Hawkma and former flame ride the wings of love

The latest in New York City hawk drama: Lola, one member of the red-tail hawk power couple, has flown the coop. Meanwhile Pale Male is canoodling with a younger chick. We trust Hawkma’s soaring above all the scandal. (NYPost)

Whoah! We beat Cornell?! Major Kudos to men’s B-ball. (Spec)

Apparently we’re “academically adrift.“ In a new study, social scientists prove that most college students learn virtually nothing—display no improvement “in critical thinking and complex reasoning”—after 2 years of school. Columbia Sociology Prof, Shamus Khan, responds ominously in GOOD Magazine: “College is a place where already advantaged youths spend four years enjoying themselves, and upon completion, they receive considerable rewards for having done almost nothing.” Basically, he argues, we’re not working (our leisure time has increased) and we’re not learning, so what are we doing here besides putting our already rich selves in a position to make more money later in life? Still, Khan doesn’t think his efforts as a professor are totally futile, but “it won’t be long before the effects of no work, all play and a little learning are keenly felt by our society.” Womp womp. On an unrelated note, he has a Twitter! (CityRoom)

In honor of your return, check out NY Mag’s “The Greatest New York Ever,” a compilation of the greatest New York year, musical, mayor, TV show athlete, building, novel, film, song… you get the point. Welcome back to the city that celebrates itself like no other! We missed you, friends. (NYMag)