The Paper Trail


October 2006


One Campus, Two Personality Cults--Big Problem?

Members of the LaRouche Youth Movement interrupted a speech hosted by the University of Southern California's Objectivist Club Friday. The LaRouche protesters threw condoms and meat at the speaker, who was giving a lecture called "Global Capitalism: the Solution to World Poverty and Oppression."

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George Steinbrenner Visits Granddaughter, Experiences Chest Pain

Yankees owner George Steinbrenner's chest pain led a UNC-Chapel Hill student theater group to cancel its performance of Cabaret this weekend. The appearance of public safety officials who came to help Steinbrenner ended the show abruptly before it was over. Steinbrenner's granddaughter, a junior,

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The Other Dancer Tells Her Story in Duke Lax Case

The second exotic dancer who worked at a party attended by Duke lacrosse team members last spring yesterday told ABC's Good Morning America that her memory of the night varies widely from the accounts of the first dancer, who says she was raped, the Duke Chronicle reports.

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Local Paper Wants More Freedom to Cover TCU Assault Case

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram is appealing a gag order that would inhibit coverage of the sexual assault trial of three former athletes at Texas Christian University, the Daily Skiff reports. The order says the Fort Worth paper cannot talk to any involved parties and prohibits coverage of pretrial ...

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Paranormal Research Society Conducts Research

A group of Penn State students sat in the basement of an abandoned building with no lights on and listened for ghosts this weekend, using an electronic device to help them detect "spirit voices," the Daily Collegian reports. They did not hear anything.

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Oklahoma Do-Gooders Get Duped

An Oklahoma University police officer didn't just advise the "Students for a Better Society" student group. He also allegedly embezzled from them and is now charged with stealing over $1,000 from the group's account, says a local district attorney. The officer is no longer employed by OUPD, the

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Will the Fake ZBT Please Stand Up?

After Zeta Beta Tau's University of Pennsylvania chapter got kicked off campus, the old members did not disappear. They live on in the form of an underground unofficial club; the national organization, meanwhile, is trying to "recolonize" the campus with an officially recognized chapter. But both ...

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Trail Mix

  • Western Kentucky is getting closer to making a final decision on whether to switch to Division IA football, the WKU Herald reports.
  • The Washington State University mascot made a small child dressed as a turtle smile Friday, and the Daily Evergreen took an adorable photo.
  • The University of Texas's ...
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    Schwarzenegger Challenger Puts Student Issues Front and Center

    Democratic candidate Phil Angelides visited the University of California-Los Angeles's campus for the second time in just over two weeks last Thursday, hammering a point he's been focusing on since he took on the famous California governor: college affordability. Angelides advocates lowering state ...

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    Harvard Crimson's Navel Gazing Reveals Lint

    After exposing a fellow student last year by reporting plagiarism allegations that led Kaavya Viswanathan's book and movie deals to die, the Harvard Crimson has taken its critical eye to a new location: its own staff. Last week, the paper announced it was cutting a columnist who borrowed examples ...

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    Trail Mix

    • A video game competition hosted by San Jose State's student union lasted 10 1 /2 hours, the Spartan Daily reports.
  • Lots of Michigan faculty, including both the university president and her husband, are giving lots of money to oppose the affirmative action ban on the ballot this November--and ...
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    How Did Villanova Get 50 Cent and Yayo to Perform?

    Not that they didn't absolutely love it, but how did Villanova students get so lucky as to have a concert last Friday night with both Tony Yayo and 50 Cent? The man to thank seems to be men's basketball coach Jay Wright, a "big friend" of Yayo's, Yayo told the Villanovan. After Wright persuaded ...

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    RESEARCH ROUNDUP

    • University of Calgary professors have invented a very hot bra—which might help women after heart surgery.
  • The Beatles were right--sort of. Money will buy happiness, but only very fleeting happiness, concludes a new study by a University of Southern California professor, the Daily Trojan reports.
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    Professor Writes Harry Potter Parody

    A San Jose State University lecturer read from her new book, Henry Potty and the Pet Rock: An Unauthorized Harry Potter Parody, Tuesday. The parody takes new spins on familiar themes from J. K. Rowling's popular series. Mail, for instance, is delivered not by owls but flying pigs. Students who ...

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    Colgate Sex Week Manages to Keep a 'Low Profile'

    A Saturday talk about orgies suffered from technical problems, too few callers, and not much talk about orgies. Meanwhile, a Thursday night debate was "sparsely attended." But Colgate University's Sex Week wasn't all for naught; according to the Maroon-News, the free condoms were a hit. You ...

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    All About Claremont McKenna's Weekend

    "What a weekend!" reports Claremont McKenna's Forum. Things started rocky when "a shocking addendum to the weekly Party Inform announced, 'Flip Cup Tourney Canceled.' " But a dodge ball event helped students rebound--maybe too much. "The combination of CMC's competitive spirit and alcohol," the

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    Trail Mix

  • Halloween is a "31-day affair" for one University of North Carolina student, who has been drinking Frightening Fruit Punch Hi-C, Candy Corn soda, and wearing orange and black bracelets every day, the Daily Tar Heel reports.
  • A controversial 9/11 memorial near the Arizona Capitol building uses quotes ...
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    John Edwards Doesn't Spend Much Time at Poverty Center

    Former senator John Edwards has some mixed nuts in his University of North Carolina Law School office but not much else, the Daily Tarheel reports. Edwards told the paper he comes to that office—the headquarters of his Center on Poverty, Work, and Opportunity—about one day a week. But the center is ...

