The Paper Trail


October 2006


What's the Secret to Getting Good Seats to an Alabama Football Game?

For University of Alabama Greek groups, good football seats are supposed to be the reward for good grades. But some students wonder whether membership in a secretive coalition of four traditionally white groups, known as "the Machine," is also a factor. Athletic officials denied that, but students ...

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Emory Gets Not Just Rushdie but His Papers, Too

In a two-for-one deal, Emory will not just add Salman Rushdie to its faculty. It will also add his papers--including his journals, notes, photographs, correspondence, and the manuscripts of two unpublished novels, the Wheel reports. According to one Emory staff member, the school's commitment to ...

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At University of Kansas, Poor Attendance--by Faculty

The university opened its tenure reform discussions to the public so that the professors whose careers would be most influenced by changes can have a say in making them. Nice idea, but just one problem: The professors aren't showing up. One recent forum "drew only two faculty members, both already ...

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Trail Mix Returns!

  • A recent spate of reforms advocate making college classes more globally focused, a Daily Pennsylvanian analysis argues.
  • A new website that allows students to post tests, essays, and quizzes online has some Boston University professors nervous about possible plagiarism, the Daily Free Press
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    Daily Show Producer Rallies the (Campus) Vote

    Daily Show Executive Producer Ben Karlin's face popped up in University of Wisconsin-Madison students' in boxes this week with a pledge to vote--not in November but in a special election scheduled for tomorrow that could determine the (equally important?) future of Wisconsin's student union. In the ...

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    Accused Lacrosse Players Speak on 60 Minutes

    The three Duke University athletes last night gave their first public interviews since they were accused of raping an exotic dancer in an off-campus house last spring. In their interviews, part of a sympathetic 60 Minutes program, the players complained that the investigation against them has ...

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    Penn State College Republicans Battle Inner Turmoil

    The group's chairman and adviser resigned this week, for reasons that are not clear. As he resigned, the adviser sent a letter urging local Republican officials to "sever all ties to this chapter of the College Republicans," the Daily Collegian reports. Officials who received the letter would not ...

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    PR Society Gets Good PR

    In 2005, the University of Utah's chapter of the Public Relations Student Society was close to dormant; a year later, it has now found new life, the Daily Utah Chronicle dutifully reports.

    "A lot of people think public relations is the same as marketing," said the chapter's president. "But it's ...

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    NYU Makes Record Wind Energy Purchase

    The school will replace 100 percent of its petroleum energy, NYU's president announced yesterday--and that, the NYU News reports, is just the beginning; more sustainability plans are on the way. No wonder. According to the News, the switch will actually reduce NYU's energy spending by 10 percent ...

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    Columbia U. Under Spotlight After Struggle With Minutemen

    Wednesday evening, a group of students interrupted a speech by Minutemen founder Jim Gilchrist, rushing the stage with a banner that read "No human being is illegal!" Gilchrist never finished the speech. Now, the story is the subject of very mixed national attention. "Mob Rule at Columbia," says ...

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    Trail Mix

    • Salman Rushdie will join the faculty at Emory, the Wheel reports -- but aside from the paper's anonymous senior source, administrators are still being quiet.
  • The $100 laptop, an initiative championed by MIT professors that hopes to produce a low-cost computer for mass sale in developing ...
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    Trail Mix

    • University of Florida students whose families were displaced by Hurricane Katrina are struggling to get financial aid--even the same amounts they always got, the Alligator reports.
  • The job outlook is good for college grads, thanks to rising numbers of retirees, the Daily Kansan reports.
  • A new ...
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    Trial Nears for Severed-Pig's-Head-on-Chancellor's-Car Incident

    A 28-year-old Southern Illinois University senior will soon get his day in court after university police accused him of placing a dead pig's head on his chancellor's car, sticking an apple in its mouth, and attaching a sign reading: "Wendler, stop pigging out on tuition $$!!" The pig's head and ...

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    Harvard Tries to Be Historic Again

    In 1945, Harvard faculty issued a so-called Red Book plan to transform its curriculum and ended up transforming higher education. A new team of Harvard faculty wants to do the same thing, with a report they plan to release today that will call for mandatory study of religion and U.S. history, the

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    Southern Methodist Sororities Set Facebook Rules

    Athletic directors aren't the only ones playing Big Brother. According to new guidelines issued by Southern Methodist University's Panhellenic Council, "It is an infraction to be friends with or write on [freshman girls'] Facebook wall." Sisters caught violating the rule, meant to make the rush ...

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    Spartans' Coach Will Stay

    Michigan State University football coach John L. Smith still has a job, an MSU trustee tells the State News--despite rising calls from fans that he be sacked. The fan criticism got so heated last week that a local talk radio host lost his voice screaming about it (listen to the clip here). H.R.

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    At MIT, Like Luther's 95 Theses...but at a Deli Shop

    Students unhappy with a change in management at a local market staged a protest via Post-it Note last Friday, the MIT Tech reports. The new management at LaVerde's shortened the store's hours, changed its product selection, and took away a suggestion box ("the real kicker," one of the protesters ...

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    Trail Mix

    • Columbia's club ice hockey team—suspended two weeks ago after explicitly phrased recruiting posters offended administrators—will not be suspended after all. The school's athletic department decided to give another (unnamed) punishment instead, the Spectator reports.
  • At Brown, undergrads are no ...
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    Nokia.com doesn't have this ring tone

    David Baker, a world-renowned composer and music professor at Indiana University, has had a lot of challenges but none so difficult as his "Concertino for Cellular Phones and Symphony Orchestra," he tells the Daily Student. When a close friend asked him to incorporate cellphone ring tones into a ...

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    Does that wedding dress come with pleats?

    Two cheerleaders at Western Kentucky University plan to "live cheer-fully ever after," the Herald reports. Cheerleader Charlie Smith proposed to cheerleader Kinsley Gregory two months ago, and they will wed in May. "To make the day more memorable," says the Herald, "she wants her groom to do a ...

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    Yale Law invites military recruiters--but not to recruit

    He doesn't let military officers recruit his students but talking to them? That's encouraged, says Yale Law School's dean. Harold Koh invited Navy and Army JAG recruiters to speak on campus about the same Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy that is his grounds for keeping them out of the school's formal ...

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    Trail Mix

    • At Indiana State, a company that is actually named Clabber Girl is putting $8 million into constructing a new building that will bear its name, the Indiana Statesman reports.
  • Rutgers University has found space for students forced to live in on-campus lounges. Meanwhile, those students seem to ...
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    Plagiarism: not just for students?

    Southern Illinois University administrators charged with making their school better by 2019 may have plagiarized their blueprint plan for how to do that, a group of faculty and alumni are charging. Much of the material in "Southern at 150"--the school's improvement plan--was lifted from "Vision ...

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