Laura Edghill

Laura Edghill is a freelance writer, church communications director, and public school board member living in Clinton Township, Mich., with her engineer husband and three sons. She is a graduate of the WORLD Journalism Institute's mid-career course. Follow Laura on Twitter @LTEdghill.

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Transforming video gamers into college athletes

Technology
by Laura Edghill
Posted 10/08/14, 04:00 pm

Sitting in a darkened room, staring at a computer screen for hours is now on par with two-a-days and free-throw drills, at least at some colleges.

League of Legends, the online multi-player gaming sensation is now recognized as an official sport at Robert Morris University in Chicago. A sport complete with varsity and junior varsity teams, a specially outfitted training room, and scholarships for its top recruits.

That’s right, scholarships.

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Colorado students skip school to support revisionist history course

Education
by Laura Edghill
Posted 10/01/14, 10:20 am

In an act of protest, students and teachers in Jefferson County, Colo., are skipping school.

Students claim they are walking out due to their school board’s planned review of the proposed new AP History curriculum. For the past week, large groups of students at a majority of the district’s 17 high schools have left school, waving flags, banners, and protest signs.

“My mom is very proud of me, that I'm standing up for what I believe,” 16-year-old Vanessa Ridge said.

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Jubilee for student loan debt is no cause for celebration

Debt
by Laura Edghill
Posted 9/25/14, 01:03 pm

An anti-debt organization is playing fairy godmother to Americans drowning in debt, swooping in and paying off bills randomly to protest “unjust” expenses.

Rolling Jubilee claims it is fighting against the oppression used by the 1 percent to control the 99 percent. But critics say its system of selecting debt to cancel fails to consider which bills are “unjust” and which might be well-earned. The unexpected payoff also could net borrowers more debt, in the form of a tax bill.

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