The Paper Trail


April 2007


OMG. NCAA sez we cant txt nemore!

Saving the thumbs of hundreds of top high school athletes last Thursday, the NCAA banned coaches from text-messaging recruits, the Minnesota Daily reports. While the old guidelines limited phone calls, E-mail, and personal visits, the new rules also address and eliminate communication through ...

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Duped Bikers Incensed Over Fake Enforcement Notices

Outraged cyclists at Stanford University mobilized in response to fliers threatening more strict regulation of bicycle travel on campus, the Stanford Daily reports. The bike aficionados deluged the school's Department of Public Safety with complaints. But it turns out the fliers are a prank: DPS ...

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  • A lewd surprise was waiting for those opening a 1957 time capsule for the University of Washington's communications department on Saturday, the Daily reports. Alongside 1950s memorabilia were Hustler and Playboy magazines from the 1980s and a pair of dirty underwear. Also you can watch newspaper ...

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MIT Admissions Dean Falsified Her Résumé

The admissions dean at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology resigned this week after revealing that she falsified her résumé when she applied to the university more than two decades ago, the Tech reports. An investigation prompted by an anonymous phone call found that Marilee ...

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A New MVP at Gonzaga

Funded by an impressive $200,000 grant from the Justice Department, the Men's Violence Prevention group will work to curb domestic violence against women. "As much as we would like to deny it, violence toward women happens on the Gonzaga campus, and it is time for the men in the community to take a ...

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  • A Southern Illinois University art student has won $20,000 in a competition for glass-blowing art, the Daily Egyptian reports.
  • St. Bonaventure University plans to make wireless Internet access available pretty much everywhere on campus over the next year, according to the Bona VentureK.T.
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    SUNY–Geneseo Police Start Carrying Guns

    Responding to the violence at Virginia Tech this month, the State University of New York–Geneseo has decided that its campus police officers will carry guns at all times, the Lamron reports. Before the decision, announced April 20, officers in emergency situations had to retrieve their firearms ...

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    Words of Wisdom From a Graduating Senior

    For her final column for the East Tennessee State University newspaper, Summer Carr offers three nuggets of wisdom she has gleaned from her college days.

    1.Don't make excuses: "If your homework is late, just own up to it," she writes in the East Tennessean. "Tell your professor that you made a ...

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    • The Kentucky Kernel takes a look at the emerging trend of coed dorm rooms. It's an option intended to help transgender students feel more comfortable on campus.
    • A University of Southern California Trojan photographer caught a great picture of a student flipping for parkour, the extreme sport of ...
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      But Is a Ferrari Solar-Powered?

      It's hot and uncomfortable, you have to lie down to drive it, and it costs about $250,000. This is the car of the future? A group of engineering students from the University of Arizona hope so, as they put the finishing touches on a solar-powered car they plan to enter in a biennial competition ...

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      • A program that allowed medical students to spend two years at Dartmouth then two years at Brown is ending, according to the Brown Daily Herald.
      • Students at Occidental College in Los Angeles can stock up on late night snacks at Galco's Pop Stop, a store that offers hundreds of flavors of soda, retro ...
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        For Florida A&M, a Not-So-Big Band?

        Budget cuts from the student government association and the university could next year reduce the famed Florida A&M marching band to a mere fraction of its current size, the FAMUan reports. The band, which received $130,147 from student government this school year, was told this month that it has ...

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        • Bowling Green University's SpringFest party ended in a brawl that police had to break up with pepper spray, according to the BG News.
        • The University of Alaska–Anchorage is excited about a return performance of the band Sleep Machine, a duo that creates the effect of a quartet thanks to modern ...
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          Obama-rama!

          Presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama continued to woo campus support over the weekend. At Boston University Friday, nearly 6,000 people packed an arena to hear him speak, according to theHeights, the paper of rival school Boston College. Apparently, students at both schools are able to put ...

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          From Sport Coats to UGG boots

          A lot can change in 40 years, especially on college campuses, according to the University of Illinois Daily Illini. "Imagine women always wearing skirts to class and being required to be in their residence halls for curfew at 11 p.m. on weekdays and 1 a.m. on weekends," the paper writes about a new ...

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        • The Howard University District Chronicles weighs in on the Imus/Rutgers flap, debating whether or not it will change the language used in rap music.
        • The George Washington University Hatchet has an interesting article about a campus program that helps transsexuals learn to change their voices
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          Is It Too Soon to Take the Field?

          While most students at Virginia Tech have until Monday to decide whether they are able to resume their normal college activities, members of several Tech sports teams will have to make decisions on Saturday and Sunday. The Hokies softball team is scheduled to play games against the University of ...

