Student life

Bettor Grades

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Student affairs experts have said that gambling is an unhealthy habit among college students, especially in the age of online poker. But what about if instead of a virtual hands, the students were betting on their ability to meet or exceed a certain grade?

Church and State and Student Activities

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Federal appeals court finds that U. of Wisconsin at Madison improperly rejected funds for Catholic activities that involved worship.

'When College Is Not the Best Time'

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We've all heard the clichéd description of college as "the best years of your life." For those of us whose undergraduate years are a distant memory, the idea may seem ludicrous -- or, at least, too demoralizing to entertain -- but there's no denying that college students tend to enjoy an unusually high ratio of freedom to responsibility, and that many high schoolers come to anticipate a positively Elysian experience.

Fear Under the Sheets

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As some colleges face bedbug infestations in dormitories, many others consider ways to prevent such outbreaks.

Shutdown Shot Down

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An attempt to discourage social media use at Harrisburg U. runs up against students and faculty determined to get their fix.

Do Students Listen to Others' Views?

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The world of academe is generally considered a marketplace of ideas. But its customers may do more one-stop shopping than browsing the aisles.

Campus constituencies across the country are skeptical of their institutions’ emphasis on -- and consideration of -- diverse viewpoints both in the classroom and on campus generally, according to a report released Thursday by the Association of American Colleges and Universities.

Ditching Fall Semester

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U. of Florida considers giving incoming students option of taking classes during spring and summer terms only — throughout their time at the university.

A Future for Student Health Plans?

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Without clarity from the Obama administration, campus officials are unsure of whether or how their insurance offerings will survive.

'They Ask. Who Tells?'

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ST. LOUIS -- Many high schools have policies under which, if a student is cited for a disciplinary infraction as a freshman or sophomore, and isn’t a repeat offender, that infraction is expunged from the student’s record at the end of the sophomore year. What that means is that for two students who commit the same infraction -- even a serious one -- there is no assurance that colleges that seek disciplinary records during the admissions process will know about it.

Are Prescription Drugs 'Cheating'?

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This semester, Wesleyan University administrators modified the student Code of Non-Academic Conduct to ban the “misuse or abuse” of prescription drugs. This inclusion is not unusual; many colleges, including Wesleyan’s peer institutions, ban prescription drug abuse in their student codes. But the case of Wesleyan is an anomaly because of the ban’s origins.

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