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  1. Things We Saw Today: Batgirl #37 Cover Looks Even Cooler In Real Life

    Shiny!

    While the insides of Batgirl #37 left a lot to be desired for many fans, that cover sure was gorgeous—even more so in this recreation by Batgirl cosplayer Stella Chuu, who recently wowed us with a costume inspired by the sequin-bedazzled look. BRB, putting gold sparkles on everything I own.

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  2. Accio Time-Turner: Colleges Now Offer “Study Harry Potter Abroad” Courses

    Sallie Mae Owl, this is literally the worst time.

    Did your Hogwarts Acceptance Letter get lost in the post? Did you drop out of school to pursue your Quidditch dreams, only to have your career cut short by a difficult bout of dragon pox? There's still hope!

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  3. Community College Tries to Have Twitter Account Pulled, Fails, Draws More Attention to Account It Tried to Have Pulled

    Asking a bunch of college kids NOT to do something? How could that possibly backfire?

    The president of Northampton Community College in Pennsylvania doesn't think the @NCC_Confess Twitter account is very funny, so he tried to have it pulled from the Internet. That went about as well as you would expect and resulted in a lot more attention for the account. Do they not have a class in How to Internet at NCC?

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  4. A South Korean University Will Soon Accept Pro Gamer Applicants to Their Sports Department

    What exactly are South Korea's immigration policies? Just out of curiosity.

    Hey, nerds. In, "Why wasn't this a thing when I wanted to go to college?" news, South Korea's Chung-Ang university has enacted a new policy to accept pro gamers to their Department of Sports Science just like any other athlete, which could help them get into the highly selective school. Gamers, it might be time to start learning Korean.

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  5. UC Irvine Will Offer Free Online Course About The Walking Dead, So Let’s Start a Study Group

    Mmmmm... enriching brains...

    Since our Breaking Bad recaps are going to end soon -- sob! --  The Mary Sue's offered to let us to recap The Walking Dead in their place this season (they assure us that they're going to be too busy being the awesomest). But how are we going to catch up to their level of discourse? With an online college class about zombies. Duh.

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  6. Tufts University Asks Applicants, “What Does #YOLO Mean to You?” Without Even a Shred of Irony

    Is it possible to send rejection letters to colleges?

    College admissions are a tricky business. With so many kids competing for so few spots at private institutions, it can be difficult to get your personality across in just one full essay and a couple 250-word supplementals. That's probably why Tufts University,  no doubt trying to speak to today's youth on their level, thought they would help the process along by referencing #YOLO in their application and asking potential students what it "means" to them. Really? You want students who legitimately think serious thoughts about that hashtag to be enrolled in your school? That doesn't sound like a good idea for anyone.

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  7. Watson Supercomputer Goes To College, Revenge Of The Nerds Style Antics Imminent

    IBM's Watson supercomputer is a pretty smart machine, already capable of trouncing our finest humans in trivia contests. There's always room for improvement, though, and in a move certain to leave Peter Thiel like, SOOOOO pissed, the team developing Watson is sending the computer to college, where it will bone up on coursework in English and math. Pretty soon, not only will Watson be better at trivia than you, it will also be able to trounce you in beer pong, meaning it's officially time for us to just pack it in as a species, folks. The machines have already won.

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  8. Flies Raised On Booze Need Alcohol To Learn, Just Like College Students

    Fly larvae -- fine, maggots -- that are raised on food spiked with alcohol grow up into flies who can't learn normally without the aid of a little booze juice, marking yet another way in which maggots are pretty much just like college students. A study demonstrating the difficulties maggots experienced while trying to process new information without the aid of a morning beer to take the edge off things appears this week in the journal Current Biology, which reminds us that keg stands are not always recreational choices -- sometimes they are educational tools.

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  9. You Must Have Brains To Be Eligible For This Zombie Scholarship

    Braaaaiiiinnnnns

    Everyone deserves to be able to further their education if they want. Even zombies. Who are we to discriminate? What? This is a "Zombie Scholarship," not a scholarship for zombies? Well, I'm going to have to rethink this whole thing.

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  10. You Can Take A Skyrim Class At A Texas University

    Here Be Dragons

    We had one comic book course when I went to college and I didn't even get to take it. Now one university in Texas is offering a course on The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Maybe I need to go back to school... 

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  11. This Skyrim Class Makes Me Wish I Was Still in College

    Attention college students: Do you like playing video games? More specifically, do you like a game called The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim? If so, then I suggest you hightail it on down to Rice University in Houston, Texas, the only school that I know of with a course devoted entirely to the epic open-world RPG. For one semester only, English majors can sign up for Scandinavian Fantasy Worlds: Old Norse Sagas and Skyrim, a course that studies the psychology of gamers and the influence of Scandinavian culture in western fantasy stories.

