The Paper Trail


March 2007


While Others Settle, Arizona Students BARF at RIAA

More than a quarter of the college students hit with music-trading lawsuits by the Recording Industry Association of America in the last few months have settled, the AP reports. A lawyer for the Ohio University students says the standard settlement is $3,000, though some have gone up to $5,000. One ...

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Some Athletes Don't Want to Be Role Models

Student-athletes should not be asked to be role models, a pair of University of Michigan alumni told a panel last night. "Current student-athletes have enough pressures around them," a former football player said. Others accepted the extra role-model pressure as a duty. The forum had been planned ...

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New Harvard Class Most Diverse Ever

Three years after Harvard launched an initiative to improve its students' socioeconomic diversity, the newly admitted Class of 2011 is the most diverse ever, the Crimson reports. Twenty-six percent of students in the Class of 2011 will be eligible for the new financial aid initiative, which waives ...

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Colleges Can't Meet Surging Mental Health Needs

Students demand more mental health services today than they did just a few years ago, a new survey of over 80 schools concludes. But though most colleges offer mental health services, many don't serve the biggest area of need: anxiety disorders, which college students are reporting in greater ...

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A New Perspective on the Old Attorney General

If anyone has seen a reputation boost as a result of the recent U.S. attorney scandal, it may be John Ashcroft, the Patriot Act defender who preceded beleaguered Alberto Gonzales. Speaking to a packed auditorium at Syracuse University on the invitation of the College Republicans, Ashcroft faced ...

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Private Companies Save Liberal Arts College

A small liberal arts college on the north shore of Lake Tahoe will stay alive by partnering with two for-profit firms. Knowledge Universe Learning Group and Cardean Learning Group will give Sierra Nevada College $15 million over the next five to seven years, the college announced yesterday. The ...

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Syracuse Bar Raids on the Way Out

A state-supported program that gave college police money to raid bars in search of underage drinkers seems to be definitively dead, Syracuse University's Daily Orange reports. Operation Prevent backed nine bar raids, confiscating more than 250 fake IDs, between 2003 and 2006. The last happened more ...

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Trail Mix

  • Oregon university officials want to scrap a program that lets high school students earn college credits before entering college, the AP reports.
  • Only 29 of 579 surveyed four-year public colleges and universities maintain public lists of registered sex offenders on campus, a new study finds. See ...
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    UNC Mascot Dies; Was Hit Just Before Tournament Game

    Jason Ray, one of the students who portrayed Rameses, mascot for the University of North Carolina, died early Monday morning in New Jersey. Ray, a senior, had traveled with the men's basketball team to support them in their NCAA Sweet Sixteen showdown with the University of Southern California. He ...

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    When Professors Miss Deadlines, Students Pay the Price

    Students may have to pay for the tardiness of professors at the University of South Carolina, at least 80 percent of whom have missed a bookstore's deadline for ordering textbooks. Late textbook orders make it harder for stores to find books at low prices. "The longer we have to look for [a book],

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    Georgia Cracks Down on Fake ID Ring

    A group of 13 University of Georgia students faces charges of fake ID possession and distribution, the Red and Black reports. According to the paper, the ring includes one offensive lineman who graduated from high school early to join Georgia's football team. His coaches, says head coach Mark ...

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    A Bowl Full of Boulders

    Two University of North Texas students put rocks in their toilet and buy expensive organic food to help minimize their impact on the environment, the North Texas Daily reports. The students say the efforts pay off: Rocks in the toilet help conserve water, and organic foods are considered healthier.

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    • Sixteen pizza places in Lawrence, Kan., have produced a "flooded market"--and caused stores to offer sweet promotions to win students' trust, the Daily Kansan reports . Key takeaway: All the good deals come at the start of the academic year (so they can win you over early). Try to time cravings ...

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    The Changing College Library

    Books are still books, but the 21st century has brought other changes to college libraries. The 24/7 news cycle is one. Many college libraries, including most recently the library at American University, says the Eagle, are opening their doors all day and all night, even on weekends. Starbucks is ...

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    • Science students at Brown University are underrepresented in study-abroad programs, the Daily Herald reports.
  • Art students at Carnegie Mellon will showcase their work on four downtown billboards in Pittsburgh, the Tartan reports.
  • Police believe a Texas A&M student who had been missing since ...
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    Cheney Hospital Visit Stops Traffic at GWU

    Vice President Dick Cheney visited George Washington University Tuesday. When his motorcade left campus at 11:43 a.m., the veep had stopped traffic, but he had not spoken to any students. The purpose of the visit, his second this month: getting treatment at the university hospital for a leg ...

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    Is There a 'Duke Effect'?

