Cartoonist Tom Toles on higher education.
A profane and occasionally ALL-CAPS email to the sorority's listserv offers a compelling (and funny) portrait of a woman driven into social anxiety and paranoia by her club's middling social success, no matter which way success has been measured at UM and beyond since the letter went public.
We were alarmed and grossed out last month by Janet Reitman's Rolling Stone article about the hazing practices of Dartmouth fraternities, but that was before we learned that the "vomit omelet" (aka, "vomlet") in the article isn't disgusting abuse—it's performance art.
High school. What we remember of it is generally fond, if slightly uncomfortable, sort of like the time we were shoved into a locker and left there until, happily, we were rescued by our best friend.
President Obama hasn't been cool on college campuses for months, so you could hardly expect young people to be excited to vote for the so-four-years-ago president. Poll numbers showing a 28 percentage point drop in enthusiasm among Democrats under 30 should alarm Obama's reelection campaign.
Florida A&M University's hazing problem, which has already claimed the life of one student, has gotten so serious that the college has now suspended all of its clubs.
Today in academia: Berkeley's middle class bid, Ivy League admit numbers, Penn State's big donation, Riverside's protest rules, and Virginia Tech's parental notification policy.
Today in academia: a Harvard student impersonator, a huge CUNY gift, privatizing student housing, the free textbooks dream, and new protest "rules."
Today in academia: buying top MBA applicants, wishing for a celeb speaker, demanding to know how much for-profit CEO's make, and dealing with a rise in on-campus psychological issues.
Today in academia: bug infestations at Princeton, a sexual harassment lawsuit at Columbia, Goldman Sachs cancels at Penn, adderall at Duke, and a philosopher 'fraternity rush.'
Today in academia: exams tomorrow at Virginia Tech, gun activists at Plymouth State, UNC students protest Bloomberg, more students are applying earlier, and an irresistible list.
Today in academia: recruiting programmers, the homework-free week myth, a Columbia squabble, Biden's for-profit promoting brother, Harvard's action against instructor who wrote inflammatory op-ed.
Today in academia: commencement buzz, a finals season library protest, the skinny jeans ban, the latest ROTC on-campus arrival and mixing fake drinks for credit.
Today in academia: employers aren't happy, free tuition for life, where the professors party, Goldman Sachs gets avoided, and lots of incidents of SAT irregularities.
Today in academia: Finals season begins, the highest paid college presidents, Oxford's many trademarks, and Obama's scheduled chat about steep tuition.
Today in academia: dumpster diving, infomercials, cheating scandals, changing UPenn's name and the sociology of all things Jay-Z.
Today in academia: Penn State reports more applicants this year, M.B.A's are forgoing non-profit work, ROTC is getting comfortable at Yale, and some schools that don't leave students with as much debt.
Today in academia: a warning label for higher education, maintaining urgency over rising tuition costs, a single-sex dorm complaint gets dismissed and finally getting used to video game-based classes.
Today in academia: an Ivy League recruiting conundrum, professors are worried like the rest of us, another counterpoint to those liberal student papers, and a few necessary things to do to graduate.
Today in academia: a student debt conundrum, a homecoming for detained U.S. students in Cairo, the latest adderall on-campus fretting, and Harvard's early application vortex.
Today in academia: UC Davis is paying for pepper spray bills, the latest undercover for-profit investigation, the Long Island cheating ring balloons, and the snack professor is forced to go to class even if snacks aren't present.
Today in academia: a fundamentalist college with a large Catholic art collection, an undisturbed night for UC Davis protesters, rebranding of Occupy UCLA, and Harvard's early applicants.
Today in academia: the hardest college major, professors of the year, a taxes and tuition dilemma, and an Ivy T-shirt trademark squabble.
Today in academia: how many American students study abroad, McMansions for dorms, a no-email yurt community, and why Ivy Leaguers flock to consulting and banking jobs.
Today in academia: learning from hedge funds, choosier for-profits, Larry Summers latest zinger, a school with less student debt, and a call for an election day vacation.
Today in academia: a SAT cheating scandal gets worse, a decent deal for students of an easy-A professor, medical schools struggling to train doctors in LGBT issues, and Cal State tuition might get hiked.
Today in academia: homeschooling memories, online course enrollment isn't booming, brutal early decision numbers and guns are still allowed on Oregon college campuses.
Today in Academia: fragile college endowments, an easy-A professor, Ivy League grads responding to Aflac's quack, and pysch grad students scrounge for internships.
Today in academia: the latest way to compare degree vs. degree, the never-ending plagiarism arms race, gender gaps around the world, and a new turn in a school nickname controversy.
Today's academia: a college slashes tuition, the debt load gets larger, the places where students borrow information, and the gift of an extra day to finish early decision applications.
Today in Academia: Monmouth University will be a Boss mecca, double-checking college cost calculators, M.B.A. applicants keep dwindling, Cornell and Stanford duel in New York, and Princeton names Steve Carell as its commencement speaker.
And in today's round-up: rethinking the school calendar in Japan
And, in today's academia round-up: Quidditch lives on
And, in today's academia round up: Christian groups are outraged at Vanderbilt
And, in today's academia round-up: cheating the SAT's gets expensive
And in today's academia round-up: the snarky response to Boston University's ad campaign
And, in today's academia round-up: 'wait until you get to the real world'
And in today's academia round-up: the school with the highest application fee
Also in today's academia round-up: "economically vibrant" college towns
And also in today's academia round up: a massive Colby party
Plus: if you went to 'Carolus Magnus' university, we're sorry
And: a law school gets nervous when a convicted murderer gets accepted
And: fighting for the right to mock your alma-mater
Plus: why couldn't there be a tie between all the top colleges?
In The Atlantic, Taylor Branch explains why a major overhaul of the NCAA is necessary
Plus: Colleges brace for rejection from U.S. News rankings
Plus: a for-profit college offers employers $2,000 to hire their graduates
Does that help explain why women are earning more degrees than men?
A professor accused of dealing methamphetamine as the head of a biker gang
And: when college becomes a refuge from thinking
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