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Aug. 30, 2007

'Naked Roommate' author offers advice for first-year students

At an upcoming presentation at the University of Iowa, author and syndicated advice columnist Harlan Cohen (left) will answer everything you wanted to know but never knew you needed to know about college life. The event, organized by University Housing/Office of Student Life, is scheduled for 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5, at Macbride Hall Auditorium.

Cohen will take material from his book, "The Naked Roommate: And 107 Other Issues You Might Run Into in College," and share it with new students and student leaders. Cohen gives the keys to college success by using real-life stories from college students, live music (he plays the guitar), audience participation, his unique brand of humor, and the latest facts, stats, trends, and resources. He incorporates interviews with more than 1,000 students from over 100 college campuses to help students make a smooth transition to life after high school.

According to research cited by Cohen, over one-third of first year college students report getting homesick; more than 40 percent report being too afraid to approach their professors; and just over 60 percent report experiencing some sort of depression (the percentage increases by junior year).

"Combine these stats with the reality that roughly one in four students do not return to the same campus their sophomore year and it's clear -- the first year isn't always the easiest," said Kate Sojka, student development coordinator at University Housing. "This event isn't about how to simply survive in college; it's about how to thrive."

Cohen's appearance at the UI is co-sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Enrichment, Student Athletic Services, Student Health/Health Iowa, and the Women's Action and Resource Center.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the Office of Residence Life at 319-335-3700.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Kate Sojka, 319-335-3700,; George McCrory, University News Services,319-384-0012,