Monday, May 9, 2011

Daily Dose: Sean Lennon - Dead Meat

Distracted People Have "Too Much Brain"

A new study by the scientists at the University College London has found larger than average volumes of grey matter in certain brain regions of people whose attention is readily diverted. That means people who are easily distracted may have 'too much brain'. 

Ryota Kanai and his colleagues arrived at this conclusion after comparing the brain activity in both easy and difficult-to-distract individuals. 

Each individual was quizzed about various attention-orientated activities they perform –like how often do they notice traffic signs or if they ever get sidetracked to the extent they forget why they're in a particular location or the goal of a particular activity. 

The most distracted individuals received the highest score. 

The researchers observed that there was a significant difference in grey matter levels between individuals scoring high (easily distracted) and those scoring low in a region of the brain known as the left superior parietal lobe (SPL).

They found that easily distracted people had more grey matter in that region. 

To prove whether the left SPL gray matter levels have a major role to play in attention deficit, the researchers turned to transcranial magnetic stimulation or brain damping. 

Fifteen volunteers had the activity of the SPL part of their brains dampened with a magnet for around half an hour, after they were asked to perform a timed task both with and without a distraction. 

"The difference in the time taken to perform the tasks is a measure of how easily distracted a person is," New Scientist quoted Kanai as saying. 

When the same individuals later repeated the exercise following transcranial magnetic stimulation over the left SPL to dampen its activity, the time each took to complete the task increased by around a quarter, on average. 

"This suggests that the left SPL is involved in top-down control of attention," said Kanai. 

The two experiments suggest that the left SPL works to overcome distraction, and that those with larger left SPLs are more easily distracted.


Thursday, May 5, 2011

Daily Dose: Joshua Radin - Streetlight

Didn't Get Into Your Choice College? 280 Other Options

any high school seniors were left disappointed this year after one of the toughest college admissions seasons on record. But the “Space Availability Study” from the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) shows students who were rejected from their top-choice schools, may still be in luck

The list contains more than 280 schools that told NACAC they still have limited room in this fall's freshman class.

The schools, which range from state schools to small, private colleges as well as universities abroad include, among others, University of Arizona, Hofstra University in New York, St. John's College in Maryland, Oregon State, Texas A&M at Commerce, Xavier University in Ohio and Wheaton College in Massachusetts.

The list includes the contact information for the admissions departments at each institution and the NACAC says students should contact the university directly for information on how-to apply.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Daily Dose: Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Dull Life

People Who Stay Up Late Eat More, Eat Worse

Staying up late at night can lead to an additional 2 pounds a month weight gain, researchers reported Wednesday. The study showed that people who go to bed late eat more food, have worse diets and are more likely to have a higher body mass index.

Many studies over the last 10 years have pointed to the need for people to sleep when they're supposed to (at night) and to sleep for the needed amount of time -- about eight hours for adults. Keeping a healthy sleep schedule allows the body's circadian rhythms to stay in sync and keeps a range of metabolic and physiological systems running smoothly.

The new study adds to the sleep-weight connection. Northwestern University scientists examined 52 adults on their sleep and dietary patterns. More than half of the participants were normal sleepers -- meaning that the midpoint of sleep occurred at or before 5:30 a.m. Late sleepers (44% of the sample) got less sleep and went to sleep later.

Late sleepers consumed more calories at dinner and after 8 p.m., ate more fast food, drank more high-calorie soft drinks and had lower fruit and vegetable consumption. Overall, late sleepers consumed 248 more calories per day than normal sleepers. The late sleepers tended to eat less in the morning, then steeply increased their caloric intake in the afternoon and evening. It's not clear, however, whether the late sleepers ate more unhealthy foods at night because they preferred them or because they had limited choices of food at later hours.

The study reinforces that age-old wisdom that when you eat is important. "When sleep and eating are not aligned with the body's internal clock, it can lead to changes in appetite and metabolism," the senior author of the study, Dr. Phyllis Zee, said in a news release.

The study was published online in the journal Obesity.


Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Daily Dose: Angus and Julia Stone - Big Jet Plane

Angus and Julia Stone - Big Jet Plane (official... by Discograph

Active Kids Make Happier Adults

Working up a sweat in childhood can help ward off depression later in life, a new Australian study has found.
Researchers asked around 2150 Australian adults about the level of physical activity they undertook before the age of 15 - ranging from leisurely tasks like bowling and gardening to more vigorous sports and running.
"Even after we took into account how physically active they were now, those who were in the low physical activity (category) when they were younger were 35 per cent more likely to report that they'd been depressed as adults," said researcher Felice Jacka from Deakin University.
"Your environment when you're young really plays a major role in your health when you get older because your brain is developing, your stress response system is developing," she told AAP.
"Exercise really promotes the growth of new brain cells and these brain cells grow in the areas that are very important for depressive illness."
Dr Jacka recommended children get in at least one hour of physical activity each day.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Daily Dose: Arcade Fire - No Cars Go

Cupcakes, Hammocks Offered College Students During Exams

It is final exam week at the downtown Charleston, South Carolina liberal arts school founded in 1707.
Cupcakes and other snacks, massages, yoga classes, Zumba dance sessions, guided meditation and peer counseling are offered to stressed-out students through next Wednesday.
"There's different ways to cope with stress besides eating," said sophomore Tommy Werner, who pronounced himself "about as ready as I can be" for an exam.
The "Cougar Countdown," named for the College of Charleston mascot, brings together many campus organizations to sponsor activities. Popular after three semesters, the program now has a dedicated budget of $5,000 a year, said Lindy Coleman, Study Skills Coordinator at the university.
Earlier this week, students found puppies from a local shelter to cuddle and a pancake breakfast was prepared by the college's president.
The program also uses social media to post exam tips from professors and study groups, so there's a cerebral component, Coleman said.
"People were wild for the puppies," Coleman said.
Other colleges and universities offer similar services during exams, when libraries are often open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
About 20 hammocks are stretched between palm trees on the campus of the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. University President Donna Shalala, the former Secretary of Health and Human Services under President Bill Clinton, came up with the idea.
"I was looking for a surprise for students to perk them up during exams," Shalala said.
"It's very tropical, very Miami, very South Florida," said Pietro Bortoletto, a graduating neurobiology major. "You see students taking a nap, reading a book. It's a great way to get out of all the negative energy of being in a packed library."
"I love the weather here," said freshman Bessie Nolan who is from Chicago. "At my residence hall the night before every exam, they have free cheesecake and ice cream and doughnuts and coffee. Only at night."
Harvard University's StressBusters program trains volunteer teams of students to offer back rubs and wellness information "wherever the stressed gather," according to the university's Center for Wellness website.
The Residence Hall Association at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill sets up board games, video games, Wii stations, arts and crafts and lots of free food during exam week, said student Clare Kurdys.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Daily Dose: Ou Est Le Swimming Pool: Dance The Way I Feel

How to Afford College at All Costs

The nation's total student debt is about $896 billion, according to a recent report by Project on Student Debt, an initiative of the Institute for College Access and Success, a nonprofit independent research and policy organization. That's more than the nation's entire credit card debt.
So, as kids and families receive acceptance letters from schools, the euphoria of getting in is quickly tamped down by the fact that it's going to potentially cost about $30,000 a year -- or more.
So what can you do to make sure you can pay for your dream school?
On "The Early Show," CBS News Business and Economics Correspondent Rebecca Jarvis advised, if you haven't already, you need to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, also known as the FAFSA.
"You go to the website and fill it out," she said. "It is a first-come-first-serve type of program. So, for Pell grants, for Stafford loans, for work study, this is what you're applying for through the FAFSA. The first people to fill it out are the first people to get it. On average, they get about $7,000 more just for filling it out earlier."
Co-anchor Chris Wragge said, "A lot of families fill it out saying there's no way we'll qualify for financial aid. You kind of have to appeal to some of these places, these schools and make a case for yourself."
"You do," Jarvis agreed. "And if you received a letter back from a school saying, 'Welcome aboard, we'd love to have you,' there is no reason why you can't go back to the school and say, 'Listen, I would love to attend, but financial aid package that you put together for me is not one that I can live with. It's not one that I can afford to pay.' One great thing to do is, if you get into a handful of schools, and one of them gives you a great financial aid package, take it to the school where you really want to attend and say, 'Listen, I would come here if you could do what the other guys are doing for me.'"
She continued, "If there's been an illness in the family, there's been a change of job circumstances, someone in the family lost their job, you can also appeal to a college or university on those grounds. About 30 percent more people are appealing these decisions now than they were before the recession began. So it's becoming more common."
Wragge said calls and appeals may help.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

University Study: Mothers Diet Link To Child Obesity

An expectant mother's diet during pregnancy can alter her baby's DNA in the womb, increasing its risk of obesity, heart disease and diabetes in later life, a team of international scientists has claimed.

