Notes in the Margins: Gaming, mascots and study drugs

Yale DKE Fraternity Apologizes For Chanting Vulgarities about Women The University of Minnesota chapter of Delta Kappa Epsilon isn't the only one making bad headlines. Members of the Yale chapter met with members of the school's women's center last night to apologize for the vulgar chants that were shouted across campus as part of the fraternity's initiation ceremony. (Huffington Post)

Gaming as Teaching Tool “Games are absolutely the best way to learn,” says Sarah Smith-Robbins, director of emerging technologies at the Indiana University at Bloomington. “They are superior to any other instructional model.” (Inside Higher Ed)

10 UW-Stout Hockey Players Suspended After Student's Death Ten University of Wisconsin-Stout hockey players will not be permitted to play this year because of their involvement in incidents leading one student's death last month, according to the River Falls Journal. (Huffington Post)

Controversy Over Mascots at Ole Miss Some criticized the former mascot, a white-goateed, cane-toting Southern plantation owner, as racist and anachronistic. But the new one, the Rebel Black Bear, has detractors, too. (

The Fine Print on Student Loans For college students just graduating into a tough job market, student loans represent a significant financial burden—and a heavy legal one as well. In an interview with Hire Education, attorney Mark Britton warns borrowers not to take the legal implications of student loans lightly. (Speakeasy - Wall Street Journal)

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For-profit college stocks tumble Investors fled for-profit college stocks on Thursday after the sector's bellwether predicted a 40-percent drop in student enrollment next quarter. (USA Today)

Daniel Luzer: The Study Drug Problem College students take a lot of drugs. Surprise, right? Only it’s apparently not the fun drugs people worry about anymore. Now it’s the stimulants students take to study that's the big new scandal in campus life. (Huffington Post)

Academics Discuss Mass Migration From Second Life The focus of the session was virtual worlds, and the academics were discussing whether to take their virtual campuses out of Second Life in protest, after the company that runs the online environment announced the end of a generous education discount. (

Feds Give $1.1-Million for E-Textbooks for Vision-Impaired Students A pilot program to improve access to e-textbooks for students with disabilities that make it hard for them to read print got a $1.1-million grant from the U.S. Department of Education. (