Notes in the Margins: Urine, dogs and cheating

Dogs Helping College Students Fight Exam Stress Tufts University near Boston is using playful, therapeutic Australian Shepherds as a way to ease stressful students who are preparing for final exams and may be entering a tough job market. (

David Callahan: Why Honor Codes Reduce Student Cheating Rampant student cheating has become so familiar that it is tempting to think that the problem is intractable. That is wrong. Some colleges have much less cheating than others. And the existence of honor codes is a key factor. The lower rates of cheating at honor code schools has been observed by researchers since William Bowers wrote his path-breaking 1964 study, “Student Dishonesty and its Control in Colleges.” (Huffington Post)

Square Feet: The Real Estate Collapse? It’ll Be in the Final A master’s degree in real estate is seen by employers as a viable alternative to an M.B.A. (

Great Lakes, Good Job Market College hiring is rebounding in the Great Lakes and Mid-Atlantic regions, but remains muted in the Northeast, Southeast and Southwest, Dow Jones’s Melissa Korn writes this week. (Speakeasy – Wall Street Journal)

College, Jobs and Inequality A college education is better than no college education and correlates with higher pay. But as a cure for unemployment or as a way to narrow the chasm between the rich and everyone else, “more college” is a too-easy answer. (The New York Times)

Why was there a jar of urine in Harvard’s Lamont library? The Mysterious Case of the Urine in Harvard’s Library sounds a little like an old Encyclopedia Brown story. But it’s a real-life whodunit that started last weekend, when the Harvard Crimson reported that university police were investigating urine damage on 36 books about gay, lesbian, and transgender issues in the stacks of Lamont library. (Boston Globe)

All boros boast rise in college grads, including over 50% of Manhattanites over 25, says census For the first time, more than 50% of Manhattan residents over 25 have at least a bachelor’s degree, figures released yesterday by the U.S. Census Bureau show. The national rate is 27.5%. (New York Daily News)