Daily Debriefing

by Amelia Acosta | 4/27/11 10:00pm

Marissa Lynn '13 and Jeremy Brouillet '13 received honorable mentions from the government-funded Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program, which recognizes college students for outstanding accomplishments in science, math and engineering, according to a College press release. Giulia Siccardo '12 received an honorable mention from the Udall Scholarship, which honors students who plan to work in the environmental sector or who are Native American and plan to work in native health care or tribal politics, the release said. Lynn is a biology major who plans to work in microbiology and virology following graduation. Brouillet, an engineering and physics major, has worked with the College's theater department to improve the energy efficiency of the lighting system. Siccardo is an environmental studies and economics major who shared her work on Project GreenLite a program that aims to increase the College's energy awareness at the 2010 International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability in Cuenca, Ecuador, Siccardo said in an interview with The Dartmouth. "I've participated in a lot of sustainability campaigns on campus and I plan to go into green business, so I was so encouraged and pleased that the government decided to choose me as one of the students they honored with the award," she said.

Students at the Tuck School of Business face the largest year-to-year increase in student debt of business school students across the country, Fortune reported. Compared to the Tuck Class of 2009, the average debt for the Tuck Class of 2010 rose by over $10,000 to $96,292. The average debt at the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business which claimed the highest debt figure increased by $5,000 over the past year to $109,836 in 2010. Financial aid officers cite the 2008 recession as the cause of tuition increases and lower job wages paid to students prior to enrolling in business school, according to Fortune. Business school students are likely willing to take on such significant loans in hope that their degrees will pay off in the long-term, Fortune reported.

Seventeen-year-old students are more likely to have sex and smoke tobacco or marijuana in states with high community college tuition costs, according to a study by University of Washington economics professor Benjamin Cowan published in The Economics of Education Review earlier this month. After reviewing data from over 5,000 participants in the 1997 National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, Cowan found a correlation between community college tuition and certain types of behavior. Cowan hypothesized that higher tuition lowers students' expectations that they will attend college and increases their willingness to participate in risky behavior since they believe they have less to lose, according to the study.