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Office space: Some like it hot, others not

"It's too hot" and "it's too cold" topped the list of most common office gripes for the third time in a row, according to the latest in a series of occasional surveys released by the Texas-based International Facility Management Association (IFMA).

Workers also complained of poor janitorial services, a lack of conference-room space, and a lack of storage and filing space within work stations. No. 6 on the list was poor indoor-air quality, followed by lack of privacy in office and work areas, inadequate parking, and too many computer problems. For the first time, complaints about high noise levels made the Top 10 list.

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The survey, based on answers by 2,400 IFMA members in early May, also kept track of some of the more unusual concerns. One executive complained that his desk was "one inch shorter" than that of a new vice president who had just been hired. Other finicky worker gripes:

• "I don't like the color of the extension cord."

• "There is too much natural light."

• "The elevators make my computer screen wave and I get seasick."

Colleges where the 'flair' for fashion burns brightest

New York University has the most stylish students in the US, according to the first such ranking by Women's Wear Daily. "The sidewalks are like catwalks," one NYU freshman told the fashion journal. What's in vogue varied widely, from designer labels and neopreppy looks to one-of-a-kind, thrift-store chic. Women's Wear's top 10 trendy campuses:

1. New York University
2. Howard University, Washington
3. Southern Methodist University, Dallas
4. University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
5. Wesleyan University, Middletown, Conn.
6. University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Ark.
7. Purchase College, State University of New York, Purchase, N.Y.
8. University of Mississippi, Oxford, Miss.
9. Yale University, New Haven, Conn.
10. University of California at Berkeley


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