New York Times

Stand More, Lounge Less? Don’t Do It to Lose Weight People burn more calories when they stand than when sitting or lying down, but the increase is smaller than many of us might hope.

For those of us who have resolved to stand more and sit less in the coming year, a new study might temper some of our expectations of the benefits.

It finds that people burn more calories when they stand than when sitting or lying down, but the increase is smaller than many of us might hope. For those of us who overindulged and slacked off on our exercise regimens over the holidays, it also means that being upright is unlikely to help us lose weight. …
Scientists at the University of Bath in England and Westmont College in California suspected that these methods wound up inflating the spread in energy expenditure between being sedentary and upright. more

Lucy Harris, Joshua Collins

Mr. Collins, 31, is the founder and chief executive of Catapult Ideas, a New York company that helps high school students start businesses. He graduated cum laude from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, Calif. more

College Rankings Fail to Measure the Influence of the Institution

Students, parents and educators increasingly obsessed with college rankings have a new tool: the Obama administration’s College Scorecard. The new database focuses on a college’s graduation rate, graduates’ median earnings 10 years after graduation and the percentage of students paying back their college loans. …

So, for the benefit of those people, I asked Mr. Rothwell to do a ranking that deleted the curriculum component and identified the highest “value added” colleges regardless of major. I’m calling this the Brookings-Common Sense ranking. Here’s the top 10:

1. Colgate University

2. Carleton College

3. Washington and Lee University

4. Westmont College more

College Rankings Fail to Measure the Influence of the Institution

So, for the benefit of those people, I asked Mr. Rothwell to do a ranking that deleted the curriculum component and identified the highest “value added” colleges regardless of major. I’m calling this the Brookings-Common Sense ranking. Here’s the top 10:

1. Colgate University

2. Carleton College

3. Washington and Lee University

4. Westmont College

more

Making Polo Accessible to the Student Class

Many polo players will tell you that it isn’t really the horses that most effectively propel them across the field, it’s the adrenaline. “It’s very addictive,” said Duncan Huyler, who played at Cornell from 1980 to 1983. … Teams play five to seven regular-season matches within their region to determine seeding for the national championship tournament. They also travel outside their regions for additional matches, sometimes from one coast to the other. Last month the men’s polo team at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, Calif., and the women’s team at Virginia won titles in the association’s national intercollegiate championships in Brookshire, Tex. Nine teams competed, five men’s and four women’s. more

Fire Destroys Homes in California Enclave

A wildfire swirled through this celebrity enclave Friday, leveling 100 homes, several mansions among them, and setting off a wave of anxiety among the rich, the famous and the ordinary alike. At Westmont College, a Christian school on 110 acres with about 1,000 students, people rushed out of a dormitory and other buildings and “sheltered in place,” as Mr. Wallace put it, inside a gymnasium designed to withstand fire. more