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Students Who Use Social Networks More likely to Try Drugs and Alcohol

red ashtray with cigarette buttsThe National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University uncovered a link between social networks and drug, tobacco and alcohol usage. The center surveyed teenagers between the ages of 12 and 17 and found the majority, 70 percent, of those who checked their Facebook or Myspace daily were more likely to try and even abuse these substances.

The study revealed that these adolescents were five times more likely to try tobacco, three times more likely to try alcohol and twice as likely to try marijuana than their non-avid using counterparts.

“We’re not saying (social media) causes it,” Joseph Califano said, the center’s chairman. “But we are saying that this is a characteristic that should signal to (parents) that, well, you ought to be watching.”

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Top 10 Colleges and Universities from U.S. for 2012 News

U.S. News College Rankings IconEach year, U.S. News releases rankings of the top universities around the country. Although many education experts question the value of college rankings, most schools use these rankings a marketing tool. The list of best colleges is almost unvaryingly topped with Ivy League institutions, followed by highly competitive technical universities, such as MIT and CalTech. The rankings are determined by a number of criteria, including student matriculation rate, class size and the average ACT/SAT score of the student body.

This year, California Institute of Technology and Massachusetts Institute of Technology both rose from the 2011 rankings, in an odd tie between five universities for the fifth position.

Here are the top 10 Colleges, according to U.S. News:

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Students Who Don’t Remember September 11 Must Learn About It in School

I remember exactly where I was when I heard that the World Trade Center in NYC had been hit by two planes. I was in middle school and we had just came inside from recess when my friend told me what had happened. I remembered the panic that seemed almost tangible in the hallways and I remember the one teacher who actually let us watch the news during her class.

However, many Americans (about 20 percent) were too young to clearly remember this defining moment in our country’s history. In order to help these younger students understand the significance of September 11, 2001, a history teacher at Purdue University, Randy Roberts, has begun teaching his students about the day.

“The sense I get is, ‘Something happened,’ and beyond that, things get a little bit fuzzy,” said Roberts. “We have a new generation for whom this is a story. They know it’s an important story, but they just don’t know exactly why.”

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Alan Greenspan’s Education Background

Alan Greenspan HeadshotAlan Greenspan was born on March 6, 1926 in the Washington Heights area of New York City. He is the son of Herbert Greenspan and Rose Goldsmith.

Greenspan attended the Juilliard School from 1943 to 1944. There, he studied clarinet. He eventually dropped out to join a professional jazz band.

However, in 1945 Greenspan returned to school. He attended New York University (NYU), where he received a Bachelor of Science in economics summa cum laude in 1948. Greenspan also earned a Masters of Art in economics in 1950. Intending to pursue advance economics, Greenspan attended Columbia University, but subsequently did not earn a degree there.

In 1977 NYU awarded Greenspan a Ph. D. in economics.
Greenspan’s career has been lengthy and extensive. Some of his endeavors has included working as an economic analyst at The National Industrial Conference Board from 1945 to 1953.

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Jeane Kirkpatrick’s Education Background

Jeane Kirkpatrick was a United States Ambassador to the United Nations. She  was born on November 19, 1926 in Duncan, Oklahoma. Kirkpatrick was the oldest child of Welcher and Leona Jordan; she has one younger brother, Jerry. She is possibly most famous for serving as Ronald Reagan’s foreign policy adviser and for being the first woman to be the U.S. Ambassador to the UN. EDUinReview will now take a look at the education background of this influential woman.

Kirkpatrick was raised in Oklahoma and attended Emerson Elementary School until she was 12-years old. Then, her family moved to Illinois where she attended and graduated from Mt. Vernon Township High School.

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Ivy League Drug Ring Taken Down in NYC

Columbia UniversityFive Columbia University students were taken to court yesterday for running a drug selling ring out of their fraternity. The students were found in possession of a variety of illegal and controlled substances, including marijuana, cocaine, Adderall, LSD, and ecstasy pills. Officials also seized over $6,000 in cash.

A report on the Today Show revealed that each of the students sold different drugs, and referred to customers to each other. They sold their goods to fellow students from their dorm rooms. They were busted by an undercover police officer who posed as a “college-age drug middle man.” The New York Police dubbed the investigation “Operation Ivy League,” but few seem to be surprised that there’s a market for drugs at the elite university.

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College Presidents with Million-Dollar Salaries

Thirty college presidents earned over $1 million in the 2008 fiscal year, according to a salary report by The Chronicle of Higher Education.  That’s quite a jump from the previous year’s 23.

On the other hand, 78 percent of college chiefs’ salaries were under $600,000 in 2008 and roughly half of them received less than $400,000. In 2007, 82 percent of the presidents’ compensation packages were under $600,000, and 58 percent received less than $400,000.

“As usual, there are a few outliers,” Jeffrey Selingo said, editor of The Chronicle. “When looking at the very big numbers, there’s always a lot of reasons why those people got such high compensation packages.”

With kickbacks of more than $50 million, Selingo gathered salary data from the tax filings of 448 private colleges. The Chronicle’s survey comes at a time of increased tuition rates amid an economic crisis, and it’s likely that this report will spark debates on whether or not college presidents are paid too much.

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Rude and Unhygienic: Columbia Business School Students?

toothbrushColumbia University is oft touted for having some of the most prestigious graduate schools. Its graduate programs in law, journalism and mathematics are all ranked in the top ten. So what’s going on with their business students?

According to The Huffington Post, students at Columbia‘s Business School were chastised not only for being impolite, but also for being unhygienic. The students received two email notices from displeased board members of the Investment Banking Club, an organization that provides students with networking and recruitment opportunities.

The first communication focused on the students’ appearance. The “friendly reminder on some dress code and personal hygiene basics” recommended that the graduate students brush their teeth and comb their hair, and also offered advice on appropriate business interview attire.

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Low Graduation Rates for Community College Students Has Many Calling for Reform

graduation ratesOnly 25 percent of community college students earn degrees within six years. This statistic is not only shocking, it’s bad news for our recovering economy. Why are community college students not succeeding? A large part of the problem lies within developmental education. A conference was held at the Teachers College of Columbia University to delve deeper into this subject.

Developmental education is the term used for sub-college level courses. Remedial course is another phrase used to describe these classes. Remedial courses include classes that teach basic reading and math, skills students should have learned long ago. These courses provide students with the skills needed to succeed in their college-level coursework and are often required for new students who do not score high enough on placement tests.  Read the rest of this entry »



College Rejects Who Made It Big

Famous Harvard Reject: Warren Buffett

Famous Harvard Reject: Warren Buffett

I remember applying to my dream school, then anxiously awaiting the letter. I knew it would be a good letter if it arrived in a big envelope. And if it came in a small envelope, I knew it would be a bad one.

College hopefuls around the country know this feeling. And unfortunately, many receive the small envelope, or the rejection letter, in case you are not familiar with the stereotypical acceptance or rejections letters. However, if you do receive a rejection letter, do not let it get you down or make you give up your dreams. In fact, take it as a blessing in disguise, and remember than many famous people, including Warren Buffett, Lee Bollinger, and Harold Varmus, were once rejected from their first choice schools.

Here are their stories.

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