Researchers from the UK, New Zealand and Singapore, said the study, to be published next week, provided the first scientific evidence linking pregnant women's diet to childhood obesity.

"We have shown for the first time that susceptibility to obesity cannot simply be attributed to the combination of our genes and our lifestyle, but can be triggered by influences on a baby's development in the womb, including what the mother ate," said Southampton University's Professor Keith Godfrey, who led the research.

The study, which will be published in the journal Diabetes, showed that what a mother ate during pregnancy could change the function of her child's DNA through a process called epigenetic change.

Researchers measured epigenetic changes in nearly 300 children at birth and showed that these strongly predicted the degree of obesity at six or nine years of age.

Children with a high degree of epigenetic change were more likely to develop a metabolism that "lays down more fat," regardless of the mother's weight and how much her child weighs at birth, researchers found.

Professor Peter Gluckman, from Auckland University's Liggins Institute, said the rate of epigenetic change was possibly linked to a low carbohydrate diet in the first three months of pregnancy, but it was too early to draw a definitive conclusion and further studies were needed.

He said one theory was that an embryo fed a diet containing few carbohydrates -- which provide the body with energy -- assumed it would be born into a carbohydrate-poor environment and altered its metabolism to store more fat, which could be used as fuel when food was scarce.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Daily Dose: Shout Out Louds - Very Loud

Weight Loss May Improve Your Memory

Losing weight not only provides a variety of health benefits, but may also help sharpen your memory. These are the findings of new research from Kent State University recently published in the journalSurgery for Obesity and Related Diseases.
John Gunstad, an Assistant Professor of psychology and lead author of the study, reported that results of the research indicate that weight loss may improve concentration and overall cognitive ability. He pointed out, “We've known for a long time that obesity is a risk factor for things like Alzheimer’s disease and stroke, and more recent work really shows that obesity is a link to memory problems and concentration problems before that even begins.” Gunstad then explained that his research team set out to answer the question, “If excess weight causes these problems, can losing weight help reverse them?”
For their study, the researchers analyzed the memory and attention of a group of 150 obese people having an average weight of 300 pounds. At the beginning of the study, each member of the group was given mental skills testing for assessment of baseline abilities of recall and attention. Following the assesment, a number of the study subjects underwent gastric bypass surgery for weight loss, while others did not. After a period of 12 weeks, mental skills testing was once again performed on each participant.
Prior to the weight loss surgery, 23.9 percent of all the participants exhibited impaired learning, and 22.9 percent had poor recognition memory. However, twelve weeks after the surgical procedures and an average weight loss of about 50 pounds, cognitive tests revealed that on average, performance for those underwent the procedure was within or above average range. Among those who did not opt for gastric bypass surgery, no improvements were seen. In fact, findings revealed that the non-surgery group had expereinced a gradual decline in memory over the 12-week period.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Daily Dose: Dr. Dog - Heart It Races

Study Shows College Students Are Addicted To Electronics

A new study suggests that college students worldwide are "addicted" to portable electronic devices, such as cellphones, laptops and MP3 players.
Researchers asked about 1,000 students in 10 countries on five continents to give up all their portable electronic devices for 24 hours. After that break, the students wrote about their feelings and also completed a survey. Most students, whether living in developed or developing countries, are similar in how they use the devices and how "addicted" they are to them, according to the study released by the International Center for Media & the Public Agenda (ICMPA) at the University of Maryland.
The researchers had expected to find some differences among students from different countries, says project director Susan D. Moeller, a journalism and public policy professor at the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism and director of the ICMPA. "But it quickly became apparent, from looking at the student demographics and the students' narrative comments, that all the student-responders in this study are digital natives. It was then that we realized that digital natives have no passports: If we had covered up the place name of a student's comment we would have had no idea of the student's nationality."

