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The Pilgrimage Home

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Should colleges accept that classrooms will be empty today -- or try to keep students from starting Thanksgiving too early?

Spray-Painting Pynchon

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Vandalism or clarion call? The University of California at Santa Barbara discovers a postmodern surprise all over campus after Thanksgiving break.

Back (or Forward) to School

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Hoping to expose more people to campus and build up their donor base, colleges offer short academic programs for grandparents and their grandkids.

A New Campus, According to Ancient Principles

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Maharishi U. is reconstructing its entire physical plant in line with the "nourishing" principles of Vedic architecture.

An Unlikely Dean

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A Microsoft executive who had given up on plans for an academic career is chosen to lead Lawrence University's Conservatory of Music.

The Arrival of 'Merit-Blind Admissions'

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Some Brown University mathematics professors were confused and dismayed this month to learn that the university planned to admit 20 percent of its next freshman class completely at random -- by putting names in a hat and drawing them out.

Closure in an Ethics Case

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Southern Illinois professor who felt slighted by state's judgment that he finished a mandatory test too quickly says he feels vindicated by settlement.

Calling All Kids: Take Tough Courses

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College access advertising campaign aims to encourage 8th through 10th graders to take on biology, foreign languages and algebra II.

Stripping His Way to a Ph.D.

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Journalism professor's new book is a distinctly personal account of researching D.C.'s gay clubs.

30 Years Later, Dartmouth Celebrates 'Animal House'

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Dartmouth College's relationship with its fraternities and sororities hasn't been entirely free and easy in the last decade. In 1999, the college's trustees, troubled by the perception that fraternities dominated campus social life in a negative way -- emphasizing alcohol and exclusivity -- declared a moratorium on the establishment of new Greek organizations in 1999 while contemplating an overhaul.

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