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Woodward: ‘Transparency’ best in ‘Colbygate’ scandal

Referring mischievously to "Colbygate," legendary Washington Post investigative reporter Bob Woodward told Colby College officials at a November 11 speech at the liberal-arts institution to adopt "transparency" in handling the Bob Diamond scandal. In
College replies: ‘Nothing more’ to say
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  November 16, 2012
Film: PitchPerfect

Review: Pitch Perfect

Jason Moore's musical doesn't hit all the high notes, but guilty pleasures are seldom perfect.

By MONICA CASTILLO  |  October 05, 2012

Surviving your first year

Even though college is your last four years of freedom and you'll meet some of the most incredible people of your life there, remember — your primary job is as a student.
The intern's guide to getting it right
By MELISSA NELSON  |  September 28, 2012
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Where to find the real Rhode Island

It was the first semester of my freshman year and I had passed out in a bathroom in my friend's dorm.
Hit the road
By PHILIP EIL  |  September 28, 2012
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DIY Education

In light of recent budget cuts in average Americans' bank accounts, and the increasingly skyrocketing cost of higher education, Phoenix University (we regret the acronym, but University of Phoenix was taken) has opened its (paper) doors.
save some dough and take our classes!
By PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF  |  September 14, 2012
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Surviving your first year

I made it through my first year at college, and am beginning my second now — so my memories are still fresh, as well as the lessons I learned along the way.
The intern’s guide to getting it right
By MELISSA NELSON  |  September 14, 2012


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How do Boston’s on-campus dining options measure up?

College students have a reputation for a lot of things, but a sophisticated, discriminating palate is certainly not one of them.
Food-o-rama!
By STEVE HOLT  |  September 07, 2012
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The Freshman 5: Identity Starter Kit

So here you are, a Boston newbie, all too ready make those crappy, awkward high school days a thing of the past.
New to Boston? Time for a fresh start? Try one of these identities on for size.
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  September 07, 2012
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Dorm Room Essentials 2012

Don't even THINK about matriculating without these.
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By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  August 24, 2012
Passion Pit: Gossamer

Passion Pit | Gossamer

It's now been more than three years since Cambridge-bred Passion Pit birthed debut Manners to critical acclaim, a wait largely the result of a two-year world-touring schedule.
Columbia (2012)
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  July 20, 2012

Grad students get the knife

On July 1 graduate and professional students will no longer be eligible for federally subsidized Stafford loans.
Student Loan Cuts
By MELISSA NELSON  |  May 18, 2012


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Review: Elles(1)

How did the Polish filmmaker Malgoska Szumowska dupe the classy Juliette Binoche to participate in such a dubious, exploitative film?
Dubious and exploitative
By GERALD PEARY  |  May 11, 2012
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Modern Majors

Kids these days.
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By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  May 04, 2012
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General Strike of the Unemployed

Hopes of the hopeless.
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By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  April 27, 2012
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Nancy Holt locates the cosmos

Holt is part explorer, part surveyor, part hippie/New Age dreamer. And this thorough survey of her art from 1966 to '80 shows her finding her way to becoming one of the pioneers of the "Land Art" or "Earthworks" movement.
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By GREG COOK  |  February 17, 2012

Local adjunct professors fight for their piece of the pie

Even as Governor Paul LePage and others tout the importance of the community college system in Maine, the adjunct professors at Southern Maine Community College and the University of Southern Maine are without contracts.
Coming to the table
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  January 27, 2012


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Reining in your loans

Last October, President Obama initiated an improved income-based repayment plan called Pay As You Earn.
Use the federal program, no matter how hard your lender tries to sell you something else
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  January 27, 2012

Here's the essence of Rhode Island

Long after you've left the state in search of greener pastures and cheaper taxes, there will come a time when you have to explain to a child, lover, friend, or therapist why you chose to attend school in Rhode Island.
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By DANIEL MCGOWAN  |  January 27, 2012
Faire in Love

Review: All's Faire In Love

It seems that before actually performing in a Renaissance Faire, actors first have to appear in a movie about one.
Scott Marshall's Renn Faire stinker
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 28, 2011
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Review: The Mighty Macs

Based on a true story, but drawing on every underdog sports movie ever made, Tim Chambers's tale of Immaculata College's 1971 championship women's basketball team had me going — up to the regional semi-finals.
A study in stereotypes
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 21, 2011
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A few great places to go when you want to look great

You're new to town and you want to get all dolled up for that lecture on cognitive linguistics. What to do?
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By ELIZABETH RAU  |  September 30, 2011


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The best places to lace 'em up

Rhode Island was founded by a man on the run, so it's no surprise the state has become a runner's paradise.
Run for it!
By PHILIP EIL  |  September 30, 2011

Pizza paradise

Friends don't let friends order Domino's.
Hungry? You've come to the right place
By PHILIP EIL  |  September 30, 2011
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Campus safe spaces offer comfy couches and open minds

Two months into freshman year, I was sitting in a friend's dorm room when Melissa, the broadcast journalism student who lived down the hall, burst into the room. She was near tears.
Safety in numbers
By LIZ PELLY  |  September 30, 2011
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Nutrition Tips

Serving Size 9 panels.
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By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  September 09, 2011
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Out: We must protect this GHouse

Tim Luckow clutches a beer, flashes a smile, and watches one of the cornerstones of his GHouse collective on stage at Great Scott.
For Tim Luckow, the Grass is Green on Moving Day in Allston
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  September 03, 2011


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Can a single woman peacefully co-exist with schlubby bachelor roommates? Absolutely!

Wait — you're living with guys? Don't you know they're filthy creatures who don't clean up after themselves and leave a trail of Doritos everywhere they go?!
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By ASHLEY RIGAZIO  |  September 02, 2011
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On carpentry and college

Age 30, I quit the Phoenix and ended up with a job as an apprentice to a carpenter. Sawing, chiseling, hammering, nail-gunning, tiling, sanding, slotting, framing, hauling, measuring, and sweeping are less obvious outcomes of an undergraduate career in
Finding reward - and real learning - in the ivory tower
By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  September 02, 2011

Don't sweat your major — you'll probably change your mind anyway

Chances are that two of you have no friggin' idea what you want to do with your lives, and the one of you who does will change his or her mind by age 25.
Throwing it all away
By ASHLEY RIGAZIO  |  September 02, 2011
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College Etiquette Guide

Tips to improve your college experience.
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By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  August 26, 2011