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Campus Overload: August 8, 2010 - August 14, 2010

Final intern tweets of the summer

Summer internships are obviously winding down or already over, as Twitter has become more abuzz with intern goodbyes than intern complaints. But here are a few tweets that caught my eye this week.

By Jenna Johnson  |  August 13, 2010; 2:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. Interns  | Tags: Internships, Twitter  
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Thinking of skipping class? Calculate the risk

Man, I wish this tool existed when I was in college: An online calculator that helps you weigh the risk of skipping class.

By Jenna Johnson  |  August 13, 2010; 11:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Colgate University loves Friday the 13th

While the superstitious among us are staying in today, Colgate University is celebrating its favorite number, 13. The university was founded in 1819 by 13 men with 13 dollars and 13 prayers, so the superstitious number has special meaning on campus.

By Jenna Johnson  |  August 13, 2010; 10:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Williams College tops Forbes list of best schools

This week Forbes came out with its third annual college rankings, which is based on "the student's point of view," and named a new champion: Williams College in Massachusetts.

By Jenna Johnson  |  August 12, 2010; 9:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Admissions  | Tags: Amherst, MIT, Princeton, U.S. Military Academy, Williams  
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Flooding closes Iowa State University

Iowa State University is closed Thursday because parts of campus are under several feet of flood water. School officials say students should still plan to move back to campus as scheduled.

By Jenna Johnson  |  August 12, 2010; 8:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Gambling on grades: Think you are smart? Wanna bet on it?

A new website allows college students to place wagers on their grades. Bets start at $25 -- the student puts up some of the money, the company puts up the rest (more for super high grades, less for easy-to-get grades).

By Jenna Johnson  |  August 11, 2010; 3:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  News Overload  | Tags: American, GWU, Georgetown, Howard  
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Parents: Let go of your college kids

Today's frosh orientation advice is for parents. Our guest lecturer is Laurie Hamre, the vice president for student affairs at Macalester College in Minnesota. It's the time of year when thousands of parents around the country are slowly untying the...

By Jenna Johnson  |  August 11, 2010; 2:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  College 101  | Tags: Frosh Orientation, Macalester College, Parents  
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Crafting your internship exit strategy

It's the end of your internship -- but don't just walk away. Here are some tips for ending on a high-note and maximizing your chances to come back next summer (perhaps for a job).

By Erin Williams  |  August 11, 2010; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. Interns  | Tags: Internships  
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Pencil boxes: Prepare to welcome liquid graphite

Sharpie has come up with a "liquid pencil," which will be hitting stores in September. It looks like a pen and writes like a pen -- but it's filled with liquid graphite and erases like a pencil for up to three days, at which point your thoughts become pretty darn permanent.

By Jenna Johnson  |  August 10, 2010; 4:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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U-Va. dorms get rid of landline phones

When University of Virginia students move back onto campus later this month, something will be missing from the dorms -- 3,850 landline telephones. Not like students are really going to notice. U-Va. officials said they realized they were spending hundreds...

By Jenna Johnson  |  August 10, 2010; 12:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  News Overload  | Tags: University of Virginia, dorms  
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Wired studying isn't always the best strategy

College students used to show up to class with just a notebook and a pen or pencil, maybe a highlighter and sticky notes. Today, more and more students are taking notes on a laptop, downloading class documents from the web,...

By Jenna Johnson  |  August 10, 2010; 10:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Networking  | Tags: Penn State, University of Nebraska  
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Getting involved (and staying involved) in college

Today's frosh orientation guest lecturer is Tiffany Sanchez, the director of new student programs at American University. What do these three people have in common? The over-involved high school senior who's feeling a little burnt out... The yearbook editor who...

By Jenna Johnson  |  August 9, 2010; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Frosh Orientation  | Tags: American, Frosh Orientation  
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Lebanon Valley junior's advice: Get involved

Today's frosh orientation guest lecturer is Katrina Wells, a junior mathematics major at Lebanon Valley College in Annville, Penn. Being an academically inclined student, I didn't become very involved in on-campus activities in the first months of my first year....

By Jenna Johnson  |  August 9, 2010; 9:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Frosh Orientation  | Tags: Frosh Orientation, Lebanon Valley College  
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