The Paper Trail


September 2006


Greeks, administrators target "bad ass" frat at American

Epsilon Iota, an unrecognized frat that calls itself the "bad ass" alternative, and Sigma Omega Alpha, or SAMY, are the targets of an American University campaign to push both groups off campus. American has hired a former judge, asked recognized frats to collect names of the unrecognized groups'

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Never met a rule they couldn't break ...

Ruckus, the new downloading software aimed at preventing illegal file-sharing, arrived at Ball State University less than a month ago--but students have already found a loophole that allows them to break copyright as they like. Ruckus was supposed to allow students to download songs but not play ...

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Legal group defends Columbia hockey, but team doesn't want help

Four words on their posters--"Stop being a p - - - y"--got Columbia University's ice hockey team slammed with a semester-long funds cut and suspension last week. The team declined outside legal help, telling the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education that the members wanted to argue their ...

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Al Asad Air Base, this is Lehigh; copy?

U.S. marines stationed at Iraq's Al Asad Air Base addressed Lehigh students and faculty this week via videoconference, the first ever to connect university students and soldiers, the Brown and White reports. "[Violence is] like waking up in the morning and hopping in the shower," one soldier said.

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Administrative creativity runs wild at Arkansas State

A new dorm at Arkansas State University has finally been given its name: North Park Quad, the Herald reports. "The dorm got its name because of its current location on campus," the Herald helpfully explained in its top news item today. "It is located on the north side of campus; this is where ...

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Trail Mix

  • Two years after homophobic messages were first spotted, vandals are still scrawling near MIT's Rainbow Lounge, the Tech reports.
  • Duquesne will add more police and more security cameras, administrators announced, following the attack in which five basketball players were shot on their way out of ...
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    Schwarzenegger joins campaign to divest from Darfur

    California Governator Arnold Schwarzenegger gave his support Monday to a Sudanese divestment campaign that began last year with a few students, little money, and even less of an audience. The University of California system holds investments in nine companies with ties to the Sudanese government,

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    At Maryland, Obama's a star--not Hillary

    Sen. Barack Obama was the second high-profile Democrat to speak at the University of Maryland this week. But Hillary Clinton's Monday fundraiser brought nowhere near the enthusiasm Obama's speech generated yesterday, the Diamondback reports. More than 1,000 people watched Obama endorse Maryland's ...

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    Utah event expands sober social options--and it's actually popular!

    At the University of Utah, frats and bars are no longer the most popular Friday night hangout. "Crimson Nights"--weekly social events that feature carnival games like Velcro walls and themes like "Wild Things" and "Hollywood"--now draw crowds of 8,000, making them the largest late-night student ...

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    Illini students wary of proposed online expansion

    University of Illinois officials want to move forward with a "Global Campus" initiative that would expand the school's online course catalog. But students are wary, and last night--after an hour of debate--the Student Senate passed a resolution demanding more consultation, the Daily Illini reports.

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    To turn around state's economy, Michigan governor turns to U. Mich.

    The school has received $38.4 million so far from Gov. Jennifer Granholm's 21st Century Jobs Fund, which set aside $100 million of state money for investment in emerging fields like biotech. Most of the grants depend on a promise not just to do research but to try to profit from that research--by ...

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    Vanderbilt chancellor responds to WSJ report

    He won't divorce his wife, who allegedly smokes pot, and his high salary is nothing to be ashamed of, Vanderbilt Chancellor Gordon Gee told the Hustler, the school's newspaper. The interview follows a front-page report in the Wall Street Journal detailing the chancellor's apparent profligacy (not ...

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    When a woman says mass, does anyone hear it?

    A female lecturer at San Jose State University--secretly ordained as a priest by two male bishops--will deliver mass today at the school's Spartan Memorial church. But will anyone know? The lecturer, Victoria Rue, put up some posters, but several of those "were ripped down, and one was defaced with ...

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    "Academic capitalism" alive and flourishing!

