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Quickies: Abigail Fisher, Supreme Court Verdict Summary, and the Myths of Abortion

  • All the Greedy Young Abigail Fishers and Me – “Years ago, I helped Abigail Fishers get into college in Texas. That was my job: I ‘tutored’ entitled teenagers through the application process. Specifically, and ominously for my later life, I taught them to write a convincing personal essay—a task that generally requires identifying some insight, usually gained over some period of growth. And growth often depends on hardship, a thing that none of these 18-year-olds had experienced in a structural sense over the course of their white young lives. Because of the significant disconnect involved in this premise, I always ended up rewriting their essays in the end.”
  • Dartmouth graduated more women than men in engineering this year – “More women have been going into engineering in the last several years, according to the American Society for Engineering Education (AASE), and women made up 37 percent of the class in Dartmouth’s engineering school in 2015. But women tipped the scales this year at a whopping 54 percent at Dartmouth — 34 percent higher than the national average.” From Amy.
  • 5 winners and 4 losers from this Supreme Court term – “This year’s Supreme Court term was unsettling. Following the sudden death of conservative Justice Antonin Scalia earlier this year — and Senate Republicans’ refusal to fill the seat — it initially seemed the Court might take a more reserved approach. And the justices did punt in a few areas, including birth control access, and made more convoluted decisions in other cases, but they didn’t back away from all major decisions, particularly in high-profile cases. A few clear winners and losers emerged: The Court decided on the first major abortion rights case in a generation, and essentially put an end to the Obama administration’s sweeping deferred deportation plans for undocumented immigrants.”
  • The Fictions Around Abortion in America – “In a single paragraph, Ruth Bader Ginsburg named something the other U.S. Supreme Court justices wouldn’t: Regulations on abortion providers, often called TRAP laws, are not intended to protect the health of women.”
  • The Winds of Winter, explained: what we know about the next Game of Thrones book – “So here’s a guide to the latest information on the release date, why it’s taking Martin so long to finish writing, which chapters the author has already released (and where to find them), and how much of the book the show seems to have already ‘spoiled.’ “

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