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Jenna Johnson

Senior skip day year?
As Utah state lawmakers looked for things to cut in the budget to lessen a $700-million shortfall, one senator got creative: Why not get rid of senior year of high school? Students in 12th grade are so consumed with senioritis that they can't be learning that much, right? Sen. Chris Buttars calculated that squeezing high school into three years instead of four could save the state as much as $102 million, the Salt Lake Tribune reports. Buttars has since ratcheted back his proposal and now suggests making 12th grade optional for students who have racked up enough credits, the Tribune reports.

A Florida State University pep band member has accused a Boston College assistant basketball coach of shoving him and telling him, not so nicely, to get off his court, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

Little piggies
Last semester the dining services department at the University of Missouri-Columbia sponsored a campaign to cut down on the amount of food students throw away -- and, instead, the amount of waste per tray increased 12.8 percent, The Maneater reports. A few ounces of leftover mystery meat, salad bar jello and other food waste left on each tray can translate into thousands of pounds of trash each year. "I myself am guilty of wasting food," a freshman dorm diner told The Maneater. "It's like the old saying goes, your eyes are bigger than your stomach."

Adopt a newspaper
Did you use to work at The Chronicle student newspaper while a student at Duke University? Well, the staff is planning to hit you up for a donation. Like most newspapers, The Chronicle has seen its revenues steadily decline. Last summer they had to lay off two staff members and two took early retirement packages from the university, which were funded by the paper. The Chronicle hopes to raise about $75,000 this year, but promises to still get a vast majority of its funding from advertising.

Dear Abby...
A college student in Toronto wrote to Abby and asked for her advice on how to deal with his roommate. He walked into their dormroom, heard his roommate having sex in the bathroom and called his girlfriend to see if he could be sexiled at her place. Her ringtone sounded from the bathroom. As your heart breaks, read what Abby told him to do.

Broom hockey isn't a civil war reenactment
The College of Charleston had planned to purchase a historic plantation and its 40-acres of land for $4 million, and use the property for academic programs and a recreational "college green" that could be used by students and community groups. The Historic Charleston Foundation threw a fit that the fields would be used for intramural sports instead of preserved, and the college decided to withdraw its offer, The Post and Courier reports.

Gunman scare
University at Buffalo police received a call Tuesday afternoon from a student in the library who had spotted a man with a rifle or shotgun under his navy peacoat, The Spectrum reports. The university evacuated the library, carefully searched the six-floor building and canceled evening classes. "All we have right now is a report of a suspicious person," said spokesman Joe Brennan in a statement last night. "No one has been hurt, and no shots have been fired. Police are taking this seriously, and doing a careful, thorough search."

The perfect witness
Also at the University at Buffalo, a former researcher is accused of hiring actors to testify on his behalf at a university misconduct hearing in 2007. William Fals-Stewart was acquitted, but then tried to sue the state for $4 million for wrongly forcing him out of his job and investigators say they uncovered the fake witnesses. Fals-Stewart has been charged with grand larceny, three counts of perjury, three counts of identify theft, two counts of offering a false instrument and three counts of falsifying business records, The Buffalo News reports.

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By Jenna Johnson  |  February 17, 2010; 9:01 AM ET
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