Notes in the Margins: Beirut, enrollment freezes and bilingual smarts

5 from Southern Miss pep band disciplined  Southern Mississippi has revoked the scholarships of five members of its pep band who took part in the heckling of a Kansas State basketball player from Puerto Rico at last Thursday’s NCAA men’s basketball tournament game. (Associated Press via University Business)

Just because it doesn’t feel productive You might spend a lot of time reading with a particular project in mind only to discover that nothing you read is going to end up in what you are writing. Although that feels like you wasted several hours reading stuff you didn’t need to read, it was actually time well spent. (JoVanEvery)

Why Bilinguals Are Smarter Speaking two languages rather than just one has obvious practical benefits in an increasingly globalized world. But in recent years, scientists have begun to show that the advantages of bilingualism are even more fundamental than being able to converse with a wider range of people. Being bilingual, it turns out, makes you smarter. It can have a profound effect on your brain, improving cognitive skills not related to language and even shielding against dementia in old age. (The New York Times)

Arab uprisings push U.S. students from Egypt to Lebanon Americans wanting a safer semester abroad started going to a place synonymous with war and danger but of late experiencing peace: Beirut. (USA Today)

Cal State plans to freeze enrollment next spring at most campuses Facing uncertain budget prospects, the system also plans to wait-list all applicants the following fall pending the outcome of a proposed tax initiative on the November ballot. (Los Angeles Times)