The Paper Trail


February 2007


In Sororities, No Bad Hair Days--or Doughnuts--Allowed

The DePauw University women whose waistlines seem to have gotten them evicted from their Delta Zeta sorority house might still belong to a wider sisterhood. "All sorority girls have, whether they will admit it or not, been told about the importance of either maintaining or improving their ...

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Rhodes Scholars Say Oxford's Overrated

Two recent Harvard graduates say their battles to win Rhodes scholarships have not been worth it. High faculty attrition and meager budgets make research at Oxford frustrating, they argue in a Crimson editorial. In addition, though they are special, they do not get special privileges. "There are no ...

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  • The University of California-Santa Barbara wants to replace all dorm keys with computerized identity cards that would not only give students access to their rooms but also track their movement, the Daily Nexus reports.
  • Foxes roaming around campus are no big deal, the Texas Tech administration is ...
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    Who Do Young Voters Really Support in the '08 Race?

  • "Barack Obama (One Million Strong for Barack)" is the largest, with over 304,000 members this morning (and 288,388 when the Sagebrush counted).
  • "Hillary Clinton for President--One Million STRONG" has 3,960. (A group called "One Million Strong against Hillary" has 7,490.)
  • "Giuliani for President ...

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    Columnist Says He Was Fired for Facebook Comments

    A Penn State Daily Collegian columnist says he was fired unfairly for comments he posted on Facebook, but the paper's editor in chief seems to be confident in her decision. Zach Good was a member of a Facebook group opposed to "Thon," a popular dance marathon that raises money for cancer research.

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    At Rochester, Tennis Gets Controversial

    The University of Rochester's tennis team is at the center of a controversy that has led nine of 11 men's varsity players to quit and two coaches to file reports to campus security. The resignations were a protest against one of their coaches, whom they said they had been complaining about for two ...

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    Study Abroad: Not So Safe?

    A University of Minnesota student says catcalls, rape attempts, and unwanted groping were frequent occurrences she had to endure on her study abroad in Tanzania last year. She'd been warned about harassment, but the student tells the Minnesota Daily that university officials could have provided her ...

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    • College students who are also parents could get more help with childcare if Washington state legislators approve a new bill, the Daily reports. Spots in on-campus daycare are so rare at the University of Washington that student parents often have to sit on wait lists for three years.
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    At Villanova, Trans-Fat Ban Sparks E-Mail Outrage

    Villanova was in an uproar last week after the school's dining services announced they would ban trans fats. "The bigger issue is what I would call a lack of mutual respect for other people, and that concerns me," the Rev. John Stack, the school's vice president for student life, tells the

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    Women Just as Wild as Men-but at a Higher Price?

    They play as many drinking games, reports UC-San Diego's Guardian; therefore the girls are just as wild. But the studies conducted by Loyola Marymount University researchers found girls also face more consequences for their binge drinking than college guys. According to the Guardian, these include ...

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    At Kent State, a Student Government Diversity Debate

    A black student group at Kent State is fighting to keep its permanent seat on a student government committee after a student senator proposed removing spots guaranteed to three student groups: the All Campus Programming Board, the Inter-Greek Programming Board, and Black United Students. A Black ...

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    • Wesleyan University's new Campus Fire Safety Department has collected $40,700 in fines since last September, and students are not happy, the Argus reports.
  • Florida could be the next innovator in renewable energy, says a University of Florida professor who met with President Bush Friday. The
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    Illegal Music Sharing: Still Illegal

    The RIAA—the trade group for the music industry—knows that students are among the main lawbreakers when it comes to music sharing, and it is cracking down. The University of Michigan has received more than 400 complaints so far this academic year, compared with just 93 in the whole of 2005-2006,

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    Stanford--and the Country--Get Record Donations

    More than 72,000 private donors gave Stanford University a total of $911.2 million in fiscal year 2006, setting a record--by a lot. The school raised nearly as much as second-place fundraisers Harvard and Yale combined, the Crimson reports. Stanford officials said they benefited from "very ...

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    Mac Attack Takes Hold

    Wilkes University in Pennsylvania will throw out all its Windows-based computers in the next three years, the Chronicle of Higher Education reports. "Any student who wants to use a PC will have to bring his or her own," the Chronicle says. The change will cost $1.4 million.

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    UConn-Dubai: On Hold for Now

    The University of Connecticut has halted plans to build a satellite campus in Dubai, following criticism from people who pointed out the country prohibits entry by travelers carrying Israeli passports. "We're trying to slow down and work out everything," a spokeswoman told the Associated Press.

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    Science Proves Sports Fans Are Insane

    Princeton University basketball fans believe they are at least partly to thank for basketball victories, a scientific study has concluded. We'd call that crazy talk, but apparently science calls it "magical thinking." The study did not prove that wiggling one's spirit fingers during a free throw ...

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    New Tactic in Berkeley's Tree Wars

    Activists trying to protect an oak grove from becoming the site of a new University of California-Berkeley athletic training facility have unleashed a new weapon in their fight: documents that suggest the grove was once an American Indian burial ground. Observers who know about these kinds of ...

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    Minority Admissions Fall Fast at Michigan

    The chances of being admitted always fall as the year moves forward, but the drop has been especially catastrophic for underrepresented minorities this year at the University of Michigan. After a statewide affirmative action ban went into effect, minority admissions rates declined by 43 ...

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    Hey Prof, You Stink! Love, Anonymous

    Princeton's student government launched a new website yesterday at which frustrated students can write anonymous E-mails to their professors. "You can write stuff like 'I think you use PowerPoint too much' or 'I think your lectures would be more interesting if you asked for questions at the end,' "

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    Can Laptops Lower Grades?

