The Paper Trail


May 2007


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  • A kooky comparative lit professor at the University of Washington has retired, leaving behind the memory of him prancing about in his underwear while dramatizing Dostoyevsky, the Daily writes. The 1960s really were a magical time.
  • The Michigan Liquor Control Commission has increased the security ...
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    When the Lights Go Out in the Cities

    Power outages at two schools caused considerable consternation, actually forcing students to go outside into the perfectly nice weather. At Michigan State, some students complained that an outage affecting almost 4,000 residences and businesses, including a student bookstore and a Starbucks, has ...

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    • Eschewing cover charges, several enterprising Ohio University students have funded private house parties, thanks to sponsorship from a calzone restaurant and a caffeinated malt beverage company, the Post reports.
  • Northwestern University, which ranks ninth of the 11 Big Ten schools for the
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    Faking It: Stanford Impostor Gets Caught

    If you can't get into Stanford, then do like Azia Kim and fake it. For eight months, using excuses and explanations ranging from housing mix-ups to "roommate" issues, Kim was able to dupe at least two unsuspecting (and legit) sophomores into thinking she was a full-time student for the fall and ...

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    Indecent Exposure: Ohio U. Vulnerable to Hack Attacks

    The FBI continues to investigate a series of security breaches at Ohio University starting two years ago, which exposed the personal information of almost 300,000 university alumni donors and the medical records of at least 60,000 more and allowed the perpetrators to use the school's network to ...

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    • University of Minnesota officials are considering a smoke-free campus after the governor signed a statewide smoking ban, the Minnesota Daily reports. "You shouldn't have to walk five blocks to have a smoke," says a smoker who opposes the ban. True, especially if you can't make it halfway there ...

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    One Band Flees, but the Cicadas Are Still Coming

    Northwestern University's annual music festival, Dillo Day, will be short one band but expecting thousands of winged party crashers, the Daily Northwestern reports. Motion City Soundtrack has canceled its concert because of the lead singer's "medical problems," and organizers are now scrambling to ...

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    • UC-Santa Barbara skateboarders probably are shaking in their well-worn sneakers as two town hall meetings will be convened to discuss skating safety, the Daily Nexus reports.
  • Next time a purring, naked woman appears in a pop-up Web ad while you're in a quiet and crowded computer lab, record ...
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    Football Isn't Everything, Even in College

    A Daily Bruin columnist defends UCLA's 100 non-football national championships after an Orange County Register column essentially dismissed them. Football domination is, apparently, not the most important thing in the world ever, according to the Bruin. "To say that this [university's] athletic ...

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    • The George Washington University Board of Trustees has made a call for more uniformity in the freshman writing requirement, the GW Hatchet reports. Note to Board of Trustees: Read Ayn Rand's Anthem.
  • Ohio State students in a course called "Fashion, the Body, and Popular Culture" got a guest ...
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    The Plight of a Cadet at a ROTC-less School

    Stanford senior Diana Clough, an ROTC cadet who must travel 30 minutes one way to train at Santa Clara University, has lived a "split existence," as President Bush described it, the Stanford Daily writes. Bush recently condemned schools that do not have ROTC chapters on campus. "To the cadets and ...

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    Graphing Calculators, Let Me Introduce You to Big Brother

    Remember the good ol' days when graphing calculators were good only for Tetris? Now Texas Instruments wants you to use your TI-83 calculator to, gasp, communicate with your professor, the Oregon State Daily Barometer reports.

    The new TI-Navigator wirelessly connects students' devices with an ...

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    • Ohio State hosts a carnival where "cotton candy and other food will be provided," the Lantern reports. I love how cotton candy is "food" now.
  • Harvard students want more ways to waste time and have lobbied for dorm access to 250 glorious channels of satellite TV, the Crimson writes.
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    California Schools Debate the Price of Tobacco Grants

    Controversy within the University of California community continues over whether the schools should begin accepting grant money from tobacco companies, UC-Santa Barbara's Daily Nexus reports. Critics of the grants claim that tobacco-funded research corrupts the university's integrity, while ...

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    Big Ten Network Saves Audience from Bad Beer Ads

    When the Big Ten Network, the first of its kind, launches in August, sports fans will not be subjected to the Coors train, "Man Rules," or that horrible Bacardi and Diet Coke commercial. The network has banned alcohol-related ads from its coverage, in part to remain more family friendly, the Daily ...

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    • Doctors are concerned that students who listen to portable music players such iPods already may be starting to go deaf, Oregon State's Daily Barometer writes.
  • The California Aggie draws a connection between UC-Davis sophomore Clement David not owning a cellphone and his taking a three-month ...
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    Virginia Tech, One Month Later

    Ever since the April 16 shooting at Virginia Tech, campus life across the nation has changed. A look at what's happened and where colleges are going from here:

    1. Text messaging notification systems are rolling out. A noninclusive list of schools that have jumped on the bandwagon: University of ...

