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Students gone wild

When it comes to warding off stress, every college has its own traditions. Some quell student woes with late-night pancakes. Some offer free movie nights. But only at Tufts University in Medford does release of academic tension involve hundreds of synch
Tufts naked quad run
By ALEXIS HAUK  |  March 19, 2010
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Review: The House of the Devil

Have you walked near a college campus lately? You might notice that the ’80s are creeping into fashion, the way the ’70s did a few years back, and with the same lack of irony. It’s happening in cinemas, too — something that’s not entirely unwelcome when
The '80s revival hits the horror genre
By BRETT MICHEL  |  December 04, 2009

Ex-USM staffers claim age discrimination

In complaints filed with the University of Southern Maine's Office of Campus Diversity and Equity, a state legislator and five former colleagues allege they were discriminated against in a recent department restructuring because of their ages. The comp
Litigation Watch
By JEFF INGLIS  |  November 20, 2009
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Go Gourmet

College can be a harrowing experience for budding foodies, picky eaters, and dieters. While the dining hall's gleaming buffets of kids'-menu fare send some students into a feeding frenzy, others flinch.
Eat well this semester without leaving your dorm
By ASHLEY RIGAZIO  |  September 04, 2009
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Books tour

While most area colleges continue to offer predictably boring campus tours that amount to wandering through academic ghost towns imagining departed crowds, there are also some alternatives to the standard walk-and-talk routine.
A guide to unofficial campus visits
By JULIA RAPPAPORT  |  May 01, 2009

PREVENTION SUSPENSION

WILL FUNDING CUTS THWART AREA SCHOOLS' EFFORTS TO STOP SEXUAL ASSAULT BEFORE IT STARTS?
WILL FUNDING CUTS THWART AREA SCHOOLS' EFFORTS TO STOP SEXUAL ASSAULT BEFORE IT STARTS?
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  December 10, 2008


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BBs and b-balls

A few years ago, it looked like college athletes shooting strangers with BB guns was going to be the boutique sports offense of the 21st century.
Sports blotter: "Inducing panic" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  October 29, 2008
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Dated advice

To boink a lot or not to boink a lot?
Old-school words of wisdom for a better college sex life
By NEELY STEINBERG  |  September 04, 2008
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A field guide to activism in Rhode Island

If you’re interested in becoming an agent of change, identify a cause close to your heart and connect with one of the groups working on it.
Issues + organizing = real-world experience
By MEGHAN GRADY  |  August 27, 2008
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Parody flunks out

Artist Barry Blitt’s brilliant illustration — which sought to satirize the naysayers who portray Obama as a flag-burning, unpatriotic Muslim and his wife as a black-power radical — cut to the core of today’s political paradox.
Political humor is no longer welcome in Academia as administrators choke the life out of parody
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  July 30, 2008
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Off the hook-up

It took me several years after college to understand what true relationship intimacy was about.
Sex and the single student
By NEELY STEINBERG  |  May 14, 2008


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Nowhere to hide

Google-fucked. That’s what you are when a potential employer searches your name and discovers that you — you of the 4.0 GPA, you of the charity work — are also the sluttiest person on campus.
College gossip blogs exposed
By KARA BASKIN  |  April 25, 2008
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Fetal positions

No surprise that Cristian Mungiu’s brilliant and brutal record of a day in the life of two distraught women failed to make even the Oscar short list of 10 for Best Foreign Language Film.
4 Months  refuses to come to terms
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 30, 2008
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Cheaper by the quad

This fall Portland college students will have yet another housing option, one similar in cost to a snazzy apartment in the West End.
Privatized dorms debut in Portland
By DAVE BRADY  |  January 30, 2008
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The kids in the hall

Someone is going to get pregnant.
Teen pregnancies are up. Can on-campus student-parent services be far behind?
By KARA BASKIN  |  January 22, 2008
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Come out, come out, wherever you are

What if I’d been a guy in a Ren Faire dress?
GLBT students get by with a little help from EAGLE, BGLTSA, BAGELS, GAMIT, QWILLTS, GABLES, and NUBiLAGA
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  October 25, 2007


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Eraser heads

What happened to the student bill of rights?
Overzealous deans at Emerson literally make students’ rights disappear
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE AND JAMES F. TIERNEY  |  October 25, 2007
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Straight outta Kafka

We want to get into the shower and not emerge until November 2008.
The Bushies’ enthusiasm for torture is indefensible
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  July 25, 2007
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Well shut my mouth!

Are today’s college students thinner-skinned than were previous generations?
Tufts and Brandeis muzzle student newspapers — at students’ urging
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE AND JAN WOLFE  |  May 16, 2007
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Endangered tongues

You may have read: the world is getting smaller.
We’re not surprised you speak our language
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  May 09, 2007
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UMaine refuses to out downloading students

While the battle over file-sharing continues unabated on college campuses across the country, University of Maine officials have offered a new stance.
Privacy
By EMILY PARKHURST  |  April 26, 2007


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Facing off over Facebook

Students, be warned: the college of your choice may be watching you. Post at your own peril: The risks of sticking it to the man on Facebook. By Adam Reilly
Who’s looking at you, kid?
By GREG LUKIANOFF AND WILL CREELEY  |  March 02, 2007

Get help: Boston



By PHOENIX STAFF  |  January 17, 2007
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Stomp the Yard

“Step,” the old-school group dance that has its origins in African gumboot and has been perfected by fraternities in Southern black universities. Watch the trailer for Stomp the Yard  (QuickTime)
 West Side Story with a new dance
By TOM MEEK  |  January 17, 2007
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Academic (im)prints

The Bowdoin Alumni Printmaking Exhibition at ICON Contemporary Art in Brunswick is the perfect primer for the array of talent emerging from the Bowdoin College campus.
Young artists-to-watch exhibit in Brunswick
By IAN PAIGE  |  November 21, 2006
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Making their mark

Universities need their ivy-covered red-brick towers and classical stone porticoes to remind students of their roots in the past.
The Phoenix gets out the red pen and grades 10 local campuses’ most daring experiments in modern architecture
By DAVID EISEN  |  October 23, 2006


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Body language

Neil LaBute’s Fat Pig has flown from one college campus to another since it was first produced in New York in late 2004. Now it has landed at the University of Rhode Island (through October 22) under the capable direction of Bryna Wortman.
URI’s Fat Pig digs beneath the surface
By JOHNNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  October 17, 2006
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Strippers, cursing, and free music

Students have been back in town only a few weeks, but already there’s noise about curtailing their bad habits. Here’s a list of what those pesky kids have been up to.
Campus notes
By CAMILLE DODERO  |  September 20, 2006
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Accepted

Coolster Steve Pink’s edumacational attack on the whole college experience just might make you think twice about the Mongol horde of freshmen set to descend on our fair city. Watch the trailer for Accepted  ( Quicktime)
The summer’s most irreverent comedy
By CHRIS WANGLER  |  August 17, 2006
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Pop in a hard place

I’m crammed into a Berklee practice room with seven out of nine members of the orchestral folk-pop collective the Young Republic, listening to — but mostly laughing at — the awful grooves of a metal outfit down the hall. The Young Republic, "Modern Pla
The Young Republic stay DIY at Berklee
By IAN SANDS  |  July 05, 2006