New Yale University President Peter Salovey who begins his new position in June of 2013.
It’s the end of 2012 and the only “present” your school gave you for the holidays is a good ol’ tuition hike?
But is it really? Throughout 2012, colleges across the country broke records, created new policies and made changes that made life better for students. Here’s a quick list of some of the best holiday gifts from that schools gave to students.
Northeastern University, Boston, MA
Northeastern University recently established a smoke-free campus initiative committee to explore the idea of, well, a smoke-free campus.
The committee includes administrators, faculty, and students — giving all parties input in the creation of the policy — and it’s good news for everyone who hates walking through tobacco smoke on their way to class.
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
After a yearlong review of the school’s Alcohol and Drug Policy, the Undergraduate Assembly passed a resolution approving lesser restrictions on alcohol.
The pilot program will allow mixed drinks to be served at certain events. The program is seen as a win-win: it provides more freedom to students while making it more appealing for students to register their organization’s events with the school.
University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Even if you’re not a sports fan, you have to show some respect for the successful Gators football season. Ending the 2012 season with 11 wins and just one loss? Seems like one big victory to me.
Amherst College, Amherst, MA
Amherst College has had a rough year.
Scandal began to brew with a student’s account of sexual assault published in The Amherst Student and continued with a student’s suicide note blaming the administration for mishandling sexual assault.
These events have provided President Carolyn Martin the opportunity to use her skills as a gender studies scholar to create a discussion about how to make positive change. Martin reached out to undergraduates, began a review of the school’s Discipline Committee and has begun brainstorming with other administrators.
Martin is the best gift that Amherst could have received this season.
Yale University, New Haven, CT
Hail to the chief!
After current president Richard Levin announced that he would be stepping down, Yale University — after a search committee assessed over 150 candidates — announced that popular administrator Peter Salovey would be taking over the position. Salovey has been a member of the Yale community for over 30 years as a professor, a dean and as the double bass player in the Professors of Bluegrass band.
Many are excited for his appointment, which officially begins on June 30.
What better way to feel good during the holidays than to read something nice about yourself?
College Compliments, a trend that’s popping up on schools all over the country, is a clear example of positive change that can occur on college campuses if students put their mind to it.
(It’s also nice to see that the opposing movement, College Insults, isn’t gaining much traction.) Perhaps the best gift to college students this season came from themselves.
Are there any other “college presents” that should have been on this list? Let us know in the comments!
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