Wait, is this an Onion story??
Man, the news seems way too interesting today. What's up with that?
Johns Hopkins University has finally given in and taken out that ridiculous "s" from its name. The college now calls itself John Hopkins University. "We give up," university President Ronald J. Daniels said in a statement. "We're fighting a losing battle here. And we strongly suspect the extra 's' was a typo in the first place."
At West Virginia University, administrators decided to cancel spring break so they could regain street cred with other universities for closing campus for only four feet of snow, The Daily Athenaeum reports. The city is raising parking violation fees by 600 percent. University administrators also clarified that the smoking ban will only be on cigarette smoke -- students breathed a sigh of relief and played Hacky Sack to celebrate. Also, the university's police chief was found in pothole that was 10 feet deep. And the university's new iPhone app will now let you burn a couch!
(Okay, if you haven't caught on yet, today is April Fools' Day. All of these stories are jokes. Please don't take them seriously. Thank you and continue reading.)
Google announced on its company blog that it will change its name to Topeka -- thrilling the residents of the Kansas town, which changed its name to Google.
TopekaGoogle Mayor Bill Bunten expressed it best: "Don't be fooled. Even Google recognizes that all roads lead to Kansas, not just yellow brick ones."
At the University of Maryland, soon-to-retire President Dan Mote announced that he wants to change the school's mascot from the diamondback terrapin to the endangered giant panda, The Diamondback reports.
George Washington University's Hammer Assault Prevention and Protection Task Force has announced that tools will no longer be allowed in public restrooms, following an October hammer attack, The GW Hatchet reports.
The Santa Clara front page contained a lot of breaking news: Football is making a return to the campus after 17 years without a team. University officials are abolishing the same-sex roommate rule. And skateboards are now banned on campus.
The Towson University Student Government Association has declared war on the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, after the honors university announced a new pilot program involving "weapons of mass instruction." John Hopkins and Loyola universities have joined the collegiate coalition, but Goucher College refuses to participate in preemptive strike, The Towerlight reports.
The Cornell Daily Sun finally launched it's new Web site on April 1. An editor's note to readers explains that "our coverage is based primarily on Google News Alerts on all terms remotely related to Cornell basketball. Occasionally, we will lift stories, photos and graphics from other media outlets, too. We're not sure if that's okay by copyright laws, but who cares? We're not lawyers or anything."
The Daily Gazette Web site at Swarthmore College also has a new look. It's very happy. When it comes to the future of news Web sites, they might be on to something.
Starbucks announced on its company blog that it will add two new drink sizes this fall: Plenta™ (128 fl oz) and Micra™ (2 fl oz).
UPDATED at 12:15 p.m. to include Johns Hopkins University and George Washington University. And at 1:00 p.m. to include Towson University. And at 2:33 p.m. to include Santa Clara University.
Okay, what other April Fools' Day stories are out there? E-mail me a link, and I will add you to the news roundup.
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April 1, 2010; 8:00 AM ET
Categories: Campus Media | Tags: Cornell, George Washington, Johns Hopkins, Swarthmore, Towson, University of Maryland, West Virginia University
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