We thought we dropped enough hints about Bryn Mawr College's plan to drop vowels from its name (and perhaps literature). But we did hear from some readers who were concerned. So to be clear, the college is not eliminating vowels; it was just having fun on April Fools' Day.
While student newspapers have long featured joke issues, many others in academe are getting into the act on April 1. We enjoyed this (obviously false) report about a magazine abandoning M.F.A. rankings after admitting that its rankings didn't help applicants.
The anthropology blog Savage Minds pretended to be BuzzFeed with (of course) a list: "11 Cutting-Edge Thinkers That Anthropologists Should Be Paying Attention to Right Now!"
The University of Idaho announced that each new freshman in the fall would receive a kitten. The effort was called the Feline-Undergraduate Relationship for Retention Initiative, or FURRI. And Lawrence University decided to offer a different kind of special benefit to newly admitted students and their parents:
- Pets in Grad School
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- New Presidents or Provosts: Butler U., Bryn Mawr College, Mass. College of Pharmacy and Health, U. of Windsor
- Colleges start new programs
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