Notes in the Margins: Poetry, an affair and a prof with a camera in his head

Students brainstorm to build a better Macalester About thirty-five students gathered in Weyerhaeuser on Wednesday evening with a simple goal in mind: to build a better Macalester. (

Should MIT Teach Poetry? This past week, graduate student Emily Ruppel wrote an editorial for the MIT newspaper The Tech that offered a formula even a poet can understand: "MIT - poetry = a travesty." She was lamenting the cancellation of MIT's "Advanced Poetry Workshop" for financial reasons, while the school continued to offer such courses as "Writing for Social Media," "Writing for Games" and "Communicating With Mobile Technology." (Huffington Post)

Calif. Community Colleges Urged To Focus On Performance, Completion Rates A nonprofit association that supports California's community colleges is calling on the colleges to educate more students and close the gaps in performance among demographic groups. (

Professors Publish Guide to Copyright Issues of Multimedia Projects Students often create multimedia projects for classes that blend in clips from YouTube videos or hit songs, and many want to post their creations online for a wider audience. But does that violate copyright law? (

NYU Professor to Implant Camera in Head to Broadcast a Live Stream to Museum in Qatar The project is being commissioned by a new museum in Qatar. But the work, which would broadcast a live stream of images from the camera to museum visitors, is sparking a debate on campus over the competing values of creative expression and student privacy. (Wall Street Journal)

Anatomy of the demise of Four Loko In honor of the likely demise of the controversial caffeinated alcoholic beverage Four Loko, we at The Lookout have put together a time line documenting the beverage's surprisingly rapid rise and fall since its woozy 2005 inception at the hands of a group of Ohio State University students. (Yahoo News: Business)

UNC Professor Quits After Instant Messages Reveal Affair With Student The head of an online news program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill resigned on Tuesday, days after admitting that he exchanged sexually explicit messages with an undergraduate student, according to college officials. (

Minneapolis Community and Technical College joins top universities in education reform project MCTC has been asked to enter a national discussion about the future of higher education by the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), an association concerned with the quality of undergraduate liberal education. On October 22, AAC&U announced that MCTC is one of 32 institutions chosen, from a pool of more than 140 that applied nationwide, to participate in the Project on General Education for a Global Century. (

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