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Cornell Law: Lady Gaga or Gone Gaga?

Why is a somewhat pathetic fictional character among the distinguished lawyers honored on its Web site?

Free Furlough Yoga

Inner peace is a little harder to come by than usual these days, given the economic collapse and all. That's true even in California, where the state's political and budget troubles have compelled major cutbacks at public colleges and universities and turned up the stress levels on campuses in what is arguably the country's most Zen state.

The Stink at MIT

The stench at one popular Massachusetts Institute of Technology study spot has gotten so out of hand that student leaders have taken action to combat it.

Taking on 'Habits That Suck'

Instead of relying on a stuffy code of conduct to police its students – like Hinds Community College officials who received flak last week for punishing a student who cursed at a professor – officials at Onondaga Community College hope students will be able to keep their smoking, swearing, spitting, parking rage and littering in check with the help of good old-fashioned peer pressure.

Introducing Glenn Beck University

Glenn Beck, the controversial broadcaster, has decided to introduce his own education service: Beck University.

Spring Break 2011: Los Alamos?

Feeling uninspired by your vacation options this spring break? A new book offers some off-the-beaten-path ideas for the vacationing scientist -- and the part-time science buff.

What Your Frosh Don't Know

One ritual of the start of the academic year is the release of Beloit College's annual "mindset list," which aims to help professors understand what their new freshmen experienced (and didn't) growing up. While some items on the list are, of course, related to technology, many reflect the cultural and political world views of today's 18-year-olds. The list was created by Tom McBride, the Keefer Professor of the Humanities at Beloit, and Ron Nief, the former public affairs director.

Spooky Side of Research

At Franklin & Marshall, student and professor investigate the weird world of ghost hunters.

'Stuff Academics Like'

The blog Stuff White People Like quickly developed a strong following and turned into a book, and then a second, with a faux anthropological look at ... stuff white people like.

The Guts to Publish

For motivation, two junior faculty members agreed to write five articles before Memorial Day -- or eat a heaping pile of livermush.

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