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Duke Lacrosse Accuser Guilty in Boyfriend's Slaying

Crystal Mangum faces up to 18 years in jail

(Newser) - The woman whose rape accusation against three Duke lacrosse players was ultimately dismissed has now been found guilty of second-degree murder. Crystal Mangum stabbed her boyfriend in the chest during a fight in 2011, the News & Observer reports, and he died 10 days later. She said the stabbing was... More »

New 'Invisibility Cloak' Actually Works—Sort Of

Duke University team renders small cylinder 'invisible'

(Newser) - Well, it's a work in progress anyway: A cloak of invisibility in development for six years has finally made an object invisible—at least from a certain angle, from passing microwaves. A team of Duke University electrical engineers used the cloak to render a half-inch cylinder "invisible" for... More »

Houston Family's College Bill: $1.5M

Marc and Beverly Ostrofsky have five daughters

(Newser) - Good thing he wrote a bestseller. Houston dad Marc Ostrofsky has tallied up his family's college costs, and "we’re looking at roughly $60,000 to $70,000 per child per year," he tells KHOU . "A total of about $1.5 million after tax dollars."... More »

Ex-Duke Basketballer Dies in Fall From NYC Building

Thomas Emma was drafted by the Chicago Bulls in 1983

(Newser) - Former star basketball player Thomas Emma plunged from the 12th floor of the New York Athletic Club in Manhattan to his death in an apparent suicide, says the NYPD. Emma's body was found at 11:30am yesterday on a second-floor landing of a building on Central Park South. Emma... More »

Duke Frat Under Fire for 'Slut' Emails

Come as a 'total slut,' says Sigma Nu's party invitation

(Newser) - Just weeks after a crude Yale frat chant landed the Ivy in hot water, a series of fraternity emails calling female students sluts is sparking a campus gender war at Duke University. The emails, sent by Sigma Nu, invited women to attend the frat's Halloween party dressed up as a... More »

Sex-Rating 'Thesis' Embarrasses Duke

Karen Owen's 42-page PowerPoint rated her sexual liaisons

(Newser) - College kids, take note: In today's world, nothing is private. Especially not former Duke student Karen Owen's mock senior thesis about her sexual exploits while on campus. The 22-year-old, who graduated this year, prepared a 42-page PowerPoint presentation that analyzed and rated her sexual liaisons with 13 student-athletes to share... More »

Gates Challenges Elite Students to Join Military

Defense chief: 'Instead of J Crew, they wear body armor'

(Newser) - Defense chief Robert Gates wants students from prestigious universities to join the military, arguing that more of the country's "best and brightest" need to step up. In a speech to Duke University students, Gates praised those who do choose to serve, reports Politico . “Instead of wearing J. Crew,... More »

College Waiting Lists Bigger Than Ever

Uncertain economy has schools, students hedging bets

(Newser) - The odds aren't looking good for the 3,382 high school seniors currently wait-listed by Duke—the college thinks it will probably end up taking only about 60 of them. Duke is far from the only college to dump record numbers of applicants into admissions purgatory this year, as economic... More »

Duke Returns to Title Game

Blue Devils' 78-57 victory sends West Virginia packing

(Newser) - Duke moved within 40 minutes of its first national title in 9 years tonight, getting 23 points from Jon Scheyer to pull away from West Virginia, 78-57. Kyle Singler had 21 and Nolan Smith 19 for the Blue Devils, who squashed West Virginia's feel-good story and will now try to... More »

No. 1 Seed Duke Advances

Blue Devils eliminate Baylor to gain Final Four

(Newser) - Nolan Smith scored a career-high 29 points and top-seeded Duke used a big run late in the game to beat Baylor, 78-71, today in Houston. Duke, the lone No. 1 seed remaining in the tournament, will play in the national semis for the first time since 2004, against East Regional... More »

Michigan State Returns to Final Four

Tennessee heads home after Spartans pull out another squeaker, 70-69

(Newser) - Raymar Morgan made a free throw with 1.8 seconds left today in St. Louis, giving fifth-seeded Michigan State a 70-69 victory over sixth-seeded Tennessee and a spot in its second straight Final Four. The Vols' Scotty Hopson tied the game with a free throw with 11.2 seconds left,... More »

West Virginia Stuns Kentucky

Backup point guard Joe Mazzulla leads Mountaineers into Final FOur

(Newser) - It's almost heaven, West Virginia. Da'Sean Butler and the Mountaineers are off to the Final Four for the first time since 1959. Injury replacement Joe Mazzulla scored a career-high 17 points in his first start this season and No. 2 seed West Virginia handled a cold-shooting, top-seeded Kentucky team stocked... More »

Kansas, Kentucky, Duke, Syracuse Top Brackets

Jayhawks snag overall No. 1 seed

(Newser) - Overall No. 1 seed Kansas leads the field of 65 NCAA tournament teams, with Kentucky, Duke, and Syracuse—late-season slump and all—topping their respective brackets. The 32-2 Jayhawks, who won the 2008 title, captured this season's Big 12 tournament and will tangle with Syracuse in one semifinal if the... More »

How I Afforded Duke by Living in a Van

One grad student's experiment with 'radical living'

(Newser) - Ken Ilgunas wanted to go to grad school without going into debt, so he bought a 1994 Ford Econoline van and a parking sticker, and called it home. He lived on frugal meals cooked on a camping stove, showered at the gym, used a sleeping bag for heat. To some,... More »

The 10 Douchiest Colleges in the US

From Brown to Bob Jones, 'what kind of douche do you want to be'?

(Newser) - In college, acting insufferable is pretty much a given. “The question for America's youth is: What kind of douche bag do you aspire to be?” asks GQ. The mag helpfully offers the top options.
  1. Brown University: Peace Sign on My Mom's 7 Series Douches are limo liberals too good
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New Gene May Predict Onset of Alzheimer's

(Newser) - A newly unveiled gene linked to Alzheimer's disease could help determine when symptoms of the brain disorder will arise, the News & Observer reports. A team of Duke University scientists announced their finding today at a Vienna conference. “As soon as people start forgetting things, they want to... More »

Judge Quotes Caddyshack, Slams Suit by Giuliani's Son

(Newser) - Rudy Giuliani's son Andrew got a bad break in his lawsuit against the Duke golf team—the judge is a Caddyshack fan. The magistrate recommended that Giuliani's suit—he says he got kicked off the team unjustly—be dismissed, and he did so in a ruling filled with golf jokes... More »

Anthropology Book By Obama's Mom to Hit Shelves

Study of Indonesian craftsmen will hit shelves 14 years after her death

(Newser) - Barack Obama's mother died before she finished revising her Ph.D dissertation for publication, but two of her fellow anthropologists have now completed the job, reports the Chicago Tribune. Stanley Ann Dunham's Surviving Against the Odds: Village Industry in Indonesia—the study of blacksmiths and other rural craftsmen she completed... More »

Duke Rape Accuser Stands By Her Story

Crystal Mangum releases book on her life and ordeal

(Newser) - The woman at the center of the dismissed Duke rape case still insists she was assaulted, the Raleigh News & Observer reports. As she promoted her new self-published book, The Last Dance for Grace: The Crystal Mangum Story, the former escort service dancer asserted "without equivocation" that members of... More »

Genome Project Is a Bust: Expert

$3B effort to pinpoint disease-causing genes too broad, Duke doc says

(Newser) - The idea behind mapping the human genome (and spending $3 billion to do so) was to uncover common gene variants that cause disease. But a Duke University geneticist says that natural selection has worked better than we thought, that there are no common variants but rather a multitude of rare... More »

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