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College Olympians Bring Smarts and Skills to Sochi

Dawn Papandrea | February 12, 2014

And you thought you had a busy schedule! Imagine studying for finals while training for the Olympics?

A big shout out and big cheers to Westminster College’s 23 student Olympians who are representing Team USA in Sochi right now. As reported in Forbes, the Westminster contingent represents 10 percent of the 230-person team, more than any other school. [Read More]

Students in Dunk City are rooting on their school's sudden fame during March Madness.

Even if you’re not a college basketball fan, it’s easy to love the story about Florida Gulf Coast University, or FGCU, a four-year public university in Fort Myers, Fla. This Cinderella team during March Madness has received national attention – fans even include Justin Timberlake – for its amazing dunks, teamwork, and well, just coming out of what seems to be nowhere. [Read More]

Student Athletes Suffer Social Media Attacks

Robyn Tellefsen | January 9, 2013

How many of us have gone to a game and yelled at the players who weren’t doing what we thought they should? Angry shouts in the stadium may get drowned out in the din of the crowd, but blasts on social media are in black and white for all the world – including the athletes themselves – to see. [Read More]

Olympic Swimmer Races to College

Robyn Tellefsen | November 30, 2012

Missy Franklin became a household name this summer as we watched her swim her way to four gold medals at the London Olympics. Not only did we love the wins, but we also loved getting to know this fun, down-to-earth athlete.

Since then, of course, offers have been flying fast and furious, urging the 17-year-old to forego higher ed and turn pro. So what does the Colorado girl who’s been swimming since she was 5 decide to do? She chooses college. [Read More]

Ryan Lochte and other college Olympians

The talented group of U.S. athletes competing in the London 2012 Olympics aren’t just showing their American spirit. Collegiate spirit is a big part of their lives, too.

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When LSU and Alabama vie for the BCS National Championship tonight at New Orleans’ Superdome, we’ll see again how they match up on the field as football teams. LSU won when it played Alabama during the regular season, back in November, with a 9-6 victory. This football championship and other bowl games that have happened during the holidays are times that students, alumni, and fans look forward to so they can cheer on their schools.

As for LSU (ranked No. 1) and Alabama (ranked No. 2), both are in the Southeastern Conference and have a recent history of performing well in football (recently, LSU was national champion in 2007, Alabama in 2009). Here’s a look at how else the schools match up:

University of Alabama

Football Coach: Nick Saban

Mascot: Crimson Tide

School location: Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Number of students: More than 31,000

Year founded: 1831

Famous alumni: The Help author Kathryn Stockett, football players Joe Namath and Bart Starr, Broadway actor and Tony Award winner Norbert Leo Butz


Football Coach: Les Miles

Mascot: Tigers

School location: Baton Rouge, La.

Number of students: More than 26,000

Year founded: 1853

Famous alumni: Former President Hubert Humphrey, political strategist James Carville, basketball player Shaquille O’Neal, composer Bill Conti

If you’re watching a game, see what you think of the school’s commercials, or tell us if you’ve liked any other school commercials during the recent bowl games!

–Lori Johnston

The Annual College-Bound Holiday Gift Guide

Lori Johnston | December 12, 2011

Need a break from all those college or scholarship applications? Get in the holiday spirit by checking out our annual list of the coolest stuff, all with campus life in mind.

School Pride

Collegiate Beanbag Toss: Especially if you’re going to a school where tailgating before football games is a part of student life each fall, a beanbag toss game (also known as cornhole) is a must. Target is among the stores selling the games with school names and mascots on them; you can also find them offered by your potential school’s bookstore. $69-$99

Collegiate Wallet: One of the first thingscollege freshman was a faux-leather ID holder/keychain with my university’s logo on it. But the Pottery Barn Teen wallets are so much more stylish, with the logo and school colors stitched in needlepoint. $55.

Dorm Room Stuff

Door Organizer: In college, you’re going to be so busy that anything that can help you remember important items (like those keys!) is awesome. The Doorganizer from The Container Store is one of those items, staring you right in the face as it hangs from the door knob. It holds phones, keys, glasses, pens, flash drives, and other stuff that you need on a daily basis. $11.99.

Cool Tools: Show your independence by asking for some tools, even starting small with a hammer, screwdriver, and wrench set. But girls can still be cute, such as the Tools for Her set. $19.99.

Tech tools

Mophie Juice Pack Air: Here’s a common Facebook status update: “My battery died so don’t call me. Just FB me!” Don’t let your cell phone die and disconnect you from your friends and worried family. This iPhone case, available in red, black, and white, has a rechargeable battery. $79.95.

Pandigital Frame: Remember your high school friends – and have room for photos of new college friends, too – with a digital frame. There’s a ton on the market, but you’ll want to see how many images it stores (this one from Bed, Bath & Beyond can hold up to 4,000), the frame’s size, and if it comes with a remote (just in case you want to skip past any of those embarrassing photos). $59.99.

Traveling Around

KAVU Keeper: Look all laid back, but organized, with the five compartments in this slender bag to hold your cell phone, keys, and anything else you’re likely to lose while on campus or hanging out with friends. We love the pattern names, like Fireworks, Wallpaper Stripe, Licorice, and Arctic Bloom. $30.

Car Trunk Organizer & Cooler: If those busy weekend trips make it seem as if you are constantly living out of your car, you can get organized with this car trunk organizer. It may join the wooden bar you may have affixed in your car to hang up your clothes too. But this organizer also comes with a cooler, making you a popular person when on a road trip with friends. $49.95.

–Lori Johnston (Delaney Young contributed)

Our hearts are with the Oklahoma State University community today as it mourns the loss of women’s basketball team coach Kurt Budke and assistant coach Miranda Serna. Both were on a recruiting trip and were killed when their single-engine plane crashed near Perryville, Arkansas.

Also killed in the crash were pilot Olin Branstetter, a former Oklahoma state senator, and his wife, Paula. There were no survivors.

Oklahoma State’s president Burns Hargis was quoted at a news conference: “This is our worst nightmare. The entire OSU family is very close, very close indeed. To lose anyone, especially these two individuals who are incredible life forces in our family, it is worse beyond words.”

–Barbara Bellesi