    U.S. universities are great at exploring ideas. They are also great at exploring ideas that make them money. The Milken Institute produced a list of the 10 schools that "turn. . . knowledge into commercially viable products and companies" best. The top five include the school that brought you ...

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    • Princeton has hired its first-ever Muslim chaplain, the Daily Princetonian reports. Meanwhile, at Northwestern, in its Ramadan-inspired coverage, the Daily Northwestern reports that a Muslim rower keeps on rowing--even during the fast.
  • At the University of Kansas, nobody's happy about Secretary ...
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    Facebook goes global

    Starting today, anyone can get an account. Even your mom. "Welcome to Facebook, everyone," the company wrote on its blog at the bright hour of 4:47 this morning. (So much for that "Mark Zuckerberg doesn't wake up before 10 a.m." whining, Yahoo!.) The Daily Stanford seemed to know the move was ...

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    University of Va. axes early decision

    University of Virginia dropped early decision--and added some new evidence to the case that this will help level the admissions playing ground. Only one of the 172 freshmen who are low-income was admitted early decision last year, the school's admissions dean told the Cavalier Daily, and fewer than ...

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    A different kind of college tour

    "You are heading to hell," a family's signs threatened University of Connecticut students. "No Homos Go to Heaven," proclaimed a man's shirt at the University of Michigan. The Michigan activist is part of a husband and wife team who call themselves the Soulwinners Ministry and plan to hit 64 ...

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    Welcome back, police!

    Police and emergency officials can enter Washington State University students' dorms again. A court decision last May had barred random police entry. The May case "argued against police 'sticking their nose' in doorjambs to sniff for marijuana," the Daily Evergreen reports. It prevailed thanks to ...

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    • Not getting a job just got very hard at UT-Austin's engineering school. Dell announced yesterday that it wants to hire engineering grads from the state school for its new Austin plant this year, the Daily Texan reports. The University of Texas-Austin will graduate 400 engineers this year; Dell ...

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    "Catch an Illegal Immigrant Day" grabs controversy

    The College Republican National Committee intern who organized "Catch an Illegal Immigrant Day" has been fired, but Michigan State University students will be able to chase after people dressed up as illegal immigrants anyway. The Young Americans for Freedom are organizing a copycat event--despite ...

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    It's a small, gay world

    The ex-boyfriend of the Real World's Tyler Duckworth--that smiley blond guy on Real World: Key West--has been named Mr. Gay Boston, The Crimson's Fifteen Minutes reports. Mr. Gay Boston, a Harvard student, dated Tyler while he was at Tufts.

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    Yale students shocked, awed by Chinese roommates' study habits

    A study-abroad program that sends Yale students into China's Beida University has led the American kids to one resounding conclusion: "All we students seem to do is sleep, get drunk, and watch Family Guy. At the same time, all the Beida students seem to do is study and attend classes," the Yale ...

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    How do you grow a campus? Hire a lobbyist!

    The University of Alabama wanted to expand its Huntsville campus--so it sent $220,000 to a Washington lobbying firm in 2005, up from just $80,000 five years before, the Crimson and White reports. The University of Massachusetts spent even more, paying at least $280,000 in 2005, the Daily Collegian

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    • "Will NYU eclipse Columbia?" asks the Columbia Spectator's new Eye magazine. If only they'd taken the Olsen twins . . . .
  • The battle against Coca-Cola Co. has produced several Pepsi and Dr. Pepper machines at Grinnell. The company's labor standards led Grinnell students to protest against its ...
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    • Get better grades, or get out, the University of Arizona has declared. Starting this year, GPAs under 2.0 will lead to expulsion, the Wildcat reports.
  • As more veterans flood its campus, Southern Illinois University will have to pay $1.4 million in financial aid the state had guaranteed, the
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    Columbia to Ahmadinejad: Not Exactly Disinvited, but Close

    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had already said yes--but now Columbia has decided a visit Friday will not be possible after all, the Spectator reports. Apparently this has nothing to do with the Iranian leader's political firebomb-ness, and nothing to do with the fact that Columbia President ...

