Loyal farmers flock to market

BERKELEY, Calif. — An older woman carries a cloth bag up to a stand covered in boxes of vibrantly colored fruits. The man at the stand is already preparing her order.  He greets her by name and smiles as she leaves with her produce. Torrey Olson of Gabriel Farms has been selling produce at the downtown Berkeley…

When college admissions officers turn to Facebook

As senior year approaches, Becca Allen is ready to start the college admissions process. She is already familiar with the traditional application profile: standardized test scores, grade-point averages, extracurricular activities and a combination of other factors. But beyond those long-standing worries, Allen has a new digital dilemma to worry about—her Facebook profile. “I am a…

In a down economy, students see business school as a safe bet

Throughout middle and high school, Joanna Sobieski loved music, particularly singing, which she had done since the fourth grade. She planned to major in voice performance in college and go on to pursue a career in music. But when she arrived at American University for her freshman year, Sobieski decided to major in film. “There is…

Bridging the gap between high school and college

At many high schools across the country, the end goal is clear: college. Teachers use it to motivate their students. Parents sometimes even choose schools based on their track record in sending students to selective colleges. Still, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, the majority of high school students don’t go on to receive a…

College competition isn’t just on the field

Instead of chatting about their activities over March break, two friends argued over whose GPA was higher in their latest report card. Ellie Gan, a rising senior at Miss Porter’s School in Farmington, Conn., watched the argument between two friends escalate. “The conversation was getting heated — they started to scream and get really frustrated,” Gan said. The…

Awarding basketball scholarships: from the court to the admissions office

When American University basketball coaches hit the recruiting circuit, they keep two factors constantly in mind:  players’ basketball abilities and their academic success. “We look for the most talented players with [the] academic standards,” said Mike Gambardella, the assistant athletic director for communications at American University.  “It’s tougher to meet [these standards] across the board.” At…