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September 25, 2013

Heather Matthews Kirk wrote “Laughter—Connecting the Dots, Connecting People” encouraging educators to take advantage of the many pedagogical and wellness benefits of humor. According to Heather we are recommended reading.

August 22, 2013

The How to Leave Academia website posted “I’m In Love With the Cronk of Higher Ed, Our Very Own Onion!” with a glowing endorsement. Says Lauren, the author, “The Cronk is our very own Onion, skewering higher ed practices and issues and I’m in LOVE with it. At HTLA we firmly believe that satire and humor that pokes fun at and reveal the flaws in higher education are crucial to our academic recovery.” While we don’t want good people leaving education, we hope what we do lets them know they’re not alone in their disgust at what’s broken. Thanks, Lauren!

June 7, 2013

The National Review gave us positive press, thanks to writer George Leef. We have no appropriate comeback except a hardy thank you.

April 2, 2013

CronkNews was referenced by Nancy Griesemer as a good source of education satire in “April Fools’ Day is Alive and Well on Campus” at

April 1, 2013

The Pittsburgh Post Gazette interviewed Editor Leah Wescott for “April Fools’ Collegiate Satire Often Proves Tiring” about universities’ failed attempts at humor.

March 17, 2013 hosted an educational podcast for college newspapers preparing for their April Fools’ satirical editions. “Campus Papers & the Danger of April 1st.” The episode is downloadable at

March 2, 2013

Cronk editor Leah Wescott in collaboration with Mark Salisbury of Augustana College presented a half-day workshop “Applying Concepts of Improvisation to Ignite Leadership” at the American College Personnel Association convention in Las Vegas, NV.

December 7, 2012

Inside Higher Ed published “Don’t Smile Until December?: The Role of Humor in the Campus Workplace” including an interview with Cronk Editor in Chief Leah Wescott.

April 1, 2012

Cronk Editor in Chief Leah Wescott was the April Fool’s Day guest on Conor Mclaughlin’s “Life Work Balances” podcast. Conversations ranged from Barbie dolls to burned popcorn to the state of higher education today.

March 13, 2012

Cronk senior writer Irma Pelt was at the center of a bidding war when the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators auctioned off a personalized professional development session with Irma as a fundraiser. The University of Missouri-Kansas City won the grand prize!

September 4, 2011

What a career highlight to see our publication listed before the real-live Chronicle in recommendations by the Boston college housing folks. Much love to the writer, John O’Connor.

June 18, 2011

Book reviewer Julie Larsen from lauded the Cronk’s new book Required Reading as a witty, empowering piece that gives a voice to higher education’s unspoken truths.

You should buy this book because it is funny. You should buy this book because if they sell enough I’m pretty sure I can get [co-author] Brody Truce to wear a big bird costume at [a national higher education] convention.  But, most importantly, you should buy this book because it is written by those who are brave enough to give voice to our the not so great moments of our field, and salutes those of us who know that we can strive to achieve more.

Read the entire review HERE.

June 18, 2011

Live from South Beach, Florida, The Cronk of Higher Education held a press conference to announce the release of its first book, Required Reading: The Very Best of In addition, the staff described a plan to reward readers for helping to promote the book this year.

May 3, 2011

A non-higher education ally emerged at the Dignity Movement, a group on a mission to wipe out rankism among professionals.

April 27, 2011

The Nonprofit Quarterly called us “hysterically funny” in our coverage of a political non-issue crisis among national student affairs professional organizations.

April 15, 2011

Cronk editor-in-chief Leah Wescott presented “Nobody Moved My Cheese” as a featured presenter at the University of Notre Dame’s inaugural TEDxND conference.

April 5, 2011

Student affairs pundits from gave podcast props to the CronkNews gang as they reviewed action at recent national higher ed conferences.

April 1, 2011

Shocking readers, all of the secretive and pseudonymous senior Cronk writers appeared live on On the Go with Ed Cabellon for April Fool’s video fun.

March 18, 2011

Undergraduate Nick E. from Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis featured one of our head writers in his blog entry “What I Learned from Irma Pelt”  in response to her play-by-play Twitter coverage of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators 2011 conference.

