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Comedians With Ivy League Degrees Prove Smart and Funny Go Hand-in-Hand

Hollywood is ripe with eclectic celebrities, a majority of whom reach stardom before they ever think about entering college. Perhaps to them, the fame and fortune is greater than a college degree. But there are some celebrities who go to college before diving head first into acting careers, including a surprising number of big name comedians.

Conan O’Brien received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard University in 1985, majoring in history and literature. He even graduated with honors and wrote for the Harvard Lampoon – a humor magazine at the university. Conan’s writing skills came in handy when he became a staff writer at Saturday Night Live, where he would occasionally appear on skits. Eventually, he started hosting his own television show, ‘Late Night With Conan O’Brien,’ which he’s most well known for now. Taking a look at Conan’s resume, it’s not hard to see that this funny man is a smart one, too.

John Krasinski, known for his witty character on NBC’s sitcom “The Office,” attended Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. During his time there, Krasinski studied theatre arts where he was also part of a sketch comedy group. Around that time he landed an internship with the above-mentioned funny man on ‘Late Night With Conan O’Brien.’ In addition to an Ivy League college education, Krasinski also taught English in Costa Rica before attending school, which proves he has much more to offer than just his funny quips and good looks. Read the rest of this entry »



Princeton Dean to Become President at Brown University

Since 1986, Dr. Christina Hull Paxson has been teaching at Princeton University. She started out teaching economics, founded the Wilson School’s Center for Health and Wellbeing in 2000, and became dean of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs in 2009.

Paxson obviously has had an impact on Princeton’s history for the past 26 years, but she is now stepping down from her position as dean in order to assume a more prestigious title: President of Brown University. Paxson will take over Ruth J. Simmons’ position on July 1, 2012. Simmons announced plans to vacate the position in September 2011.

Chancellor Thomas J. Tisch led the search committee which selected Paxson to become the newest president at Brown University. Tisch said that after seeing what Paxson has done at Princeton, he knew she was the right person for the job. Read the rest of this entry »



College Students Are Not Sleeping Well Enough To Perform Their Best

When I was in high school, I had a self-imposed bedtime and woke up at the same time every morning in order to go to my classes. As a result, I got eight hours of sleep every night and felt more energized and aware when I woke up in the mornings. My energy levels stayed high throughout the day and when it was time to go to bed at night, I fell asleep easily.

All that changed when I went to college. During my freshman year, I would stay up until 4:00 A.M. one night, wake up at noon, and then go to bed at 10:00 P.M. in order to wake up for my 8:00 A.M. class the next day. My sleep schedule was completely wacky, and as a result, my overall health suffered.

It turns out I was not alone. Many freshmen struggle with getting enough sleep as they transition into college. Also, when freshmen do sleep, they tend to think that they are getting a better quality of rest than they really are.

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Nude Photos of Emma Watson Circling at Brown University

Often thought of as innocent Hermione Granger, real life actress Emma Watson‘s squeaky-clean image has hit a rough patch. A nude photo of her is circling around Brown University’s campus.

According to the Daily Mail, topless photos of the 20-year-old Harry Potter star are ending up in students’ email boxes. These alleged photos show Watson, a junior at Brown, standing by a hot tub wearing only a towel around her waist.

“Emma is trying to seek out the source so she can put a stop to it,” Watson’s friend told the Daily Mail. “She says the picture has been faked.”

One of her representatives had this to say about the alleged nude photos:

“There have been a number of nude fakes over the past two months. Emma has seen them and finds them tiresome. People should know better.” Read the rest of this entry »



Emma Watson Wants to be an Average College Student

emma watsonCollege is pretty hectic. With all the late-night study sessions, eight-page papers and accumulative finals, it’s amazing how many of us actually make it to graduation day. With that said, celebs just may have a tougher time in college than the rest of us.

Emma Watson admitted to having a breakdown at Brown University. In a recent interview, the 20-year-old sophomore told Vouge that she just wants to be a normal college student.

She said that she burst out in tears when a fellow classmate asked her for an autograph. She said she wanted her classmates to view her as a normal college student and not as a famous movie star.

“In the end I had a breakdown,” she told Vouge. “Not a hissy fit, more like uncontrollable crying. Everyone looked at me horrified, like, ‘Oh my God! What’s wrong with her?’ I just said, ‘I’m really sorry, but I’m here to study and I just want to be a student. Would it be okay if I don’t sign, because you’ll be seeing me around all the time anyway?'” Read the rest of this entry »



Rhode Island Taxing College Students

Students in Rhode Island are facing a possible $300 enrollment tax.

Everyone knows that college is expensive. You have to pay for books, room and board, transportation, food, and of course classes. Then, when you consider that most college students are not working full time and therefore are not raking in the dough, it’s understandable why college students are, stereotypically, always broke. So then, why is the mayor of Providence trying to tax college students in an effort to pay off the city’s $17 million deficit? Read the rest of this entry »





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