Meghan Keenan

Meghan Keenan

Title

Campus Coordinator

Email

mkeenan@redalertpolitics.com

Fun Fact

She is a health and fitness enthusiast who enjoys being active, exploring new places and teaching herself how to cook.

Meghan Keenan is the Campus Coordinator at Red Alert Politics. She is originally from the great state of Illinois, and graduated from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2013, with a degree in journalism. Previously, she worked in public relations, and she is also a former Red Alert intern.

Articles From Meghan

Professor fired for using profanity, sexual humor in the classroom

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A professor at Louisiana State University was recently fired after a 20-year career at the university for using profanity and sexual humor in the classroom. Teresa Buchanan, a tenured professor of elementary education, was officially terminated on June 19 after a lengthy investigation by the university. Buchanan has said she is the victim of a […]

Professor: White people are ‘conditioned’ to act like Charleston shooter Dylann Roof

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A former professor at the University of Memphis is under fire for suggesting that white people are conditioned to commit mass murder. Zandria Robinson, who until recently served as an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Memphis, decided to tweet her thoughts on the shooting in Charleston, S.C. “Waits for thinkpieces about how […]

For-profit colleges face new ‘gainful employment’ regulations

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After years of negotiations and several legal challenges, the Obama administration’s “gainful employment” rule goes into effect today. The Education Department rule cracking down on for-profit colleges will require schools to track their graduates’ employment, and will cut off funding for career training programs that don’t meet the department’s debt-to-earnings ratio. The department has estimated […]

Student loan debt affecting seniors in retirement

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Student loan debt can follow you all the way to retirement. In fact, the age group with the fastest growing balances on student debt is borrowers over 60. Although historically, the majority of student debt has been held by younger borrowers, balances held by all age groups have increased in recent years and there is […]

Cornell professor argues that female faculty should receive ‘bonus points’ on evaluations

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A Cornell University professor argues that female professors should receive automatic bonus points on their annual student evaluation forms to correct for gender bias. Sara Pritchard, an associate professor of science and technology studies at Cornell, argues that student evaluations are often slanted by gender bias, and can negatively impact female professors’ opportunities for professional advancement. […]

Education Dept. doesn’t account for thousands of service members overcharged by student loan company

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Conflicting data on reports by two federal agencies suggest that the Department of Education missed thousands of violations by its student loan contractor Navient Corporation, which has been accused of intentionally overcharging veterans on their federal student loans. Last month the Department of Justice announced that it would begin issuing refunds to nearly 78,000 veterans […]

Disabled, unemployed woman fails to qualify for student loan forgiveness

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A federal appeals court ruled that a woman who is disabled and living below the poverty line is not eligible to have her student loans discharged in bankruptcy, because she failed to make a “good faith effort” to repay the loans. Although she doesn’t qualify for immediate forgiveness under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, a federal loan-consolidation program will […]

Professor teaches class on ‘Whiteness,’ defends Rachel Dolezal

FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 16, 2015, file photo, Rachel Dolezal, center, Spokane's newly-elected NAACP president, smiles as she meets with Joseph M. King, of King's Consulting, left, and Scott Finnie, director and senior professor of  Eastern Washington University's Africana Education Program, before the start of a Black Lives Matter Teach-In on Public Safety and Criminal Justice, at EWU, in Cheney, Wash. Dolezal's family members say she has falsely portrayed herself as black for years. (Tyler Tjomsland/The Spokesman-Review via AP, File)

Ali Michael, an adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania, refuses to have children because she doesn’t want to pass on her white privilege. In a Huffington Post editorial, Michael defends Rachel Dolezal, a white woman who identifies as black, and until recently, served as president of the Spokane, Washington NAACP. “There was a time in […]

University in South Carolina hangs Confederate flag in chapel

The Confederate flag flies near the South Carolina Statehouse, Friday, June 19, 2015, in Columbia, S.C.  (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)

