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Thanks to typo, sign in front of college reads 'Collage In Session'

Typo Turned Learning Tool

Students at Suny Plattsburgh just finished their first week of study for the fall semester. To alert drivers that the school is back in session, the university put up a sign. It seemed like a pretty good idea ... but the sign had one major flaw: The word college was spelled incorrectly.

Though it's embarrassing, students are using the typo as a lesson. "This has taught me how to think on my feet. One of our professors talked with us an hour ago and was like, 'what would you do in this situation?," a PR student said.

Colleen Lamsa, Suny asst. Professor of Public Relations explained to WPTZ, " a contractor in Albany spelled the sign wrong, OK -- it would not be such a big deal of it were not the word 'college' on a college campus on opening weekend. But the key is how do we prevent that and how can we event that and how can students learn from it?"

"We're going to test everybody and see what they would do, what they would have done differently or what they would have done the same," said senior public relations major Adam Zakrzewski.

"We ended up putting on Twitter -- collage -- and how Plattsburgh was the museum without walls. We're able to kind of show the other assets that the school has by making light of the situation," said Lewis.

Although not ideal, Lemza hopes her students treat the experience like "on-the-job training."

"We're constantly doing things like that, so we can teach the students – 'This is real life. What are you going to do about it?' That's where the learning comes from and I think that's what makes our program so fun," said Lemza.

"Now that I'm learning how to do it, I think it could be fun and it could be interesting to do this in real life more often," said Lewis.

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Diane September 03 2014 at 8:02 AM

Welcome to the dumbing down of America. Students graduating that cannot spell, cannot do advanced math, have not been taught IMPORTANT American history, cannot name the 50 states, etc. etc. etc. And now they've flipped everything on its head by making Common Core mandatory---kids couldn't do math the basic way it was being taught, & now they're supposed to figure this out? Good luck with that.

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mccloudnj September 03 2014 at 7:47 AM

Is this really a big deal? It's not as if a student posted it. Some administrative aide whose brain was not in gear typed it in to go up on the sign. Big deal. Change the "a" to an "e" and shut up!
Another case where we overreact to a very simple thing and suddenly it becomes news. Yeesh.

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basscoo1 September 03 2014 at 7:45 AM

Has anyone else noticed that there are typos in the story about the typo?!!

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rlightb240 September 03 2014 at 7:46 AM

Why does this surprise anyone? All the colleges teach is liberalism.

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rothhammer1 September 03 2014 at 8:26 AM

The 'contractor' was likely a college graduate and would fit in just fine on AOL's writing staff.

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Franco rothhammer1 September 03 2014 at 12:48 PM

They have a writing staff? :O)

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d1anaw September 03 2014 at 7:00 AM

Must have been made by someone who went to school during the Bush years.

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FRANCINE September 03 2014 at 8:04 AM

It should have been corrected to read,
oops, Kollege.

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decorsbie September 03 2014 at 7:28 AM

Whoever did this should run for the 2016 POTUs race. Why not another 8 years of this type of stupid!

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dgoffnspector decorsbie September 03 2014 at 4:42 PM

Aww, is you jeawous cuz that scawwy black man is smarter than you?

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eturoel September 03 2014 at 9:47 AM

How can one make such an issue out of absolutely nothing!
Remember: We frequently "read" with our mental eye what we know that should be there.
There is a good chance that a number of people never even noticed the typo.

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Kent eturoel September 03 2014 at 1:31 PM

You make a good point. Once, Tony Randall was on The Tonight Show and had Johnny Carson read an article about smoking. Johnny read the article three times, out loud, before he realized that public was mistyped, such that some government entity wanted to ban smoking in pubic places. But, because of the article topic, Johnny's eys and brain put the missing "l" into the work pubic.

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mccraryb1 September 03 2014 at 5:52 AM

"...Not such a big deal OF it were not the word college..."
--No, IF it were.... Correcting a mistake also takes vigilance!

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Kate mccraryb1 September 03 2014 at 3:03 PM

There isn't any vigilance of that kind on AOL any more, and there hasn't been for a long time. Unless you are new to AOL, you must know that.

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