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Rebooting goals as empty nesters

Have you sent your last child off to college or other adventures this fall? Beyond all that quiet in the home, and likely a few tears, what now? Perhaps it’s time to spread wings much like your kid is, a sort of empty-nest bucket list: Go on a cruise, cycle in Europe, learn golf as a couple, or remodel the kitchen. Other parents invest new-found time into volunteering, a hobby, or new work opportunities.

College students come up with plug-in to combat fake news

A team of college students is getting attention from internet companies and Congress after developing a browser extension that alerts users to fake and biased news stories and helps guide them to more balanced coverage.

Simplify process for college aid

Most students from households poor enough to qualify for federal public assistance also meet the threshold to receive federal student aid. They shouldn’t be required to prove it twice.

Outside View: Young readers need media literacy

It comes as a mild surprise to learn that even so-called digital natives often have no idea that what they are reading or viewing is intentionally misleading, or produced by hyper-partisan proselytizers.

Landers: Gonzaga’s Rod & Gun Club was a long time coming

Gonzaga University has 164 organizations for activities ranging from the Actuarial Science Club to the Ultimate Frisbee Club. The newest club on the roster, surprisingly, is the Gonzaga Rod & Gun Club, organized by the Student Bar Association. That’s “Bar” as in Law School.

College students buttress work with Lakeland clients

About 40 college students volunteer at Lakeland Village in Medical Lake through a program called College In-Resident Volunteers. The program allows students to volunteer in exchange for housing on Lakeland’s campus. The students work with staff to serve Lakeland’s 200-plus developmentally disabled client residents. CIRV program director Leroy Lemaster doesn’t know of any other program like it. Lemaster said it started in 1970 and sprang from the need for volunteers and the idea to use vacant campus apartments that were previously used for staff.

College kids go WILD on spring break

While some students head to party destinations for spring break, the outdoors crowd is more likely to release the pressure of mid-terms by scaling mountains, running rivers, biking trails, muscle-powering into snowy retreats and other mind and body-building pursuits. This gallery features photos from four different Gonzaga University student groups who launched week-long budget adventures to Canyonlands National Park in Utah, the Powder Highway ski areas in British Columbia, Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park in Alberta and Yosemite National Park in California.

Debt deal creates hurdles for college students

NEW YORK – College is already expensive. Now the government’s 11th-hour agreement to raise the debt ceiling is set to push costs higher. That’s particularly true for those pursuing advanced degrees, with the government eliminating subsidies to graduate and professional students as one way to cut back. The upside is that the savings will be used to help preserve the Pell grant program, which provides critical funding for low-income students.

Avista gears audits toward plugged-in college students

The dresser in Kelsie Marick’s dorm room is crowded with gadgets. It holds two electric hair straighteners, a blow dryer, a flat-screen TV and an iPod dock. Marick, a Gonzaga University freshman, and her roommate live in Madonna Hall. Built in the 1950s, when college students’ energy needs were relatively modest, the room has only three outlets.