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[26 Mar 2006|05:50am]

The Nation posts this list of people who demonstrate that the rising costs of tuition and loan interest is making it impossible for them to take jobs in the public sector helping people. It's scary to read.
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[25 Mar 2006|06:32pm]

Jennifer Delahunty Britz, the dean of admissions and financial aid at Kenyon College, writes how much more difficult it is for women to gain access to American universities in this op/ed for the NYTimes.

The reality is that because young men are rarer, they're more valued applicants. Today, two-thirds of colleges and universities report that they get more female than male applicants, and more than 56 percent of undergraduates nationwide are women. Demographers predict that by 2009, only 42 percent of all baccalaureate degrees awarded in the United States will be given to men.

We have told today's young women that the world is their oyster; the problem is, so many of them believed us that the standards for admission to today's most selective colleges are stiffer for women than men. How's that for an unintended consequence of the women's liberation movement?

The elephant that looms large in the middle of the room is the importance of gender balance. Should it trump the qualifications of talented young female applicants? At those colleges that have reached what the experts call a "tipping point," where 60 percent or more of their enrolled students are female, you'll hear a hint of desperation in the voices of admissions officers.

Beyond the availability of dance partners for the winter formal, gender balance matters in ways both large and small on a residential college campus. Once you become decidedly female in enrollment, fewer males and, as it turns out, fewer females find your campus attractive.

What are the consequences of young men discovering that even if they do less, they have more options? And what messages are we sending young women that they must, nearly 25 years after the defeat of the Equal Rights Amendment, be even more accomplished than men to gain admission to the nation's top colleges? These are questions that admissions officers like me grapple with.

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[23 Mar 2006|06:17am]

Student Debts, Stunted Lives

By Nicholas von Hoffman, The Nation. Posted March 23, 2006.

The Democratic Party did not find her. The Hollywood liberals did not find her. The reactionaries are not looking for her. But the Chicago Tribune did find Margo Albert and did understand how significant her plight is.

The paper wrote, "Margo Alpert is on the 30-year plan. Every month between $500 and $600 is automatically deducted from her salary to pay off college loans. By the time the 29-year-old Chicago public-interest lawyer is in her mid-50s and thinking seriously about retirement, she will finally be free of college debt."

The newspaper also found Carrie Gevirtz, a 28-year-old social worker with a degree from the University of Chicago, a $55,000 school debt and an annual salary of $33,000. She is quoted as saying, "I can't afford my lifestyle. I'm not in a position to buy a place. I can't buy a condo and don't know when I would, unless my income changed dramatically. … I was not prepared for this. … It really freaked me out." To make ends meet after deducting her $250 monthly payment on her student loan, Gevirtz has a second job at a health club and does baby-sitting.

Starting July 1 the interest on student loans taken out by students will rise to just less than 7 percent. Loans taken out by parents for students will shoot up to 8.5 percent. The theory the Republican Congress works on is that increases in fees and interest payments from the white-collar masses are not the same as tax increases, some of which might have to be paid by our protected class of billionaire kleptocrats from whom, we are told, all blessings, especially our jobs, flow.

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Overheard On Campus [13 Mar 2006|03:43pm]

Hello! Mods, you can delete this if you so choose, but I hope you don't.

So...we all have that professor...or two...or three...who says the craziest things. Or that one classmate that can relate Chinese history to the time he was drunk and wearing his roommate's pants. Sometimes this makes you want to cry. Other times, you just want to commemorate the event! That's where </a></b></a>oh_on_campus comes in. That's right, it's Overheard At Sarah Lawrence (and other schools too!).

Heard senioritis-inspired mumbles at the waffle line?
Have a wacky RA?

You have quotes. Now there's a place for them.

Details in the mod post.
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Standardized Testing for Colleges? [09 Feb 2006|01:39pm]

Karen Arenson of the New York Times reports on Bush's plans to somehow standardize post-secondary education, "to prove that students are learning." He appointed Charles Miller, a business executive, as chairman of the 'Commission on the Future of Higher Education.'

