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August 27, 2009

Independence Lost: Cell Phones at College

Baby boomers, and even some recent college graduates, remember rationing calls home during their first experience away. Not so anymore as students today can access mom and dad anytime, anywhere by speed dial. Marj Savage, Parent Program director at the University of Minnesota, says this constant contact is increasing every school year.


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August 20, 2009

Battle of the brands

Hershey's chocolate chips in Pillsbury cookies and Intel processors running Dell computers. Sometimes it seems like we hear more about the pieces in a product than the product itself. It's called component branding and professor George John, chair of the marketing department at the University of Minnesota Carlson School, has studied the topic and says it can lead to some interesting problems, especially in an era of government bailouts.


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August 13, 2009

White coat, red nose

Going through the rigors of medical school while performing as a professional clown may seem like an impossible combination. But not at the University of Minnesota. Because of the U's Flexible M.D. program, students like Andrea Noel are able to work towards a career in medicine while also pursuing other personal enrichment paths like clowning.


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August 6, 2009

U of M's unique Radio K

Having a high-quality student run radio station might sound like a tall order but not at the University of Minnesota. For the past 15 years, Radio K has been filling the airwaves with an eclectic blend of music and news, while winning dozens of awards along the way. Program director and recent U graduate Pushkar Ojha says Radio K breaks the mold of the traditional college station.


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Posted by dswain at 5:20 PM