17.49%The use of college students for bailouts. Cities like Providence started charging extra fees for students attending school within city limits, and Pittsburgh almost did the same. The University of California system increased tuition by 32 percent, causing statewide protests, and numerous other state systems raised the cost of tuition in 2009.
10.38%Grumbling against the Bowl Championship Series grows louder. In 2009, we saw Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch lead a faction of legislators in a fight against the BCS system. A nationwide poll by Quinnipiac University found that 63 percent of college football fans want a playoff format to decide the national champion. Oh, and three undefeated teams never even had a chance at a national title.
10.38%Tragedy strikes Yale and Wesleyan. Unfortunately, there are murders on college campuses every year, but two murders captured national attention and brought serious campus safety concerns to light in 2009. Annie Le's brutal murder and the cold-blooded shooting of Wesleyan's Johanna Justin-Jinich rattled the country.
46.45%College graduates find miserable job market. After working hard for a degree, college graduates entered one of the worst job markets in recent memory. Sure, 2008 was bad, but 2009 took the misery to a new low.
15.3%The technological revolution hits high gear. Twitter made the world's heart flutter this year with its huge takeoff, while Facebook and YouTube seem to be more popular than ever. But most important, these social media made their way into every corner of the world, with Twitter even serving as a major source of information during Iran's strife over the summer.
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