Today’s news left us wondering a few things: 1. When will schools stop faking their information and realize that rank isn’t the most important factor in picking a school? 2. Why does college have to be so expensive? (Okay, so we’re always wondering this one) 3. Why do female students binge drink more than males, and 4. Are we really putting too much pressure on ourselves? Check out today’s college current events roundup and see what you think!
- Faking It: Tulane University has now joined the likes of George Washington University when it comes to its rank. Yep, that’s right. Tulane is making headlines because it is yet another University to send false information to U.S. News and World Report in order to receive a higher ranking. The school administration was supposedly unaware of the situation, discovered discrepancies with the data, and is now implicating a new “checks and balances” system to prevent it from happening again.
- Great Expectations: As college students and recent grads, stress isn’t exactly a new problem for us. But, maybe that stress isn’t coming from that paper due tomorrow. Maybe that stress is actually an internal problem – you could be putting too much pressure on yourself. Setting high goals may make you feel like you’re accomplishing things, but it seems more likely that you’re setting yourself up for failure. This piece from USA Today College thinks that setting lower (and different) expectations may be the key to success…
- Don’t Bank On It: PNC Financial Services tried to expand, and failed. After attempting to reach more customers in Southeastern region of the U.S., they offended some potential customers and crazed college football fans. The bank’s signature colors, orange and blue, happen to also be the colors of Auburn University. It’s rival school, University of Alabama, took it to heart. Talk about a marketing fail.
- Binge Drinking: People often associate binge drinking with stereotypical frat guys, but as it turns out, a new study by the Journal of Environmental Research and Public health has found that female students are actually more likely to binge drink than males. The study shows that males drink more often, but females drink “more intensively in shorter periods of time, which is known as binge drinking.”
- Tuition Free Schools: Maybe you should’ve gone to one of these schools. U.S. News and World Report has put together a list of the 12 colleges that don’t charge tuition! (Amazing, in this economy.) On the list: Cooper Union, Berea College, Curtis Institute of Music, Webb Institute, and of course, military-related schools like Merchant Marine and the U.S. Naval Academy, among other schools.
Check out today’s posts:
- Pop Culture in 2012 [Infographic]
- Best of 2012: Our 10 Favorite Videos
- Video: “I Knew You Were Trouble” Acapella Cover [1/3]