Tip Sheet: Back to School

This fall, everyone is gearing up for college—even the cast of "The O.C." When America's favorite high schoolers were last seen, they'd just been handed their diplomas. And a brush with death. Marissa was killed in a tragic accident. Oh, well ... the show must go on. Which got us thinking: how would Ryan (Ben McKenzie), Summer (Rachel Bilson), Seth (Adam Brody) and new regular Taylor (Autumn Reeser) decorate their dorm rooms? TIP SHEET quizzed the show's writers and actors and scoured our favorite stores and Web sites to put together this NEWSWEEK back-to-school guide. In the following pages, you'll find the best laptops, cell phones, bedsheets and other crib pimpings (like a mini pinball machine). See how well we did when you've settled into college; the fourth season debuts Nov. 2. And no matter how weird your roommate seems, we bet your year won't be as traumatic as theirs.