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Bloomberg's Thanks to Johns Hopkins Hits $1.1B

He's now the most generous living donor to any school in history

(Newser) - Michael Bloomberg is tossing the old alma mater a $350 million gift today, and Johns Hopkins University is marking the occasion by disclosing the grand total of all Bloomberg's gifts: Starting with $5 the year after graduating in 1964, the billionaire has given $1.1 billion to the college... More »

Donor-Hungry Colleges Hit Up ... New Students

Give, freshmen, give!

(Newser) - Celebrate while you can, college freshman: After the football games have ended and the keg-party buzz has worn off, you may be in for a harsh reality—the school you're paying tens of thousands of dollars wants you to be a donor. Like, now. With alumni-giving rates at record lows... More »

Die-Hard Gator Alums May Find Final Resting Place at UF

Dedicated Gators want to spend eternity on campus

(Newser) - University of Florida alums who want their final resting place to be somewhere on the campus of their alma mater will likely get their wish, the Gainesville Sun reports. A bill that cleared a Florida Senate committee today would allow any of Florida’s state universities to build a columbarium—... More »

Facebook, MySpace Derail Alumni Magazines

New generations of grads find keeping in touch easier over web

(Newser) - Once upon a time, the college alumni magazine was an invaluable resource. Keeping up on old friends and enemies was as easy as flipping to the “class notes” section. But that once-mighty column now looks antiquated next to the constant updates offered on Facebook or MySpace, and it’s... More »

Pinched Oxford Wants $2.5B

Needs cash to compete with Ivy League

(Newser) - Prestigious Oxford University is pleading poverty and has begun a campaign to raise funds to make it competitive with Harvard, Yale, and Princeton for academic talent, reports the Christian Science Monitor. The university—actually a collection of individual colleges—aims to raise $2.5 billion, but even that is chump... More »

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