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10 Weird Extracurricular Activities

(23) Comments | Posted October 12, 2010 | 11:13 AM

Like to joust? Fly-fish? There's a place for you on America's campuses. From a beer club to a glassblowing group, click through to see some of the more off-the-beaten path ways to occupy your free time. Add your own in the comments section.

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GoodCrush: Worse Than Yenta?

(0) Comments | Posted July 16, 2010 | 2:46 PM

It was the week before Valentine's Day, a period of time Yale students fondly (or not) refer to Sex Week. And that's not because everyone is feeling particularly frisky given the impending holiday, although they might be. No, Sex Week is school-sponsored, an old university's attempt at meeting its modern...

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The WEIRDEST University Research (PHOTOS)

(36) Comments | Posted July 15, 2010 | 8:21 AM

Invisibility cloaks? Cheating gorillas? The price of a pair of breasts? Find out which strange topics college researchers are digging into around the world -- and what their findings mean.

Which one is your favorite?

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University Of California Increases Number Of Non-Resident And International Students

(15) Comments | Posted July 15, 2010 | 2:46 AM

Eight percent of the University of California's class of 2014 will be made up of non-California residents, an increase of two percent from last year.

The Los Angeles Times reports that the majority of the nonresidents attend the Berkeley and Los Angeles branches of the University of California....

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Student's $675,000 Filesharing Fine SLASHED By Federal Judge

(37) Comments | Posted July 13, 2010 | 6:42 AM

All those who download music illegally can rest a bit easier.

Last week, a federal judge reduced the fine of Joel Tenenbaum, a Boston University graduate student nabbed for illegally downloading music, by 90 percent.

The Boston Globe has more:

US District Court Judge Nancy Gertner ruled...
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University Of Illinois Lecturer FIRED For Saying Homosexual Acts Are 'Morally Wrong'

(597) Comments | Posted July 12, 2010 | 1:31 PM

For many professors, the classroom is a place free of ideological persecution. That is, except for a recently fired religion lecturer at the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign.

The News-Gazette reports that Kenneth Howell was fired after making a series of comments on the Catholic Church's stance on homosexuality....

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Stanford Grapples With An Aging Faculty

(24) Comments | Posted July 12, 2010 | 12:36 PM

Generally, maintaining productivity with increasing age is a good thing; Stanford University disagrees. Recently, the Palo Alto institution has attempted to push out older professors in an effort to make room for younger ones.

The Silicon Valley Mercury News reports on what they call the "graying" of Stanford:

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Social Networking Here To Stay For Gen Y: Study

(28) Comments | Posted July 9, 2010 | 2:17 PM

A warning to worried adults everywhere: Facebook is here to stay and the Pew Internet and American Life Project has evidence to back it up.

Although some Generation Y-ers admit that they will cease to use social networking websites as they grow older, an overwhelming percentage maintain that...

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Teach For America Growing In Popularity, But How Effective Is It?

(147) Comments | Posted July 8, 2010 | 3:06 PM

With limited job offers in sight, college students are looking towards alternatives like Teach for America in growing numbers. Originally started in 1990 with 500 teachers, Teach for America has ballooned to include 8,200 instructors in 39 areas across the country. But contrary to popular belief, the program's highly educated...

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RIP Tenure?

(5) Comments | Posted July 7, 2010 | 4:25 PM

For those looking to hold down a steady job as a professor, the U.S. Department of Education wants you to know that it just got a bit harder.

According to a new study entitled "Employees in Postsecondary Institutions, Fall 2009," the number of tenured professors has fallen from 57 percent...

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Rape Metaphor Gone Awry: U.S. Naval War Academy Professor Punished For Controversial Speech

(9) Comments | Posted July 6, 2010 | 1:26 PM

Youtube is capable of nearly anything: turning a 12-year-old into a singing sensation, attracting millions of hits for a music video and most recently, distorting the words of a university professor.

Just this past week, a user named Oompaloompa50702 posted a video clip of U.S. Naval War College professor Karl...

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Students Studying Less -- And Not Because Of Facebook: Report

(126) Comments | Posted July 6, 2010 | 11:57 AM

Glenn Beck might have thought twice about opening a new university had he known that students aren't studying as much as they used to.

Two economists have discovered just that. The Boston Globe reports:

According to time-use surveys analyzed by professors Philip Babcock, at the University...
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