BOZEMAN, Mont. — At Montana State University, final exams stress is going to the dogs.
The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports ( ) Intermountain Therapy Animals is bringing dogs to campus this week and next to help students take a break from the stress of studying for and taking semester exams. http://bit.ly/11pDoHV
Jacqueline Frank is the Renne Library commons assistant who started the "Paws to de-Stress" program this semester. She says research shows that animals can help reduce stress and lower blood pressure.
Frank says over a two-hour period on Thursday afternoon, 261 people stopped by to meet Ellie, a 6-year-old golden retriever and Sophie, a 4-year-old Maltese.
Sophomore Rebecca Johnson from Ferndale, Wash., said: "This is the best idea ever."
Butte sophomore Kaitlyn Okrush agreed, noting she has an organic chemistry final on Monday.
Information from: Bozeman Daily Chronicle, http://www.bozemandailychronicle.com
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UCLA Dropping F-Bombs On USC
The University of Southern California and the University of California-Los Angeles are only about 12 miles apart, so getting to each other's campus for a quick prank isn't a huge hurdle. In 2012, just <a href="http://www.tmz.com/2012/11/14/ucla-usc-rivalry-dorm-light-football/">days before the Rose Bowl, UCLA students rigged</a> the lights in a dorm to spell out "F*CK USC." But it turned out this may not have actually been real at all, so the big prank <a href="http://laist.com/2012/11/14/sorry_that_ucla_prank_looks_fake.php">may be on the gullible internet sharing the same</a> photo over and over, the LAist noted: <blockquote>First of all, we're guessing that if UCLA managed to pull off this prank in 2012, we'd be seeing multiple variations of the picture on Twitter/Tumblr/Facebook/whatever, but all we're seeing is the same shot from the same angle. Second, some at UCLA in this Reddit thread note that Sproul Hall is under construction, so this picture doesn't look current. Finally, we found out that this photo looks exactly like a prank from 1977.</blockquote> Students camp out to protect their precious statues -- both of which have been targeted in the past. USC's Tommy Trojan was previously hit with both blue paint and manure, while the Bruin Bear has been covered in cardinal and gold paint.
Bonsai Kitten, MIT
When <a href="http://www.ding.net/bonsaikitten/" target="_hplink">BonsaiKitten</a> launched in 2000, it spurred a vitriolic reaction from animal lovers horrified by the site's dedication "to preserving the long-lost art of body modification in housepets." Claiming to have been inspired by the "Oriental art of miniature sculpture," the site offered to "shape kitties to your specification" and sold items like "antagonistic animal shapes." The site was so realistic that it warranted an investigation by the FBI and Humane Society of the United States. After an extensive search, they were able to <a href="http://www.pet-abuse.com/pages/animal_cruelty/reporting_abuse/bonsai_kitten.php" target="_hplink">assure the public</a> that the site was a hoax started by MIT graduate students -- and that "kittens are NOT really being grown in glass jars."
Harvard Says "We Suck"
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R2D2 Observatory, Carleton College
A group of anonymous Carleton College students made their Star Wars dream a reality when they transformed the school's observatory into a <a href="http://blogs.citypages.com/blotter/2010/06/carleton_studen.php" target="_hplink">larger-than-life replica</a> of the friendly droid. A <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KEWlzCNjh2Y" target="_hplink">YouTube</a> video shows R2D2's likeness replete with bot-like beeps and a swiveling head, courtesy of the observatory's rotation.
Greasing the Tracks, Auburn University
In 1896, the sports rivalry between Georgia Tech and Auburn University took a slippery turn, when Auburn students used pig grease to <a href="http://www.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/stories/090403abz.html" target="_hplink">slick down train tracks</a> near the Auburn station and beyond the night before the Georgia Tech contingency was due to arrive. The train slid past the Auburn station, forcing passengers -- including members of the football team -- to walk ten miles back to the station. Needless to say, the exhausted team from Georgia Tech lost to their pranking rivals.
Veterans of Future Wars, Princeton University
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Imaginary Student, Georgia Tech
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Nonsense Paper Published, MIT
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Statue Switcheroo, Rice University
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Sweepstakes Con, Cal Tech
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Fake UFOs, University of Arizona
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VW Bug And The Golden Gate Bridge, University Of British Columbia
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