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Riding the rails to/from college


Below is a list of college cities and towns and their fiscal year 2013 AMTRAK ridership data. Very large central cities with a 2010 Census population exceeding 500,000 (like New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, Los Angeles, Fort Worth, Austin, … Continue reading

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Review of “Monsters University”


I am always a bit leery of prequels. Considering we know what is going to happen in the future from the original movie, a prequel has the risk of telling us nothing new and therefore could lose its edginess. That … Continue reading

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Your community is a college town when…


Sofas and couches are considered roadside artwork and/or a front porch decoration. Mascot(s) seem to appear from out of nowhere at every venue. Beer consumption exceeds water consumption. The drinking age is only a guideline. The first really warm day … Continue reading

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Here comes the sun for EV charging stations


Over the past weekend I learned that Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo has recently installed a bank of solar-powered electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in one of its parking lots. What a terrific idea! This design eliminates the need for … Continue reading

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Exit ramp academic epidemic


Drive past or through nearly any population center these days and you are likely to observe America’s epidemic of exit ramp academic institutions situated on prime real estate aside the highway. The University of Phoenix is probably the best known of these entities nationally, but they … Continue reading

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Diploma versus dunce cap states


The 2010 data below shows the ten states with the highest percentage of residents who have a bachelor degree or higher, followed by the ten states who have lowest percentage of residents with at least a bachelor’s degree. With the exception … Continue reading

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When China comes to town


This story was first written by me for and published on rustwire.com under the title “Midwestern Universities Wooing Chinese Students.”  A revised and  condensed version is being re-published here on panethos. Michigan State University has been a steady leader among … Continue reading

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The benefits of living in a college town


This is an updated version of a post I published on a sister blog, Progressive Blogic in November 2010. It remains as applicable today as it did back then. I love living in a college town. This is partially due to … Continue reading

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America’s collegiate dairy treats – yummy!


Sorry, Ben and Jerry’s, Edy’s, Haagen-Daz, Dairy Queen, Melting Moments, and Cold Stone, but you have been outdone and outclassed by the best campus dairy store in this country. Few things taste as good on a hot summer day than … Continue reading

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The Sum of Our Parts: Benefits of Living in a College Town


I love living in a college town. This is partially due to the exciting sports and entertainment options that are available to the students, as well as local residents. The creative and entrepreneurial spirit endemic to academia also plays an … Continue reading

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