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Headlines That Make Me Giggle is an occasional CMM feature focusing lightheartedly on especially funny, fascinating or outrageous student press story toppers.  To nominate a headline from your own outlet (or a heated rival), email or tweet me.

Columbia University is conducting a comprehensive, convoluted “war on fun.”  In a recent op-ed in The Columbia Spectator, Héctor González calls it “a war so pointless you’d think Bush declared it.”

According to González, “[I]t’s really easy to get in trouble at this school: Just act your age. If you partake in any teenage tomfoolery, you’re sure to find yourself detailing to Judicial Affairs and Community Standards, to residential advisors, or to Public Safety officers how you have been a very bad boy.”

This constant trouble-shooting is apparently transforming students into people they are not.  As González notes in the lede, “Before I came to Columbia, I was an obese, theater-obsessed, socially awkward penguin.  Now I’m fucking James Dean.”  Or as the op-ed headline lays out even more simply, “How Columbia Turned Me Into a Badass.”

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A University of New Mexico staffer apparently beat a duck to death earlier this summer with a metal trash grabber– and tossed eggs from its nest in a pond.  When confronted by an eyewitness– who wrote a letter this week to The Daily Lobo— the assailant said she was simply following school policy and cleaning up the nest’s mess.

Every Friday night at a bar near the University of Texas at Austin, raucous drinkers gather to watch turtles race.  Apparently, the shelled creatures move faster than some spectators expect.  Why is the event held?  In a new Daily Texan video, “The Slow and the Furious,” one young woman said about a recent race, “I didn’t get what the purpose of it was, but I thought it was really cool.” :)

Columbia Daily Spectator online editor Jake Davidson recently walked into his homestay in Morocco– where he is living and studying this summer– to find a chicken in the laundry room.  At first, he thought his homestay family was planning to eat it.  Now, he’s not so sure.  As he tells the Spectator, “It’s been a week and the chicken is still there.  I don’t know if we’re keeping it as a pet or what.”

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Sex has been the story of the student press for the past decade, for better and worse. Sex columns and sex issues in college newspapers and full-blown campus sex magazines have appeared with increasing regularity and as increasingly risqué at or near campuses nationwide and into Canada (and even India!).

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C-Spot

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The newest student sex mag is C-Spot, an independent erotic review created and put out by Columbia University students. The founder’s take on it: “C-Spot is a means for students to combine the intellectual, academic and creative with the erotic.” Similar prominent student sex mags operate at Rice, Harvard, Yale, Boston, Vassar, and the University of Chicago.

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Are they art or porn or both? Are they decent tools for journalistic expression? The most positive aspect of these publications, and their column peers, in my opinion: They cover an incredibly significant area of students’ lives and provide students with a voice on an area that otherwise basically goes uncovered in the mainstream student and professional press.

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