Exit the dragon master

The Independent has a good tribute to Gary Gygax. If D&D is a nerd’s pastime, then there are a lot of nerds around. Guesstimate calculations – it’s impossible to reach a precise total – suggest that Dungeons & Dragons has about 25 million regular players worldwide. Certainly Gygax made more than $1bn in sales since he invented it in 1974, a figure which he claimed surprised him, saying he thought…

Admissions Angst Doesn't Afflict as Many as It May Seem

Chronicle (subscription) Each year Ms. O’Connell, a former dean of admissions at McDaniel College, in Maryland, gives between 35 and 40 presentations, during which she urges parents to stay calm despite the “scary headlines” they have seen in newspapers. Ms. O’Connell often tries to reassure students by telling them that if they have conducted a thoughtful search, they need apply to only four or five colleges. Sometimes that’s a tough…

Student faces Facebook consequences

Toronto Star: Avenir said he joined the Facebook group last fall to get help with some of the questions the professor would give students to do online. As the network grew, he took over as its administrator, which is why he believes he alone has been charged. “So we each would be given chemistry questions and if we were having trouble, we’d post the question and say: `Does anyone get…