Student life

The Attack That Wasn't

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What on Monday morning was becoming a cause célèbre for bloggers and pundits alike was anything but by early afternoon, as a Princeton University student who is a member of a conservative campus group admitted to police that he fabricated an assault that he said had occurred Friday several miles from campus.

Outsourcing Remedial Ed

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Through contracts with community colleges, four-year institutions are offering developmental courses on their campuses that aren't their courses at all.

Being Active (Or Not) in Law School

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Older students tend to spend more time preparing for class but are less likely to be involved in a co-curricular activity than are younger counterparts, annual survey of law school "engagement" finds.

Frozen at the Podium

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Colleges expand programs to help students who have anxiety over public speaking, but some wonder whether these efforts will work.

Maybe He Shouldn't Have Spoken His Mind

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T. Hayden Barnes opposed his university's plan to build two large parking garages with $30 million from students' mandatory fees. So last spring, he did what any student activist would do: He posted fliers criticizing the plan, wrote mass e-mails to students, sent letters to administrators and wrote a letter to the editor of the campus newspaper. While that kind of campaign might be enough to annoy university officials, Barnes never thought it would get him expelled.

The Sociology of 'Hooking Up'

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Many researchers rely on college undergraduates as subjects for studies of human behavior. For Kathleen A. Bogle, an assistant professor of sociology and criminal justice at LaSalle University who trained her scholarly lens on the students themselves, focusing on that cross-section was part of the design.

Gossip and Slander at a Campus Near You

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A Web site that lets students post anonymous comments -- with predictable results -- has sparked outrage and more than a few enthusiasts.

Taking Their Medicine

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The shooter at Northern Illinois U. reportedly had stopped taking his medication. What factors put college and graduate students at risk of defying doctors' orders?

Theses are Forever

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The presidential campaign has turned some work by college seniors into fodder for public debate. Some have mixed feelings about the scrutiny of such early academic writings.

Taming St. Patrick's Daze

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The drinking has already begun. You might be reading this first thing Friday, but somewhere on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus, students are pounding beers. They've been up since dawn on this "Unofficial St. Patrick's Day," ready to hit the bars before noon and keep it going throughout the weekend.

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