Humor/whimsy

A President With a Lot of Friends

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Iowa's David Skorton uses "The Facebook" to stay in touch with students.

Son of Sokal: Conference Accepts Bogus Paper

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MIT grad students use computer program to generate substance-free paper -- with plenty of jargon and graphs -- and a conference accepts it.

Reality TV 101

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New television show features competition among bright low-income students -- and admissions officers as judges -- for a full scholarship.

Community Colleges to Jay Leno: Shut Up

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A president challenges the late-night comedian to a motorcycle ride -- and a talk about education.

Skip vs. Larry vs. Camille vs. Freeman ...

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2 magazines sponsor election for the title of top public intellectual.

Look Out Orange County

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Boston College spoof shows that "The O.C." isn't the only entertainment that can hook viewers on popper collars and preppy problems

A Shirt Isn't a Prerequisite

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Some things learned in school will inform major life choices that students make during college. Take shirtlessness, for example.

Jacob Authier, a junior at Chapman University, in Southern California, was home-schooled, so he never had to wear a shirt to class. "I have plenty of shirts I like," the film major said. "I just don’t like to wear them all the time.”

Hoping for a Year Without Dawgs or Hunkering Down

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Lake Superior State U. once again tries to banish overused and abused words.

Give Harvard Some Ideas

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We asked some observers of the higher ed scene for out-of-the-box suggestions about the next president -- and invite your thoughts too.

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.

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