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Top deals for back to school shoppers

Published: Tuesday, August 14, 2012 @ 9:44 AM
Updated: Tuesday, August 14, 2012 @ 9:44 AM

            Seth Perlman
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This year, the average American family will spend $688 on school supplies alone to get ready for school*.

Today,, the leading online source for coupons, deals and expert shopping advice, released the top Back to School deals to save shoppers up to 70% off on kids apparel, school supplies, and electronics.

Deals were handpicked by deal experts and ranked by factoring in overall brand appeal, historical deal strategies, and deepest discounts.

  1. Kmart: 10% Off All Purchases – A Exclusive!
  2. Sears: 50% Off Back To School Kids' & Young Men's Clothing
  3. Kohls: Up to 70% Off Select Kids Clothing + Free Shipping on Orders of $75+
  4. PUMA: 10% All Purchases + Free Shipping
  5. Delia’s: $20 Off Orders of $75+
  6. Alloy: 20% Off All Purchases
  7. Tilly's: 20% Off Any One Item – A Exclusive!
  8. Best Buy: 20% Off Select Laptops, Tablets & eReaders w/ Hotspot + Contract
  9. Discount School Supply: 10% Off All Purchases + Free Shipping on Orders of $79+
  10. BookRenter: 10% off on Four or More Textbook Rentals

Back to School shoppers on will have access to more than 20,000 coupons from leading stores, including Macys coupons, Kohls coupons, and Sears coupons.

*Source, National Retail Federation:

Cedarville University 5k walk for opioid awareness

Published: Saturday, September 23, 2017 @ 12:53 AM

Cedarville University faculty, staff and trustees with a concealed carry license can now carry on campus after getting approved by the school.
Staff Writer
Cedarville University faculty, staff and trustees with a concealed carry license can now carry on campus after getting approved by the school.(Staff Writer)

Cedarville University pharmacy students are teaming with local nonprofit The Jeremiah Tree to host its annual 5k BridgeWalk.

The walk will begin at 9 a.m. Sept. 23, at Xenia Station. 

Cedarville students will be holding an educational session on the danger of opioid addiction.

"The purpose for the walk is twofold," said Marlene Labig, president of  The Jeremiah Tree board of directors. "First, the Bridge Walk is one of our primary fundraisers. Second, it's educational; this year, the walk is about addiction and all the problems that come along with it."

Students from the Cedarville chapter of the American Pharmacy Association, GenerationRx, and the Student National Pharmacy Association will be located at educational checkpoints. The students will teach about recognizing the signs of addiction, prescription and recreational drug abuse, Greene County drug addiction statistics, and treatment options. 

"As a university, It's exciting to partner with community organizations that have their heart's desire to encourage spiritual transformation and intervention in a problem like this," said Cynthia Burban, director of community engagement in the school of pharmacy.

The walk is open to everyone, including families and children. The online registration fee is $10 for youth, and $25 for adults. 

Anyone interested in volunteering with The Jeremiah Tree can call 937 562-3121.

Metro Detroit school apologizes for mistakenly banning US flag in dress code

Published: Friday, August 04, 2017 @ 2:06 PM

A History Of The American Flag

A high school in metro Detroit was criticized on social media this week for releasing a dress code that included a ban on clothing bearing the American flag.

On Tuesday, a parent posted an image of Roseville High School’s dress code that was sent out in a back to school packet on her Facebook page. She questioned why the U.S. flag was listed under prohibited clothing items. 

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Roseville High School officials said in a Facebook post that the reference to the U.S. flag in the dress code was an error, and should have read, "Flags shall not be worn in demeaning manner."

School officials said that they "would never ban the appropriate display of the American flag," and that the school has a long history of working with patriotic groups like the VFW.

The dress code snafu led to an emotional debate on Facebook, WXYZ reported.

The 10 highest-ranked affordable colleges in America

Published: Thursday, September 14, 2017 @ 11:47 AM

Best quality of life: Emory University (No. 3), Agnes Scott College (No. 20) Great financial aid: Emory University (No. 15) Most conservative students: Berry College (No. 20) Most liberal students: Agnes Scott College (No. 12) Most LGBTQ-friendly: Agnes Scott College (No. 7) Lots of race/class interaction: Agnes Scott College (No. 20) Most beautiful campus: Berry College (No. 9) Most active student government: Agnes Scott College (No. 9) Best college dorms: Emory University (No. 8) Most religious students

Without scholarships, grants and plenty of financial aid help, America’s most prestigious universities often come with a ghastly price tag.

U.S. News & World Report released its National Universities rankings this week, highlighting 311 American schools offering a full range of undergraduate majors, master’s and doctoral programs and a commitment to faculty research.

Researchers compared institutions based on 15 “widely accepted indicators of excellence,” such as first-year student retention rates, graduation rates, strength of faculty and more.

To determine the top 10 most affordable top-ranked institutions, we examined colleges in the U.S. News National Universities ranking with the lowest 2017-2018 tuition and narrowed our criteria to only include institutions in the top 100 of the 311 ranked.

