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Happiness: You're Probably Doing It Wrong

Yale's most popular course is all about learning to practice it

(Newser) - It's called "PSYC 157: Psychology and the Good Life," and the course taught by Laurie Santos just happens to be the most popular one ever offered at Yale, writes Adam Sternbergh at the Cut . Its aim is to teach students to be happier. Sternbergh took the course... More »

During Finals Week, a 'Cry Closet' at University of Utah

Art student installs it in library

(Newser) - Students cramming for finals week at the University of Utah can let off a little steam in the "cry closet." Art student Nemo Miller installed the Safe Place for Stressed Out Students Otherwise Known as The Cry Closet in the university library Sunday, posting five rules including a... More »

University Suspends Frats, Sororities After Blackface Pic

More photos have surfaced showing fraternity members dressed up as gang members

(Newser) - A California state university has indefinitely suspended fraternities and sororities after photos surfaced showing a fraternity member in blackface and others dressed up as gang members. The move at California Polytechnic State University was announced Tuesday by school President Jeffrey Armstrong, who said in a lengthy letter to the campus... More »

He Got Full Rides to 20 Schools. TV Anchors Called It 'Ridiculous'

Some say DC journos were racially motivated in remarks about Michael Brown

(Newser) - One might think a high school senior called the "best thing in Texas" by Texas Monthly , and who got accepted to 20 colleges —some of which were Ivy Leagues, and all of which offered him a full ride with grants and scholarships—would receive universal praise in the... More »

New in US' 'Name and Shame' Game: Indictment of 9 Iranians

Hackers hit US colleges, agencies, and corporations in huge breach

(Newser) - The Trump administration announced criminal charges and sanctions Friday against nine Iranians accused in a government-sponsored hacking scheme to pilfer sensitive info from hundreds of universities, private firms, and US government agencies. The defendants, accused of working at the behest of the Iranian government-tied Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, hacked the... More »

Police: 2 Shot Dead at Central Michigan University

School remains on lockdown with gunman still at large; officials say victims weren't students

(Newser) - Two people were fatally shot at a residence hall at Central Michigan University on Friday, and investigators were searching for a 19-year-old suspect considered armed and dangerous, according to the school. Neither victim was a student at the university in Mount Pleasant, and police believe the shooting "started from... More »

Frat Chapter at Cornell 'Horrified' Over 'Pig' Sex Game

Zeta Beta Tau members had sex contest based on women's weight

(Newser) - A Cornell University fraternity chapter that held a sex contest that members dubbed the "Pig Roast" in reference to the weight of the women they slept with has been placed on probation for two years. The university said officials launched an investigation of the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity last... More »

This Is the Best College Town in America

2 Florida cities also make WalletHub's list

(Newser) - High school seniors already thinking about what college they want to attend next September might get some help from WalletHub . Evaluating wallet friendliness (e.g., student debt, cost of living), social environment (students per capita, nightlife, crime), and academic and economic opportunities (quality of education, unemployment), the site has come... More »

New College Rankings, With Emphasis on Value

MIT tops the Ivies in new WalletHub ranking

(Newser) - What college provides the best bang for the buck? It may be a subjective question, but WalletHub crunches data on everything from tuition and student-faculty ratio to student debt and graduates' salaries at nearly 1,000 colleges and universities for its new ranking. The Ivy League is well represented in... More »

What New York Is Doing for College-Age Maria Victims

Tuition help being offered to displaced students at 64 state universities

(Newser) - Mainland US universities are offering a helping hand to students in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands affected by Hurricane Maria. Some schools are granting students discounted tuition at the rate for in-state residents; others are waiving tuition altogether for a semester, NPR reports. Tuition help is being offered... More »

LSU Suspends Frat Pledging After Freshman's Death

Maxwell Gruver died in alleged hazing incident involving alcohol

(Newser) - Louisiana State University freshman Maxwell Gruver arrived at the Phi Delta Theta house in the hope of being admitted to the fraternity as an official member. Instead, he ended up at the hospital, where he died Thursday morning. Gruver, an 18-year-old pledge from Georgia, had been taken from the fraternity... More »

8 Colleges That Pay Off the Least

Sorry, Bennington grads

(Newser) - The good news for all the schools below is that they made the US News & World Report list of the best 206 national universities and national liberal arts colleges. The bad news is that 24/7 Wall St culled data to figure out which of those schools offered the worst... More »

Dept. of Ed Official: I'm Sorry for 'Flippant' Remarks on Rape

Civil rights chief said 90% of accusations 'fall into the category of 'we were both drunk''

(Newser) - The Education Department's civil rights chief says she's sorry for making "flippant" remarks attributing 90% of campus sexual assault claims to both parties being drunk. Wednesday's apology by Candice Jackson, acting assistant secretary for civil rights, came on the eve of a series of meetings that... More »

College Hits Back at 'Lynched' Professor

Essex County College: Lisa Durden's remarks on Fox News made students fearful

(Newser) - A professor in New Jersey is repeating claims that she was "publicly lynched" by Essex County College after defending a Black Lives Matter event in a Fox News interview, reports the Washington Post . The school, meanwhile, is speaking out. In a statement , President Anthony Munroe says Essex County College... More »

Harvard Yanks Acceptance Letters After Student Posts

Incoming freshmen can no longer attend after online comments

(Newser) - At least 10 students lost their spots at Harvard before the first day of class after they exchanged offensive messages in a private Facebook group, the Harvard Crimson reports. College officials told the incoming freshmen they were no longer welcome after getting wind of the messages and memes in a... More »

Suspended Cheerleaders Paid Up to $1.5K as Escorts: Report

Attorney for Coastal Carolina University squad members calls accusations 'outlandish'

(Newser) - Details on the mystery suspension of an entire college cheerleading squad are now being filled in, thanks to an FOIA request. The Sun News has acquired a criminal investigation report compiled by South Carolina's Coastal Carolina University that indicates cheerleaders on its squad were working at strip clubs and... More »

Best Grad Schools in the US

Per the annual 'US News & World Report' ranking

(Newser) - While some claim earning an undergrad degree doesn't take much more than "hanging out on a college campus" for four years, getting into and succeeding at graduate school is a bit tougher—especially if you gain entry to one of the top schools in the nation. US News ... More »

College Students Nationwide Walk Out to Protest Trump

They're calling for 'sanctuary campuses'

(Newser) - College students at campuses around the United States marched and rallied Wednesday, urging administrators to protect students and employees against immigration action under a Donald Trump presidency. Rallying supporters on social media with the hashtag #SanctuaryCampus , organizers said actions were planned at more than 80 schools, including Vermont's Middlebury... More »

UVa Staff, Students to President: Stop Quoting Jefferson

Teresa Sullivan was trying to unite community after election, but quote backfired

(Newser) - "Never put off to tomorrow what you can do today" was one of Thomas Jefferson's "canons of conduct," and so faculty and students at the college he founded, the University of Virginia, wasted little time in responding to an email from the school's president that... More »

Another Men's Sports Team in Hot Water at Harvard

This time, the cross-country team ranked female athletes, sometimes lewdly

(Newser) - When Harvard suspended its men's soccer team last week for the rest of the season due to an "appalling" system of ranking female players, one of the reasons the school gave for its harsh punishment was the fact that team members weren't exactly communicative and cooperative at... More »

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