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Alcohol education is not completely new to Canada, but a new program at St. Cloud University may be a first in the US.  Any new pledges to the Delta Zeta sorority house will be required to take an alcohol education and awareness program called "UChoose."  The program has been offered at the university for almost two years, and has been taken by about 1,000 students. The Delta Zeta house is the first body to require students to enrol.  USA Today

US student landlord requires alcohol education for tenants Top Ten Sun, 02/24/2008 - 21:59
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We're now recruiting for a full-time Communications Assistant, to work from our London Ontario office. Core responsibilities will include research, writing and administrative support for Academica's Top Ten, event management of our first national marketing conference (stay tuned for more on that soon), and a range of media relations and marketing activities. If you love the Top Ten as much as we do, we want to hear from you! Communications Assistant Career Posting 

Career opportunity at Academica Group Top Ten Thu, 02/21/2008 - 21:56
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Donations to US colleges and universities set a new record last year, with a total of almost $30 billion, an increase of 6.3% from private donors.  Already-wealthy schools attracted the most new donations, with 20 schools (2% of survey respondents) collecting $7.66 billion.  Stanford University was the biggest winner with $832.4 million.  Donations are expected to drop off next year due to poor economic conditions.  Donations from alumni dropped slightly from the previous year, with 11.7% of alumni donating on average.  The Boston Globe | Inside Higher Ed

Donations to US schools are up, but expected to drop Top Ten Wed, 02/20/2008 - 22:36
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A Sodexho employee working at the Bishop's University cafeteria has been charged with uttering death threats against his colleagues, and will undergo psychiatric tests.  Last Thursday night (the same day as the shootings at Northern Illinois University), and again on Friday morning, he apparently said "he wanted to take a large calibre gun and become a famous gunman, and kill people."  Police SWAT teams stormed his apartment early Saturday morning, but found no weapons.  CBC | Montreal Gazette

Bishop's cafeteria employee uttered threats Top Ten Tue, 02/19/2008 - 19:11
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Record numbers of University College of the Fraser Valley students logged into the school's website to vote on two important issues.  Students gave the Student Union Society the go-ahead to join the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations, and also approved the establishment of a student union building fund.  A $35-per-term levy will be charged to students, towards enhancing and building Student Union Society areas across the UCFV campus.  A new building for the Student Union is planned.  UCFV SUS News Release | The Chilliwack Times

UCFV joins CASA, plans new student union building Top Ten Sun, 02/17/2008 - 12:52
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The latest EduWebBuzz blog entry talks about something very near and dear to our hearts here at Academica Group: Conversational Marketing.  Brian Niles says "stop speaking at your audience, and start embracing the conversation."  Students, and even their parents, are talking more than ever thanks to the evolution of Web 2.0. They want to be heard and they want their questions answered.  (Conversational marketing is also the principle behind Perspectives, a multimedia DVD and curriculum tool designed by Academica Group for CMSF and the BC Ministry of Advanced Education.)  EduWebBuzz | Perspectives Case Study

Two-way, "conversational marketing" is appreciated Top Ten Thu, 02/14/2008 - 21:53
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JuicyCampus promises to offer the latest dirt from campuses, "Always Anonymous ... Always Juicy."  Topics include "Hottest Cornell Sophomores" and biggest drug users.  Users anonymously cast their votes in categories such as these, and those who are named are asking the site to take down the threads.  Pepperdine University's student government is asking university administration to block the site on the campus network.

"JuicyCampus" gossip website not so popular Top Ten Wed, 02/13/2008 - 21:01
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More than 10 billion videos were watched by 141 million unique US viewers in December 2007, setting new records for online video usage.  Google was the most used path to online video, accounting for 32.6% of total videos watched, and YouTube played a role in 97% of those visits.  On average, viewers watched 3.4 hours of online video during December. Due to the writer's strike in the US, online content has experienced a surge of new and more frequent users.

Writers' strike fuels explosion in online video Top Ten Tue, 02/12/2008 - 22:44
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Facebook will take a large international step forward with its Spanish-language launch.  The German and French language versions will be announced in the next few weeks.  Almost 1,500 Spanish-speaking Facebook users took part in translating the site from English to Spanish in less than 4 weeks.  More than 60% of Facebook’s users live outside the US. 

Facebook is now available in Spanish Top Ten Mon, 02/11/2008 - 21:30
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The City of Oshawa, Ontario, is intensely worried about illegal conversions of family homes into student housing, and in fact police are literally raiding student houses, in a "heavy-handed" search for proof they are living illegally in homes meant for families. UOIT president Ron Bordessa, a geographer by training, observes that these town-gown tensions are the "inevitable consequence" of allowing an upscale subdivision to be built next to a rapidly growing campus that has only limited residence spaces.

Illegal rooming houses stir ire in Oshawa Top Ten Sun, 02/10/2008 - 22:24

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