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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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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

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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Modern Majors

Kids these days.
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By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  May 04, 2012
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As MIT expands eastward, Cambridge officials struggle to balance the allure of tech development with Central Square's gritty soul

A decade from now, the east end of Central Square will look nothing like the west.
Square roots
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  March 09, 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

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
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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


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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.
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By DANIEL MCGOWAN  |  January 27, 2012
Art Preview: 2012

A new Gardner, plus landscapes, performance art, and RAD

Greater Boston's art-museum building boom continues with the debut of an expanded Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in January.
Shapeshifting
By GREG COOK  |  December 30, 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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College Etiquette Guide

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


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Review: One Day

Following her stunning coming-of-age tale, An Education, Danish director Lone Scherfig returns to London for this adaptation of the bestselling novel about a love that spans 20 years.
A love that spans 20 years
By PEG ALOI  |  August 19, 2011
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Review: The Help

As it turns out, according to Tate Taylor's adaptation of Kathryn Stockett's bestseller, the Jim Crow era was not due to centuries of institutionalized racism, but to Hilly Holbrook (Bryce Dallas Howard) and her hang-up about "colored" servants going to
Steel Magnolias  version of the civil rights movement
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 12, 2011
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A study in anarchy

Named after a family of birds that is markedly playful and diverse, Corvid is a benevolent underground anarchist institute fostering eclectic inter-disciplinary thought.
With no campus, accreditation, or heirarchy, Corvid College thrives underground
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 29, 2011
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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
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Higher education, with joint enrollment

When he's teaching pot-growing classes at places like the Ramada convention center in Saco, Ray Logan doesn't use actual marijuana plants for demonstration — he substitutes basil or pepper plants, whatever's available that day from High Tech Garden Suppl
Summer school
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 17, 2011


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Academic Hoods

What does your academic hood say about you?
Their meanings revealed
By DAVID KISH  |  May 27, 2011
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Local heroes of 2011

In the 14th annual edition of the Providence Phoenix 's Best issue, we highlight people and organizations who are doing exceptionally good work.
Simon Moore and Linda Katz
By DANIEL MCGOWAN AND MARION DAVIS  |  April 22, 2011
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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
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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