Notes in the Margins: WikiLeaks, SweeTango and sign language

Colleges and Students Would Benefit From White House Tax Compromise Among the expiring tax breaks the deal would extend are a research-and-development tax credit and a trio of deductions and credits for college tuition. (

Why WikiLeaks Is Bad for Scholars The cumulative effect of governments’ likely responses will make it harder for political scientists and historians to piece together how foreign-policy decisions were made. (

That Facebook Welcome to the Class of 2015? Not So Fast, Colleges Say High school seniors about to be admitted to college, take note: that authentic-looking Facebook page inviting you to join the university’s “welcome group” for the Class of 2015 may be unauthorized. (

GAO revises its report critical of practices at for-profit schools The Government Accountability Office has revised portions of a report it released last summer on recruiting practices in for-profit higher education, softening several examples from an undercover investigation but standing by its central finding that colleges had encouraged fraud and misled potential applicants. (The Washington Post)

Bitter, U asks judge to throw out lawsuit over SweeTango apple Within the next three months, a judge will decide whether Minnesota apple growers will be allowed to continue their case against the University of Minnesota for the handling of its newest apple, the SweeTango. If the court decides to hear the case, the subsequent ruling will have serious consequences on the apple industry and could impact future research and development at the University. (

Sign language No. 4 most studied foreign language American Sign Language is close to surpassing German as the third-most-studied foreign language at America’s colleges and universities. The top language studied in U.S. colleges in 2009 was Spanish, followed by French. Arabic saw the biggest increase, up 46%, but is still studied by just 2% of all students enrolled in language courses. (USA Today)

Adele Scheele: Transforming College Papers and Projects into Careers Mere papers can become lightning rods to your future career. The magic comes in quitting the “good student” passive role and becoming an active explorer of ideas and alliances to expand your horizons. Sure, it’s more work to think about your own agenda than to just fill in the blanks given to you by a professor. But if you make your program serve your own career interests as well as fulfilling your requirements, you’ll more than double the value of your degree. (Huffington Post)