Notes in the Margins: Video games, same-sex dorms and the Confederate flag

Catholic University’s same-sex dorms deemed legal Earlier this year, Catholic University President John Garvey began to banish co-ed dorms and reinstitute the old-school practice of housing women and men in separate buildings. Soon after, George Washington University law professor John F. Banzhaf III challenged the legality of that decision and filed a discrimination complaint with the D.C. Office of Human Rights. (The Washington Post)

Colleges’ latest thrust in learning: Video games Around the country, pockets of faculty have been adding games to their courses as a way to stimulate learning. At Boston College, nursing students conduct forensics at a virtual crime scene. At the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a game called Melody Mixer teaches students how to read and compose music. Students at Mercyhurst College in Erie, Pa., play World of Warcraft, a multiplayer online game, in a course on intelligence studies. (USA Today)

Student debt higher than previously thought The New York Fed said it has been underestimating the amount of student-loan debt. Its August report showed student loans outstanding at $550 billion. Its revised figure shows that in the second quarter, the amount outstanding was actually $845 billion — 53.7 percent higher than what was first reported. (The Washington Post)

Despite Scandal, Applications to Penn State Rise Applications for admission to Pennsylvania State University are up 4 percent over last year, with applications to the school’s flagship campus — home to the beleaguered Nittany Lions football program — up by 2 percent. (The New York Times)

Black student sparks debate with Confederate flag A black college student who drew complaints for displaying a Confederate flag in his dorm room window said he sees the banner as a symbol of Southern pride and not racism. (Associated Press via The Boston Globe)