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  12. Doing It Right: California Passes Creative Commons Textbook Legislation

    The textbooks for college courses can cost a pretty penny, especially if the publishers keep putting out a new edition year after year. Even if students manage to find someone to purchase their used copies, it's still a losing proposition for the average student. That all might change soon in California. Governor Jerry Brown has signed legislation that will eventually provide free, open-source digital textbooks for 50 of the state's most popular courses.

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  13. University Sells Students $180 Art Textbook That Has No Art, Somehow Not Joking

    One would think that the study of art might require some, well, art to study. The people calling the shots at OCAD University would disagree, however. The textbook this year for one of the university's art courses, titled "Global Visual and Material Culture: Prehistory to 1800," costs a whopping $180 and -- in all seriousness -- includes no art whatsoever. The kicker? It's required for every student taking the class.

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  14. Harvard Plagiarism Scandal Discovered Partly Due to Typo

    In what surely ranks highly on the list of Scandals Discovered Because of Grammatical Errors, Harvard's most recent academic witch hunt was kicked off in part because one professor noticed an unusual typo in the same place in two exams. The discovery, made by assistant professor Matthew Platt, initially placed 13 final exams under suspicion this past spring. When Harvard publicly announced the inquiry at the end of August, the number of undergraduates being investigated had increased to about 125.

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  15. Wanna Learn How to Find Aliens? Edinburgh University’s Got a Class for That

    And So It Begins

    There are a ton of exceedingly odd collegiate classes floating around out there. I, for one, taught a class about the wonders of Harry Potter at my school before I even got my BA. Long story. Now Edinburgh University is joining the fine tradition of off-beat classes, and they're doing it online and for free.

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  16. Neil Gaiman Gives A Commencement Speech I Wish I’d Heard Ten Years Ago

    Imagine What You'll Know Tomorrow

    Author Neil Gaiman recently gave the Commencement Address to the University of the Arts in Philadelphia chock-full of advice for aspiring artists of all kinds. He started his speech by admitting he never continued on to higher education and then talked about he simply started writing, wrote some more, and never stopped. Hit the jump to watch the speech in its entirety and find out why I'll be directing aspiring writers to it in the future. 

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  17. MIT Has Had a Secret Pirate Program This Whole Time

    Buckle Buckle Swash Swash

    For the past 20 years, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology -- better known as MIT -- has unofficially been offering a super secret athletic "program" for students who take a certain group of courses. Upon completing all of these course, they achieve a certain "scurvy-scum" status amongst their less inclined peers. Indeed, students who take and pass courses in "pistol, archery, sailing, and fencing" are deemed pirates. And while this was done by students just for kicks, MIT has decided not to ignore the swashbuckling that's been going on and will now issue these students actual, physical pirate certificates.

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  18. Feeling Bored and Undereducated? Try Any of These 400 Free Online Courses!

    Are you an over-educated college graduate unable to find a job? Then why not spend your time between filling out job applications by taking some free online college courses to keep you well ensconced in your ivory tower! While Stanford may have turned lots of heads with their free, graded online courses, there are quite literally hundreds of other courses available online for free. At least 400 of them, according to Open Culture. They cover everything from History to Computer Science to English to Biology, and everything in between. But 400 is an awful lot to read through, so we've broken down a much shorter list for your reading pleasure.

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  19. New Study Officially Debunks The Freshman 15

    Imagine What You'll Know Tomorrow

    You've heard of the Freshman 15 before, right? It's where freshman are supposedly doomed to gain around that much weight during their first year in college. Well a new study from Ohio State University says that's far from the truth.

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  20. Study Says College is Broken, Students Not Learning Critical Thinking, Complex Reasoning

    According to the results of a study that followed thousands of students throughout their college careers, the higher-education system (in the United States at least) is effectively broken. The results show that many students are leaving college with degrees, but little to no improvement in critical thinking or complex reasoning skills. New York University sociologist Richard Arum, lead author of the study, reports that after following 2,322 typically-aged college students from 2005-2009, he found that a whopping 45% showed no improvement in higher-reasoning and critical thinking skills after two years. Moreover, 36% percent managed to go four with no improvement. The study also found that while more selective schools had high overall success with these things, all 24 universities involved had small groups of (presumably self-motivated) kids who were learning a lot among a majority who were just getting by.

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