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Best Winter Colleges

university building in the snowWhile January has some students dreading chapped lips and icy sidewalks, winter enthusiasts can’t wait to hit the slopes in these college towns.

Whether you like to ski or snowboard, these campuses come complete with their own winter wonderland.

University of Colorado (Boulder, Co.): This college presents some of the country’s best slopes. Eldora Mountain Resort is a mere 30-minute drive from campus, which boasts 53 trails and 12 lifts.

Montana State University(Bozeman, Mont.): Students in this college town spend their winter months making the most out of the cold weather.

“The winter recreation available to students around the Bozeman area ranges from downhill skiing, to Nordic skiing, to ice climbing, to backcountry skiing, to ice fishing, and I could go on and on,” said Tracy Ellig, a university spokesperson. “Within a 60 minute drive from town, there are three remarkable ski areas, [and] there’s a world-class, ice-climbing region that’s 40 minutes outside of town.”

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College Students Encourage Their Schools to Invest in Local Banks

Dollar Bill close-upNovember 5, 2011, was National Bank Transfer Day. This was a day when many Americans were encouraged to move their personal funds from larger financial institutions to smaller, local banks. The goal behind this was to boost local economies while also reducing the risk of another banking crisis in the future.

Many college students participated in National Bank Transfer Day this year. However, some went above and beyond the normal call to action and asked their schools to close their corporate bank accounts as well. These students delivered petitions to college administrators asking that the schools move their funds into local community banks and credit unions.

Dan Apfel is the executive director of the Responsible Endowments Coalition. He said that the schools can make these transfers without taking the risk of compromising any returns on their investments. He also said that by do so, the schools will help create a connection between themselves and the communities that they are located in. Collectively, American colleges and universities have around $350 billion in endowments, so if these schools did invest this money in local banks, it could have a great impact on the local economies.

However, even if the schools are not pursued to change their banking locations, it will not stop students from making a statement.

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Most Scenic College Campuses in the U.S.

hawaiiCan’t decide which college you want to attend? Why not pick a pretty one? We all know that college is for learning, but you won’t be cooped up in a classroom the whole time, so if you love to go for morning runs or just want to enjoy your surroundings, you might as well pick a college that has a scenic campus that both you and visiting friends and family can enjoy.

Here’s a list of the most scenic college campuses:

New College of Florida: Looking to study by the beach? New College of Florida may be the best place for you. Located near Sarasota Bay, the college not only has breath-taking palm trees, but the school is also surrounded by both modern and classic architecture.

Pepperdine University: You may confuse Pepperdine’s campus with a circle of Mediterranean villas. The Malibu, Calif. college has buildings that are complete with white-stuccoed exteriors and red-tiled roofs. Beyond the awesome architecture is a picture-perfect view of the Pacific Ocean. Read the rest of this entry »

College Sports Commission Calls for Reform on Spending

Image Via: Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Sports

Image Via: Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Sports

There’s no denying that sports instill college students with school pride and spirit. Sports programs are valuable, but when schools are investing more money on the football field than in the classroom, it may be time for some colleges to re-think their spending.

In early June, The Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics called for several financial and academic reforms. One in particular wants NCAA schools to set aside at least 20 percent of their income from the football Bowl Championships Series for the classroom.

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