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September 5, 2007 - 6:36am
The New York Times ran a front-page article yesterday with the shocking – shocking, I say – news that colleges with reduced state funding and regulated tuition levels have made up part of the difference by jacking up the fees they actually control. The article specified one college charging a 'curriculum fee,' which I thought was especially creative. (There's one college near me – pseudonymity prevents my revealing it – that charges a per-credit parking fee, whether you register a car or not.
September 4, 2007 - 12:42pm
The proposed Public Service Academy would be America's "first national civilian university" dedicated to producing "leaders of character" who would commit, in exchange for free tuition (the government would pay it), to work for "five years of civilian service to the country" in the public sector. "Graduates will be required to go where they are assigned." As with the military academies, you'd be admitted via a recommendation by your congressional representative.
September 4, 2007 - 12:26pm
My father holding me, Saigon, 1963.  
September 3, 2007 - 12:52pm
UD has already proposed that Harvard relieve itself of the guilty burden of a forty billion dollar endowment by giving a ten million dollar grant to a small college in Florida - Florida Southern College - to help renovate its important collection of Frank Lloyd Wright buildings.
August 31, 2007 - 5:44pm
Crazy Larry is in his first Equity play, and we were talking about the similarities between acting and teaching. I asked if he knew the term “corpsing,” which I’d heard on the special features of a DVD for Ricky Gervais’s series The Extras. It means to laugh inappropriately while shooting a scene, and Gervais, who’s known for doing it constantly (and hilariously), describes it as a sort of physical affliction beyond one’s control, a tension in the muscles that builds on itself and ruins take after take.
August 31, 2007 - 7:09am
As those last few students trickle in to last-minute registration, those of us who throw ourselves into the scrum at in-person registration have to get increasingly creative to help them assemble schedules. Between flat-to-retreating public funding and an unexpected (and welcome!) enrollment bump, we're suddenly completely full in some of the evergreen disciplines. This is a good problem to have, but it's still a problem.
August 30, 2007 - 8:50pm
UD hesitates to declare any university a laughingstock -- there are always plenty of smart, hard-working, good people at any school, and this declaration makes things worse for them. But with its cynical Saluki Way project (spending all its money on athletes and administrators), its cheesy motivational speakers stuck in front of appalled or fleeing faculty, and its across-the-board plagiarizing executives, Southern Illinois University has earned the title. The latest? Yet another plagiarist, this time the president himself.
August 30, 2007 - 2:05pm
Your university's football season is almost here! To get you in the mood, UD will be running some noteworthy gridiron stories.

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