Notes in the Margins: parenting, privacy, safety and Wikipedia

The Anti-Parent Agenda of Colleges Programs to handle “helicopter parents” are an attempt to intimidate them into surrendering their influence to that of supposedly “superior” professional “educators” who know what’s best for our children. (

Exposed student data leaves prying eyes wide open An online MCTC directory left sensitive student data and internal documents accessible to the prying eyes of anyone with an Internet connection since at least the summer of 2006, according to an investigation by City College News. (

St. Scholastica among area colleges undertaking major science projects Fears that the United States is falling behind other countries in science and technology are spurring many colleges and universities to beef up their science, math and engineering education programs. Minnesota institutions that are upgrading or expanding such facilities include St. Scholastica, Lake Superior College, St. Olaf College, Moorhead State and the University of Minnesota. (

Should Political Science Be Relevant? A panel on the field’s relevance revealed uncertainty among political scientists about their mission. (Inside Higher Ed)

In Singapore, Cultures Clash Over Web 2.0 Public editing tools such as Wikipedia put students in the awkward position of having to publicly correct a peer, which can cause the corrected person to lose face. (

Group Steps Up Campaign to Get More Hispanic Students Through College Excelencia in Education has several plans to improve college completion among Hispanics, the fastest-growing minority group in the United States. (

Editing, enhancing Wikipedia becomes project at colleges Nine professors at prominent colleges have agreed to make creating, augmenting, and editing Wikipedia entries part of their students’ coursework. (USA Today)

Editorial: U gets on board Central Corridor Stadium Village, the campus neighborhood surrounding Washington Avenue, will be the biggest beneficiary of the Central Corridor project. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

UMD med students pack wealth of life experience Deanna Shoup and Alicia Phillips stand out from the crowd because of their life experiences and because they are older than most of their fellow students. (

Safety Inspections Available For U of M Students Living Off Campus | KSTP TV – Minneapolis and St. Paul Housing Inspectors are going door to door in neighborhoods near campus to check for safety violations. University officials and police are also offering advice about safety, avoiding crime, and complying with city ordinances. (KSTP | Minneapolis & St. Paul)