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Friday, March 18, 2011 - 3:00am

Generations of students at the University of Chicago have complained about the lack of a social life there, dubbing their intellectual institution the place "where fun comes to die." But as CBS Chicago reported, the website attracting attention at the campus is committed to turning Hyde Park into "the place where fun comes to thrive." The website -- UChicagoHookups.com -- is committed to letting University of Chicago students find partners (among fellow students only) for casual sex. "We're trying to change the ages-old stereotype that UChicago students are severely sexually deprived," explains the site.

Friday, March 18, 2011 - 3:00am

For the second year in a row, more students finishing their programs at medical schools in the United States have obtained residencies in family medicine. The number is up by 11 percent from 2010. A major goal of many medical educators and experts in recent years has been to shift more medical students into such general kinds of medicine and away from specialties.

Friday, March 18, 2011 - 3:00am

The National Association for College Admission Counseling on Thursday released a report on very early admissions -- those that take place before the start of high school students' senior years. NACAC has discouraged such admissions offers, saying that they are not good for the applicants -- even if they get admissions offers. The association's policies say that admissions offers should not be made until after transcripts are recorded for the second semester of students' junior years. The report found that only a minority of colleges (7 to 15 percent) engaged in such early admissions programs, and that there was some confusion about which policies the association was encouraging. Several years have passed since the data were collected, so it is possible that that the proportion of institutions offering very early admission is even smaller today.

Friday, March 18, 2011 - 3:00am

With concerns growing about safety in Japan, Temple University announced Thursday that it is evacuating the 200 students it has in a program in Tokyo. American staff members are also being given the option of coming to the United States, but one of them -- Dean Bruce Stronach -- has opted to stay.

Friday, March 18, 2011 - 3:00am

In today’s Academic Minute, Joseph Reynolds of Monmouth University explains the increase in coastal wildlife activity that accompanies the onset of spring. Find out more about the Academic Minute here.

Thursday, March 17, 2011 - 3:00am

Advocates for community colleges are not always happy with the way they are portrayed in popular culture. Witness the debate over NBC's "Community." Critics from the community college world may want to start getting ready for Larry Crowne, a film due out this summer in which Julia Roberts plays a community college professor and Tom Hanks her student (who, like many community college students, enrolls when he loses his job). The last movie featuring Roberts as a professor was Mona Lisa Smile, in which she played an art historian trying to challenge her students and colleagues at Wellesley College in the 1950s. The image of Wellesley didn't go over well with the college.

Here is the trailer for the new film:

Thursday, March 17, 2011 - 3:00am

Preisdent Obama has picked the University of Kansas to win the National Collegiate Athletic Association men's basketball tournament. In preparing his bracket for ESPN, the president selected the top seed in each region to advance to the Final Four.

Thursday, March 17, 2011 - 3:00am

The Idaho House of Representatives voted Wednesday to allow guns -- concealed or visible -- on public college and university campuses, Reuters reported. The measure now heads for the Senate. Critics said that campuses would become less safe if more people had guns there. Legislation to loosen gun regulations on public campuses in Texas passed out of a House of Representatives committee there on Wednesday, The Austin American-Statesman reported.

A new website -- Armed Campuses -- has been created by groups opposed to guns on campus. The site lists colleges that permit guns, so that prospective students and their families have information about those institutions.

Thursday, March 17, 2011 - 3:00am

As colleges move to comply with a new federal requirement to give students and families a way to calculate an institution's net price, they are doing so in greatly varying ways and to varying degrees of effectiveness, the Institute for College Access and Success says in a new report. The advocacy group for students analyzed the first crop of net price calculators that colleges have put online to comply with the requirement that takes effect in October, and finds that some of the tools are more accessible, easier to use and are more protective of student privacy than are others. The group also offers a series of recommendations for institutions.

Thursday, March 17, 2011 - 3:00am

In today’s Academic Minute, Dyron Daughrity of Pepperdine University discusses the life of Saint Patrick. Find out more about the Academic Minute here.

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