What You Should Know: Oct. 6, 2014

Welcome to What You Should Know, a daily feature that pulls together a handful of the day’s most important news and notes from around the world for students.

A Dearborn Heights man was found dead on campus last night.

Michael Anthony Hartnett, an 18-year-old Dearborn Heights man, was pronounced dead on the scene after divers recovered his body from the pond at the Fabiano Botanical Gardens, adjacent to Park Library. Read more from CM Life here.

Today is the voter registration deadline.

Today is Oct. 6, meaning Election Day is just 30 days away. That also means today is your last chance to register to vote in that important election. Not sure if you’re registered? Click here to find out. Fill in your information, and you’ll see if you’re ready to go, where your polling place is located and a sample ballot.

Not registered yet? Get to the Secretary of State office today by 5 p.m. today.

Friday’s jobs report was (mostly) good news.

The U.S. Labor Department’s September jobs report, released Friday, was particularly strong. As Neil Irwin writes in The Upshot, the economy gained 248,000 jobs, pushing the unemployment rate below 6 percent for the first time since July 2008. It’s another sign the economy is getting back on track, but a closer look at the report still shows some signs of struggle. Click the link to find out more.

Texas students aren’t all fans of fixed-rate tuition.

Colleges and universities in Texas are required this year to offer fixed-rate tuition for at least four years, meaning a student’s tuition rate will not rise over that timespan. Reaction has proven itself to be mixed among students. Click here for more.

Germany rids itself of tuition — again.

In 2006, Germany allowed its public colleges and universities to charge tuition fees for the first time in the country’s history. Well, Germany’s decided it’s had enough of that and is abolishing tuition after eight years. Sounds nice. Read more at Vox.

A new movement could end higher education as we know it.

The idea of implementing competency-based education is being dismissed by many higher education officials, but it’s gaining momentum in Washington, D.C. Some think this could be the beginning of the end for the traditional, four-year college degree. Find out more at Bloomberg Businessweek.

Central Michigan is the third most popular college football team in Isabella County.

It should come as no surprise that Michigan and Michigan State are the two most popular college football teams in the state, as this New York Times interactive map shows. But it’s at least a little surprising that Central Michigan isn’t a bit more popular in Isabella County, where it finds itself ranked a distant third in popularity behind U-M and MSU. Play around/waste time on the map for more.

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