As the beginning of the semester brings a collective sigh to students as they cut their five-figure tuition checks, nationwide conversations about reducing the cost of college become more critical. Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders recently introduced a cutting-edge way to reform the affordability of higher education. The solution is simple: eliminate tuition costs altogether. Sanders’s “College for All” act would provide four years of free education to students attending public colleges and universities, a proposal that opens the door to many needed conversations about education reform and forces fellow presidential candidates to express their stance.Sanders’s message resonates with those burdened by loans.“We have a crisis in higher education today. Too many of our young people cannot afford a college education, and those who are leaving college are faced with crushing debt,” Sanders said in a speech to American University students. “This is not what America is supposed to be about.”Sanders recognizes a very important point that other candidates often overlook: Financial pressure has the ability to debilitate academic performance. According to Edvisors, a website that analyzes how students pay for college, 71 percent of recent college students with a bachelor’s degree will graduate with student debt.The class of 2015 is the most indebted graduating class in history. Each recent graduate will pay back on average $35,000. Higher education is becoming less affordable, and thus less attainable.Sanders’s legislative proposal came after President Barack Obama’s guarantee to make the first two years of community college free. Under Obama’s plan, “America’s College Promise,” students could attend community college at no cost as long as they maintain a 2.5 GPA and attend part-time. Sanders’s plan, the “College for All” act would tax Wall Street transactions, direct revenue toward college tuition, lower interest rates and increase work-study. Though economists dispute feasibility, many agree that Sanders’s ideas will shape Hillary Clinton’s education platform. He may be able to wield this influence because he is one of the first presidential candidates to blatantly state his view on education reform. And his influence over his fellow presidential candidates will only strengthen as the election progresses.“Sanders can have an influence in terms of the kinds of issues that get attention, get talked about and eventually get picked up by the candidate that does become Democratic nominee and potentially the next president,” said Matthew Chingos, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, to the International Business Times.Following Sanders’s education bill, fellow presidential candidates are starting to announce their views on education reform. Hillary Clinton introduced a new plan for making higher education more feasible for students, and Democratic candidate Martin O’Malley proposed freezing tuition rates in public institutions.One thing is certain. There is no clear consensus in either political party on how to rebuild the current education system. Sanders’s proposal, however, propels fellow presidential candidates to take a stance on education reform, thus increasing the chance of real education reform.While notable communities such as Beverly Hills have started to crack down on their residents for excessive water consumption, the progress is too slow to warrant the continuation of the #droughtshaming fad. Fines might be a good idea, but if we want any serious results out of Southern California, the region needs more action. Perhaps the next logical step is in the hands of the local city councils — punishments beyond the water company fines. Cutting off water to certain wasteful areas or households could be the next step in water conservation efforts, however harsh it may sound, but maybe that is what it will take to reduce our water footprint while we still have the resource.
MORE: Free one-week trial of Fantasy Alarm’s PRO tools Today’s NHL DFS Picks: DraftKings, FanDuel advice for Thursday, Oct. 3Editor’s Note: This is a FREE preview of Thursday’s Fantasy Alarm’s NHL DFS Playbook. For full analysis every day and more ways to dominate your daily fantasy hockey competition, check out DFS site-specific advice and the rest of Fantasy Alarm’s great season-long and DFS tools available to subscribers. Pos PlayerMatchupFDDKY!AnalysisCN. [email protected] 9:00$8700$7300$34MacKinnon erupted for 10 points (five goals, five assists) in seven games against Calgary last season, including the postseason.CP. [email protected] 8:30$7700$6700$33The two-way center just played in the preseason finale against Chicago as he rehabbed from a groin injury suffered in May. Bergeron didn’t have a point, but did have two shots on goal in 12:47 of ice time.CC. [email protected] 7:00$4300$3400$10Experts around the NHL seem really high on Mittelstadt and are anticipating a breakout year from the youngster. The winger will also be seeing a lot of the Pens’ second defensive line, which starts the season ranked towards the bottom of the league by several publications.RWN. [email protected] 7:00$8900$7900$35The NHL’s leading goal soccer last season (41 goals, 87 assists) and Hart trophy winner looks to kick the season off on a high note against the Florida Panthers.RWM. [email protected] 8:00$6700$5600$23The Preds finished 2018-19 dead last in the league on the power play, converting at 12.9%. But they added Duchene, and the Preds are confident the unit, which also includes Filip Forsberg and Ryan Johansen, will be a bright spot this season.LWB. [email protected] 8:30$8400$6800$33Marchand has eight goals and 17 points in 13 games versus Dallas in his career.LWA. [email protected] 7:00$7800$6000$24He’s a bona fide star who will be playing a Winnipeg club that comes limping into the season. Panarin has quickly found a comfort level during the preseason with fellow Russian wing Pavel Buchnevich.LWM. [email protected] 7:00$6200$5600$19The winger became a vital part of the power play last year, his sharpshooting ability proved to be a perfect fit on the right side of Florida’s top unit with the man advantage. Alongside a healthy Vincent Trocheck, Hoffman should see plenty of the score sheet this season.LWB. [email protected] 7:00$3700$4000$12Brandon Tanev has some nice value and could have opportunities to excel out of the gate being paired on one of the top two lines with Crosby and Malkin.RWK. [email protected] 7:00$5800$5600$18There will be plenty of eyes on Kakko, a Calder Cup candidate who scored 26 goals in 50 games (regular season and playoffs) in Finland last season, then shone with six goals in 10 games at the World Championships.DR. [email protected] 8:00$6300$6000$23The Predators have won the last five meetings against the Wild, and each of the last five games on home ice. Josi will be a part of a new look first-line power play unit that will be looking to get off to a good start this season.DC. [email protected] 9:00$4600$4700$19The 20-year-old defensemen will play his first regular season game in the NHL after he had six points (one goal, five assists) in 10 games in the 2019 playoffs. Makar will also be running point on the Avs’ top power-play unit.GP. [email protected] 9:00$8000$7900$32The former career backup will look to improve upon his career-high 18-win performance in 2018-19 when he assumes the starting role with Semyon Varlamov now playing for the New York Islanders. Tonight he takes on a Flames club that has only won two of its last 24 opening night games.GM. [email protected] 7:00$8400$8300$36Matt Murray owns a 3-0-1 mark in five career starts against the Sabres.For more player recommendations and analysis, become a Fantasy Alarm subscriber today! The 2019-20 NHL season started off with a bang last night. Despite featuring just four games, there was still a lot going on in the fantasy hockey world. The Capitals made an opening night statement against the Blues, Connor McDavid did Connor McDavid things, and Auston Matthews put on a show for those who had him in their NHL DFS lineups. We keep it rolling with a nice eight-game slate on Thursday with some intriguing matchups and a handful of players making debuts for new teams. Here are our favorite picks for the slate listed below.We invite you to check out our season-long and DFS content for all sports with a free one-week trial to Fantasy Alarm.