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    Anti-Gambling Laws Do Little Except Encourage Creativity

    Laws passed by Congress last fall that prohibited credit card, check, and electronic fund transfers to gambling sites have fostered ingenuity in the most zealous of online gamblers, the Diamondback reports.

    In order to work around the legislation, University of Maryland high rollers switched from ...

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    Two Enterprising Students Run New Radio Station

    Remember that episode of Saved by the Bell when the crew resurrected KKTY Tigers Radio, discovered Mr. Belding was quite the rebel himself, and then used the power of the airwaves to save the Max? Well, two latter-day Zach Morrises are trying to repeat fake-history at Cal State Poly-Pomona by ...

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    • Lightning hit the campus of Bowling Green State University, causing a campuswide blackout, the BG News reports.
  • A study shows that high ceilings encourage open and free thought while low ones stimulate attention to detail, the Poly Post at Cal State Poly-Pomona writes. Paper Trail's suggestion ...
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    Community College Student Newspapers Battle for Survival

    The Seattle Times reports on the slow death of community college newspapers. The disappearing act has been attributed to declining enrollment, small and struggling journalism programs, increased publishing costs, plus the challenge to train and engage students who graduate after just two years.

    Why ...

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    Stanford Students Say Google Can, In Fact, Do Wrong

    When school ends, many Stanford students aspire to enter "a heaven of sorts" by scoring a job at Google's Mountain View headquarters a couple of minutes southeast of the school's campus, the Stanford Daily reports. But getting past the blue, red, yellow, blue, green, and red gates can be ...

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    • "Super seniors" (AKA fifth-year students), if you already feel bad about taking the scenic route to graduation, here's someone to make you feel even worse. Fifth-year senior Devin Gaines graduated from the University of Connecticut with five majors and four minors, the Hartford Courant reports.

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    New Admissions Process Boosts UCLA Minority Numbers

    In their very unholistic breakdown of preliminary numbers, UCLA admissions officials are pleased to see that black enrollment will most likely more than double from last year's dismal 96 students, the Daily Bruin reports. Meanwhile, numbers for first-generation and low-income students decreased.

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    Stressed Out? Blame Your Parents

    Students afflicted with "Stanford Duck Syndrome"--looking calm and well adjusted on the surface but flailing their well-heeled legs behind the scenes--make up the new generation of clandestine problem children, the Stanford Daily reports. Speakers at a Stressed Out Students, or SOS, program event ...

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    • Cleaning up after departing Michigan State students can be a moldy, chemical-laden affair, the State News reports. But at least the head scratch-inducing left-behind goodies are entertaining: a $100 bill, orange traffic cones, and handcuffs.
  • You know you're in Indiana when the school newspaper
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    Would-Be Frat Boys Decry Persecution

    Chapman University in Orange County, Calif., had a special, more torturous kind of hazing prepared for a budding fraternity: layers upon layers of bureaucracy. After filing for chapter status at the school in fall 2006--when they were told they were shoo-ins for acceptance--the 18 wannabe frat ...

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    Restaurants Unholster Their Salad Shooters

    In the fine tradition of investigative journalism, the Daily Pennsylvanian reports on a battle royal brewing between two University of Pennsylvania salad purveyors. A nasty exchange via sidewalk signs was just the beginning. "We just sort of laugh about it," says the owner of Gia Pronto, the ...

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    • Future Ohio State University students are one step closer to being 10 credits less educated after the university senate OK'd curriculum revisions, the Lantern reports. One benefit for the reduction in credit hours, according to a school official, is to "help students graduate in a timely ...

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    Those Crazy Californians and Their Scooters

    Forget Segways, convertibles, and Escalades. Scooters are the new hot ride in town. Gwyneth Paltrow and husband Chris Martin have a matching pair of Vespas (how adorable!). Even Robert De Niro rides one, giving the scooter's image a much-needed masculinity boost.

    Meanwhile at UCLA, the ...

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    Tax Break = More Ramen Noodles

    In a classic case of "well, the sentiment is nice," University of Texas students are one step closer to getting a tax break on textbooks, the Daily Texan reports. The state Senate unanimously passed a bill Tuesday that would set aside two 10-day periods before the start of the fall and spring ...

