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Campus Overload: May, 2011

Posted at 01:11 PM ET, 05/31/2011

Summer post-graduation trips on the cheap

With the average student graduating with thousands of dollars in debt, ideas of flying off to Mexico are starting to be replaced by buying piñatas.

By Ilana Strauss  |  01:11 PM ET, 05/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:16 AM ET, 05/30/2011

QUIZ: Test your Wikipedia knowledge

Do you know everything about Wikipedia? Are you sure?

By Jenna Johnson  |  10:16 AM ET, 05/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:29 PM ET, 05/27/2011

Oberlin officials parody Rebecca Black’s “Friday”

Administrators at Oberlin College in Ohio agreed to totally embarrass themselves in a lip-synced parody of Rebecca Black’s “Friday.” The video premiered Thursday night at the Class of 2011 Senior Supper, which kicks off a weekend of festivities.

By Jenna Johnson  |  05:29 PM ET, 05/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:33 PM ET, 05/26/2011

Does your college major dictate future success?

Lately, experts and noisy relatives have gently told some members of the Class of 2011 that their job-finding woes started when they picked their majors.

By Jenna Johnson  |  03:33 PM ET, 05/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:42 AM ET, 05/26/2011

Educated. Graduated. Looking for work.

So, have you found a job yet?

By Jenna Johnson  |  11:42 AM ET, 05/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 05/25/2011

Tradition links Naval Academy alumni and students

Each time the Class of 2014 celebrates a milestone — like climbing the Herndon Monument this week — the Class of 1964 is there as “Another Link in the Chain.”

By Jenna Johnson  |  10:30 AM ET, 05/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:02 PM ET, 05/20/2011

Online calculator helps group houses split the bill

Let’s say you are moving to D.C. for an internship and renting a six-bedroom group house in Columbia Heights that costs $5,000 a month.

By Jenna Johnson  |  03:02 PM ET, 05/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:12 PM ET, 05/19/2011

Looking for summer housing? Advice from a fellow intern

Laurén Abdel-Razzaq, a Wayne State University graduate who will intern at the Washington Post this summer, just lined up her summer housing and has advice for fellow interns.

By Laurén Abdel-Razzaq  |  12:12 PM ET, 05/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 05/19/2011

D.C. college grads: It has been a fun four years

When the Class of 2011 started college in fall 2007, George Dubya was in the White House, Adrian Fenty was mayor and a Target run required leaving the city. Michael Jackson was still alive, and everyone was humming “Hey There Delilah.”

By Jenna Johnson  |  11:15 AM ET, 05/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:24 PM ET, 05/18/2011

Interns endlessly search for summer housing

A major part of the D.C. intern experience revolves around housing: Finding a short-term lease, dealing with landlords, bonding with Craigslist roommates and writing massive checks each month.

By Jenna Johnson  |  04:24 PM ET, 05/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:41 PM ET, 05/17/2011

Writing a commencement speech that doesn’t bore college grads

College students are a tough crowd to please. You have to be funny, but not lame. Inspirational, but not condescending. Intelligent, but not boring. It’s a difficult task, but here are 10 tips from me and others who have sat through more than our fair share of graduations.

By Jenna Johnson  |  04:41 PM ET, 05/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 05/17/2011

Using your social network to find employment

For as long as there have been jobs, people have used their social networks to land a job. But now, thanks to the likes of Facebook and Twitter, those networks can be easier to access.

By Robin D. Richards  |  11:15 AM ET, 05/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:05 PM ET, 05/16/2011

Study after study: Has college gotten too easy?

More than a quarter of college presidents think their students are graded too leniently and more than half believe students today study less than those a decade ago, according to a recent survey by the Pew Research Center. Does that mean college is getting too easy?

By Jenna Johnson  |  07:05 PM ET, 05/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:17 PM ET, 05/12/2011

Maryland’s human-powered helicopter takes off

A human-powered helicopter at the University of Maryland left the ground for about four seconds Thursday.

By Jenna Johnson  |  07:17 PM ET, 05/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 05/12/2011

Life of an NBC page isn’t quite like ‘30 Rock’

For five seasons of “30 Rock,” Kenneth Parcell has worked tirelessly to bring honor to the NBC page program. But usually, pages only have to toil for a year before moving up the corporate ladder.

By Jenna Johnson  |  03:00 PM ET, 05/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:22 AM ET, 05/12/2011

Transitioning out of college — and away from the health center

You have your commencement cap and gown. The keg is ordered, your summer road trip is planned. But will you have health insurance through all the festivities? Now is the time to make sure.

By Jenna Johnson  |  10:22 AM ET, 05/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:43 PM ET, 05/10/2011

Advice to the Class of 2011 from big names (and small ones, too)

Ah, it’s commencement season. And just in case you don’t want to sit through an hours-long ceremony to gather inspiration, here are the highlights so far.

By Jenna Johnson  |  05:43 PM ET, 05/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:51 PM ET, 05/10/2011

USC student writes, records graduation song

The University of Southern California commissioned Derik Nelson, a senior music major, to write an original song for this year’s commencement. “Take Chances” encourages graduates to change the world (even if that means not making money) and continue learning.

By Jenna Johnson  |  01:51 PM ET, 05/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 05/09/2011

Video circulates of U-Md. junior fighting with bouncers, getting arrested

A YouTube video seen by thousands showed the intoxicated woman getting into a fight with bar bouncers and, ultimately, being arrested by police.

By Jenna Johnson  |  03:00 PM ET, 05/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:36 PM ET, 05/05/2011

U-Md. coach Gary Williams announces retirement, text messages fly

If you are a University of Maryland student or a recent grad, chances are your cell phone was bombed with text messages this afternoon. Basketball coach Gary Williams is retiring after 22 seasons.

By Jenna Johnson  |  07:36 PM ET, 05/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:46 AM ET, 05/05/2011

More young people moving to D.C., according to census

The latest census found that the number of D.C. residents between the ages of 20 and 34 jumped 23 percent between 2000 and 2010.

By Jenna Johnson  |  11:46 AM ET, 05/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:15 PM ET, 05/04/2011

Collegiate blogging: How do you avoid being lame?

It seems like everyone on campus has a blog. Lots of university presidents have blogs, as do admissions officers, deans of students, cafeteria chefs and an assortment of professors. And don't forget student blogs.

By Jenna Johnson  |  07:15 PM ET, 05/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:07 PM ET, 05/04/2011

American U. students explore ‘Growing up in the shadow of 9/11’

American University journalism students are studying the impact of the Sept. 11 attacks on their generation. Their research offers context on why college students celebrated Sunday night.

By Jenna Johnson  |  05:07 PM ET, 05/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:40 PM ET, 05/04/2011

Stephen Colbert and wife donate to U-Va. arts program

U-Va. recently received a donation from comedian Stephen Colbert and his wife, Evelyn McGee Colbert, to set up a scholarship program for arts students.

By Jenna Johnson  |  12:40 PM ET, 05/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:53 PM ET, 05/03/2011

Universities fight public health problem: Binge drinking

Dartmouth College President Jim Yong Kim says colleges need to test new strategies, scientifically measure the results and share their findings.

By Jenna Johnson  |  04:53 PM ET, 05/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:12 AM ET, 05/02/2011

Bin Laden death draws student crowd to White House

After bin Laden announcement, local university students converge on 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue to revel in historic moment.

By Jenna Johnson  |  10:12 AM ET, 05/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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