Monthly Archives: October 2013

Reading Literary Fiction Builds Human Awareness

A recent study in the journal Science, whose results were also covered in the New York Times piece on October 3, 2013 (“I Know How You’re Feeling, I Read Chechov”) underscores the importance of reading literary fiction. While popular fiction … Continue reading

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PayScale.Com Quantifies College “Return On Investment”

. President Obama aims to have a national listing available by 2015 which will rank US colleges by “return on investment” (colleges cost relative to graduates’ employment/salaries) as well as on key statistics like % freshmen who return and % … Continue reading

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Glitches Plague Common App

. The Common Application, with over 500 client colleges and universities, launched its first all-digital form on August 1, 2013.  Since the inauguration of this new application, students have complained about a myriad of problems:  difficulty getting to the individual … Continue reading

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Mercersburg Academy PA Receives $1,000.000. Gift From Alumna

            Mercersburg students and faculty received quite a surprise at the all-school assembly on October 10, 2013 when alumna and Board of Regents member Deborah Simon ’74 announced a gift to the school of $1,000,000. … Continue reading

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College Students Staying Home

Colleges close to home are an increasing top choice for many students.  Living at home is convenient, saves money, and provides structure for study, sleep, and quality of living.  Parents are often surprisingly amenable. The Europeans have been doing it … Continue reading

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How To Communicate Best With College Students?

It depends… of course.  When a college professor says, “It was in an email,” the student often says, “I don’t read my email.”  A recent experiment done at Purdue showed that while students averaged 123 minutes a day, the biggest … Continue reading

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