"What is clearly lacking is a nationwide system for comparative performance purposes, using standard formats," Mr. Miller wrote, adding that student learning was a main component that should be measured.

Obviously, college officials are unnerved by the laughable idea that college education could be standardized.'

"To subject colleges to uniform standards is to trivialize what goes on in higher education," said Leon Botstein, president of Bard College. "Excellence comes in many unusual ways. You cannot apply the rules of high-stakes testing in high schools to universities."

David L. Warren, president of the National Association of Independent Colleges, a group representing private, nonprofit colleges, said: "What we oppose is a single, national, high-stakes, one-size-fits-all, uber-outcome exam. The notion of a single exam implies there are national standards, and that implies a national curriculum. Then we are on the way to a centralized Prussian education system."

Of course, Miller and businesses intensely invested in standardized testing disagree and firmly believe that you can measure learning (much like the federal standardized tests used to measure love, freedom and equality):

"It would be a shame for the academy to say, 'We can't tell you what it is; you have to trust us,' " Mr. Miller said.

Jonathan Grayer, another commissioner, who is chief executive of the test-coaching company Kaplan Inc., said that with so many students in college and so many tax dollars being spent, "it is important for us to seek some type of knowledge about how much learning is going on."

However, in an even more ridiculous twist, Miller defends the standardization as a benefit to "students, parents, taxpayers and employers." Which is funny because the only legitimate reason the states, not the federal government, have any say in standardized testing for public schools is because they can withold funding if the schools do not comply. However, even in "public" universities, the schools are still mostly funded by states, not the federal government. When people talk about federal investment on the university level, we're talking about grant allocation, not a widespread, happy fed dropping dollars like candy to any university who is strapped for cash.

What bothers me most about this is that, particularly in private universities like say Wesleyan University, if you're paying $40,000 a year and don't learn enough to pass your classes, you flunk out. I put faith in the professors' ability to assess who is learning and who isn't when they are experts in their fields. If a biology professor can't tell if you understand biology, how the hell are we to think a government official can? Secondly, if you're paying $4o,000 to go to a university, who is to judge whether or not you're learning at all? Given the laissez-faire consumer rhetoric I hear from the government, if I buy something, anything, with my own money, it is up to me how I use it within the boundaries of the law. If education is a commodity that can be bought and sold on the market (since it is not supplied and guaranteed by the government), then it is my own product to do with as I will. If I choose to only do enough work to get a 2.0 or if I do enough work to get a 4.0, then it's my decision, no one else's.

I have so many opinions on this matter, I don't even know if I can get them all out. With the federal government cutting back financial aid funding to poor students and cutting general grant funding to research professors, the current administration is fucking hypocritical to say that it finds learning important. You hear all this rhetoric about how we're behind in math and science, but no media sources are juxtapositioning those stories with cuts in federal loans or rises in student debt.

In a nation where higher education is only a privilege to the elect, not a right to all, the federal government has absolutely no shred of legitimacy in interfering with how these institutions are run. Until the government becomes both a stakeholder and a shareholder in this nation's education levels, then it should leave the education to the experts.

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[08 Jan 2006|08:52pm]

Hey :) I know this community is inactive but I figured, why not give it a shot...

Are there any Middlebury ED class of 2010 students out there? Or even regular decision students..

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[26 May 2005|02:26am]

1. Name: Lily
2. Gender: F
3. Birthdate: May 30, 1986
4. Hometown: Boston, MA
6. College: Vassar College
7. Major(s): Geography Concentration with English & Hispanic Studies Correlates (or double concentration in geography & sociology/english/history and correlate in hispanic studies) ??!

