Archive for October, 2011

New Law Gives Students, Parents More Accurate Cost of Education

Oct 28, 2011 No Comments by

Beginning on October 29, all college websites are required by law to include a “net price calculator” tool. The law is part of a movement to attempt to provide more transparency for students and their parents on just how much earning that degree will really cost. The tool will allow individuals to enter their personalized financial information, which will indicate if the student is eligible for grants, loans, or other forms of financial assistance.

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What If Your Favorite Horror Movie Villain Went to College?

Oct 28, 2011 2 Comments by

One of America’s favorite past times during Halloween seems to getting scared out of their wits by movies. Turn on the TV during October you’re likely to find plenty of horror movies to watch including favorites like Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, and Texas Chainsaw Massacre. While you’re used to seeing these villains slash victims, chase people through the woods (it isn’t a horror movie without some woods!) and inevitably die off only to come back in a sequel we have to wonder what would have happened if these serial killers decided to go to college.

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Can Facebook Boost Your Brain Power?

Oct 27, 2011 No Comments by

For all of the negative publicity that Facebook gets, it’s about time that something positive appears to be resulting from its use. We’ve all made jokes about our friends or even ourselves being addicted to Facebook. We’ve all had to block at least one game application that someone is just dying to get us to play.

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Digital Disruption

Oct 26, 2011 No Comments

Those of you who are sitting in Starbucks with your laptops writing your thesis statements for your English 101 paper due next Friday understand this. You, who are lounging comfortably on your sofa participating in an online discussion board for Sociology of Sports, get it. You already attend the college of anywhere and love it.

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Students Beware: The High Loan Default Rates and How to Avoid Them

Oct 25, 2011 3 Comments

Recently, the Department of Education has revealed a sharp increase in the percentage of students that default on their college loans. And almost half of the defaults from federal student loans occurred at for-profit schools even though those schools serve only about 10% of the population. So what is the problem here and why are for-profit schools leading the default rate?

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Granny and Graphic Arts?

Oct 24, 2011 No Comments

So, you’re ready to begin the college admissions process and you will be paying your campus a visit. Difficult decisions must be made and you need the right person with you to support you during the maze of paperwork and appointments. Who could be the perfect person to call? Your Nonnie or Pop-Pop.

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Techno Tracking

Oct 22, 2011 No Comments

Forget the typical map on the huge bulletin board with thousands of different colored pushpins marking varied locations. Think instead of computers and online GIS aka Geographic Information System. Basically, mapping software that merges cartography, data base, and statistical data into one program and permits users to superimpose information onto local, community maps.

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Apps of the Week

Oct 21, 2011 No Comments

We are only a week and a half away from Halloween! Of course, before you head off to a party dressed as everyone’s favorite naughty nurse you’ll have to try to finish up that mid-term project. It is an unfortunate task that has to be done, and that is why we present to you some apps to help you pull an all-nighter and finish that project management presentation (–or whatever subject you may be pulling an all-nighter for).

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Biotech Birthplace

Oct 21, 2011 No Comments

Sometimes, a person is simply inspiring. Dr. Susan Desmond-Hellmann, the chancellor at University of California, San Francisco, is one of those people. Not only is she the first woman to guide the university, she and her husband, Dr. Nicholas Hellmann, have donated over one million dollars to U.C.S.F.

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Could Big Brother Protect Our Campuses?

Oct 20, 2011 No Comments

From university e-mail accounts to research and social networking done through on-campus wireless connections, there is a wealth of information available about individual student habits and behaviors. Most students operate under the assumption that this information is never reviewed or monitored by university officials, but that may all be changing soon. Authorities and school faculty have seen a rash of violent outbreaks by students in recent years, all of which have been somewhat easy to predict in hindsight by researching the online behavior and activities of the student in question.

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