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For many of us the college experience is our first encounter with urban legends. Young men and women living away from home for the first time are particularly susceptible to legends that play on the unease and fear of life in a strange, new environment among unfamiliar surroundings. College life (especially in fraternities) is filled with legendary tales of pranks and debauchery — some true, some not. Students often have to deal with university administrators and their bewildering array of rules and regulations, and with instructors to whom they may be nothing more than names on a roll sheet — all of them at times frustratingly arbitrary and uncaring. And, of course, students are always trying to come up with new ways of cheating and outsmarting their instructors (and sometimes vice-versa).
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