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    • In its oxymoronic quest to figure out whether the vitamin-fortified Diet Coke Plus is a "healthy soda," the Daily Northwestern reports that "adding a few supplements to something that is not healthy does not magically make it healthy."
    • UCLA may soon begin construction for an on-campus pub,
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      At UC-Santa Barbara, Plans to Protest Nuclear Weapon Research

      Criticizing the moral and environmental implications of nuclear weaponry, 15 students at UC-Santa Barbara have proposed a hunger strike and a weeklong tent city-style campout to protest the university's ties with nuclear research facilities including Los Alamos National Laboratory, the Daily Nexus

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      Pickup Truck Misses Students but Hits Sorority House

      A high-speed police chase resulted in a collision between a pickup truck and a University of Kansas sorority house, the Daily Kansan reports. According to the police, officers originally had responded to a report of a man smashing the windows of two vehicles with a hammer and threatening a man with ...

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      • A district attorney has dropped all charges against four men involved in an altercation involving a tent, machete, and pitchfork outside a University of Wisconsin fraternity house, the Badger Herald reports.
    • Two Cal Poly students live double lives as Girl Scout leaders, the Mustang Daily reports
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      Unfriendly Skies Greet Clinton at Michigan

      University of Michigan commencement planners most likely pined for the Goodyear blimp after seeing what antiabortion activists cooked up for the April 29 graduation ceremony. With former President Bill Clinton as the keynote speaker, two banners flew overhead that read "Choose life, not Hillary &

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      • Students at Oregon State University voted for an $8.50 "green fee" that will presumably allow the school to purchase more renewable forms of energy, the Daily Barometer reports.
      • The RamRide program at Colorado State University celebrated its 50,000th safe ride Saturday, the Rocky Mountain Collegian
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        Racist Graffiti Gets Villanova Talking

        At least five incidents of racist graffiti have rattled students and university administrators but have also inspired a push to increase cultural awareness, the Villanovan reports. The incidents include antiblack sentiments and a swastika drawing on residence hall walls. Two students have stepped ...

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        Maryland Tries Out Coed Dorm Rooms

        The University of Maryland has approved a trial period in 2008 for mixed-sex apartments in the school's housing facilities, the Diamondback reports. While the controversial living arrangement has been implemented in a handful of small liberal arts colleges, Maryland would become the second large ...

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        Who Needs Firewood When You Have Futons?

        Threats of penalties, increased police foot patrols, and a "Fluffy Couch Ordinance" are all signs that spring is in the smoke-filled air at UC-Santa Barbara, the Daily Nexus reports. Hoping to prevent, or at least quell, the annual scourge of couch burning, police have banned indoor couches in ...

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        • Police and hazmat officials shut down part of the University of Colorado-Boulder campus Wednesday after a botched experiment caused a minor explosion, which police are calling a "small contamination," the Campus Press reports. The student researcher was sent to the hospital with a cut on his arm ...

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        Wisconsin Pre-Parties With Police

        Three days before the Mifflin Street Block Party, students, residents, and law enforcement officials met up to voice concerns over the University of Wisconsin's annual off-campus, all-day boozefest the Daily Cardinal reports.

        Police laid out ground rules for party-holders: Do not charge for beer, do ...

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        Don't Mess With Our Football Tickets, or We'll Whine Like Crazy

        If anyone was wondering where youth activism went, Penn State reminds us what students really care about: football. When the athletic department announced Tuesday that it was changing its ticket sales policy to an online lottery instead of the traditional first-come, first-served basis, students ...

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        • Danny Glover, the actor best known for his portrayal of Roger Murtaugh in the Lethal Weapon series, said he would not appear as UC-Berkeley's commencement speaker unless the school resolves its conflict with workers seeking higher wages, the Daily Californian reports.
      • Police plan to crack down ...
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        Harvard Stands By Its Students' Protest

        Harvard asked that criminal charges be dropped against four students arrested last week for disrupting a speech by FBI Director Robert Mueller, the Harvard Crimson reports. "Given the importance of dissent in an academic community, the arrest of a student protester remains a significant event," a ...

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        LSU's Roller-Skating Revival

        Trade "The Sign" from Ace of Base with "This is Why I'm Hot" by Mims, and you've got yourself a bona-fide roller-skating renaissance. Perhaps taking a cue from Bow Wow's skating-fueled coming of age film, Roll Bounce, an increasing number of skaters have taken an interest in rinkside high jinks at ...

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        Think Twice Before You Hookah Up

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        Mint hookah may taste so fresh and so clean, but lung doctors—who are concerned about its increasing popularity with college students—are starting to dish the dirt on the tasty tobacco. The Daily Aztec at San Diego State University reports that a standard "head" of hookah tobacco has nicotine ...

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        • A Purdue career adviser counsels readers of the Exponent to "make it bigger" on résumés to make the best first impression. Paper Trail wonders what MIT's disgraced admissions dean thinks of that advice.
      • In what may be one of the shortest smoking bans ever, Allegheny County ...
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