- Most people think that if you’re undergoing the Greek system’s recruitment and pledging trials, focus on your studies, and consequently your GPA, are bound to plummet. However, according to Penn’s Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs, the opposite occurs with University of Pennsylvania Greeks. A recent Daily Pennsylvanian article reports that “at Penn, Greeks can be geeks, too.” Average fraternity and sorority GPA go up between the fall and spring semesters, and many fraternities and sororities require new members to attend mandatory study hours. One Kappa Alpha new member and Wharton sophomore even admitted, “My GPA was the highest during pledging. Having more on my plate forced me to schedule in advance.”
- The Chronicle‘s recent article, “Shrinking Newsrooms Put Colleges in the Content Business,” discusses a missing element in modern media relations: someone who haunts the halls of universities, “stopping by people’s offices and really getting to know them.” As Geoff S. Larcom, a former reporter, states, “You don’t see that much anymore, because everyone’s stretched so thin.” While original reporting on higher education may be on the decline, blogs and online forums related to higher education issues are on the rise, as can be seen in national newspapers like The New York Times, Washington Post, and USA Today. But without true reporting and relying almost entirely on opinion blogs, user comments, and online forums, can we be sure that we’re getting accurate information? Where have all the big stories gone, especially those in the area of the sciences and research? Facebook and Twitter updates are fun to read and can even transmit important information; but is it really news?
- In a related article, “J-Schools to the Rescue?” Inside Higher Ed writer Steve Kolowich asks if journalism schools can help save journalism. He suggests that struggling newspapers hire journalism students (who will work for credit) to “fill the gaps left by the pros whom the news outlets could no longer afford to pay.” Such a partnership has indeed been forged, between New York University and The New York Times. The NYT recently cut about 200 newsroom jobs and NYU journalism students are eager to fill those spots. Other universities in other cities are establishing similar alliances in television news studios in addition to newspaper newsrooms. And why not take advantage of students who are willing to work for cheap hire or even for free? However, the problem still remains: When these j-school students graduate, will they be able to find paying journalism jobs, even with some New York Times experience under their belts? So can j-schools save journalism? As long as there are students writing, there will be news content, but students should think long and hard about whether that experience will be valuable in the long run.
- If you’re creative and just a little tech savvy, then applying for b-school financial aid just got a lot more fun, reports a BusinessWeek article. Scholarship applicants from the Netherlands’ Nyerode Business University can now apply for the YouTube Scholarship. Applicants must create a two-minute YouTube video explaining why they think they should win the $15,000 b-school scholarship. The school’s program director, Professor Eric Meise, explains that these two-minute videos portray a much clearer picture of the applicants as compared to the previously used five-page application essay forms. You can view one of the recent YouTube scholarship videos here.
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