The Answer Sheet: College Life


Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 09/02/2011

5 Commandments for college freshmen

The transition to college requires a change in mindset; a change in attitude and behavior. To help make this transition as painless and productive as possible, here are five commandments for a successful college career.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:00 AM ET, 09/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:35 PM ET, 01/17/2011

Are college campus smoking bans draconian?

Is it fair to ban smoking anywhere on a college campus?

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:35 PM ET, 01/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 10/12/2010

Teaching college kids to 'pilot their own helicopter'

Oberlin College President Marvin Krislov writes that colleges make a mistake when they urge parents to drop their kids off at college and quickly drive away. The trick is to strike a balance between too much parental involvement and too little.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:00 AM ET, 10/12/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:30 AM ET, 10/04/2010

How to make schools safer for gay students

Here are new recommendations for schools to address safety concerns of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students in the wake of four suicides of gay students in three weeks.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:30 AM ET, 10/04/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:37 PM ET, 10/01/2010

Tyler Clementi and all of the bystanders

Where were the people who knew what had happened to Rutgers University freshman Tyler Clementi and did nothing to help when he learned he had been secretly recorded while having sex with a man in his dorm room?

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:37 PM ET, 10/01/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 09/24/2010

Report: Gays face high rate of harassment on college campuses

The U.S. military is not the only difficult environment for gay and lesbians. A new research study on the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people on college and university campuses across the country reveals high rates of harassment and a lack of inclusiveness in policies and programs.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:00 AM ET, 09/24/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 09/02/2010

How to help your child adapt to college life

An expert in first-year student transitions gives advice for parents to help their child freshman successfully make the transition from high school to college. The tips, in fact, are useful for all college students.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:30 AM ET, 09/02/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:59 AM ET, 08/21/2010

As he heads to college, a freshman looks back

A University of Virginia freshman from Fairfax County looks back as he heads today to start his life in college.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:59 AM ET, 08/21/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:24 PM ET, 07/20/2010

A how-to-get-through-college book for parents

The author of "The Naked Roommate" has written a book about college life but not for kids. Rather it is for the parents, who are now more involved than ever in their child's college.

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:24 PM ET, 07/20/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:11 PM ET, 07/09/2010

College students hitting books less, study shows

Add this to the common lament that things aren’t the same as they used to be: College students are apparently not studying anywhere nearly as much as they used to.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:11 PM ET, 07/09/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:40 AM ET, 06/24/2010

College Tour '10 resumes (with links)

For rising high school seniors, the frenzied college admissions season is about to begin -- if it hasn't already. And our College Tour '10 resumes. Here are links to student and parent impressions of schools visited this year. Send us your own.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:40 AM ET, 06/24/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 06/07/2010

Student sex mag at unlikely school: U of Chicago

This item might not be worth reporting if it involved another school. But a student-run sex magazine at the University of Chicago, which has long had the unfair reputation of a school where fun goes to die, rates a mention.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:00 AM ET, 06/07/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 05/28/2010

Today's college students less empathetic -- study

Are college students as nice as they used to be? Apparently, no, and modern technology may be partly to blame. A new University of Michigan study shows that today’s college students are not as empathetic as they used to be.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:30 AM ET, 05/28/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:24 PM ET, 05/26/2010

Ann Curry gives wrong commencement speech

NBC reporter Ann Curry delivered a commencement address at Wheaton College in Massachusetts over the weekend, but thought she was talking to the student body at the Illinois institution of the same name.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:24 PM ET, 05/26/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:22 AM ET, 05/16/2010

A 94-year-old woman earns college degree

How’s this for inspirational? Hazel Soares, a 94-year-old great grandmother, earned her bachelor’s degree in art history this weekend at Mills College in Oakland.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:22 AM ET, 05/16/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 PM ET, 05/04/2010

How safe are college campuses?

Every time there is a sensational murder on or around a college campus, and school security becomes a hot issue, as it is today in the wake of the murder of a University of Virginia student by her former boyfriend, also a student. So exactly how safe are college campuses?

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:30 PM ET, 05/04/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:22 PM ET, 05/03/2010

New data on campus violence

Attackers are most likely seek out specific targets on or near college campuses because they have an intimate relationship with the victim, according to a new government report that analyzed threats and violence at schools over more than a century.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:22 PM ET, 05/03/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:52 AM ET, 03/16/2010

Latest college trend: Mixed-gender dorm rooms

Men and women are sharing dormitory rooms at about 50 colleges and universities around the country, the latest step in the evolution of dorm living.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:52 AM ET, 03/16/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:32 PM ET, 02/04/2010

Yale saves with colder buildings

In a sign of how severe the country’s economic downturn is affecting even the wealthiest universities, Yale’s leaders just told the school community that it was freezing salaries of highhly compensated officials, setting thermostats in all buildings to 68 degrees and taking other steps to save money. President Richard Levin and Provost Peter Salovey detailed the measures the school is taking to absorb a decline of the endowment from $22.9 billion in June 2008 to $16.3 billion in June 2009--a 28.6 percent drop.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:32 PM ET, 02/04/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 01/18/2010

Willingham: Textbooks too much

By Daniel Willingham The Spring semester at the University of Virginia begins this week, and I will be teaching some 350 students in a course called "Introduction to Cognitive Psychology." The list price for the assigned textbook is $123.75. You can get my book, "Why Don’t Students Like School?" for about twenty bucks. Why are college textbooks so overpriced?

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:00 AM ET, 01/18/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 11/24/2009

Planning to spend loads of time with your college freshman home for Thanksgiving? Well, don’t.

So your college freshman is coming home for Thanksgiving, the first trip back since they packed their bags and moved away--and you have cleared your schedule to spend every waking minute with him/her. You probably shouldn’t have bothered. Most of you should be prepared to see very little of your son or daughter, who is returning to test their new selves in their old haunts.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:30 AM ET, 11/24/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 11/14/2009

The List: Naked runs, primal screams and other weird college traditions

Here is a list of some non-academic traditions at some of our finest colleges and universities. Note how many involve running naked in public, or loud screaming. Discuss and share the traditions you followed at your school. Naked Quad Run, Tufts University--Students run clotheless around the Rez Quad several times on the night of the final day of fall semester classes in December. The university provides refreshments.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:30 AM ET, 11/14/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)