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Jenna Johnson

The big story: California budget
For the first time ever, the University of California might start wait-listing freshmen to give administrators at the state's 10 schools more flexibility in planning their budgets, The Daily Californian reports. But university officials said Thursday they will not shrink this fall's freshman class as much as they had planned. Something that will likely not be reduced? Student fees, which shot up 32 percent in November.

Important research
Psychologists think they might have found a way to predict video game awesomeness before a person even picks up a controller-- the size of certain parts of the brain. Larger than normal nucleus accumbens? You excel early on as you learn a new game. Huge caudate nucleus or putamen? You learn more over a long period of time and are able to focus on small tasks within the game. Researchers say the study, which was conducted at the University of Illinois, could be used by teachers to help students who take longer to learn.

University trademarks

A federal appeals court upholds a decision that the trademark "USC" belongs to the University of Southern California, not the University of South Carolina, the LA Times reports. An attorney for the west coast USC told the LA Times the letters are better linked to the Trojans' warrior image than to "a goofy little chicken." The east coast USC is still deciding whether to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Green initiatives
The University of Georgia will begin to charge students a $3 "green fee" to fund an Office of Sustainability on campus, The Red and Black reports.

Campus construction
Loyola University Chicago administrators have covered the campus with yellow pennants reading "Reimagine" to psych students up for a big announcement at a "momentous pep rally" on Saturday. But (spoiler alert) the Chicago Tribune reports that the big surprise is a new $100 million student union will open 2015. Oh well, there will still be free pizza at the rally.

By Jenna Johnson  |  January 22, 2010; 10:45 AM ET
Categories:  News Overload  | Tags: Loyola University Chicago, The Daily Californian, University of California, University of Georgia, University of Illinois, University of South Carolina, University of Southern California  
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