As part of special C-SPAN coverage over the weekend, George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives Director Richard Lindemann offers viewers a tour of the papers of Sen. George Mitchell ’54 in a segment airing on C-SPAN2′s Book TV. Other segments that also aired during C-SPAN’S “Augusta Weekend” featured Special Collections’ early printings of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin and the papers of Oliver Otis Howard, of the Class of 1850.
The Common Application, which allows college-bound high school students to send out one application to many different schools, has had an $8 million makeover. The new online system has been designed to handle a growing number of applications from around the world, the Chronicle of Higher Education reports.
Among the changes to the application is the absence of a “topic of your choice” as a possible essay topic. Some college admission counselors object to the loss of this prompt, saying it helps students express their creativity. At least one counselor, however, argues that removing the prompt “levels the playing field,” because all students will now be limited by the same questions.
Other changes include a tool that forces applicants to adhere to the minimum or maximum number of allowed essay words — 250 to 500. And the application will streamline the fee-waiver system, allowing students to indicate if they qualify just once instead of making multiple requests of different colleges.
The exclamation point, it seems, is the most loathsome punctuation mark to most wordsmiths, who find its overuse not just obnoxious but worrisome. In a recent Atlantic Wire post, writer Rembert Browne explains why.
From here on out, you only get seven exclamation marks in your life, so use them wisely.