April 2012

  • Occupy Campus Protests Proceed at a Slow Simmer

    Barry Lenson

    Occupy Campus Protests Proceed at a Slow Simmer Reporters must have a short attention span. Only a few months ago, the Occupy protests across the country were making headlines in newspapers and on the nightly news. Today, the Occupy movement has fallen right off the front page – and often, disappeared entirely. But that doesn’t mean that the Occupy protests have stopped, especially on campuses where students are still battling for lower tuition costs, better financial aid, and other needs. Let’s take a look at some recent on-campus protest activity that is very real, even though you might not have heard about it before . . . At DePaul University, 20 students occupied the office of University President Rev. Dennis H. Holtschnei ...

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  • Spring Break Over? Now’s the Time to Gear Up to Get a Summer Job

    Barry Lenson

    Spring Break Over? Now’s the Time to Gear Up to Get a Summer Job If you’re a college student, here are some surefire signs that can tell you that spring break just ended . . . There’s sand on the floor of your dorm bathroom. Someone is walking across the quad wearing those novelty sunglasses that do double-duty as drink straws. Your roommate has an odd, lobster-like sunburn and he’s hung his surf jammies out the window to dry. Every time you look at a textbook and realize you have to start working again, you start to cry. Well, snap out of it. You’ve got some work to do on several fronts. First, you need to gear up and polish off the rest of the semester. Second – and this could be the harder part – you need to n ...

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  • SAT Creators Will Depend on Tiny Little Photos to End Cheating on the Test

    Barry Lenson

    SAT Creators Will Depend on Tiny Little Photos to End Cheating on the Test A major scandal erupted in the fall of 2011, when 20 high school students from four different school districts in Nassau County, New York, were arrested for cheating on the SAT and ACT exams. Fifteen of them were accused of hiring other students to take the tests for them. The other five were accused of taking the tests for students who had paid them to do so. Shortly after the scandal hit, it was big news. Here’s what you will learn if you watch a story about it that was run on the CBS news program 60 Minutes: A 19-year-old man named Sam Eshaghoff, who graduated from Great Neck North High School on Long Island, took the SAT as many as 16 times fraudulently ...

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  • Shocker! Yale University to Close Its Famed School of Taxidermy

    Barry Lenson

    Shocker! Yale University to Close Its Famed School of Taxidermy   Even prestigious Yale University is making cutbacks in these troubled times. That could explain a recent surprise announcement made by Tom Gandry, Yale’s Chief Communications Officer . . . “It is with regret that Yale University announces the closing of its prestigious G. Warren Edwards Institute of Taxidermy Science,” Gandry told a hushed meeting of Yale trustees. “The G. Warren Edwards Institute, funded in 1874 with a trust established by the Edwards family, has long served as America’s preeminent institution for the advancement of taxidermy.  We must now begin the arduous task of returning the animals that members of the greater Yale community ha ...

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