March 23, 2012 |
By Amity Shlaes As they send in the deposits for their darlings' college dorm rooms and tuition, parents may be thinking of the recent hate-crime conviction of a former student at Rutgers University in New Brunswick. Dharun Ravi secretly taped his roommate, Tyler Clementi, having sex with another man in their room and then shared the video. Clementi subsequently committed suicide. Most parents quickly tell themselves to move on. After all, there is little chance that their child's roommate will be so heinous as to record someone else's private life; there's little chance their child would tape someone else; and there's little chance their child would commit suicide.
January 7, 2002 |
Do not take 8 a.m. classes. Do not try to study in your room - unless you can work well with loud music and beer. Do not expect professors to nag you about papers and tests. Do not let your laundry pile up or your room will really stink. And please, please, do not take a shower with your significant other in the dormitory. It's really awkward for others who need to use the shared bathroom. That candid advice was offered by 10 members of Cherry Hill High School West's Class of 2001 who returned for the school's annual college forum to share the realities of life as college freshmen.
January 13, 2008 |
Maggie McDermott, a foreign service worker whose postings took her around the globe, always wanted a bachelor's degree. So when the Doylestown woman retired, she enrolled in Pennsylvania State University's program for students aged 60 and older, in Abington. "There was a little apprehension, just being older and suddenly being in a class with 18- and 19-year-olds," she said. McDermott not only fit in. She excelled. On Dec. 20 during ceremonies at the Abington campus, she graduated with distinction, earning a bachelor's degree in the social sciences.
July 8, 1987 |
It was freshman orientation day at La Salle University yesterday. And half of the more than 100 participants were parents. Parents? By all means parents, says La Salle. Even though Joe and Anne Koch of Haddon Township have one son in college, they each took a day off work - he as a middle school principal and she as a bookkeeeper - to learn more about the Olney Avenue campus their 18-year-old daughter, Briget, will be calling home in the fall. "This is excellent, really good," Joe Koch said during a break in the daylong program.
May 13, 2013 |
Lower Merion High School graduate Jeffrie "Yofray" Ray and friend Arya Toufanian posted their first YouTube video under the I'm Shmacked label in September 2011. With a stated goal of offering a window into modern college life, the 31/2-minute clip followed Temple University students as they walked around campus, guzzled beer and liquor, and went to a hip-hop show. It has since racked up more than 225,000 views, and I'm Shmacked has morphed into a full-time business for Ray and Toufanian.
November 16, 1995 |
In the end, it was about college life for Tim Duncan. The NBA was in his face, enticing him with an eight-figure salary, the fame that comes with being a 7-foot athlete with the three-letter insignia on his chest, and a chance to be the first draft pick in one of sports' most prestigious venues. But Duncan wasn't tempted. "People will have many explanations for why I didn't leave," he said, "but the truth is I wasn't ready to. I love it here. " And Wake Forest loves him for staying there, for realizing that money can't buy happiness.
October 30, 2012 |
For a man whose mission has been to make a college campus more open and accepting of difference, Jose Rodriguez's office is exactly as it should be. In cramped Room 208 of the Lares Building at Penn State Abington, he is pleasantly besieged. On the couch, a Latina from Philadelphia studies with a freshman who immigrated three years ago from Saudi Arabia. A Muslim student drops by to borrow a prayer rug. The parade in and out is ceaseless. Unruffled by the commotion around him, Rodriguez types e-mail correspondence for yet another event that he - both the director of intercultural affairs and the men's and women's cross-country track coach - is putting together.
December 18, 1990 |
OK, quick vocabulary quiz. Define the following: Male-bonding event. (What you call a party when no girls show up.) William Shakespeare. (The Elvis of literature.) College freshman. (A student naive enough to believe the purpose of going to college is to get an education.) These, anyway, are the definitions according to "The Unofficial College Dictionary" (Meadowbrook Press, $4.95), a humorous guide to college life intended to make college freshmen just a little less naive.
March 5, 2012
DEAR ABBY: My boyfriend, "Jackson," and I have been in a long-distance relationship for two years. We recently learned that we both have been accepted to our "dream" college, which means we'll live close to each other for the first time. I miss Jackson when we're apart, but I enjoy having the freedom to study, hang out with friends and have "me time" while still being in a happy relationship. From what I have heard, college life is fun, but busy. I love Jackson and want to be with him, but I also want to make new friends and focus on schoolwork.
September 16, 1991 |
Pizza and philosophy at midnight. Cheese fries and chitchat at 2 a.m. Psychology and popcorn for breakfast. That's college life, where sleep is cheap, calories abound and freshman math is as easy as counting to 15 - the Freshman 15. Those nasty 10 to 15 pounds that students tend to gain in the first few months of college have become as much a part of higher education as reading lists and blue-book exams. The Freshman 15 has been the topic of academic studies, nutritionists' newsletters and just plain talk among the college crowd.