrator on the University Campus.

Dr. Farris will be a guest speaker at Turnitin’s:


The Truth Behind the Fascination with Breasts

The topic that has plague women kind for as long as we can remember.  What is so fascinating about our breasts that leave many heterosexual men distracted by their mere presence?

Try telling this little guy that “my eyes are up here.”

From a biological perspective, the male fascination with breasts is an odd one.   (more…)

Sleep Apnea

“Sleep apnea is a chronic condition that can cause shallow breathing, or even a stop in breathing, during sleep, according to the NIH. Left untreated, the condition can lead to a host of serious medical problems (more…)

Whitney Kropp: A tale of rising above bullying.

Whitney Kropp

Whitney Kropp was ecstatic when she heard she was nominated for homecoming court at Ogemaw Heights High in West Branch, Michigan.

But her enthusiasm quickly turned to embarrassment when it became clear that her classmates had only nominated her as a prank which was started by the school’s most popular students. (more…)

“The Dad Who Wears a Skirt”

dad wears skirt with son

“Maybe you’ve heard or read about me. To my astonishment, I read about me recently. That was peculiar, since I’m used to reading my own writing — not stories about how I behaved or dressed up. So let’s clarify what happened.”


Democracy in Action! Tomorrow 9/26 at 7pm.


Watch it live online

Helpful Resources for Psychology Majors pt.2

 Online resources:

There is a wealth of information available to students online, but sometimes you don’t know where to start.  Maybe you need help finding articles or properly writing a literature review.  Perhaps you just want to scope out the type of jobs available to a Psychology major.  In any case, we here at iNKBLOT have compiled a series of valuable resources to assist all the psychology majors out there.

Writing resources:

Ever get a writing assignment and not even know where to start?  Or maybe you need to cite some sources and are confused on how to do that properly.  Well fret no more as we here at iNKBLOT  present a list of helpful writing resources designed to make any writing assignment easier to handle.


One year since the repeal of DADT

On September 20, 2011, one year ago yesterday, the US military’s ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ (DADT) policy towards gays, lesbians and bisexuals serving openly was repealed.

The rights of gays, lesbians and bisexuals is a hot topic for many.  There is some support that DADT negatively impacted the psychological well-being of our military men and women increasing the number of stressors that are risk factors for mental illness. And compromised mental health is not only problematic for the individual, it also threatens the broader military mission because wars are not fought by individuals acting alone, they are fought by highly interdependent groups of soldiers. Research conducted in the general population suggests that this additional psychological burden may put gay, lesbian, and bisexual soldiers at greater risk for mental health problems which, again, could compromise our military’s ability to function at its best.  So, the repeal of DADT may have improve the mental health of some of its service men and women thus making the US military able to function better as a whole.  Even DADT specific research that examined the effects felt after the appeal showed that there are no detrimental effects regarding the repeal.

No matter what side of the fence you are on in regards to the gay rights movement, it is tough to deny the impact that the repeal of DADT has had on the lives of our military men and women who now don’t have to hide such a huge part of their life.   The Huffington Post has a slide show displaying the 25 most memorable moments since DADT was repealed and is a touching tribute to all the milestones achieved in the past year.



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