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Daily Dose: The Big Pink - Dominos

Ethics Seminar Had Exotic Dancers

Students at La Salle University in Philadelphia say exotic dancers were part of a professor's extra-credit symposium on business ethics.

Officials at the private Roman Catholic school say they are investigating the March 21 seminar, which ended abruptly after the business school's dean showed up.

Students say the dancers kept their clothes on. Sophomore Brad Bernardino tells WPVI-TV that one dancer gave a lap dance to assistant management professor Jack Rappaport.

Rappaport did not respond to an emailed request for comment.

La Salle spokesman Joseph Donovan would not comment on Rappaport's status while the investigation continues. Students say they have a new teacher.

The seminar was held at a satellite campus about 10 miles from La Salle's main campus.

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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Daily Dose: Foster The People - Pumped Up Kicks

Burden of College Loans on Graduates Grows

While many economists say student debt should be seen in a more favorable light, the rising loan bills nevertheless mean that many graduates will be paying them for a longer time.
“In the coming years, a lot of people will still be paying off their student loans when it’s time for their kids to go to college,” said Mark Kantrowitz, the publisher of and, who has compiled the estimates of student debt, including federal and private loans.
Two-thirds of bachelor’s degree recipients graduated with debt in 2008, compared with less than half in 1993. Last year, graduates who took out loans left college with an average of $24,000 in debt. Default rates are rising, especially among those who attended for-profit colleges.
The mountain of debt is likely to grow more quickly with the coming round of budget-slashing. Pell grants for low-income students are expected to be cut and tuition at public universities will probably increase as states with pinched budgets cut back on the money they give to colleges.
Some education policy experts say the mounting debt has broad implications for the current generation of students.
“If you have a lot of people finishing or leaving school with a lot of debt, their choices may be very different than the generation before them,” said Lauren Asher, president of theInstitute for Student Access and Success. “Things like buying a home, starting a family, starting a business, saving for their own kids’ education may not be options for people who are paying off a lot of student debt.”
In some circles, student debt is known as the anti-dowry. As the transition from adolescence to adulthood is being delayed, with young people taking longer to marry, buy a home and have children, large student loans can slow the process further.
“There’s much more awareness about student borrowing than there was 10 years ago,” Ms. Asher said. “People either are in debt or know someone in debt.”

Monday, April 11, 2011

Daily Dose: Stateless - Bloodstream

Your Safety School May Be The Smarter Choice

The headlines last week weren't pretty. As colleges and universities nationwide revealed their admissions decisions, news broke of a dramatic decline in acceptance rates — and not just at Ivy League schools. The shift means that for the legions of high school students who sunk all their hopes and plans into a dream school find themselves grappling with some serious disappointment this week.

Why were admissions so low? It's a numbers game. This year's graduating class is one of the largest on record. As a result, colleges saw the number of applicants soar to record-high levels, but budgetary constraints kept most of them from upping the number of spots they could offer. Harvard, the school with the lowest admission rate in the country, offered enrollment to just 6.2% of applicants, or a total of 2,158 students of the record 34,950 who applied. But it isn't just the Ivy League schools; both state schools and private liberal-arts colleges saw their acceptance rates decline as well. The University of California, San Diego, is poised to accept 34.3% of the 53,455 students who applied (down from 38.2% last year and a whopping 49% five years ago), while Amherst College in Massachusetts projects it will accept 12.6% of its 8,432 applicants.

It's not that most students won't get into college at all — there are more than enough spots nationwide for every qualified student to find a place to study — but for many, the school they end up enrolling in may not have been their first, or even third, choice. The initial sting of rejection can take a toll on a student's psyche. These are kids who are used to being the best of the best, says Julia V. Taylor, a school counselor at Apex High School in Raleigh, N.C.

But some of that letdown is self-inflicted, says Laurence Steinberg, professor of psychology at Temple University and author of You and Your Adolescent: The Essential Guide for Ages 10-25. He says our nation's obsession with rankings and prestige means that high school students — and their parents — form intense emotional commitments to schools long before admissions decisions have been made. "When they're rejected it's like being rejected by a boyfriend or girlfriend," Steinberg tells TIME. "They internalize it: What's the matter with me? What could I have done differently? Why did they choose that person and not me?"

