Student activists say rising loan rates ARE a distraction from the real problem of unaffordable college degrees
Here are the ten best concerts to check out around the city this week, in no particular order.
Well, it's actually honest personal storytelling mixed with songs, humor, pathos, and even a mini game show. It's METHTACULAR!, Steven Strafford's one-man recollection of his days as a tina queen, which he starts with a sardonic opening number as if he were doing an old-style TV special about his a ... More >>
If you're a student or former student with educational debt, or if you're just someone made anxious by this country's $1-trillion-and-growing student-debt bubble, you may well have breathed a sigh of relief this week when Congress reached an 11th-hour agreement to avoid doubling the interest rate on ... More >>
The Voice recently reported that the interest rates on federally backed Stafford loans will double July 1 -- from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent -- unless Congress gets its shit together. Well, it looks like some legislators in the House are trying to prevent this increase -- by cutting funding to hea ... More >>
Hey, college students! If you weren't already bummed that 53 percent of you will likely face joblessness or underemployment upon graduation, or that university is a big waste of time and money, we have even more bad news for you. Unless Congress gets its shit together -- which it probably won't b ... More >>
Over 7 million students receive some sort of subsidized student loan from the U.S. federal government. That is a ton of debt and it's getting larger every year: eclipsing credit cards and car loans, the figure right now stands at around $870 billion nationally. And, on July 1st, it could double ... More >>
To save student-loan programs, the White House has saddled master's and Ph.D. candidates with added debt.
An 18-year-old man dressed in a cow costume stole 26 gallons of milk from a Virginia Walmart Tuesday night. Why? Why not? The man was not taking his task as some sort of joke, either, and in fact, "was apparently crawling while he exited the store, trying to emulate cattle," according to Staf ... More >>
The stimulus bill President Obama signed into law last month has many ambitious goals, such as putting millions of Americans to work and saving the economy. One thing Obama accomplished immediately, though, was to render swaths of a story (written by me) in the Voice's January 20 Education Supplemen ... More >>
Feast and farewell
The fight for New Orleans' culture continues, one parade at a time