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Columbia University Student Carries Her Mattress On Stage At Graduation To Protest Her Dismissed Rape Case

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Emma Sulkowicz made headlines when she began carrying her mattress around Columbia University to protest the school's mishandling of her rape case.

And on Tuesday that protest culminated when — despite earlier rulings against it — she was allowed to carry the mattress across the stage as she graduated.

This is the culmination of a protest/senior performance art project entitled Mattress Performance (Carry That Weight) in which Emma must have the mattress with her whenever she is on university property.

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Emma filed a complaint against another Columbia student in April 2013 for sexually assaulting her in August 2012.

When the University found the student "not responsible," Emma took her case to the NYPD, who chose not to pursue charges.

She has since filed a Title IX lawsuit against the school.

See Emma carrying her mattress at the graduation ceremony AND hear her explain her motives (below):

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Bill Cosby Breaks His Silence And Awkwardly Dodges Sexual Assault Questions! See His Frazzled Answers HERE!

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Bill Cosby speaks!

On Friday, the comedian dodged several sexual assault questions during a pre-taped segment on Good Morning America while promoting his work with the Black Belt Community Foundation .

The 77-year-old appeared on the show to discuss his visits to Alabama schools on Thursday and Friday in order raise awareness about underfunding in the education system.

[ Related: Three More Women Come Out With Assault Claims Against Bill ]

We're just curious if he should even be working with children at all right now?! We have a feeling that several parents are going to be uncomfortable that their kids will be around someone who's accused of sexual assault!

Is that just us?!

Nonetheless, the sexual assault allegations from 40 women have certainly overshadowed his current charity work.

The controversial celebrity danced around the subject when asked how he would reply to children if they asked if he was guilty.

He replied:

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UCSD Art Professor Requires His Students To Get Naked And Pose?! Get The Controversial Details HERE!

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Talk about a lawsuit waiting to happen!

Professor Ricardo Dominguez at University of California, San Diego is butt nekkid in a tub of hot water after a mother of one of his students complained about his final exam.

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The exam — well, it requires students to strip and pose naked in front of the class. Whoa! If that's the class, then we're scared to ask what the office hours like!

The syllabus outlined the assignment as:

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These Notes From Third Graders Will Make You Cry! See What #IWishMyTeacherKnew HERE!

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These are amazing and heartbreaking at the same time!

Third grade teacher Kyle Schwartz was having a tough time.

Though she loved teaching, she couldn't help but see just how many of her students come from underprivileged homes — environments she wasn't familiar with.

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So she came up with a project: the kids write a note beginning with "I Wish My Teacher Knew…" and go from there. They could even turn them in anonymously.

The notes were full of sweet honesty and sad truths — so much so that when Ms Schwartz shared them on Twitter with the hashtag #iwishmyteacherknew, they immediately went viral.

Ch-ch-check out the pics (above) to read some of the most affecting ones — but get a tissue handy.

[Image via Twitter.]

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Late North Carolina Basketball Coach Dean Smith Leaves Money In His Will For EVERY Letterman Who Ever Played For Him!

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Dean Smith left a special gift behind for his basketball players!

This February, the sports world lost a true legend when iconic North Carolina Tar Heels basketball coach Dean Smith passed away at 83 years old.

However, his former players are learning today that the bond they shared with their coach is still alive and well.

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Before he died, Coach Smith wanted to make sure his players (specifically his lettermen players) knew how much they meant to him, so he made sure to leave them a little present in his will!

So what exactly did he leave them? Well, Dean made sure a letter was sent to 180 of his former players containing a check for $200 and a note to "enjoy a dinner out"!

Awwwww! How sweet is that!!

Former UNC player Jim Dempsey posted a picture of the letter he and many others received this morning, and we're sure more than a few players were fighting back some waterworks when this came in the mail!

See the whole note (below)!

[Image via AP Images.]

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Wii Can Do It! Nintendo Celebrates Women's History Month With Rosie The Riveter Video Game Posters!

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Girl power meets Nintendo Power!

The video game company is celebrating Women's History Month by posing several of its classic characters as Rosie the Riveter!

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For you kids out there, Rosie the Riveter may sound like someone you could choose to play in Mario Kart, but she's actually the character portrayed in the classic "We Can Do It!" posters!

The female empowerment icon was created during WWII as women took on many jobs traditionally worked by men while they were away at war.

Sure, those jobs didn't include hunting down Metroids or exploding on cue, but what the heck! Anything that sheds more light on equality — especially for the Wii demographic!

Nice job, Nintendo! See the rest of the ladies (above)!

[Image via Nintendo.]

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