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Jenna Johnson

Yale tradition ruined?
Remember Yale's new admissions video, "That's Why I Chose Yale"? Well, The New Yorker did what all of us wanted and showed the YouTube sensation to a group of the college's slightly older, more distinguished graduates. The responses are hilarious. A '55 grad deemed it "intended for an audience that I couldn't divine." An '84 graduate called it "the God-damnedest thing I've ever seen." One big name after another whines about how this 15-minute video strays from the traditional roots of the university -- and how it's just plain embarrassing.

But Dick Cavett, Class of '58, liked it: "It sounds sappy, but I thought it was delightful." Although he wonders if it was truly made in America because "there are no fatties." If you are snowed in today, you have to take a few minutes to read this piece.

Tuition MSRP
Over the past five years, the grand total of what it costs to attend a private college has steadily increased. But how many students actually pay the full sticker price? My colleague Dan de Vise spent weeks poring over spreadsheets of tuition rates and financial aid offerings and found that the net price that the average student pays at a private university has actually decreased.

Stanford University increased undergraduate tuition 3.5 percent this fall, taking the total bill over $50,000 a year for the first time ever, The Stanford Daily reports.

If you think it's cold here...
Queens College geologist Stephen Pekar has been studying global warming in Antarctica since early January, drilling into the ocean floor to recover sediment that is millions of years old and could tell us more about the planet's rising and falling temperature. He is joined by 32 other scientists, The NY Daily News reports.

By Jenna Johnson  |  February 10, 2010; 11:33 AM ET
Categories:  News Overload  | Tags: Queens College, Stanford, Yale  
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