Here are the 10 most affordable, top-ranked colleges in America, using U.S. News data:

Brigham Young University — Provo (Provo, Utah)

National rank: 61

Out-of-state tuition: $5,460

In-state tuition: $5,460

SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (Syracuse, New York)

National rank: 97

Out-of-state tuition: $18,090

In-state tuition: $8,240

Florida State University (Tallahassee, Florida)

National rank: 81

Out-of-state tuition: $21,673

In-state tuition: $6,507

Binghamton University — SUNY (Binghamton, New York)

National rank: 87

Out-of-state tuition: $24,403

In-state tuition: $9,523

University of Oklahoma (Norman, Oklahoma)

National rank: 97

Out-of-state tuition: $24,443

In-state tuition: $9,062

University at Buffalo — SUNY (Buffalo, New York)

National rank: 97

Out-of-state tuition: $26,270

In-state tuition: $12,292

Stony Brook University SUNY (Stony Brook, New York)

National rank: 97

Out-of-state tuition: $26,297

In-state tuition: $9,257

University of Minnesota — Twin Cities (Minneapolis, Minnesota)

National rank: 69

Out-of-state tuition: $26,603

In-state tuition: $9,852

North Carolina State University — Raleigh (Raleigh, North Carolina)

National rank: 81

Out-of-state tuition: $27,406

In-state tuition: $9,058

University of Florida (Gainesville, Florida)

National rank: 42

Out-of-state tuition: $28,658

In-state tuition: $6,381

Students disciplined for photo of them in white hoods with Confederate flag, burning cross

Published: Thursday, September 07, 2017 @ 11:50 AM
Updated: Thursday, September 07, 2017 @ 11:19 AM

A Klansman raises his left arm during a 'white power' chant at a Ku Klux Klan rally December 16, 2000, in Skokie, Illinois.
Tim Boyle/Newsmakers
A Klansman raises his left arm during a 'white power' chant at a Ku Klux Klan rally December 16, 2000, in Skokie, Illinois.(Tim Boyle/Newsmakers)

A group of Iowa high school students have been disciplined after a photo made the rounds on social media depicting them wearing white hoods and burning a cross in a field. 

The photo shows five young men, all wearing what appear to be white pillowcases fashioned into KKK-style hoods. One of the people in the picture holds a rifle and another waves what appears to be a Confederate flag.

A makeshift cross burns in the background of the photo, which caused shock and consternation on social media.

The Des Moines Register reported that Creston Community High School officials learned about the photo Wednesday morning. An investigation by the administration determined some of the school’s students were involved in the incident. 

Jeff Bevins, the school’s athletic director and assistant principal, declined to detail the discipline handed down to the students, who are minors, the Register said. Bevins did speak out about the behavior depicted in the photo. 

“That picture does not represent the beliefs of our school system, our parents, or our community,” Bevins told the newspaper

School officials have also spoken to other students at the school to ensure that they feel safe coming to school. Principal Bill Messerole told the Register that many students were upset by the photo.

“This certainly isn’t an issue that you just forget and move on,” Messerole said. “We want to make sure that it’s OK to have a dialogue about this.”

Messerole said that the students know the picture is not an accurate representation of what the school, or the community, stands for. 

One Creston High football player anonymously reached out to WHO Channel 13 in Des Moines to defend his teammates, indicating that at least some of the students involved were football players. 

“As a current student at Creston and a member of the football team, I would just like to make a statement,” the teen’s statement read. “The five individuals that were involved with the picture are clearly in the wrong, and they will face the consequences eventually. But I can promise everyone that as a whole, our football team and community aren't about that. The actions made by a small group shouldn't represent the entire football team and community. I'm proud to be a part of what this team is actually about, and it's sad to see something like this ruin a rich tradition we carry.”

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There was a similar reaction from some on Facebook, where at least one man defended the school and the community. 

“I saw some comments that are calling the entire school and community racist, (and) I take issue with that,” Allen Bean wrote. “Having had the opportunity to do some volunteer work at Creston High School on several occasions, I saw firsthand the love and care they have for all students. I condemn those that are involved and think they deserve severe punishment, but let’s be careful labeling this school and its community.”

In the meantime, a Drake University law professor told the Register that he believes school officials overreached in their discipline of the students. 

“This is a significant free speech issue,” Mark Kende told the newspaper. “If they’re off school grounds and they’re doing it in their free time and they’re not targeting someone in school, then this is a form of expressive speech.”

Kende explained that, according to Iowa law, hate speech is only a criminal offense if it specifically targets someone. 

The professor told the Register that the students, if involved in extracurricular activities, may have been required to sign statements saying they would refrain from behavior that would reflect poorly on them and the school. The Constitution’s guarantee of free speech could override those statements, however. 

“The school district’s going to have an issue,” Kende said. “The issue is complicated by the fact that the school is reaching beyond its typical school orders to penalize them.”