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    Trail Mix

    • To build community, Texas Christian University may soon require that freshmen and sophomores live on campus, the Daily Skiff reports.
  • A new vaccine against HPV--the most common sexually transmitted virus--is available at Syracuse University, but only 20 of an estimated 15,000 students have ...
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    How to Get Around Stem Cell Laws

    Researchers at the University of Michigan have found a way to get around state and federal restrictions on stem cell research: throw the government out of the lab. If they work in a new dorm room-size lab--paid for with no federal dollars--scientists can work with stem cell lines not approved in ...

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    Wrong Sororities, Frats Named Winners at Oklahoma Homecoming

    Homecoming weekend is over, but members of the University of Oklahoma chapter of Chi Omega and three other groups still have a reason to party. Turns out, the JumboTron announcement that crowned Beta Chi Theta, Delta Delta Delta, Delta Upsilon, and Naval ROTC winners Saturday was wrong, the

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    Playboy Comes to SMU, Photographs 10 Girls

    Ten Southern Methodist University women took off their clothes in a Dallas hotel yesterday--and the Daily Campus was there to see it. So were photographers for Playboy magazine, which will choose at least one of the 10 to feature in its "Girls of Conference USA" pictorial, the Daily Campus reports

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    Brandeis Newspaper Clarifies It Wasn't Advertising Party

    The Brandeis Justice retracted its apparent endorsement of a party on the school's Great Lawn in a note to readers today. The three-page advertisement for a student union party was inserted into copies of last week's Justice without editors' knowledge, the note said. If only everyone had as much ...

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    Trail Mix

    • Students in a Web security class at the University of Southern California engaged in full-out hacking war for their midterm this semester, getting more points the more they damaged other students' servers, the Daily Trojan reports.
  • An Arizona State professor who spent the summer as Beck's ...
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    Boozeless Saturday Night Happens, Fails to Be Lame

    Elaborate theme parties replaced the usual booze-fests at Syracuse University Saturday night, part of Alcohol Awareness Week. Students told the Daily Orange they enjoyed the parties, called "mocktails." But nobody explained whether it's a coincidence that the candy of choice at one party was Nerds.

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    Wash. U. Freshmen Found "Frority"

    A group of Washington University in St. Louis freshmen figured out a way to avoid the wait for spring rush. The students started their own Greek club, called a "frority" because it includes both men and women. Tau Sigma already has five "brothers" and 37 pledges this year, the Student Life reports.

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    Search for Cartoon Life Moves Forward

    On Friday, a cardboard cutout of Marvin the Martian oversaw the unveiling of NASA's new collaboration with the University of Arizona, the Phoenix Mars Lander, reports the Daily Wildcat. The cutout was "a cardboard reminder of the signs of alien life scientists hope to find using the lander."

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    Students, Faculty Sue Treasury Department to Get to Cuba

    A group of students and faculty, including one Johns Hopkins professor and two Hopkins undergraduates, is suing the Department of the Treasury for its regulations on academic travel to Cuba. The regulations that went into effect two years ago make it more difficult for students and faculty to do ...

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    Trail Mix:

    • The University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee has shut down its student government after elected students were accused of embezzling $10,000, the Daily Cardinal reports.
    • Wesleyan students are fighting back after the university scrubbed away a decade's worth of graffiti on a tunnel wall, the Argus reports.
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      Ripping Art From the College Obit Page-Again

      First Joyce Carol Oates's New Yorker story, now a Princeton student television production. A Princeton sophomore who asks to be called by his initials, C.F.A., made the film, in which he stars as a fictionalized version of the friend of a senior who committed suicide last April. After watching ...

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      Connie Chung Pays $8,000 for Fiberglass Turtle

      The former news anchor plans to donate "Testudo the Grad," a fiberglass sculpture of a turtle with a graduation cap on his head, back to the University of Maryland. Less famous people, including the owner of Terrapin Chiropractic, an actual business, bought 29 other turtle sculptures auctioned at a ...

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      Trail Mix

      • J. K. Rowling, your influence just keeps growing. Duke scientists appear to be one step closer to making an "invisibility cloak," the Chronicle reports.
    • A University of Texas--Austin student who has cerebral palsy is generating fans with his comedy television show "That's Awesome," the Daily ...
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      UC-Berkeley Professor Found Dead after Saying Goodbye to his Class

      On Tuesday, Michael T. Ronan told his Physics 8A class that the day would be his last; he was suffering from depression and could not go on teaching. The next day, Ronan was discovered dead behind a UC-Berkeley building. The paper had contacted Ronan just after he made his announcement Tuesday. "I ...

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      Trail Mix

      • A Kentucky state legislator has introduced a bill that would prevent state universities from offering special health policies for gay couples, the WKU Herald reports.
    • Students across the country are fighting back against smoking bans. At the University of Mississippi, students staged a silent ...
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