    Since last year's Duke team got caught in a national scandal, men's lacrosse programs at colleges across the country have stayed out of trouble--except, reports the Daily Orange, the team at Syracuse University, where two lacrosse players were suspended indefinitely this month after police arrested ...

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    East Carolina Drunk Buses Get Police Escorts

    Buses that transport East Carolina University students from bars back to their dorms will soon get new passengers: police officers. The officers have been called in following complaints about "yelling, foul language, pushing and shoving, refusing to listen to the bus driver, urination in the ...

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    • Barack Obama returned to his law school digs in Cambridge, Mass., Tuesday for a fundraiser organized by Harvard Law professors and alumni, the Crimson reports.
  • Fourteen students at the University of Maine could be the target of lawsuits from the Recording Industry Association of America, the
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    To Get Noticed, Get Naked (Part 1)

    The Berkeley tree-lovers really will do anything to save a local oak grove from being replaced by a UC-Berkeley athletic center--including nude photography. The move, marked by a photo shoot of the roughly 100 bodies lying (as far as we can tell) face down and butts up just feet from still-living ...

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    Get Naked, Part 2: Brown Kids Aren't So Crazy After All

    A year and a half after the group got put on probation--and Fox News's O'Reilly Factor--for letting its annual Sex Power God dance get out of hand, Brown University's Queer Alliance threw a relatively "tame" party last Saturday night, the Daily Herald reports. Which is to say: Only one student ...

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    Liberal Arts College Eliminates Loans

    Davidson College announced yesterday it will eliminate loans for students who receive financial aid. In the past several years, Ivy League universities, including Princeton, Harvard, and Columbia, and elite public colleges like the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill have made similar moves,

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    Underwear Run Becomes Fashion Show

    UCLA's Undie Run, where students strip to their underwear and then run around the streets of L.A. as a way to relieve stress before finals, has become "a superficial, sex-crazed fashion show," a Daily Bruin columnist reports. "People actually plan what kind of underwear they're going to wear for ...

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    The College Students' War?

    More than 640 Penn State students have been deployed in the war on terrorism since Sept. 11, 2001, the Daily Collegian reports in a story highlighting the marks the Iraq war has left on the college. One ROTC graduate was killed while serving in Iraq's Anbar province last month.

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    "Bong Hits 4 Jesus": Constitutional?

    A 14-foot banner with that inscription, held up across the street from an Alaska high school in 2002, is at the center of the first Supreme Court case in nearly 20 years to address student expression. It was a 14-year-old high school student who hoisted the banner and got suspended as a result, but ...

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    • Student leaders from the Big 12 colleges visited D.C. over spring break to promote bills that would encourage study abroad and help students pay for college, the Daily Toreador reports.
  • Binge drinking and prescription drug abuse are growing in American colleges, U.S. News's Sarah Baldauf
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    Can Athletes Bet on March Madness?

    NCAA guidelines bar student athletes, coaches, and administrators from betting on sports, but do the rules extend to Facebook? In the social-networking website's March Madness pool, members can win money but don't put any down. Several student athletes had entered the pool at its start, including ...

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    Spring Break in Vegas Is Called 'Research'

    A University of Florida senior's spring break took him to several Las Vegas clubs, including one with a $700 table fee. But it was all for the sake of research, the Alligator reports, and the expenses for the "three-day market research trip" will be filed as business-related. The public relations ...

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    Kansas Gets Mondale Via Niece

    The University of Kansas tapped into connections to nab Walter Mondale as a speaker: The former vice president's great-niece is a sophomore, the Daily Kansan reports. Mondale declined other offers, the niece told the Kansan. "He's really all about family," she explained. "That's what motivated him ...

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    • Rutgers University students have planned a walkout for tomorrow to protest the Iraq war, the Daily Targum reports.
  • The man known as the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill's "Pit Preacher," who has been unofficially preaching from the campus location known as "the Pit" since the 1980s, may ...
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    ASU Frat Leaders Get Tough With Their Members

    Frat leaders at Arizona State University last week cracked down on certain kinds of misbehaving brothers, the State Press reports : those "who speak to the media or drink and drive." Here's how Arizona State's Intrafraternity Council differentiated the offenses: When brothers talk to the media,

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    Genetic Counseling: Not What You Think

    Here's a career option you may not have considered: genetic counseling, in which you learn to diagnose disorders in prospective parents and then give them advice on how to plan their pregnancies accordingly. But the career--taught in two California universities--is not what you think. "People think ...