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    Iranian president invited to Columbia

    Bush might not listen to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, but Columbia University is another story. The dean of the School of International and Public Affairs invited Ahmadinejad to speak this Friday, while he's in New York, the Spectator reports.

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    NEW FEATURE: BEST OF THE CRIME BLOTTERS

    • At North Carolina State, some fun in the D. H. Hill Library--at 8:18 a.m., the Technician reports.
  • At Syracuse, someone at Sigma Alpha Epsilon is mad at someone in Delta Gamma--so mad he had to employ a "metal pipe" to make his point, the Daily Orange reports.
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    Duquesne Tries to Make Sense of Tragedy

    After five Duquesne basketball players were shot early Sunday morning, the school went into mourning, and the Duquesne Duke went to work. Some exclusives: The Black Students Union had promoted the dance heavily because it wanted to build community with students from other nearby colleges and raise ...

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    NIH Crisis Could Hurt Research Scientists--and Science

    The University of Michigan could lose up to 40 percent of its research faculty if a crisis at the National Institutes of Health continues, the Michigan Daily reports. NIH's annual grants now total $28 billion, but a congressional funding freeze could imperil that money. At Michigan, one of the ...

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    Sex on Campus: Not Enough or Way Too Much?

    A Tufts University sex columnist who believes female college students know too little about sex releases her first book this month. Hooking Up's chapter titles include "Vaginas: What the Hell?," "Pleasing Yourself," and "Hooking Up and Having Sex: Did I Shave My Legs for This?," the Tufts Daily

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    New Group Will Help Veterans Go Back to School

    Moving from high school to college is hard. Moving from war to college can be even harder. To smooth the transition, U.S. military veterans at the University of Massachusetts have organized a new support group, reports the Daily Collegian. "I never wanted an education so bad until I got deployed,"

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    Trail Mix

    • It's election season at the University of Mississippi, and turnout is very, very high. After all, students have to determine not only the next homecoming king and queen but also the next homecoming "maid," the Daily Mississippian reports.
  • Millions of dollars are at stake as Texas Tech and Texas ...
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    No. 1 Follows No. 2 in Admissions Change

    Agreeing that early admissions favor the rich, Princeton decided over the weekend to cut its binding early decision program, the Daily Princetonian reports. Princeton's admissions dean said concerns about fairness outweighed concerns about rankings.

    Yesterday, officials at Columbia also followed a ...

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    How Does Your Formal Wear Represent the Gator Nation?

    Thirty-eight sorority women danced to Frank Sinatra and showcased casual wear, formal wear, and their GPAs last night in the University of Florida's homecoming pageant, but only three of them made the final cut, the Alligator reports. Competing against their peers is not really that bad, according ...

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    • Using the Internet could make you dumber--or at least hurt your GPA, a Michigan State University poll has found. The poll results were reported on a website, but the State News did not say whether reading them also would lead to a decline in academic performance.
  • The University of Utah has ended ...
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    • After 23 years, Boston University's gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender group has gone totally apolitical, the Daily Free Press reports Daily Free Press.
    • A letter to the editor, published in Friday's Brown Daily Herald, has stirred up online debate about campus racism. The letter calls students ...
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      Back in my day, we rode bicycles to class

      Ending early decision and lowering annual price tags? That is so last week! Arizona State University President Michael Crow has a new idea for how to make college more accessible: light rails. Crow wants to connect his school's four campuses with Jetsons-style transportation technology. And then he ...

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      San Jose State University might ban Skype

      Officials at San Jose State are thinking about banning Skype, the long-distance Internet phone service that lets users call just about anywhere in the world nearly free of charge. Even San Jose State faculty members use the service. But, the Spartan Daily reports, administrators worry Skype use ...

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