8. Number: 3
9. Breakfast Cereal: lunch is the new breakfast
10. TV Show: I don't get to watch anything at school, except for some Alias that my friend makes me watch. The TV is always buzzing in the background at home though.
11. Sport: basketball
12. Movie: almost famous, los amores perros, gattaca, princess bride
13. Magazine: I recently read "Bust". It was actually really well written and interesting.
14. Sunday Comic: ??
15. Color: green
16. Season: summer, for now
17. Bands/Singers: interpol, metric, mirah, the shins, the beatles, the wallflowers, the killers, juanes, soundtracks, the long winters, cat stevens
18. Type of Music: spanish, rock
19. Place to Hang Out: harvard square in boston, new orleans, sevilla
20. TV Channel: ??
21. Fast Food: sangria & paella, thai, vietnamese>fast food
22. Restaurant: sushi village near my school

23. Board Game: life
24. Books/Plays: the virgin suicides, middlesex, east of eden, naked, poisonwood bible, chevalier & tan novels, i know this much is true
25. Favorite Subjects: geography!!!, history, english
26. Beverages: vitamin water
27. Websites: www.couchsurfing.com
28. If you were to study abroad where would it be: latin american or african country & spain

29. Actress/actor: audrey tautou, gael garcia bernal
30. Best way to say hello: good morning
31. What is your computer's wallpaper background: photo of jakob dylan from the wallflowers concert last month
32. Choose any celebrity to describe yourself: ???
33. What do you hate the most? generalizations
34. If you were stuck on a deserted island, what would you take? ipod, journal, books/photos

35. Describe yourself in one word: chill
36. Your Strengths: ambition
37. Your Weaknesses: ambition
38. AIM SN: bluexcow

ps: contact me if you are near boston <3! i would like to meet other cool bostonians/students
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[25 May 2005|09:43pm]


1. Name: Christina
2. Gender: Chica!
3. Birthdate: Bastille Day. Look it up if you don't know it ;) 1986
4. Hometown: Portland, OR
6. College: Reed College
7. Major(s): Double major of French and biochemistry. Or maybe economics in place of biochem; I haven't really decided.

8. Number: 3.
9. Breakfast Cereal: Okay, instead of eating cereal in the morning, I eat unconventional breakfasts. It's my quirk. Lately I've developed a taste for these insta-cook Thai soy noodle soups...
10. TV Show: Hmmm, I don't really watch TV anymore. Maybe Friends when it was on, or Ally McBeal or Felicity (like 5 years ago).
11. Sport: Running! Training for Portland Marathon :)
12. Movie: When Harry Met Sally. I think I should do my own rendition of the salad scene... muahaha.
13. Magazine: Hmmm. I'm kinda entertained by the ones that have before-and-after pics of the ever-shrinking Hollywood actresses. Maybe People?
14. Sunday Comic: Luann. But I also like a buncha other ones...and miss Calvin and Hobbes.
15. Color: turquoise.
16. Season: I like em all, but mainly winter (for snow skiing) and summer (beach!). It's nice to see fall colors though, esp. in Portland. <3 trees.
17. Bands/Singers: Goo Goo Dolls, Oasis, Coldplay, John Mayer, Jack Johnson, Maroon 5, Weezer, Norah Jones, Sarah McClachlan...
18. Type of Music: rock, pop-rock.
19. Place to Hang Out: Paris or Normandy, France.
20. TV Channel: Don't really have a fav.
21. Fast Food: Thai. Also like Italian & Middle Eastern (falafel, tabouli, etc.)
22. Restaurant: Jerusalem Cafe

23. Board Game: Ummm...?
24. Books/Plays: Da Vinci Code, On Intelligence, 1984, Bell Jar.
25. Favorite Subjects: Political Science, Economics, Chemistry, French, Music (guitar, piano, vocal), ballet.
26. Beverages: Jamba Juice (west coast smoothie co.)
27. Websites:
28. If you were to study abroad where would it be: 1. Paris, France 2. Costa Rica 3. Italy 4. Berlin, Deutschland.

29. Actress/actor: Natalie Portman. Soooooooo hot. 
30. Best way to say hello: Coucou, comment va? (It means I'd be in France.)
31. What is your computer's wallpaper background: Pic of me in a wig.
32. Choose any celebrity to describe yourself: People say I look like Minnie Driver.
33. What do you hate the most? Regret.
34. If you were stuck on a deserted island, what would you take? Jerusalem Cafe, my bf, laptop comp with internet, 5-star hotel...hahah.

