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Viacom's college network mtvU on Monday announced its fall lineup, which includes a high-profile roster of "Stand In" college "professors," such as Martha Stewart and Kanye West, and a new series titled "Does This Look Infected?"

Also on the slate are the new series "Global Summer" and "Video Gamefix" as well as several on-campus events and online exclusives.

"College students are the first adopters of new music, new technology and new trends," mtvU general manager Stephen Friedman said. "We're providing a multiplatform venue for their passions and their talents."

For returning series "Stand In," an mtvU partner college or university gets visited by a surprise "professor" who teaches a class of unsuspecting students for the day. Other "professors" will include Melissa Etheridge and Israeli Vice Prime Minister Shimon Peres.

Meanwhile, "Does This Look Infected?" -- hosted by mtvU VJ Jam Jamma Josh, a junior at Ball State University -- will take a comedic look at the health issues facing college students.

"Global Summer" will spotlight students who opt out of a "traditional summer internship" in favor of more unusual adventures like one who trains with the Army for a second tour of duty in Iraq, while "Video Gamefix" will show students how the perfect video game can solve their problems, like learning how to drive.

Other programs and events on mtvU's schedule:

Two new music franchises -- "Death Cab for Cutie Unveiled," featuring the alternative-rock band, and "House Band," which will spotlight such groups as Gorillaz and Bright Eyes. Both will feature exclusive on-air and online content.

Two new campus tours -- "2005 mtvU Road Trip Tour: Gamer's Ball," featuring gaming activities, competitions and music performances, and "2005 mtvU Tailgate Tour," which joins up with tailgating college kids.

The return of the "Best Film on Campus Contest," for which students create a trailer for a movie they'd like to make, with the winner receiving a development deal with MTV Films and a home-theater system.

The 24-hour network broadcasts to more than 730 U.S. colleges, reaching more than 6.5 million students nationwide.

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