'Death of a Department Chair'

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Isabel Vittorio, who, as a department chair at the fictional Austin University, had variously “been described as narcissistic, charismatic, brilliant, and opportunistic” was found slumped over her desk in the Department of Literature and Rhetoric early on a Monday morning, her neck broken. What ensues as the murder investigation unfolds is a peek inside what author Lynn C. Miller called the closed, “wonderful dysfunctional family template” of a humanities department.

Remedial Recruiting -- at Harvard

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Econ department thought it had perfect video to attract Ph.D. students. Current students thought otherwise -- and shared views on YouTube.

Banning Trans Fats

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Citing health concerns, college food services are making new rules about ingredients.

A Troubled Typist

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Michigan Law School graduate sues his former institution because he says exams are harder for students who type slowly.

Fight on for Ol' Ki Yi

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With March Madness here, dozens of pep bands are preparing to trumpet their colleges' fight songs in arenas across the country.

You can hear the lyrics and tunes on television throughout the tournament. But here's a look at some of the songs you won't hear, because the University of Southern California is the only one of the following institutions that made the Big Dance.

Academic Oscar Predictions

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Our panel of scholarly experts offers insights into the competition -- and lessons for students from this year's contenders.

When the Admissions Craze is Too Crazy

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New novel satirizes the college admissions crunch.

Offensive Phrase Strikes Again

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Student radio hosts at Roger Williams suspended from station for using line that took down Don Imus.

Stanford ... Without Tests and Tuition

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University investigates two cases in which people claimed to be part of the institution but were not.

How This Year's Frosh Will Make You Feel Older

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The class of 2011 is arriving at campuses all over -- and inspiring plenty of professors to wonder why the new students seem younger every year. For a decade, Beloit College has been helping out with its annual Mindset List of gentle reminders of what new students grew up with and what they never experienced.


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