According to a recent study at Brigham Young University, Adderall has become increasingly common among college students looking for a boost during finals week and midterms. BYU turned to Twitter to determine how often Adderall was mentioned in students’ social media lives. Among 132,099 unique users, a total of 213,633 tweets mentioned Adderall between November 2011 and May 2012. This peaked during final exams, and were highest in the Northeast and the South. Keep reading »
Oh, dress codes. Women have been banned from wearing sleeveless dresses at a school in Madhya Pradesh, India, because administrators say doing so isn’t dressing in a “decent manner.” In order to enforce the new rule, the college director stands outside the premises every morning to make sure the students are wearing “decent” attire.
Why are they suddenly enforcing this rule? That’s not exactly clear; perhaps the recent spate of high-profile rapes and gang rapes in India has lead to increased policing of the way women dress in the name of “protecting” them. Anyway, prior to the official enforcement, female students who wore sleeveless dresses had to write essays on Indian culture as punishment — potentially the catalyst for the college-wide ban. Keep reading »
Ever take a test in high school and just know you don’t know the answer? Most of us would leave the scantron, or the paper blank, but some very special students elevate wrong answers to an artform. Take this special student who created a Neanderthal metal band, aptly titled Neandertallica. Check out a couple more choice exam fails after the jump! [ Keep reading »
Do you go to Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada? No? Well, get your but there on December 4, 5 and 6th, because the school is creating a goddamned puppy room for stressed out students. The pups won’t be permanently on campus; they’re graciously volunteering their time and soft, floppy ears with volunteers from Therapeutic Paws Of Canada, which is an organization that brings cats and dogs to schools, senior centers and other people in need. Keep reading »
On the list of people you should not be friends with on Facebook … let’s add teachers and students, shall we? In the last six months, three New York City public school teachers have been fired for inappropriate Facebook activity with students. Cringe. Cringe. Cringe. Keep reading »
College students in the UK are getting sick of working their butts off and struggling to make loan payments, so more are turning to sex work in order to pay off their debt more quickly (while it may be quick, it’s certainly not painless). The number of students working in the sex industry has risen from about 4 percent in 1999 to an estimated 8 percent today, according to research by Kingston University in London. “What we can definitely say is that as long as student debt increases, so will the numbers of students entering the [sex] industry,” said Dr. Ronald Roberts, the psychologist leading the research. “Since the introduction of tuition fees in 1998 there has been an increase in students undertaking this kind of work.â€ It’s sad, but true that these women could work a legitimate job for much less, but, as Catherine (not me), who works as a prostitute, said, â€œI choose to have a job where you can make a lot of money in a few hours and then actually have time to do my uni[versity] work properly.” Study hard! [Times Online] Keep reading »