This year’s college football champions will be crowned tonight in Dallas. The game’s between the Ducks of Oregon and the Buckeyes of Ohio State—nary a New York connection in sight. New York City-area teams haven’t had luck on the national stage for a while, but back in the old days, they were dominant. Princeton claims 28 national championships! …all won before 1950. Yale claims 27 (last won in 1927), and Army claims three (last won in 1946).
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New York is requiring colleges and universities to notify police within 24 hours after a violent felony is reported or someone goes missing from university housing.
The amendment takes effect in January. It strengthens the state law adopted after Suzanne Lyall disappeared from the State University at Albany in 1998 that required schools adopt and implement plans for investigating cases and coordinate with police.
The final episode of The Colbert Report aired last night, and lots of guests were on hand to send the faux newsman off, including NJ Senator Cory Booker, President Bill Clinton, and Star Wars creator George Lucas. As the show ends, so does the Colbert character—the conservative blowhard pundit. Colbert (the real one) will of course be taking over for David Letterman some time in 2015. We here at Fordham University got a little taste of that in 2012 when Colbert spoke with Timothy Cardinal Dolan about faith.
Federal prosecutors sued New York City on Thursday to speed the pace of reforms at the Rikers Island jail complex and address what a Justice Department investigation found was a "deep-seated culture of violence" toward young inmates.
The move comes a day after Mayor Bill de Blasio visited the 10-jail lockup to announce the end of solitary confinement for 16- and 17-year-old inmates, a policy change initiated after the 2 1/2-year federal probe released in August.
New York's high school graduation rate improved slightly to 76.4 percent last year, despite the state's adoption of new learning standards.
Big gaps remained, though, between the rates of white and minority students graduating, and those of students attending high- and low-needs districts.
State statistics released Thursday show 76.4 percent of students who started high school in 2010 finished in four years, compared to 74.9 percent in the previous class.
It’s the first day of Hannukkah! A beautiful, minor holiday made big because of its proximity to Christmas. Even better this year for the countless families who celebrate both Hannukkah and Christmas—the eight days of Hanukkah ends just in time for Christmas Eve.
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In an exciting week in Congress, Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s stock is rising higher than any other. The Massachusetts Democrat is leading the charge against some bank-friendly provisions in the recently-passed spending bill, speaking loudly on the issue in opposition to the President. Her strong stances have many Dems saying they’re more Ready for Elizabeth than Hillary.
New York magazine released its annual “Reasons to Love New York” list. It includes serious reasons like “We Protest Passionately and Peacefully” and “Craig Spencer Risked his Life to Safe Others,” and more fun ones like, “We were All Taylor Swift Once,” and “New York Rap Is So Awesomely Weird.” One list entry getting some more press is the story of Moh