Notes in the Margins: Female math majors, Winona shootings and the SAT

Fund for students displaced by Galleria fire The MSU Moorhead campus is working with Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union to create a fund for the 14 students displaced by the Galleria apartment fire last week. (

Math, physics still short on female majors at Mac Macalester professor David Bressoud is worried that girls are being discouraged from excelling in math. After a steady increase in female undergraduate math majors in the 70s and 80s, there has been a national decline over the past ten years. Females make up only 42 percent of undergraduate math majors nationwide. (

The Choice: SAT Score Is ‘Seldom a Deal Breaker’ A dean of admission at a highly selective college describes the sometimes messy, rarely formulaic way in which standardized test scores are considered. (

Your College Choice Virtually In Your Hand College recruiters who have wowed prospective students in the past with glossy view books and flashy websites are delving into mobile apps and podcasts to draw interest. (

Wisconsin Colleges Join Push To End Bullying Of Gay Students Dozens of students and staff at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater held a rally Friday after an assault on campus in which a student wearing a shirt with the slogan "Legalize Gay" was punched in the face. (

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Budget projections look bleak Macalester's budget projections have recently taken a somewhat distressing turn. In as short a time as three years, the college's revenue may not be enough to meet its expenses, said David Wheaton, vice president for administration and finance. (

Two shot Saturday night in Winona; suspect at large Two Winona State University students were shot late Saturday night in Winona and the gunman escaped, police said. The victims, both 19-year-old women, were shot about 11 p.m. by a man following a dispute in the 500 block of Center Street, Sgt. Rick Bittle said. Witnesses described the shooter as college-age. The women had briefly argued with the man before shots were fired. Police say neither woman's injuries are believed to be life-threatening. (Winona Daily News)

Georgetown Library reopens Monday with new books, rescued artifacts The fire that destroyed the Georgetown Library three years ago burned through most of the books in its circulating collection. They could be replaced. The unique Georgetown artifacts in the library's Peabody Collection could not. (

More youths with mental disabilities going to college In years past, college life was largely off-limits for students with such disabilities, but that's no longer the case. (USA Today)

Britain Looks to Graduates to Pick Up the Tuition Tab A report looking at how to secure a “sustainable future for higher education” in Britain has called for the cap on tuition fees to be scrapped in favor of a free-market approach paid for by graduates. (

In well-educated D.C. area, job market clusters academic backgrounds The stereotype is true: Washington is packed with lawyers, journalists and policy nerds with degrees in soft sciences and the humanities. But census data reveal remarkable new detail on the region's other identity - as home to engineers, computer scientists and biologists who mostly live and work. (

Universities in Britain Brace for Cuts in Subsidies The government is likely to cut about 80 percent of the $6.2 billion it pays annually for university teaching. (

Ramapo College Bans Caffeinated Alcoholic Beverages A New Jersey college has banned caffeinated alcoholic beverages fearing they could lead to what officials call "blackout in a can." (

Controversy Over Mascots at Ole Miss On Thursday, the University of Mississippi announced the successor to its former mascot, a white-goateed, cane-toting Southern plantation owner that many have criticized as racist and anachronistic. The new mascot? The Rebel Black Bear. (