That emotional attachment is often only about what decal students will paste on their parents' minivan, Steinberg says, but it may lead to families overlooking what may actually be the better school for the students. Taylor agrees. In her state, students most often clamor for admission to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. "They don't know a thing about the university. They just know they want to wear a Tar Heels sweatshirt," she says of the university's mascot.

But the good news is, as painful as rejection is, in terms of long-term success, getting into a prestigious college doesn't matter much. A study released in March by Alan Krueger of Princeton University and Stacy Dale of Mathematica Policy Research shows students who are rejected by highly selective schools go on to bank the same average earnings as Ivy League graduates. Krueger tells TIME his study shows too much attention is paid to the schools and not enough to the students. "Students can get a good education at many places," he says. "What matters most is what students put into their education — how seriously they take their studies and how much work they put in." It's what he calls the "Spielberg effect." (Steven Spielberg, one of the most famous directors of all time, was famously rejected twice from the University of Southern California's film school. He went on to attend California State University at Long Beach, a less selective school.) "Even if students don't get in, the fact that they are confident enough to apply indicates they are ambitious and hardworking, which are qualities that will help them regardless of where they go to school," Krueger says.

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Friday, April 8, 2011

Daily Dose: April Smith - Movie Loves a Screen

Is Your Commute Making YOU Stupid?

We know that sitting in traffic on the freeway every morning and night increases anxiety and fatigue -- plus, it's making us fat. Now, a study in mice suggests your hellish commute might also be making you dumber.

Breathing in "freeway particulate matter" -- fossile fuels, weathering car parts and pavement -- may damage neurons involved in learning and memory, according to new research from the University of Southern California. The researchers found that mice with still-developing brains were particularly vulnerable to foul freeway air.

Dr. Todd Morgan, a USC researcher, points out that we don't yet know if these findings apply to people, "but there is suggestive evidence that similar effects may be happening in humans."

How long is your commute? Let's find the reader with the longest trek to and from work -- is it you?

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Thursday, April 7, 2011

Daily Dose: Passenger - Walk You Home

Save On College Tuition, Studying Abroad

Today's college students are often looking for ways to lower the cost of their college tuition. One way that students are increasingly discovering is spending a semester abroad. By studying abroad, many students are able to actually lower their college bills significantly. Those attending a 4year college in the U.S. pay an average of $9,700 per semester for in-state tuition. For example, a Costa Rica Study Abroad program costs less than $7,000 per semester. Add in airfare and some spending money and the savings is still at least $1,500. Remember this savings is compared to average in-school tuition so the savings for out-of-state and private colleges is many thousands more and can be as much as 75% compared to a semester in their home university.

Not only is this monetary savings significant for students, but the enhanced cultural experience adds a extra dimension to a student's education. Survey after survey of human resource department personnel show that job applicants with international educational experiences and additional language skills standout compared to applicants without these experiences and skills. This translates into more interviews and a higher percentage of job offers. Further, bilingual employees have been shown to earn more over the course of their careers.

In addition to the savings, many college students are just now learning that the myths they have heard regarding studying in other countries are actually far from true. For example, Federal financial aid, scholarships, and certain grants can be used to pursue College Study Abroad. According to industry leader AmeriSpan's co-founder John Slocum, "One of the biggest myths out there is that studying abroad costs more than a regular semester. Prices are lower than in-state tuition at many public institutions and the savings are huge compared to out-of-state or private college tuition. Moreover, financial aid can be used for studying abroad including travel costs." On top of this, study abroad scholarships are available to help students who might otherwise not have the means to pursue this course of study.

Founded in 1993, AmeriSpan Study Abroad offers more than 100 study abroad, language-learning and volunteer programs worldwide for participants of all ages and language level. The Philadelphia-based organization has long been an innovator in the study abroad field, building its reputation by offering high quality, low cost language immersion programs. In September 2010, the company was awarded its 2nd consecutive 'Star Award' as the Best Agency in North America. The industry's prestigious Star Award is voted by organizations worldwide and awarded annually.

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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Daily Dose: Whitest Boy Alive - Burning

Working Hard May Kill You..