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          Professors: 'What Would I Do?'

          Cardinal Points, the newspaper of Plattsburgh State University College, has an interesting article examining how professors on their campus think they would have responded in the face of the violence that occurred in classrooms at Virginia Tech. "The entire situation was too horrible for [Professor ...

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          For Asian Students, More Fears of Backlash

          For Korean and other Asian-American students on campuses across the country, the ethnicity of the Virginia Tech shooter, who was an immigrant from South Korea, continues to be a source of anxiety. Fear of a potential backlash continues to ripple through their communities here and abroad. "A lot of ...

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          Protect the Campus or the Students' Rights?

          The revelations of the Virginia Tech shooter's clear history of mental health problems is renewing the debate over how universities can keep their campuses safe while respecting the rights of individual students, the University of North Carolina Daily Tar Heel reports. "Schools walk a real fine ...

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          Virginia Tech: The Race Angle

          "When I found out about the Virginia Tech shootings, I felt disbelief and shock--probably everything that you felt, so I won't reiterate. When I heard the shooter was Asian, I thought: What if there's retaliation? Then: I hope to God he's not Chinese," writes an Asian-American University of ...

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          Virginia Tech: The Free Speech Angle

          A University of Colorado-Boulder student who was arrested and suspended Tuesday for making classroom comments that were sympathetic with the Virginia Tech shooter was released on $1,000 bail yesterday, the Colorado Daily reports. The student's father, who cosigned for the boy's release, tells the

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          Columbia Changes Part of Its Security Plan

          Reacting to the attacks at Virginia Tech, Columbia University announced yesterday that students will no longer be allowed to work as card-swipers at the security desks in dormitory entrances, the Spectator reports. Public safety officers will take over those duties. "In response to Virginia Tech,

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          In Emergencies, How Do You Warn Everyone?

          At the University of Southern California, the college is debating how it would handle similar attacks. "We do not have a formal procedure to try and lock down this campus," Department of Public Safety Capt. David Carlisle tells the Daily Trojan. "It would be very, very difficult, and if a situation ...

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          What Happened in Room 207 Norris Hall

          One of the survivors of Monday's attacks on the campus of Virginia Tech gave the Collegiate Times a chilling account of what she witnessed in that German course. "It's a small class, about 25 people," she said. "And I would say no more than two people didn't show up, were absent. And of those of us ...

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          Duty First Over Fear and Loss

          Faced with the unfathomable tragedy unfolding Monday, the Collegiate Times, Virginia Tech's newspaper, proved to be a commendable resource to its campus and the media at large. The Times began filing at 9:47 a.m. yesterday and has not stopped since. "Its Web server inevitably crashed under the ...

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          A New Top Dog at Drake University

          Seven men faced off in Drake University's first male beauty pageant last week, and Joe Barlow won the tiara, er, crown, according to the Times-Delphic. Looks like other than the gender switch, male beauty pageants aren't all that different from the female kind. The "Top Dog" competition included ...

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          Freshmen Study--and Party--Harder

          A survey of 284 New York University students found that first-year students reported spending more time both studying and socializing than upperclassmen, who instead spend more time on internships and jobs. First-year students spent 45.5 hours per week on coursework, compared to 36 hours for ...

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          An Olympic-sized Schism in Chicago?

          Most of the Windy City was celebrating Saturday after Chicago was chosen over Los Angeles to be the United States' bid to host the 2016 Summer Olympics. But one Illinois State University columnist thinks that getting the games might not be so good for the city. Her main concern is the plan to build ...

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          • Some upperclassmen will be living in luxury in a new dormitory opening next fall at New Mexico State University, according to the Round Up.
          • Remember Principal Belding from Saved By the Bell? Florida State University students do: He spoke there last week, the FSView reports.
          • —Kenneth Terrell

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            Booze, Not China, Is the Real Threat to America

            Nearly half of college students binge-drink and abuse illegal and prescription drugs, and more than 22 percent of them meet the medical criteria for substance dependence, a new study finds. The result: "In this world of fierce global competition, we are losing thousands of our nation's best and ...

