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Post Haste: Thousands are using the law to appeal their student debt; Free showing of 'Selma' coming up

For some, it's even working.

Good morning. Here's what you need to know for Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016:

You might have something to thank the government for.

An obscure federal law from 1994 forgives student debt if borrowers can prove their schools used illegal tactics, such as lying about graduates’ incomes, to recruit them.

Thousands of students are calling on the law to expunge them of the $164 million they owe in student loans, Wall Street Journal reports. It’s worked for some.

In 2014, Ohio University ranked second nationally for three-year loan default rates among large public universities, according to the U.S. Department of Education. What that translates to: OU students are struggling to pay back student loans.

Some blame the Soviet Union for starting the student debt situation in the U.S. Others accuse whining students of not taking control.

Some officials fear the law is overly broad, too vague and too new (in use, at least). Others see it as a means to help students who are victims of fraud.

You can check out the stories of some OU students who are working toward a “degree of debt” here.

And incoming freshmen, take note. Your tuition is likely going up by 1.7 percent next year.

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Today’s the final day before the storm, so stock up on canned foods, or macaroni and cheese. High of 28. (Courtesy of Scalia Lab)


  • Selma is coming to The Athena today and it’s free. (The Post)

  • The President Street Academic Center might be demolished. (The Post)

  • Board of Trustees is meeting this week. What exactly do they do? We broke it down. (The Post)

Scores and Game Times

Women’s basketball won against Kent State last night.

You might also want to know …

That big snowstorm that will pass over Athens? Lots of East Coasters are worried about it. (ABC News)

Crazy space news: Scientists think they might’ve found a ninth planet in our solar system. (Washington Post)

Still hoping to get into Harvard? The school is now emphasizing “meaningful contributions” above test scores, which are linked to family income. (BuzzFeed)

Athens bar specials

Pawpurr’s Bar: Half-off drinks from 8-9 p.m.

The Pub: $2.50 well drinks. $2.50 Cali Boy and Vegas Bombs

Red Brick Tavern: $1 well drinks and domestics from 6-9 p.m.


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