Napa Valley College officials are the latest to interfere with a popular campus-based game of tag called Humans vs. Zombies. More than 600 campuses in the United States play some version of the game, which originated at Goucher College.
To win, zombie players try to “infect” or tag the humans, thereby turning them into zombies, and the humans must protect one another from being tagged. Sometimes the teams also have missions to complete. In some iterations, the tags are tracked with person-specif…
Sometimes we spend hours diligently scouring the Internet and checking in with sources to find Tweed items that will entertain, inspire, or horrify Chronicle readers. Sometimes universities are kind enough to send them directly to our inboxes. Today’s example is an email from Emory & Henry College, featuring a tantalizing hint of a new logo, scheduled to be revealed on Thursday:
There are also images on the college’s Facebook page showing “rejected” versions:
In case you needed more proof that Facebook postings do not count as “private” interactions, The Daily Pennsylvanianreports that the University of Pennsylvania recently fired Nadirah Farah Foley, an employee in its admissions office, after she shared—and mocked—excerpts of students’ application essays on her Facebook page.
According to the newspaper, Ms. Foley’s posts included quotations from essays as well as disdainful asides:
In one essay, a student had written about his “long and deep” …
The Kappa Sigma fraternity’s chapter at Duke University set off a flood of criticism last week for inviting students to a party titled “Asia Prime,” which featured conical hats, sumo loincloths, and an invitation written in a stereotypical accent. The fraternity changed the party’s name to “International Relations” when a backlash erupted. But the event went on as planned, and students gathered on Wednesday in protest:
In 1978, Tufts University’s president, Jean Mayer, apologized for the “difficult burden” that a tuition increase of $350 would place on students and their families. In a letter sent to students’ parents almost exactly 35 years ago, Mr. Mayer explained that expenses were continuing to rise, and that “every possible avenue of restraining costs” had already been explored.
Any parent with a child in college now will probably find the letter, recently obtained by The Chronicle, strikingly familiar, a…
A North Carolina university and a major technology company are tangled up in a court battle over which one of them has the right to turn an existential statement into a dull marketing slogan.
According to Reuters, East Carolina University is suing Cisco Systems Inc. over the company’s use of what the university says is its registered trademark, “Tomorrow Starts Here,” a phrase that plays prominently in the company’s new marketing campaign.
Here is a video of one of Cisco’s new advertisements, …
Ever since Virginia’s governor, Robert F. McDonnell, reappointed Helen E. Dragas to another four-year term as rector of the University of Virginia’s governing board last summer, her opponents have been gearing up in hopes of blocking that move in the state legislature. Lawmakers have until February 8 to confirm her reappointment.
Opponents are upset that Ms. Dragas orchestrated a failed and very public campaign to oust the university’s president. Months later, the sting hasn’t worn off: They…
In past years, The Chronicle has made a point of mockinghighlighting the holiday video cards that universities send to their alumni, staff, and students. This year will be no different. If you have a video we haven’t seen yet, feel free to leave it in the comments.
Without further ado:
The Brass Band Edition
The Slightly Creepy Living Statues Edition
The Flash Mob [Because It's 2005, Apparently] Edition