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    Analyzing Sexual Assault on College Campuses: The Role of Alcohol, Drugs, Sororities and Fraternities by Earl, Ruby Tempest

    Sexual violence is incredibly costly and devastating to both sexual assault victims and to society. Further, the issue of sexual assault has become increasingly prevalent on college campuses, with one in every five students being assaulted during their college careers. There are numerous factors contributing to the frequency and even existence of sexual assault, and it is the goal of this study to analyze a few of them. This study uses a censored regression model to analyze 18 different variables and their impact on reported sexual assault rates. Ultimately the study concludes that fraternity membership, athletics, and alcohol prevalence show a significant positive correlation with sexual assault rates, while sorority membership and percent female have a significantly negative correlation.

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    Emerging From the Beaten Path: Trajectories to Adulthood Following an Elite Education by Holt, Anna

    Over the past century, the normative transition to adulthood has shifted in tandem with marked sociopolitical shifts in American society. Jeffrey Arnett’s (2000; 2015) Emerging Adulthood theory proposes a new developmental phase in the life course characterized by identity exploration, instability, self-investment, ambiguous identity with adulthood, and optimism regarding the future. Research suggests that Emerging Adulthood reflects more closely the experience of those who attend college than those who do not, but questions remain regarding potential differences in transitional trajectories within highly educated groups. This study seeks to investigate the possibility that Emerging Adulthood is not universal among college students, and collected data from 175 traditional-aged graduating seniors at an elite liberal arts school. The findings indicate that the transitional trajectories experienced and anticipated by wealthy students and white students in this sample were closer to Emerging Adulthood than those of less wealthy students and students of color.

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    Emerging From the Beaten Path: Trajectories to Adulthood Following an Elite Education by Holt, Anna

    Over the past century, the normative transition to adulthood has shifted in tandem with marked sociopolitical shifts in American society. Jeffrey Arnett’s (2000; 2015) Emerging Adulthood theory proposes a new developmental phase in the life course characterized by identity exploration, instability, self-investment, ambiguous identity with adulthood, and optimism regarding the future. Research suggests that Emerging Adulthood reflects more closely the experience of those who attend college than those who do not, but questions remain regarding potential differences in transitional trajectories within highly educated groups. This study seeks to investigate the possibility that Emerging Adulthood is not universal among college students, and collected data from 175 traditional-aged graduating seniors at an elite liberal arts school. The findings indicate that the transitional trajectories experienced and anticipated by wealthy students and white students in this sample were closer to Emerging Adulthood than those of less wealthy students and students of color.