Humor/whimsy

Ben Folds Goes Back to College

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Singer/pianist was high on wish list for student groups that booked concerts this spring.

Alternate Academic Reality

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Calling all professors: FOX wants you for spouse swap TV show.

Fun With Google and Diversity

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After scholars' group uses search engine to portray colleges as politically correct, others produce interesting results of their own.

Fashion School Cat Fights

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"Project Runway" spawns envy among fashionistas amid all-time-high student interest in the industry.

Food Fight

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A chef showdown -- featuring chicken but not nuggets -- highlights some scrumptious food trends in college cafeterias.

What Your Freshmen Don't Know

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Beloit College has released its latest "Mindset List," to help academics understand what freshmen know -- and what they don't have a clue about. This list has been prepared each August since 1998 and past lists are available online.

Here is this year's list, for the Class of 2010:

It's Halloween Weekend on Campus

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At colleges across the country, students will be dressing up and downing drinks this weekend, engaging in any number of tricks not for kids. Traditions, new and old, die hard on Halloween. One legendary party is being resurrected, another lives on, while others on campus use Halloween as an opportunity to do good -- and even, strange as it may seem, to address the country’s challenges in science education.

Free Birds

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Colleges across the country embrace the cage-free egg movement.

'Death of a Department Chair'

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Isabel Vittorio, who, as a department chair at the fictional Austin University, had variously “been described as narcissistic, charismatic, brilliant, and opportunistic” was found slumped over her desk in the Department of Literature and Rhetoric early on a Monday morning, her neck broken. What ensues as the murder investigation unfolds is a peek inside what author Lynn C. Miller called the closed, “wonderful dysfunctional family template” of a humanities department.

Remedial Recruiting -- at Harvard

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Econ department thought it had perfect video to attract Ph.D. students. Current students thought otherwise -- and shared views on YouTube.

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