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Jenna Johnson

Yet another way to self-promote
A 22-year-old recent college graduate wants a journalism job, so he paid for Facebook ads featuring his photo and a link to his LinkedIn profile that pop up on the pages of Condé Nast employees. So far he has spent about $52 and gotten 130 clicks -- but no job offers. The magazine-editor-wannabe, Thomas Pardee, answers questions from The Big Money under the headline, "Will targeted Facebook ads land you a job or creep out employers?"

Stanford, baked
You can now purchase Stanford-theme shortbread cookies, featuring the campus mascot and university president, the Stanford Daily reports. I know you have been waiting for this.

Drugging for grades
A Princeton English major asks why students aren't disturbed by the rampant use of Adderall on campus, which she considers subtle cheating because it gives students who can afford the illegal drug an academic advantage. "It is a moral issue that, as a campus, we need to recognize and reject," Mary Reid Munford wrote in a column in The Daily Princetonian.

Double your college savings!
Obama says, "You don't blow a bunch of cash in Vegas when you're trying to save for college," and greatly upsets Sin City.

Hocking College update
The president of an Ohio technical college moved with his wife and dog into a dorm where bathroom graffiti had warned that all of the school's black students would be killed yesterday. The message prompted at least two black students to withdraw from the school and others to move out of the dorm where it appeared.

Donors less generous
Charitable contributions to colleges and universities dropped an average of 11.9 percent last year, the steepest drop in at least three decades, according to the Council for Aid to Education. Stanford still tops the list for collecting the most donations, even thought it saw a $175 million drop last year, followed by Harvard and Cornell. Check out the list to see how much your school collected.

J-school drama
Ohio University's top journalism school officials met last week to discuss why a popular professor was the first to be denied tenure in 14 years. Accusations flew at the nearly three-hour-long meeting, according to OU's student newspaper, The Post.

A cheap Mass. law school?
The University of Massachusetts plans to open the state's first public law school and offer affordable law degrees to help out students choosing public-service careers.

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By Jenna Johnson  |  February 3, 2010; 8:31 AM ET
Categories:  News Overload  | Tags: Ohio University, Princeton, Stanford, University of Massachusetts  
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