Higher Education (College)

1:22am

Mon January 14, 2013
Around the Nation

Better Bring Your Own: University Of Vermont Bans Bottled Water

Originally published on Mon January 14, 2013 1:27 pm

A student walks past a sculpture made of empty water bottles on the University of Vermont campus. UVM has banned the sale of bottled water.
Toby Talbot AP

When students at the University of Vermont resume classes on the snow-covered Burlington campus Monday, something will be missing: bottled water. UVM is the latest university to ban on-campus sales of bottled water.

At one of UVM's recently retrofitted refill stations, students fill up their reusable bottles with tap water. For many of the 14,000 students and staff on this campus, topping off their refillable bottles is an old habit.

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1:21am

Mon January 14, 2013
The Salt

Young Adults Swapping Soda for The Super Buzz of Coffee

Originally published on Mon January 14, 2013 1:27 pm

Students are drinking more coffee to stay awake.
iStockphoto.com

If you live in a college town, you might have noticed that campus coffee shops are still buzzing late into the evening.

And that makes sense. New survey data from the NPD group, which tracks trends in what Americans eat and drink, finds that 18- to 24-year-olds are turning to coffee, rather than caffeinated sodas, as their pick-me-up of choice.

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5:17am

Fri January 11, 2013
Around the Nation

After Pot Skit, School Invites Jimmy Kimmel To Visit

Originally published on Fri January 11, 2013 6:35 am

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep.

Humboldt State University invited Jimmy Kimmel to come see for himself. The TV host mocked the university for its marijuana research program. He ran a fake commercial, saying graduates could enjoy careers like dog walking or Occupying Wall Street. The university and student body presidents wrote a letter saying the skit was funny, but unfair. And now the school has invited Kimmel to deliver its commencement address. No word if he'll bring a match.

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10:27am

Thu January 10, 2013
The Two-Way

300 College Presidents Call For Guns To Be Banned On Campuses, Other Steps

Originally published on Thu January 10, 2013 1:24 pm

President Elizabeth Kiss, Agnes Scott College (Courtesy of Agnes Scott College, copyright 2012)
Caroline Joe Courtesy of Agnes Scott College, copyright 2012

As Vice President Joe Biden meets today with the NRA and other organizations, another group of American leaders is speaking out on the issue of gun safety.

More than 300 college and university presidents have signed an open letter to American lawmakers, urging immediate action to curb gun violence and reform gun safety laws.

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1:31am

Wed January 9, 2013
Education

Elite Colleges Struggle To Recruit Smart, Low-Income Kids

Originally published on Wed January 9, 2013 4:26 am

Top schools like Harvard, seen here in 2000, often offer scholarships and other financial incentives, but they are finding it hard to increase the socioeconomic diversity on campus.
Darren McCollester Getty Images

Across the United States, college administrators are poring over student essays, recommendation letters and SAT scores as they select a freshman class for the fall.

If this is like most years, administrators at top schools such as Harvard and Stanford will try hard to find talented high school students from poor families in a push to increase the socioeconomic diversity on campus and to counter the growing concern that highly selective colleges cater mainly to students from privileged backgrounds.

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