This Week in College News: Freshman 15 Turns Out to Be a Myth

By Sam Coren Staff
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Every week StudentAdvisor compiles the top stories in college news. Here are some of the biggest stories that made
the headlines this week:

October Snowstorm Extends Early Application Deadlines for Some Colleges

The Halloweekend snowstorm that slammed the Northeast last weekend had a few more side effects than downed power lines and basement flooding. According to the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), “Due to the winter storm that has affected the northeastern United States, several institutions have extended their Early Decision deadlines to accommodate families without electricity or access to the Internet.” To view all the extended early application deadlines visit NACAC’s listings.

“Freshman 15” Weight Gain is a Myth, New Study Finds

A recent study on college weight-gain conducted by researchers at University of Michigan-Dearborn and Ohio State University revealed that there’s little truth to the fabled “Freshman 15.” The study, which tracked 7,000 people nationwide since 1997, found that college students are only gaining about a 1/2 pound more than similar people who did not go to school. But what about drinking? The study questioned whether or not heavy drinking was a factor for significant weight-gain for college students and found that heavy drinkers only gained less than a pound more than students who didn’t drink.

Google TrikeRIT Becomes First College Campus Featured on Google Street View

Google Maps’ popular Street View feature has its eyes set on a new type of “digital walking tour”:  the campus visit. This week Rochester Instititue of Technology’s campus became the first to be featured on Google Map’s Street View.  Back in 2009, Google announced that it would begin capturing street view images of places only accessible via foot with its new Google Trike image capture vehicle. Previously street view was limited to taking images of places only accessible via public roadways in the Google Car. In Fall of 2010 RIT won the honor of being the first campus on Street View after competing with other colleges including Arizona State, Michigan State, Princeton and Stanford.

Missouri S&T Using FarmVille in Engineering Class

Despite the fact that Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, Mo. has no agricultural majors, the popular Facebook farm simulation game FarmVille has found its way into the classroom. Students who take Engineering Management 382, Introduction to Operations Research, spend one week of the semester-long course playing the game. “The unique attributes of this game make it ideal for presenting the students with a problem that evolves, aims to define the student’s decision-making rationale and allows the student to address conflicting and competing objectives in an environment of continuous change,” said Dr. Ivan G. Guardiola, the professor who instructs the course.

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