Apr 1, 2010

April Fool’s Day Is Alive and Well on College Campuses

Undergrads love a good joke. Here are some headlines appearing in student publications this April Fool’s Day :

The Diamondback, University of Maryland: “Panda to be university’s new mascot”
NYUNews.com, New York University: “NYU buys Columbia, eats Harvard University”
GW Hatchet, George Washington University, “'24' star takes over as chief of police”
YES Weekly, High Point University: “High Point to get new downtown stadium, major league baseball team”
Technique, Georgia Institute of Technology: “No more letter T”

But the best joke of all comes from a few Johns Hopkins administrators with way too much time on their hands. According to a report featured on their home page, Johns Hopkins University officially announced a name change to “John Hopkins” thereby eliminating the superfluous “s,” which has evidently tripped up more than one college applicant. University president Ronald J. Daniel comments, “We’re fighting a losing battle here. And we strongly suspect the extra ‘s’ was a typo in the first place.”

Enjoy the day!

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