Notes in the Margins: Rock stars, teetotalers and cheating jocks

Polls: Young non-drinkers up in down economy The tough economy appears to be having a sobering effect — literally — on incoming college freshmen. Some new surveys of high school students suggest increasing numbers are beginning college as teetotalers. (USA Today)

Bad Apples or More? The National Collegiate Athletic Association punished nearly half of all big-time college sports programs for major violations of its rules in the last decade, an Inside Higher Ed analysis shows. The number of colleges that committed serious violations of the association’s academic rules nearly doubled, to 15 from 8 in the 1990s. (Inside Higher Ed)

College Classrooms Replace Stages For Rock Stars They may fall off the pop charts, some might even lose the muse. But these days old rock stars need not worry about fading away, not when there’s a college classroom nearby. (The Huffington Post)

Budget Cuts Galore Officials from and beneficiaries of community colleges in rural areas all over the country are bracing for severe state budget cuts. And though rural community colleges are not specifically being targeted, some educators say these institutions are likely to be disproportionately hurt by across-the-board cuts. (Inside Higher Ed)

KU’s fraternity governing body is accused of hazing The University of Kansas says it will sanction the Interfraternity Council after finding that members of the council’s executive board paddled others during a leadership transition ceremony in November. (Kansas City Star)