Notes in the Margins: Chicken and waffles, mental health and public value

UC Irvine MLK Day dinner criticized The chicken-and-waffle meal was served on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the first day of UC Irvine’s three-day symposium in honor of the civil rights leader. Student organizations complained that the menu was insensitive. (Los Angeles Times)

Federal Official Urges Colleges to Unite in Emphasizing Their Public Value As financial support shifts away, institutions need to make their own case, the Education Department official told a gathering of college leaders in San Francisco. (chronicle.com)

Hundreds of American Students Lie Low in Egypt, as Protests Continue A new State Department travel warning says Americans in the country should consider leaving, but that is more easily advised than accomplished. (chronicle.com)

The Choice: Assessing Mental Health Offerings A Times journalist who has written about mental health on campus arms prospective college students with questions to ask, as well as resources for seeking answers. (feeds.nytimes.com)

Applications Rise (Yet Again) at Dozens of Selective Colleges The Choice introduces its running tally of application trends this year at nearly 100 colleges and universities. (thechoice.blogs.nytimes.com)