College application time. But please, stifle the scream. Applying may not be fun, but college will be . . . if you believe Hollywood. The start of college has been a popular setting for movies since those beer-chugging yahoos at Delta House threw the mannequin out the window during pledge week at Faber College. Still, we have our favorites. - Steve Spears, Stuck in the '80s
1 ANIMAL HOUSE (1978): You're on double-secret probation if you don't pledge allegiance to this classic. The late John Belushi single-handedly revived fraternities and sororities as Bluto, the Faber student with a grade point average of 0.0.
2 SCHOOL DAZE (1988): Spike Lee's vision of life at a historically black college is frightening and educational. But the soundtrack - can't get Da' Butt outta our heads - is truly epic.
3 BACK TO SCHOOL (1986): Rodney Dangerfield, Robert Downey Jr., Burt Young and old whatshisname. The guy who played the car-obsessed geek in Christine. Who cares? Only Rodney could pull off the Triple Lindy dive anyway!
4 REVENGE OF THE NERDS (1984): If Bluto saved fraternities, Louis and Gilbert take them down, "cuz no one's gonna really be free until nerd persecution ends."
5 DRUMLINE (2002): Yes, this movie about freshman drummers starring Mr. Mariah Carey (Nick Cannon) is a guilty pleasure at best. But we love Orlando Jones and J. Anthony Brown as competing band directors in Atlanta.
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Number of the day
122 million: The amount of recognition money the state is handing out this year to 2,103 schools with A and/or improving grades, a fall ritual begun under former Gov. Jeb Bush. Local schools will get nearly $16 million. School advisory councils decide how to spend the money.
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FRIDAY: registration deadline for Oct. 24 ACT
SEPT. 23: late registration deadline for Oct. 10 SAT
OCT. 1: registration deadline for Nov. 7 SAT
OCT. 20: registration deadline for Dec. 5 SAT
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College nights in Hillsborough County
Sickles, Sept. 28, 6 p.m.
Plant, Sept. 29, 6 p.m.
Brandon, Sept. 30, 6 p.m.
Pinellas College Fair, Sept. 27, 1-3 p.m. at USF St. Pete in the Campus Activity Center. Eighty schools will be represented - surely you can get into one of them.