Notes in the Margins: Profs' phones, campus conservatives, food waste

Profs get smartphones, so students can call them As a professor, how do you get dropout-prone college students to stay in school? Give them your cellphone number. How do you get professors to promptly field text messages, calls and e-mails from students? A Georgia college says buy them smartphones and pay for the service plan. (USA Today)

Who’s ‘Really Ready’ for college? Retired Marquette dean gives advice Robert Neuman shares strategies to help middle school and high school students avoid common problems in prepping for college. (USA Today)

Are campus conservatives really an oppressed minority? Research presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association affirmed that many conservative students thrive on the very campuses that tend to be portrayed as hostile to them. (USA Today)

Rochester mostly caters to ‘elderly visitors to Mayo’ A writer in the Rochester Post-Bulletin appreciates the recent Washington Monthly profile of the University of Minnesota – Rochester, but thinks it uses hyperbole and includes some odd details.(postbulletin.typepad.com)

The tunnels are coming to WSU More than a year and a half after Winona State University announced plans to build two pedestrian tunnels under the Canadian Pacific rail line near the main campus, work is slated to begin this week. (Winona Daily News)

Waste Not at Bethel University Bethel student Nick Voss was shocked about the amount of food waste on a typical campus, so he began to fight it. (bethel.edu)