December 22, 2010

David Fleming, author and educator, wrote a nice review called “Get Cronked for the Holidays!” at his blog “It’s All Academic.”

October 19, 2010

Thanks to Brooke Roberts at for her kind endorsement. “Cronk News: The Onion Meets the Chronicle of Higher Education.” We assume this means you’ll let us tag along on your next site visit.

October 19, 2010

Designing Better Libraries used Irma Pelt’s article “Furloughs, Interns Poke Holes in Student Affairs’ Feelings of Indispensability” as inspiration for its post “If Your Library Closed Tomorrow, Would Anyone Miss It?” Thanks to Steven Bell for using our humor for its intended purpose.

October 18, 2010

In their third monthly podcast, the gang from CronkNews tackled the theme “Best Practices in Fall Conferencing.” Advice from the hosts and a string of callers will help make regional conventions a huge success this year. Where exactly did Leah Wescott leave her lobster dinner? You’ll have to listen to find out.

October 11, 2010

Zack Whalquist from the Association of College Unions International (ACUI) Commons used a CronkNews article as the basis of his essay “How Much Is Too Much?” to promote a professional development discussion about extracurricular student involvement. Thanks for the scholarly shout-out, Zack!

September 27, 2010

Tales from Opening” was the theme of the second CronkNews podcast of the academic year. Stories of horror and humor shed light on the challenges of a new semester.

September 1, 2010

Editor Leah Wescott’s article “Funny Is the New Drudgery” appeared in the news magazine for the Mid-Atlantic College & University Housing Officers.

August 30, 2010

Senior writer Irma Pelt’s story “Interns Scramble to Justify Summer Bitchwork as Academic” inspired a story in the Washington Post called “Was Your Unpaid Intership Worth It?”

August 2, 2010

CronkNews hosted its first podcast to kick off its self-proclaimed “National College Opening Month.” Senior writers Irma Pelt, Brody Truce and Leah Wescott shared thoughts on best practices in faculty and staff training, and fielded calls from higher ed pros with their own tips to share. Hilarity ensued.

June 11, 2010

Frank Muñoz wrote a review for the Association of College Unions International – Region 1 at “…Delightfully reminiscent of The Onion, but with a higher education twist, The Cronk of Higher Education has us doubled‐over with laughter on a regular basis. This blog features timely, comedic interpretations of the latest developments in higher education. Witty and satirical, no one is safe from the incisive critique of students, staff, and faculty – some of whom are long overdue for a reality check…The Cronk brings some much‐needed levity to an industry that sometimes takes itself a little too seriously….”

May 18, 2010

Senior staff writer Irma Pelt was the special guest on the “State of Higher Ed” podcast. Irma and host, Jeff Lail, discussed the general physical attractiveness of college professionals and also some superficial topics.

April 28, 2010

It’s official. The Chronicle of Higher Education loves us, and adopted its favorite CronkNews articles for a three-month run in its weekly Brainstorm section.

April 26, 2010

University of Notre Dame blogger Chris Clark provided a favorable and entertaining review of the Cronk called “Enjoying Strange Noises” at NspireD2. It was the first time our editor’s Irish relatives thought our site was worth a darn.

April 20, 2010

Lisa Rau of wrote a cerebral review of the Cronk, including the line “…it’s The Onion with a PhD in post-post-modernist struc­tural­ism in Beowulf. The movie…”

April 15, 2010

CronkNews editor-in-chief Leah Wescott was the subject of an interview for the real Chronicle of Higher Education. Forever after, Tax Day will be remembered fondly for the CronkNews staff.

Later that night, Leah and fellow-writers Irma Pelt and Brody Truce appeared on the student affairs podcast for Topics included icebreakers from hell and CronkNews haters.

April 7, 2010

Leah was featured in an interview with Somehow she managed to slip “funny, self-deprecating sadist” into the conversation.

February 24, 2010

Our editor, Leah, joined the college student affairs world on the weekly podcast at Did she really bash higher ed in a cute way?

Give us more press! We’re desperate attention seekers.