10. You no longer have a curfew, a bedtime, or some time that you have to go home at night by!
9. You will no longer have any free time, so that loss of a curfew, or bedtime, or time to be home by doesn’t really matter anyways…
8. Your siblings are now replaced by roommates. They won’t bug you nearly as much, but you can not keep them in line using punches either.
7. Six hours of sleep is officially considered a great and full night of sleep. This may not take effect for you until next year, but it will. Sleep deprivation will be your bestest friend ever!
6. The standard girl-to-guy ratio just plummeted from 1 to 1 to 1 to 4. Turns out that’s bad for both sexes…
5. Good old-fashioned home cooking is out, but the all-you-can-eat buffet know as the ARA (short for Aramark) is in. Be careful not to eat dessert for every meal. The freshmen fifteen can become the freshmen fifty really easily…
4. The new favorite mottos are “DePauw sucks,” “RHIT stands for rich husbands in training,” and, a favorite of the girls, “The odds are good, but the goods are odd.” All three are so very true.
3. You actually have to study now. No really, you do. A lot. If you already did, you have to study a lot more. Yeah, it sucks. But it’s ok: you’ll have help.
2. With only 100 or so girls in your class, word spreads amongst them like wildfire. So don’t be “That guy” (you know what I mean) to one of them, because then you’re “that guy” to all of them. Seriously, don’t test that. I mean instantly.
1. We still have all the different types of people you meet in high schoolthe jocks, the drama queens, the super dorks, etc.- but deep down inside, we’re ALL nerds. Whether it’s Star Trek, World of Warcraft, Halo 2, D & D, DDR, or something, we’re all a little nerdy one way or another. Welcome to your new home. You’re going to like it here.
Hey, Rose-Hulman has a new president this year. Who is this guy?

Well...it’s me. So, welcome freshmen. We are new here together.

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GM reconsiders Opel sale

In a turnaround in the Opel saga, General Motors CEO Fritz Henderson is reportedly considering alternatives to the sale of Opel, GM’s largest European brand. GM’s board angered the German government last Friday after postponing a decision on whether to sell Opel to Magna, an Austrian-Canadian parts manufacturer. Because of its development center near Frankfurt, Opel remains important to GM operations, because it is there all G mid-range car platforms have been developed. In addition to that, German engineers saw a large role in the development and design of the Chevy Volt, the electric car by GM. Opel has also benefited from the German “cash for clunkers” automobile stimulus program, which has boosted auto sales for this year. Opel workers are said to be considering demonstrating in front of the US Embassy in Berlin this weekend, if no decision is made on Opel’s future soon.

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Food is one of those things we just can’t live without. As convenient (and fun) as it would be to live on a Mountain Dew IV drip, you’re going to have to eat eventually. The ARA does a pretty good job of feeding you on the weekdays, but Saturday and Sunday night, you’re on your own. Don’t think that your only options are eating out or scrounging through the vending machines, though; there are some pretty easy (and tasty) ways to feed yourself on the weekend for almost zero effort and not a lot of cash.

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Every year it happens. Slender freshman girls and fit freshman boys come to college and by the end of the year, their figures aren’t quite what they used to be. Fried food from the ARA, frequent Taco Bell Runs (TBRs), and late nights and weekends filled with high calorie beverages wreak havoc on bodies previously under a mother’s care. Here are a few easy ways to help avoid the dreaded “Freshman Fifteen.”

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It feels wrong sometimes to bash on Nickelback for not being creative; the same thing can be said about AC/DC, but the only difference is they at least make awesome music. Still, giving it the old college try, I picked up “Dark Horse” and had hoped that it at least on par with “All the Right Reasons.”

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