    A new study from Cornell University suggests that students who bring laptops to class get lower grades, because they spend more time browsing the Internet than taking notes, the University of Georgia's Red and Black reports. We'd tell you more about what the study says, but it's hard to write while ...

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    Trail Mix

    • Students and faculty at Pomona College aren't sure whether they support a proposal to increase the student body size by 10 percent, the Student Life reports.
  • Syracuse's Daily Orange ran a fresh look on labor issues yesterday: a profile of the school's "hidden helpers"--housekeepers.
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    At MIT, a War on Pranks?

    Last October, police discovered three Massachusetts Institute of Technology students in the kitchen of the school's faculty club, just in front of a crawl space, in possession of metal tools. "None of them could give me a legitimate reason for being in the Faculty Club Kitchen," an officer wrote in ...

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    Responding to Students, Lehigh Appoints a Diversity Director

    A group of Lehigh University students last spring issued a list of demands to make their university more inclusive and diverse, and now the president of the university has responded, selecting a professor to direct the Joint Multicultural Program and searching for someone to direct services for ...

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    N.Y. Students to Protest Iraq War Today

    Columbia University students plan to walk out of classes today to promote a day of action against the Iraq war, the Spectator reports. The walkout, scheduled to include a rally and teach-in, aims to begin "the rebirth of a strong and diverse anti-war movement on Columbia's campus and on campuses ...

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    Frat Leads Spirit Resurgence at Brandeis

    Basketball games had been poorly attended at Brandeis--until a new frat started coming to them and changing the tone on the sidelines. Now, reports the Justice, more fans have followed--1,000 at a recent game. The fan section even has a name: To cheer on the Judges, students sit in "The Jury."

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    Facebook Pictures Expose Possible Hazing

    Sacramento State's women's soccer team is the subject of a school investigation following Facebook photos that surfaced in December. The photos show freshman members dressed in costumes, with slurs printed on their bodies. That could be hazing, which is probably why the school has opened an ...

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    Could Sustainable Energy Lower Tuition?

    A columnist at George Washington University wonders whether investing in sustainable energy products could help lower his school's rising tuition. "Not only would it result in lower operating costs for the school," the columnist writes, "but it would also reduce the school's dependence on rising ...

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    • Forget social networks. Students at Carnegie Mellon want to connect you through a network of your thoughts, the Tartan reports. The network is called Mindkin ("Mind Over Chatter").
  • Arkansas State University's health center faces a crisis in resources, the ASU Herald reports; just four employees ...
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    Hot New Job: Large Animal Medicine

    Minnesota faces a drought of veterinarians specializing in large animal medicine, as the number of specialists produced at the University of Minnesota declines, the Minnesota Daily reports. In 2006, only six of 82 graduates of the university's veterinary college went into large- animal practice.

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    • The Wisconsin governor's budget proposes $225 million for higher education, says the Badger Herald, but critics wonder how he'd ever find the money, the Daily Cardinal reports.
  • Student billing day falls on Valentine's Day this year at the University of Nebraska---but that's not on purpose, the
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    In Idaho, a Plea to Freeze Fees

    Writing about the perpetually growing costs of college is not easy. Endless stories about fee hikes and 5 percent increases and caps and textbooks--it's a struggle not to make your readers want to drop out before they drown in debt. Nevertheless, Boise State University's Arbiter makes a valiant ...

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    Is It 1969 All Over Again?

    After nearly four decades of dormancy, the University of Michigan on Sunday reopened its chapter of Students for a Democratic Society, joining hundreds of other campuses--250, according to the Michigan Daily--that have formed a new version of the 1960s activist group. Over the summer, many of the ...

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    Fake Student Admits Being Fake

    In an unusual twist for stories like these, a man who posed as a New York University student to get into a creative writing seminar has been caught--after essentially turning himself in just two weeks into his stunt. The young man, who attends another school, even gave a lengthy interview and let ...

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    Trail Mix

    • A Berkeley judge has clarified her ruling on the forest/stadium issue--and somehow made both sides think they've won, the Daily Californian reports.
  • Princeton's eating clubs are perturbed at the presence of a woman who seemed to be a New York Times reporter trying to get into their clubs, the
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    • A woman really will be Harvard's next president. In her first public remarks, Drew Gilpin Faust requested that she be considered "the president of Harvard," not "the woman president of Harvard," the Crimson reports.
    • A Michigan State seminar for students who violate the school's judicial code has ...
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      In California, Statewide College Faculty Strike Possible

      University strikes usually involve a campus's least visible employees—like janitors or grad students. But in the next few weeks, the Ph.D.-clad faculty of the 23-campus California State University system could stage a strike of its own, San Francisco State's Golden Gate [X]Press reports. The ...

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      The Next Barack Obama?

      Sen. Barack Obama first got national attention when he became the first black president of the prestigious Harvard Law Review. So how come Andrew M. Crespo, who on Saturday was named the review's first Hispanic president in 120 years, hasn't gotten more attention? Maybe because everybody's still ...

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      • Penn State's radio station faces a possible crisis, the Collegian reports.
    • Birth control costs are still rising, thanks to a federal law whose consequence has been that university health centers can no longer sell the medications at discounted rates. Southern Illinois's Daily Egyptian has the
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      This Dean Really Will Help; He Pinky-Swears!

      Students at Ohio University have been getting angry lately about a variety of things, including free speech on campus and the elimination of four varsity sports. But they should probably stop worrying right now, because the dean of students, Terry Hogan, has pinky-sworn to them that he will "pass ...

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