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Campus Overload: September 19, 2010 - September 25, 2010

Wonk? What's a wonk?

I wrote a story for this morning's newspaper about American University's new branding campaign -- "American Wonk." Some of you, especially those outside the beltway, may ask: What's a wonk?

By Jenna Johnson  | September 24, 2010; 9:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  News Overload  | Tags:  American  
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Want to stay slim? Get a chubby roommate

Researchers from the University of Michigan and Marquette University decided to study the dreaded "Freshman 15" by looking at the effect of random roommate assignments. They found that women who lived with a heavier-than-average roommate gained only half a pound of weight -- instead of the average 2.5 pounds gained by women with chubby roommates.

By Jenna Johnson  | September 23, 2010; 2:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  News Overload  | Tags:  Marquette, University of Michigan  
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U. of Minnesota exposes 'The Other Hangover'

University of Minnesota undergraduates have launched a campaign called "The Other Hangover," which encourages students to think through the social consequences of drinking too much.

By Jenna Johnson  | September 21, 2010; 1:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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U. Virginia students premiere online musical

Looking for a new show to fall in love with this fall? Try "Musical: The Online Musical."

By Jenna Johnson  | September 21, 2010; 11:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Dear Frosh: I wish I'd known failure was okay

Today's advice for college freshmen is from Steven Bell, a library administrator at a research university. His short essay is part of an on-going Washington Post series called "Dear Frosh."

By Jenna Johnson  | September 21, 2010; 9:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  College 101  | Tags:  Dear Frosh  
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Dance: The less boring way to explain your PhD

For the past three years, Science Magazine has hosted a "Dance Your PhD" video competition. This year 45 graduate students submitted videos to explain complex subjects (such as "Analysis of Red Blood Cell and Photon Interaction for Noninvasive Thrombus Prevention").

By Jenna Johnson  | September 20, 2010; 12:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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U. of Florida debates flat-fee tuition

he University of Florida is thinking about switching to a flat tuition fee, rather than charging by the credit hour, to encourage students to graduate more quickly.

By Jenna Johnson  | September 20, 2010; 9:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Dear Frosh: I wish I'd challenged myself

Victoria Belle-Miller, a recent University of Missouri graduate, wants college freshmen to take chances and experiment during college. Her short essay is part of an on-going Washington Post series called "Dear Frosh."

By Jenna Johnson  | September 20, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  College 101  | Tags:  Dear Frosh, University of Missouri  
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