UNL shuts down party scene
The Lawrence Journal-World in Kansas ventured to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to write a series of articles this week about how the police chief, college administrators and community members have joined forces to break up house parties, strictly enforce the no-booze-on-campus rule and reduce binge drinking, underage drinking and alcohol-related crimes. "We are an island of progress in a sea of binge drinking," Police Chief Tom Casady told the paper.
But working against them all along the way is O Street, several blocks lined with bars offering such amazing drink specials that students can easily "get smashed for just 10 bucks a night."
Leaving the Golden State
As California colleges and universities drop courses, reduce enrollment and furlough professors, more high school seniors are trying their luck at out-of-state universities, The San Jose Mercury News reports. University officials at public and private schools across the country are reporting record levels of California applicants to next fall's freshman class -- an intellectual flight pattern that worries public-policy experts, who fear students may never return.
Degree of fun
The University of Wyoming has transformed an old dairy building into a research lab for video games, The Christian Science Monitor reports. The UW Games Lab "resembles something of a mix between the basement where "The Wire's" investigative detail spent their time in season one and an estate sale of a very interesting and eclectic technology buff with a few graduate students thrown in the mix as well."
President Obama is divvying his Nobel Peace Prize money ($1.4 million in cash) up between 10 charities, six of which help students get into college and pay for it: the American Indian College Fund, the Appalachian Leadership and Education Foundation, College Summit, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, the Posse Foundation and the United Negro College Fund.
Muslim center trashed
At Brandeis University, the Muslim Students Association's newly renovated suite in the student center's basement was vandalized. Lamps were turned upside down, appliances were unplugged, and a Koran was missing. ''We fought for this space,'' the group's student president told The Boston Globe. ''And for this to happen, I'm shocked, and frustrated. I'm angry.''
Forget roadtripping across the country in search of the perfect college. You can just do your college shopping online at a virtual college fair, The Answer Sheet reports. Want to visit campuses the old school way? The Baltimore Sun has some tips.
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March 12, 2010; 11:00 AM ET
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