All posts by Don Troop

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Video Wednesday

If you spend time on the Web, you’ve seen some of the clever RSA Animate lectures produced by Cognitive Media on behalf of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. Now a group that is critical of Ohio State University’s administration has borrowed the whiteboard-animation technique for a video announcing a two-day event called “Re-Imagine OSU,” May 16-17.

A group of students at Brown University created this video challenging stereotypes about scientists as par…

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Video Wednesday

Last week at MIT, in a carefully orchestrated demonstration of gravity, students rolled a piano off the top of Baker House. This first happened in 1972.

Henry Rollins, former singer for the iconic punk band Black Flag, offers advice to the young. The money quote: “That’s why you can survive on no sleep, Top Ramen noodles, and dental floss.”

A freshman at the University of California at Berkeley shows off his Berkeley Ridiculously Automated Dorm room, or BRAD.

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The Downside of the Practitioner Faculty Member

When it came to teaching about fraud, Joseph W. Traxler evidently knew his stuff.

Mr. Traxler, who was chairman of the accounting program at the Globe University/Minnesota School of Business at Shakopee,  was sentenced on Tuesday to five years in prison for defrauding banks of $8-million through bogus mortgage deals that took place before the school hired him, in 2009, the Minneapolis StarTribune reports.

He taught the for-profit business school’s fraud course three times and was voted the top f…

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April Fool’s Day Carnage Continues for Campus Journalists

Last week we reported that the editor in chief of Boston University’s Daily Free Press had resigned after overseeing the production of an April Fool’s parody issue that offended many readers.  Now two editors of The Maneater, a student newspaper at the University of Missouri at Columbia, have stepped down under similar circumstances.

The Missourian newspaper reported that Abby Spudich, managing editor of The Maneater, resigned Tuesday in response to an outcry over her paper’s April 1 issue, whic…

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Video Wednesday

In February we mentioned that Drexel University had kicked off National Engineers Week by unveiling seven humanoid robots, one of which was shown rattling a tambourine to a song by Genesis. It was a pitiable performance, but every aspiring musician has to start somewhere, right? Now take a look at how the robots of Drexel’s Music Entertainment Technology laboratory have come together as a band in just a few short weeks. Someone sign this bunch!

Next Media Animation, the Taiwanese Web site that…

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Oh, the Lives That You’ll Save

At Dartmouth College
That great font of knowledge
They’ll soon introduce
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Though not a doctor, we all called him one,
A sign of respect for a man who had fun
Telling sing-songy stories that make parents groan
But that left us as children not feeling alone.
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His real name was Geisel,
Theodor (with no “e”).
An incredibly generous
Author was he.
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An alum from the class of nineteen twenty-five,
They say he gave more than any alive.
And for that they’ll remember him a…
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Video Wednesday

A team from St. Olaf College won the 25th annual Rube Goldberg Machine Contest on Saturday at Purdue University by creating a machine that inflated and popped a balloon to musical accompaniment.

A team from Purdue University placed second in the contest with a machine that took 300 steps to inflate and pop a balloon. That apparently breaks the Guinness World Record for the most steps by a Rube Goldberg machine, a mark set by the same Purdue team in last year’s competition. Here is this year’s r…

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Another April Fools’ Day, Another Student Editor Resigns

College journalists have a long tradition of publishing fake news on April Fool’s Day and an equally long tradition of getting in trouble for it (see here and here and here and …).

The latest student journalist to step down as a result of an April Fool’s misfire is Chelsea Diana, who was editor in chief of The Daily Free Press, Boston University’s student newspaper. The joke issue of the paper made light of date rape, among other things, just months after two of the university’s hockey players w…

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Video Wednesday

Students at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion have skewered the Tony Award-winning musical The Book of Mormon with a musical satire of their own, “The Book of Purim!” Below, a sendup of “Hello!” the opening number from the original.

Students at Scotland’s University of Aberdeen welcomed Maitland Mackie as the institution’s new rector last week by parading him around the campus atop a stuffed bull named Angus. Afterward Mr. Mackie, chairman of Mackie’s Ice Cream, bought the stude…

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Jim Yong Kim’s Other Talent

The White House announced today that President Obama has nominated Jim Yong Kim, president of Dartmouth College, to lead the World Bank. Most of us know that Dr. Kim is a physician and anthropologist, and even that he played quarterback on his high-school football team. But did you know that he can also dance and rap? Below and at bottom, Dr. Kim onstage at the “Dartmouth Idol” shows in 2011 and ’10.