There is more than one Confederate flag protected by state law in South Carolina. As lawmakers debate whether to remove the Confederate flag from the grounds of the state Capitol, another flag hangs in the chapel of the Citadel, a public university in the state. After nine people were shot and killed at a historic […]

University of Wisconsin residence hall hangs “heterosexual privilege” bulletin board

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Over 600 students living in a residence hall at the University of Wisconsin-Madison pass the bulletin board by the first floor elevators every day on their way to class. If they choose to read it, they can learn about “heterosexual privilege.” The board, decorated by the Housing staff of UW’s Ogg Hall and titled, “Let’s talk […]

Northwestern professor fights for the right to free speech and fellatio

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For the second time in recent months, Northwestern University is under fire for censoring faculty. Digital issues of a magazine published annually by one of Northwestern’s medical school programs were taken down after running an an essay called “Head Nurses,” that described a nurse performing oral sex on a patient in 1978. Atrium is a […]

Private student lenders reject 90 percent of co-signer release applications

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Co-signers for private student loans are having a hard time getting off the hook. Approximately 90 percent of students who applied for co-signer release on their private student loans were rejected, according to a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau report released on Thursday. CFPB received over 3,100 private student loan complaints between October 1, 2014 and […]

English teacher dumps Shakespeare in favor of “ethnically-diverse” literature

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A high school English teacher is refusing to teach Shakespeare because he was white and has been dead for 450 years. Dana Dusbiber, an English teacher at a large inner-city high school in Sacramento, California, recently published an editorial in the Washington Post that is prompting outrage from other teachers, as well as many who consider Shakespeare one […]

Taxpayers foot the bill for Starbucks’ free college program

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It turns out that Starbucks’ tuition-free education program for employees is too good to be true. A new report by the Daily Caller reveals that the much-lauded Starbucks College Achievement Plan announced last year and expanded in April, is largely subsidized by taxpayers. The program is a partnership with the online degree program of Arizona […]

Department of Education announces it will forgive $3.5 billion in student loans

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Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced Monday that the department would forgive the federal loans of tens of thousands of students – a move that could cost taxpayers as much as $3.5 billion. Students who attended Corinthian Colleges, a large for-profit college company, are being offered loan forgiveness, after the company filed for bankruptcy and […]

Duke University assigns graphic sexual memoir for summer reading

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Freshman orientation at Duke University should be a memorable experience for the class of 2019. Incoming students are expected to read and discuss the book Fun Home, which includes graphic scenes and cartoon drawings of masturbation and oral sex. Described as a “tragicomic” memoir by author Alison Bechdel, the book deals with some heavy topics […]

99-year-old woman graduates college

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One college graduate this year is delivering a powerful message to all of us: follow your dreams, at any age. Doreetha Daniels has achieved her goal of earning a college degree before her 100th birthday. Last Friday, Daniels was awarded her associates degree in social sciences from the College of Canyons (COC) in Santa Clarita, California, […]

Superintendent drops charges for cheering at high school graduation

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The superintendent of Senatobia High School in Mississippi dropped charges on Monday against those who were cheering at the school’s graduation ceremony. Superintendent Jay Foster has received national media attention and criticism since issuing warrants against four family members for “disturbing the peace” at the May 21 ceremony. The warrants carried a fine of up […]

Highest-paid public university president raked in nearly $1.5 million last year

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The presidents of two public colleges made over $1 million in 2014. The 65 top-earning presidents and chancellors across the country all made over half a million dollars last year – more than the president of the United States. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently released these findings in its annual report on executive compensation […]

Family members face $500 fine, possible arrest for ‘excessive cheering’ at high school graduation

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Several family members were asked to leave a high school graduation ceremony for cheering, and now face criminal charges for “disturbing the peace.” Warrants have been issued for the arrest of three out of the four of the audience members who were cheering at the Senatobia High School graduation ceremony on May 21. Those issued warrants […]