Nicki Minaj Will Now Be Paying Your College Tuition

  • Fairy Godmother Nicki Minaj started paying off her fans’ student loans, laptops, current classes, equipment and tuition on Twitter—after daring them to show straight A's—and she's up to $18K so far. And this is not a one-time thing: she's planning to start an official charity soon. [Vulture]
  • Seems like the AP Board is trolling Trump. The 3rd question on the AP English Language Exam (which was based on "America the Illiterate," a column by progressive writer Chris Hedges) asked how much of a role "artifice," or cunning and deceit, play in politics. Hook, line, sinker. [Buzzfeed]
  • Up next: virtual reality campus tours. Texas A&M University is first to hop on this train in order to make its campus more accessible to students who would otherwise have to fly in.  has recently launched a new VR-enabled virtual tour [PSFK]
  • In it annual essay contest, the New York Times chose four standout college application essays on work, money, and class. [NYT]