Notes in the Margins: Hotels for finals, European loans, and the Ph.D. herd

Urbana’s Illini Union Hotel Cuts Rates For Students During Finals The 74-room hotel in Urbana is offering a special deal during final exams, hoping to woo stressed-out students who need to get away from their roommates and end-of-semester dormitory noise. (The Huffington Post)

Thinning the Ph.D. Herd How to ease the miseries of grad school? Make sure there are fewer grad students. (Slate)

When study abroad isn’t all it’s cracked up to be Because studying abroad is billed universally as one of the best things one can do in college, I felt that my lack of enjoyment would be perceived as failure or a lack of effort on my part. (USA Today)

Expect few takers for European postgrad loans The idea of borrowing to study is ‘totally alien’ to some students, so take-up may be low. (Times Higher Education)

Higher Ed 2013’s Not-Top 10 These are events that left me shaking my head in disbelief or wondering how someone could fail so dramatically. (Washington Monthly)