35. Describe yourself in one word: High strung. Woops, that's two.
36. Your Strengths: Determination, eye for details, strive.
37. Your Weaknesses: Insanely high standards.
38. AIM SN: FrenchkrLss  (FrenchKriss was taken, damnit!).

PS. I was thrilled to see Reed listed as one of the college_swank community's interests :)

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[20 May 2005|02:41am]

1. Name: Shoshana
2. Gender: girl
3. Birthdate: 7/10/1986
4. Hometown: New Jersey
6. College: Columbia University
7. Major(s): PoliSci-Econ., and I want to concentrate (Columbia's term for minor) in Chem. as well, but it depends if I can take summer classes.

8. Number: infinity. because I'm like that.
9. Breakfast Cereal: Honey nut cheerios. Reeses peanutbutter puffs.
10. TV Show: The O.C., but I haven't even watched it lately.
11. Sport: Rollarblading, swimming, raquetball.
12. Movie: Don't really have a favorite
13. Magazine: Cosmo, any political/news magazines
14. Sunday Comic: I don't really liek comics.
15. Color: pink/blue
16. Season: Spring
17. Bands/Singers: Yellowcard, Switchfoot, The Cure, Green Day, Goo Goo Dolls, etc.
18. Type of Music: rock, pop-rock
19. Place to Hang Out: NYC
20. TV Channel: don't really have a fav.
21. Fast Food: Asian, Mexican, Italian. Just not American (ie. McDonalds, Burger King, etc.)
22. Restaurant: Chilli's
23. Board Game: I don't know.
24. Books/Plays: The Poisonwood Bible, A Separate Peace, The Catcher in the Rye, Catch 22
25. Favorite Subjects: Political Science, Economics, Chemistry
26. Beverages: Starbucks Frapp.
27. Websites:
28. If you were to study abroad where would it be: England, Australia, Spain, South America
29. Actress/actor:
30. Best way to say hello: I usually just say hey
31. What is your computer's wallpaper background: the Poptarts kitty
32. Choose any celebrity to describe yourself: I don't know.
33. What do you hate the most? Feeling alone.
34. If you were stuck on a deserted island, what would you take? an airplane, a pilot, a runway, airplane fuel, an airport?
35. Describe yourself in one word: random
36. Your Strengths: being motivated
37. Your Weaknesses: I can't entertain myself well
38. AIM SN: MoonLytStarDust
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[11 May 2005|02:29pm]

A professor at Yale University has recently been fired for his involvement in union and anarchist activities. I myself am not an anarchist, but I believe this professor, in light of academic freedom and the first amendment, has done absolutely nothing wrong and has been wrongly dismissed.

I hope you will consider signing this petition. Fairly quick and simple.

In Support of Professor David Graeber

Wednesday, May 11 2005 @ 08:04 AM PDT
by Andrej Grubacic

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[31 Mar 2005|05:01pm]

hi everyone.. i'm looking for a few cornell students to help me please!

i go to ithaca college and work for Newswatch, the college news program. I'm doing a story about fake vs. real designer purses, and am looking to talk to anyone who has an opinion about the issue- especially if you have a real or fake bag yourself. please, please, can i interview anyone? you can e-mail me at evetran1@ithaca.edu or leave a comment in this entry.

thank you SO very much :-)

xposted everywhere!!
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[28 Jan 2005|11:34pm]

Just joined as well. Very bored with this cursid weather. Not sure if there are dwellers here still o.o;
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[25 Jan 2005|09:20pm]

Hi guys <3

Ok so i know these things are random, but i want to try it
apparently a girl said this really works and she got a free $250 sent to her from old navy..

Sign up here, and you can get a $250 Nordstrom Gift Card.