A new study has found that office workers in England significantly increased their chances of having a heart attack by working more hours than their peers.
The study, conducted by researchers at University College London, found that employees who regularly worked 11-hour days or longer were 67 percent more likely to develop heart disease than those who worked seven- or eight-hour days.
One U.S. expert said many factors could account for the rise in risk among those tied too long to the office.
"Those working long hours may have less time for exercise, healthy eating and physicians visits," said Dr. Gregg C. Fonarow, associate chief of cardiology at UCLA's David Geffen School of Medicine. "They may be exposed to more stress, get less sleep and engage in other behaviors which contribute to cardiovascular risk."
The study, published in the April 5 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine, followed a low-risk population of almost 7,100 British civil servants from 1991 until 2004, screening out those with signs of heart disease.
About 70 percent of the workers were men, and most (91 percent) were white. Roughly 2.7 percent developed coronary heart disease by the end of the study, the researchers found.
Participants reported how many hours they spent on the job, including work they took home with them. More than half (54 percent) put in between seven and eight hours a day, while 21 percent worked a nine-hour day, and 15 percent spent 10 hours on the job daily, the study found. Slightly more than 10 percent labored 11 hours or more.
Besides bumping up the risk for heart disease by 67 percent compared to people working an eight-hour day, working 11-plus hours a day also put some people into a whole other risk category, the team found.
"Adding working hours to the Framingham risk score improved identification of persons who later developed heart disease," explained study co-author Mika Kivimaki. The Framingham risk score, aimed at gauging heart disease risk, is developed from data that includes age, sex, blood pressure level, cholesterol levels, and whether or not a patient smokes, said Kivimaki, a professor of social epidemiology at University College London.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Daily Dose: Peter Bjorn And John - Young Folks

Snooki Talks To Rutgers Students

What does $32,000 get you?
Rutgers University students got two hour-long question-and-answer sessions tonight with "Jersey Shore" icon Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi. In the first hour, Snooki offered anecdotes about her reality show, dance lessons, a demonstration on styling her iconic "pouf" hairdo and her lessons for life.

Her parting advice to Rutgers students: "Study hard, but party harder."

About 500 students attended the 8 p.m. sold-out show at the Livingston Student Center in Piscataway. A second show was scheduled to start at 10 p.m. Snooki was paid $32,000 for the two shows using money that came from the mandatory student activity fees paid by Rutgers undergraduates.

Among the highlights and lowlights of the first show:

• Snooki and her sidekick, comedian Adam Ace, brought eight students on stage to teach them the "Jersey Shore" fist pump and her signature "tree branch" dance. Snooki also judged a "Situation" contest to see which of five male students had the best abs.

• Snooki introduced her father, who was in the audience and lifted his sweater to reveal a sleeveless T-shirt with "Papa Snooki" printed on the back. "My Dad is what you call... a retired guido," Snooki said.
• A student asked Snooki to be his date to his fraternity formal next month. She briefly considered it. "When is it?" she said. "May 3," he said. "I'll be in Rome," she said, referring to the filming of Season 4 of "Jersey Shore" in Italy.
• When asked to describe her perfect man, Snooki said his name has to end with a vowel, he can't be boring, he has to make her laugh and he must be close to his parents. He also needs to be tan. "I can't be with anyone pale, that would be awkward," she said.

• When asked her inspiration in life, Snooki said: "Being tan. When you're tan, you feel better about yourself."

• Snooki brought a Rutgers student on stage and offered to put her hair in a "pouf" using a banana hair clip. Snooki wasn't thrilled with the results. "That's as good as it's gonna get," she said. When asked what she uses to style her own "pouf," Snooki said he relies on Aussie-brand hair products. "Smells good and stays in good," she said.

• If Snooki had a choice she wouldn't spend summers in Seaside Heights, where "Jersey Shore" is filmed. She prefers Belmar, she said. 

• Snooki said she had partied at Rutgers before, but the details were hazy. "I'm pretty sure I came here. I don't remember what happened," she said.

• When a student asked what kind of oil she uses to make fried pickles, one of her favorite foods, Snooki was horrified. 
"I don't fry them, I buy them," she said with distain.

• Snooki's final words for Rutgers: "I love you bit***s!"