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Jenna Johnson

Move on, Super Seniors
In addition to accepting fewer freshmen, the California State University system is trying to save money by applying a little pressure to students who don't want to leave college after four years, The Sacramento Bee reports. Only about 36 percent of state university students graduate within five years, compared to about 77 percent of University of California students.

The Snooki Tour
Jersey Shore star Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi (you know, the girl who was punched) is kicking off a college tour. Her first stop is James Madison University on March 3 -- and already, some students are protesting the event, which is costing the University Program Board less than $9,000, The Breeze reports. One student said, "Snooki, representing what she represents, is not something that JMU should perpetuate." But a freshman told the student newspaper:"The first things I thought were like 'Is she going out to parties? Is she going to be here through the weekend?'"

Boy-Girl roommates
Next year, Yale seniors will have the option to live in mixed-gender suites on campus, as part of a gender-neutral housing pilot program. Yale is the last Ivy League institution to implement some sort of gender-neutral housing option, the Yale Daily News reports. Administrators say the program will be opt-in only -- and romantic couples are highly discouraged from living together.

It's okay. Take that nap.
Preliminary research has found that a lengthy afternoon nap prepares the brain to remember things, similar to a computer rebooting to work more smoothly, Business Week reports. Researchers at University of California at Berkeley recruited 39 young adults and split them into two groups. The entire group was tested at noon and then again at 6 p.m. Half the group napped for 100 minutes before the second quiz -- and did about 10 percent better than the group that powered through the afternoon.

Hacker U
Shanghai Jiaotong University, an elite, Ivy League-like institution in Shanghai, has been accused of being a hotbed of sophisticated computer hackers, The New York Times reports. Investigators looking into Web attacks on Google and dozens of other American companies last year have traced the intrusions to computers at Jiaotong as well as an obscure vocational school in eastern China, according to people briefed on the case. The two schools have strongly denied any knowledge of the attacks.

Yale video mania
Yale students have produced yet another dramatic video. This time instead of luring in applicants, they are guilting seniors into making donations. Ivy Gate's take on the new video: "It involves creepy piano music (from the composer of the admissions video), melodrama, shattered friendships, high-pitched screaming, a crying baby, and yes... a dream sequence."

THON
Penn State students raised more than $7.8 million through its year-long fundraiser, THON, to support families with children dealing with cancer, The Daily Collegian reports. For a hilarious, interesting live blog from this weekend's two-day Dance Marathon, check out the blog, Onward State.

Hit list
The University of Iowa has made a list of 14 graduate programs that could be restructured or eliminated to save money, The Chronicle reports. Of the university's 111 graduate programs, the ones that made the list include American studies, Asian civilizations, comparative literature, film studies, German, linguistics, health and sport studies, stomatology, integrative physiology and exercise science.

Pothole haters
An Iowa State University associate professor is trying to create asphalt that better withstands freeze-thaw cycles -- preventing those dreaded, car-eating potholes.

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By Jenna Johnson  |  February 22, 2010; 10:31 AM ET
Categories:  News Overload  | Tags: Berkeley, Iowa State, James Madison, Penn State, University of California, University of Iowa, Yale  
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