To make it work, you have to COMPLETE AN OFFER, (the STARCLUB Rewards is free.. you sign up for the 30 day trial and then cancel..)

try it with me:>
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[19 Oct 2004|04:03am]

[ mood | amused ]

Hey I just joined this community; how active is it?
I'm a Senior @ Emory University in Atlanta, GA. :)
Howdy, y'all ...from this Southern belle to you.

xoxo, Alexa

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[07 Oct 2004|11:48pm]

I am trying to book my Group Kiss Kiss at Various Schools on the east coast. I can and will trade shows with bands or folks that can help us out. We are a 5 piece Quasi Orchestral Band from NY w/ VIOLIN, SYNTHS, etc. You can hear us here at:


Thanks a bunch

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rampant boredom [14 Sep 2004|11:34pm]


1. Name: Melody
2. Gender: female
3. Birthdate: 11/10/85
4. Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
6. College: Stanford
7. Major(s): Bio for sure... Poli Sci, French or Art as a double

8. Number: 88, for the crazy 88's
9. Breakfast Cereal: honey nut cheerios. so yum. i eat five bowls for breakfast.
10. TV Show: fresh prince, my so-called life, daria
11. Sport: tennis
12. Movie: Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill, Ma Vie En Rose, Clue, Garden State, Empire Records, Ghost World, American History X, Eternal Sunshine, La Vie Revée des Anges, Welcome to the Dollhouse, The Fifth Element, Triplets of Belleville
13. Magazine: Scientific American, the New Yorker, US Weekly!!
14. Sunday Comic: Zits.
15. Color: blue
16. Season: fall! the equinox is upon us!
17. Bands/Singers: the postal service, the libertines, the shins, modest mouse... this list could go down three pages. i like everything from tool to billie holiday.
18. Type of Music: indie, rock, classical
19. Place to Hang Out: with the third floor boys!
20. TV Channel: the learning channel... *cough*
21. Fast Food: korean instant soup! pickles! muhammara! carne asada burritos!
22. Restaurant: Mel's Diner... oh man, tasty
23. Board Game: god, i suck at all games of skill so... shoots and latters
24. Books/Plays: Norwegian Wood, Lolita, All The Pretty Horses, A Hundred Years of Solitude, Interpreter of Maladies, Unbearable Lightness of Being
25. Favorite Subjects: bio is so lovely
26. Beverages: SlimFast is tastier than you'd expect
27. Websites: somethingawful.com, votergasm.org
28. If you were to study abroad where would it be: a francophone country
29. Actress/actor: anyone lucky enough to be in a tarantino film
30. Best way to say hello: i kind of greet people with "margh"
31. What is your computer's wallpaper background: kobe fucking bryant!
32. Choose any celebrity to describe yourself: people have said i look like a blonde scarlett johansson
33. What do you hate the most? betrayal
34. If you were stuck on a deserted island, what would you take? a whole lot of painkillers
35. Describe yourself in one word: quirky
36. Your Strengths: being tall and swedish. oooh what. and i read books too.
37. Your Weaknesses: being flighty and unpredictable. having thug life armenia as an interest...
38. AIM SN: pkipsy
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The obvious? [08 Sep 2004|11:10pm]

So, since this is a college thing, maybe I should ask how college is going for everyone. Especially freshmen. Personally, I luvs it, though I miss my friends back home a bit...I have some great classes too. Other thoughts?
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obligatory introduction post, or, why the hell am I here? [08 Sep 2004|07:20pm]

[ mood | amused ]

well, I was browsing random user infos and I realized I had a few people who'd friended me who I'd never friended back (I'm sorry, Rob! It's been too long and we should catch up, etc), and I figured this would be a fascinating way to meet new people. So without further ado, the obligatory intro post:

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[05 Sep 2004|01:07am]

[ mood | curious ]

This community is getting kinda sad ... so how about a new topic. We've covered politics and music ... how about movies? My must see movies for this month are Garden State and Napoleon Dynamite. What about y'all? Any other suggestions? They don't have to be indie or big name, I don't really care about genre, either. Thanks guys! (They can be classics too ... I just saw Lawrence of Arabia and Notorious last month)

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