Notes in the Margins: Obama, April Fools' and the college job market

Remembering When College Was a Buyer’s Bazaar A stroll through classified ads from more than a century ago shows that colleges and universities rolled out the welcome mat for the students they coveted. (The New York Times)

April Fools’ Day: Should college papers print fake stories? For generations, college newspapers have celebrated April Fools’ Day by sneaking in a fake story or producing an entire section of satirical news. And every year, some satirical stories make jokes that are more offensive than funny. (The Washington Post)

Synthetic marijuana widely used at Naval Academy, some midshipmen say A synthetic form of marijuana is widely used at the U.S. Naval Academy because it cannot be detected in routine drug tests, according to several former midshipmen who have been removed from campus for using or possessing the substance. (The Washington Post)

Obama Approval Rating Increases Among College Students Among four-year college students alone, the president’s approval rating has risen 9 points to 60 percent since a similar poll was conducted October. The president’s overall approval rating holds at 55 percent among 18-to 29-year-olds, up 6 points from October. (The Huffington Post)

College Job Market Shows Impressive Turnaround According to a new survey from the National Association of Colleges and Employers, hiring is expected to be up 21 percent from last year for jobs and internships across all majors. The results of this most recent survey come as a surprise — in August, NACE predicted a 13.5 percent increase in hiring. (The Huffington Post)