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Survey: College students struggling for loans

The credit crunch has officially arrived on campus: In a new survey, private colleges report their students are finding it significantly harder to secure the private loans they need to pay tuition bills. Furthermore, nearly half of colleges say some students have been forced to take time off or go part-time as a result.

Penn student jailed for 90 days in hacking case

In a rare misdemeanor hacking case in federal court, a University of Pennsylvania bioengineering student was sentenced Oct. 21 to 90 days in prison and five years’ probation for crashing a school server in 2006, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer.

UIUC’s tech chief explains her school’s success

Technology and student support are cornerstones of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), so when the school was named America’s “top wired college” earlier this year, Chief Information Officer Sally Jackson knew the institution’s investments had paid dividends.

Feeling financial squeeze, VCs curtail investments

In what could be the start of a long, dry spell for entrepreneurs on college campuses and elsewhere across the country, venture capitalists are gradually closing their financial spigots as it becomes increasingly difficult to cash out of their previous investments.

National Wi-Fi plan moves one step closer

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) officials said the agency’s plans to provide free national broadband internet access will not cause significant interference with phone companies’ networks, but at least one wireless carrier disagrees.

FCC chairman backs use of ‘white space’ spectrum

Companies lobbying the Federal Communications Commission to access unused spectrum known as “white spaces” won a big victory on Oct. 15 when Chairman Kevin Martin threw his weight behind the proposal, citing findings in an FCC report that was issued the same day, CNET reports.

Study: Bandwidth jumps on college campuses

Bandwidth and internet connection speeds on most U.S. college campuses increased significantly from 2006 to 2007, but the largest universities still have huge advantages in accessing high-performance networks, according to a study released this month.