August 14th, 2012
05:07 PM ET

Wonder Years' Winnie encourages girls to take math

Danica McKellar on how she went from The Wonder Years' Winnie Cooper to author of books encouraging girls to like math.

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Penn State accreditation in jeopardy over sex abuse scandal
If Penn States loses accreditation, the school would face the loss of eligibility for federal student aid programs and federal research grants.
August 14th, 2012
04:30 PM ET

Penn State accreditation in jeopardy over sex abuse scandal

by Michael Pearson, CNN

(CNN) - The organization that grants academic accreditation to Penn State has warned the school that it is in danger of losing that crucial status in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal, the university announced this week.

The move by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education is the latest blow for the beleaguered university, which has seen its reputation clobbered and its football program hobbled after investigators found school leaders did too little to stop the abuse.

Were the commission to pull Penn State's accreditation - which it has not done - the school would face the loss of eligibility for federal student aid programs, guaranteed student loans, federal research grants and could lose eligibility for state aid, commission spokesman Richard Pockrass said in July.

Paterno family wants to appeal Penn State sanctions

Penn State will resolve the commission's concerns, promised Vice Provost for Academic Affairs Blannie Bowen.

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What not to bring to a dorm room
Styles have changed; square footage hasn't.
August 14th, 2012
06:15 AM ET

What not to bring to a dorm room

By Carl Azuz, CNN

(CNN) – One of the best things about college dorms is that you get to leave them eventually.

They’re bare, they’re cramped, they’re never at the optimum temperature – in other words, they’re not home.

There are a number of ways in which college students make them feel even more remote and dingy. And by avoiding these mistakes, you can make your dorm-room memories a little less regrettable.

Bringing everything

You don’t have room for everything; you barely have room for anything. Taking along the extra pillows and stuffed animals and lava lamp and 14 pairs of shoes and unneeded sports equipment is not going to work out well.

One key to surviving dorm life is making the most of the least space. Think of the area under your bed as your closet, and try to fit a season’s worth of folded clothing, shoes, and a much-needed-but-still-mini ironing board underneath.

Plastic bins can help here. Hanging shoe organizers are also a good idea for whatever closet space you do get – or the back of your door, if necessary.

Bringing nothing

You're gonna need some basics, though. Start with sheets, and find out early if you'll need the regular or extra long twin size. Then, choose something comfortable (cotton jersey is a good, affordable option); you might feel a little uneasy sleeping away from your home bed, and you won't want to curl up on sandpaper.

You'll also need a pillow and a comforter, a shower caddy (filled with products that'll get you clean), and a toiletry bag for your toothbrush, cologne, deodorant and makeup. A robe is also a good idea for getting to and from the bathroom.

Leslie Sherman Jackson, a contributor to the Dallas Morning News, points out that "in addition to a folding hamper for dirty clothes, a plastic laundry basket comes in handy for transporting" whatever you need it to transport.

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