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Simmons workers, students, and faculty join forces to create a cafeteria union

At Simmons College, the dining hall may soon start serving a dish unfamiliar to the Fenway-area school: organized labor.
Food Fight
By DAN SCHNEIDER  |  March 15, 2013

Harvard students push for fossil-fuel divestment

Throughout's Do the Math tour this month, climate-change warrior Bill McKibben has blasted Harvard, his alma mater, for the school's failure to fully divest from South African companies two decades ago.
Oil and ivy
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 30, 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

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

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

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


Booze 101

Welcome back to Boston, college students! As a certified old person, I'd like to be one of the many people who will remind you this school year, and for many years to come, that you have no fucking idea what you're doing.
Intro to imbibing for the recently legal
By LUKE O'NEIL  |  September 07, 2012

Mainers, Occupiers rally in Vermont

A boisterous, multi-lingual, angry crowd of about 500 — including a sizeable contingent from Maine — gathered in Burlington, Vermont on Sunday.
Protest Watch
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 03, 2012
ShortTake: The Day He Arrives

Review: The Day He Arrives

"Stop copying me!" says Seong-jun (Yu Jun-sang), the has-been filmmaker at the center of the 12th cinematic Mobius strip from Hong Sang-soo.
By BRETT MICHEL  |  July 20, 2012

26 Things to Do When the Students Leave Town

Nobody can fault us for heaving a sigh of relief come the annual May exodus, when we see the suitcases, futons, and mini-fridges stacked up along Mass Ave. That sight heralds sweet freedom for the rest of us.
How you can take back Boston this summer, and rediscover New England while you're at it

Modern Majors

Kids these days.
Big Fat Whale
By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  May 04, 2012

End Black History Month

It's that time again! Let's roll out the black history materials and talk about African-Americans as if most people really care about them, during the shortest month of the year.
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  February 03, 2012

Recipes for college cooks who are more Top Chef than Top Ramen

In some ways, going to college can be like going out on the road with a band.
Dorm gourmet
By JESSICA BRYCE YOUNG  |  January 27, 2012

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

Must-see music, comedy, and more

Welcome back! The holiday break has you reenergized and ready to hit the books, but first things first. Break out a fresh No.2 and pencil in some fun.
Where the fun is!
By CHRIS CONTI  |  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.
The nifty fifty
By DANIEL MCGOWAN  |  January 27, 2012

Inside Hana's Suitcase - Short Take

Review: Inside Hana's Suitcase

When Fumiko Ishioka, the director of the Holocaust Education Centre in Tokyo, is given charge of a child's suitcase found in the rubble of Auschwitz — a rarity, as most such belongings were lost — it piques her interest. She and her students decide to f
Larry Weinstein's stirring documentary
By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  November 11, 2011

Photos: Occupy Boston's student march from the Boston Common

On October 10, 2011, students march from the Boston Common to the Charlestown Bridge in solidary with Occupy Boston, a protest in assocation with the Occupy Wall Street movement.
October 10, 2011 | From the Boston Common to the Charlestown Bridge
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 14, 2011

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?
Altered images
By ELIZABETH RAU  |  September 30, 2011

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


Teaching 9/11

"What do you know about 9/11?"
Textbook Tragedy
By THOMAS PAGE MCBEE  |  September 09, 2011

College Etiquette Guide

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

Digging into school nutrition

It's not only in the classroom that change is coming to Maine schools. Local cafeterias are revamping their curricula as well.
What's for lunch?
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 19, 2011

Sallie Mae not

If you have had to borrow money to pay for school, chances are good you've borrowed from Sallie Mae, the largest student-loan company in the US, which currently handles between 40 and 45 percent of the business.
As federally sponsored student-loan giant Sallie Mae prepares to go private, it’s squeezing every last penny from student borrowers while opening up scads of new businesses. How can you protect yourself?
By CATHERINE TUMBER  |  July 29, 2011

Don't be an idiot

We're all idiots when we're 18. We're all idiots for the first half of our 20s, and longer, for some. By saying so, we're not trying to insult anyone.
What we wish someone had told us about making the best of the college experience
By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  January 28, 2011


A new online program at SMCC puts you to the test

Yes, taking classes online is the wave of the future. And you've figured out that the house always wins: Tuition for those classes is vastly more profitable for universities than the traditional in-person, in-classroom instruction.
All you can learn
By JEFF INGLIS  |  January 28, 2011

A room of your own

It's about time you move into your own place, where you don't have to hide the bong and friends can visit whenever they want. But first, you probably need some advice.
What to do — and not to do — when you're ready for your first apartment
By DANIEL MCGOWAN  |  January 28, 2011

Now playing at Brown: advice from a former student

Don't put sharp knives in the dishwasher. If you're in a lousy marriage, get out. Pack light. Wise words from a doting aunt? Guess again.
Audio Dept.
By ELIZABETH RAU  |  November 05, 2010

The changing seasons

Kids these days with their cyclical hair-stylings.
By DAVID KISH  |  October 08, 2010