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Biola clarifies stance on human sexuality: After an underground gay group came out, the Christian school assures support to students struggling with same-sex attraction

Less than a week after President Barack Obama announced his support for gay marriage, a small group of gay Biola University students came out on the La Mirada, Calif., campus. Flyers posted around the campus lawn announced the presence of the previously underground group, which does not have official recognition at the Christian school. … Westmont College, in Montecito, Calif., had to tackle similar issues last year when 31 gay alumni wrote an open letter to the school describing their “doubt, loneliness and fear” during their time as students. more

Not all students sold on e-textbooks: Apple might have a hard time convincing some college students to trade in their textbooks for iPads

Colleen Bartlett, a senior at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, Cali., relies on technology every day to to help her edit the school newspaper, write stories and study. Like most college students, Bartlett grew up in a world where computers and the Internet pervade almost every facet of life, but she’s not ready for the latest technology trend in the classroom – electronic textbooks. “I basically don’t buy into the idea of these textbooks because I value the visual impact of tangible books, both because it is easier for me to read an actual page, and because it’s easier to recall information that came from a book or handwritten notes rather than from a computer,” Bartlett said. more