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            • The University of Georgia's financial aid office warns students seeking scholarships of scams, the Red and Black reports. Bottom line: Financial help should not involve a fee!
          • Being a university sports coach may be a sweet deal, but being an assistant coach can mean juggling extra jobs, working ...
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            Yale Alumni Mag Regrets Its Gullibility

            "In fact, Mr. Vogel is heterosexual, does not reside in New York City, and does not even know anyone by the name of Julian," a correction in the latest Yale Alumni Magazine reads. A friend of the 2002 Yale alumnus had submitted a prank item suggesting the opposite. After the magazine published it,

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            RIAA Warns Students for Third Time

            The trade group sent letters to 22 schools yesterday offering to settle with the students or personnel the group says downloaded music illegally. While some users have already been sued, these letters let students avoid a lawsuit by paying a settlement fee in advance. Fees so far have been steep;

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            • George Washington University's choice of outgoing university President Stephen Joel Trachtenberg as commencement speaker is practically a "public relations suicide attempt," the G. W. Hatchet opines today.
          • The University of Toronto will sell $10 million of tobacco investments, following a ...
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            Report: North Carolina AG Will Drop Duke Lax Charges

            ABC News reports that all charges against three former Duke lacrosse players will be dropped today in an announcement to be made by North Carolina's attorney general. The athletes had been charged with kidnapping and sexual offense. Meanwhile, families of the young men began to arrive in Durham ...

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            Dancing Against SweatShops

            About 25 University of Montana students staged a "dance-in" in their president's office yesterday. The intrusion, meant to protest the school's purchases of apparel made in sweatshops, lasted approximately five minutes, the Montana Kaimin reports. "This isn't OK," an assistant to the president told ...

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            The Mystery of the Missing Home Runs

            Why has the University of Nevada-Reno's baseball team, which is about two-thirds of the way through its season, hit only seven home runs this year in its home stadium, compared with 70 plus per season in years past? Gary Powers, the team's coach, says science can explain the decline: When ...

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            Rutgers, Imus Plan Personal Apology

            To apologize in person for insulting them on his show, radio host Don Imus will meet with the Rutgers women's basketball team "on an undisclosed date in an undisclosed location," the team told reporters yesterday. None of the teammates have yet received a personal apology, though Imus has ...

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            • The former president of Middlebury College wants to lower the drinking age to 18. Why? U.S. News's Sarah Baldauf spoke to him this week to find out.
          • An environmental group at Boston University wants to create an optional $10 "green fee" for students. The group proposed the fee after it failed to ...
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            Global Warming College Tour Lands in Texas, to Mixed Reviews

            A concert tour to promote environmental activism kicked off yesterday at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, with Sheryl Crow singing "A Change Would Do You Good," the Daily Campus reports. Crow and a group of experts are touring the country in a bus powered by biodiesel fuel to promote their ...

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            • A woman's trial begins today for the alleged murder of the former chairman of Western Kentucky University's board of regents and another man, the WKU Herald reports.
          • A Princeton professor believes an anti-Bush speech he delivered has gotten him onto the Transportation Security Administration's ...
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            Another U.S. College Sets Up in Qatar

            Northwestern University came out on top in the bid to build an undergraduate journalism program in Qatar's Education City, a 2,500-acre complex that already hosts outposts from five American colleges. The Northwestern school will teach communications and journalism to a starting class of 40,

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            • The University of Southern California's Daily Trojan seems to have read the study on sex offenders' invisibility on campus —and figured out why and how one offender slipped through the university cracks.
            • Nineteen-year-olds in Iowa are ordering illegal drinks at bars, but it's for a cause: They're ...
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              Financial Aid Directors Tied to Lending Companies

              The federal Department of Education official who oversees student loan lenders held stock in one of the companies he was supposed to supervise, an investigation by New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo concludes. Three college financial aid directors also held shares in the Education Lending ...

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              Is Billy Graham's Son Welcome at Kenyon?

              Will Graham, the son of the Rev. Billy Graham, will host a three-day evangelical celebration before an expected crowd of 20,000 on the Kenyon College campus this October. Though Kenyon is hosting the event, it is not sponsoring it. But that tie has stirred debate nonetheless, with critics concerned ...

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              New Piracy Hit List Released

              Columbia University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Boston University top a list of the colleges with the most movie pirates, according to figures released by the Motion Picture Association of America last month. Unlike the recording industry, the MPAA does not plan to take legal action (yet).

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              • At MIT, an influx of homeless people caused a 24-hour student center to cut back its hours, but the center is now back in full service, the Tech reports.
              • Netflix subscribers in one Harvard dorm have noticed their movies are disappearing, the Crimson reports.
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                Unqualified Legacies Fare Worst, Study Says

                Legacy students with lower-than-average SAT scores perform worse in college than athletes and minority students with below-average scores, a study has found, throwing light on affirmative action's less discussed counterpart. Are legacy kids more stupid? "Either legacy people don't work hard enough ...

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