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    • The Brandeis students inspired by former President Jimmy Carter to plan a trip to the Middle East will not make the trip after all. They don't have enough resources, the Justice reports.
  • The New Hampshire has a profile of an Army Reserve student's journey from Fallujah back to Pi Kappa Alpha.
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    One Year Later, a Duke Lacrosse Body Count

    The Duke Chronicle marked the first anniversary of the Duke University men's lacrosse scandal with a big package last week. It reads like a body count. Among the casualties:

    • The lacrosse team. The team that saw its season canceled, its beloved coach fired, and three of its teammates racked with ...

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    A Death Threat at Columbia, but What Did it Say?

    The president of Columbia University's freshman class is either a "racist" or a "rapist," according to the person who scrawled a death threat on his door, the Columbia Spectator reports. Reports are mixed on which word preceded the phrase "I'll kill you." At least four freshmen are now under ...

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    Georgetown Paper Discovers Typical Student

    The Georgetown Voice's cover subject this week is "Joe Hoya personified--Catholic, wealthy, conservative, political and fratty--but also dauntingly ambitious, hard working and charming, even to those who wouldn't normally cotton to his type," the Voice writes. "Like it or not, he is Georgetown,

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    City Elections Get Just 4 Percent Student Turnout

    Elections in Gainesville yesterday saw an average turnout of less than 4 percent at University of Florida voting sites, the Florida Alligator reports. Of Gainesville's 31 voting locations, three on-campus precincts had the lowest turnouts. One, Reitz Union, saw only about 1 percent of registered ...

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    • A study shows that more women are studying engineering, the Daily Pennsylvanian reports .
  • DePauw University's president has severed ties with the sorority that made headlines for apparently evicting members because they weren't skinny, the DePauw reports. Some sorority sisters aren't happy to ...
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    How Holy Cross Could Win March Madness

    The small Jesuit college would be your best bet for March Madness--if the graduation rates of the school's athletes in the tournament were as important as the player's jump shots. That scheme would put the College of the Holy Cross in a finals match-up against Michigan State, which Holy Cross would ...

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    Students Fight Press Policy at U. Alabama

    A newly empowered media relations department at the University of Alabama has made student reporters at the Crimson White angry--so angry they plan not to cooperate with the department's new policy, which filters their contact with administrators, faculty, and university police. The paper's ...

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    Legendary Coach Suspended for Deleting Records

    Skip Kenney, the legendary Stanford University men's swimming coach who has led his team to 26 conference championships, has been suspended days before the most important meet in the season. On Friday, the Stanford Daily reported that Kenney intentionally had deleted five swimmers' achievements ...

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    • Princeton University has given back almost $800,000 to the Robertson Foundation, the Daily Princetonian reports. But the sum pales next to the $207 million the foundation demands.
  • At Oregon State University, 11 percent of students are also parents, a double duty that makes both jobs difficult,
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    Faculty Senate Asks Howard President to Resign

    Pleading for an end to "an intolerable condition of incompetence and dysfunction at the highest level," the head of Howard University's faculty senate called for the resignation of President H. Patrick Swygert last week, the Washington Post reported Saturday. Swygert told the Post he has seen the ...

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    Saving Cash the Lazy Way: Texting for Taxis

    Harvard University students who want to save money but are too lazy to take the subway will soon have another option for airport-to-campus transportation: a carpooling service organized via text message. Students who want to cab it will send a message and then be hooked up with eligible ride ...

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    UCLA Student Workers Want to Unionize

    Student activists at UCLA have given a new twist to the old fight to unionize university employees: They want to unionize themselves. To get working conditions and pay on par with nonstudent employees, student workers should join a local union of government employees, the activists said Friday. The ...

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    Does Textbook Talk Ignore a Bigger Problem?

    Efforts to lower rising textbook costs ignore a bigger problem: tuition fees, which are rising just as fast, a Daily Bruin columnist opines today. Textbook fees, she argues, can be reduced via websites like Half.com and eBay, free article databases, and an invention known as the library. But, she ...

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    • At The University of Maryland, friends have rallied to help a foreign student whose sister is fighting leukemia in his China hometown, organizing several fundraisers, the Diamondback reports.
  • The University of Iowa professor who exposed problems with Bausch & Lomb's MoistureLoc contact solution
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    It's Not Narcissism: We Really Are Better

    That's what the Michigan Daily editorial board has to say about a new study decrying a marked rise in college students' narcissism. "The level of change we have effected is truly remarkable, worthy of the great reformers of all time," the staff writes. One of their examples: "the Facebook group ...

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    Colleges Won't Have to Report Outcomes

    Universities almost certainly will not have to report learning outcomes to the federal government, Inside Higher Ed reports. The Department of Education announcement pulls back from earlier plans, reported by Inside Higher Ed, to make a "huge" expansion of the data the government collects every ...

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