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College Life
December 9, 2009

One out Five College Coeds Is Sexually Assaulted

It’s all too common for college coeds to be raped or to be the victims of an attempted rape. According to a federal study, one out of five women are sexually assaulted in college. What’s equally alarming is about 95% of these women remain silent. The Center for Public Integrity has just released a new study based on a nine-month...
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December 3, 2009

Selling Your College Textbooks to Amazon

Do you have some used college textbooks you’d like to get rid of? You might want to check with Amazon. The online bookseller rolled out a new program today to entice college students to trade in their textbooks. The trade-in program is simple. You can check to see if Amazon will buy your used textbook and what price it is...
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November 28, 2009

The Odds of Problem College Drinking and Other Posts

College Drinking: Top Five Risk Factors Which college students are more likely to be problem drinkers? One of the three college blog posts that I wrote for CBSMoneyWatch this week shared the top five risk factors for college drinking.  I bet most people can guess that one of the biggest college drinking risk factors is a heavy Greek presence on...
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November 27, 2009

Higher-Ed Thanksgiving Story

I was too busy to post on my college blog yesterday because I was struggling with a semi-broken oven as I tried to cook a 22-pound turkey, a pumpkin praline pie (my husband’s favorite), blueberry pie (my son’s favorite) and lots more with low heat. An hour after I put the turkey in the oven it was still pinkish. Oh...
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November 17, 2009

Binge Drinking: Students in Coed Dorms Drink More

Here’s something else for parents of college students to worry about:  students living in coed college dorms end up abusing alcohol more. Students living in a coed college dorm are more likely to drink alcohol and they are roughly 2 1/2 times more likely to drink excessively. In a study conducted by the Journal of American College Health, 41.5% of...
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August 18, 2009

Dance with No Pants and Other College Slang

College students, as I’ve learned through my daughter, share their own slang. If you’re curious about the latest college speak, you may want to pick up a copy of U.C.L.A. Slang 6. Every four years, UCLA’s linguistics department updates its dictionary of college slang  and the newest edition has just been released. Here are a few college slang examples of...
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July 7, 2009

Renting Cheap College Textbooks

Here’s a way to find cheap college textbooks: rent them. This seems so logical, but it’s taken an awfully long time for the idea of renting used college textbooks to take root. At least a couple of companies are now renting cheap college textbooks to students who are eager to shrink their book tab. A story in The New York...
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May 31, 2009

Help for Depressed College Students

What happens if your child becomes severely depressed in college? As parents we worry because we wouldn’t  be around to spot the symptoms. If my daughter, who attends college 2,500 miles away, started skipping classes, ignoring friends or losing weight because of depression I wouldn’t know unless she told me. Colleges and universities offer mental health services, but research suggests...
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May 12, 2009

Lowering the Cost of College Textbooks

You don’t need to read this blog post to know that the prices of college textbooks are obscene., however, is aiming to change this. I wrote a post about Amazon’s efforts to crack the electronic textbook market with its launch of the Kindle DX at my other college blog at On that post I also explain why  college...
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