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Maryland will join the Big Ten in 2014.
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Maryland Joins Big Ten and Other College Football Notes

Maryland announced Monday that it was accepting an invitation to join the Big Ten conference. Rutgers is expected to make a similar announcement on Tuesday. So, for those keeping track at home, the Big Ten will have 14 teams, the Big 12 has 10, and San Diego State will be in the Big East. Got it?

Here's more on the Big Ten announcement as well as some other news and notes from around college football:

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Duke University Creates Invisibility Cloak
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Duke University Creates ‘Harry Potter’ Style Invisibility Cloak

If you're a fan of J.K. Rowling's hit 'Harry Potter' series, you must have longed for your own invisibility cloak so that you could go off on your own magical adventures just like Harry himself. But invisibility cloaks are merely fictional, right? Wrong!

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The OC
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Duke University Offers Course In ‘The O.C.’

College classes based on TV shows aren't a new thing, as series such as 'The Simpsons,' 'The Sopranos' and 'The Wire' have made their way into course catalogs.

Thanks to Duke University, the latest show to make the lecture hall is 'The O.C,' the popular teen drama that ran between 2003 and 2007.

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Savings
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What Are the Best 529 College-Savings Plans — Dollars and Sense

Earlier this week, the investment ratings firm Morningstar released their annual list of the year’s best 529 college-savings plans.

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NCAA moving championships out of New Jersey.
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NCAA Pulling Championships Out of New Jersey Over Gambling

 

The NCAA announced Monday that it would move its future championship events out of New Jersey after the state adopted new rules to allow gambling on sporting events.

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Pledge Paddle
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Should Colleges Ban Hazing? — Survey of the Day

The stated goal of college fraternities and sororities is to promote brotherhood and sisterhood among their members. In many of these organizations, hazing of pledges is a technique that is used to build these bonds. Occasionally, though, this hazing gets out of hand, and a pledge is seriously injured or worse. So, should colleges ban hazing to protect their students?

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WTVM
WTVM

College Student Returns $690 Million Check

Because his late father was an Air Force veteran, 22-year-old Allen Smith gets a check from the VA every month. The $650 helps pay his college expenses but, like many students, he could always use some more.

He got a lot more earlier this month, when he opened his VA check and was staring right at the staggering sum of $690 million.

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What Colleges Have the Lowest- and Highest-Paid Graduates? — Dollars and Sense

The dream of many college graduates—to earn a good-enough starting salary to pay off student loans without being rendered homeless or forced into starvation—comes easier or harder depending on where they graduate.

With that in mind, which American colleges offer the worst possible opportunity for a earning a decent entry-level salary, and which offer the best?

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marching gangnam style
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Marching Band Displays ‘Gangnam Style’

It's true -- everybody likes Psy's 'Gangnam Style.' This latest (and perhaps most impressive) version is performed by the Ohio University marching band. And although Korean rap doesn't necessarily translate to

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college graduation
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Research Finds That Life Is Just Plain Better If You Graduate from College — Here’s Why

It is a given that college graduates make more money. In fact, according to a new OECD study the average college graduate in America earns over $20,000 a year more than their counterparts without a degree, making the United States one of the best countries in the world to have completed college.

But it turns out there are even more benefits to college.

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