Archive for January, 2007

Colleges Keeping Tabs on Student Athletes Using Facebook

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007

More and more college coaches are signing up for Facebook accounts, but not because they want to fraternize with students. Rather, college administrators and athletic directors are asking them to monitor athletes’ profiles and Facebook activities. Some have gone as far as banning their athletes from having Facebook profiles altogether, and kicking them off teams […]

Nielsen Tracks College Student TV Viewing

Tuesday, January 30th, 2007

Nielsen Media Research which has long tracked the television viewing habits of Americans, but for a long time they have not tracked one particular group – college students.  Beginning this week, however, this will change.  Nielsen will begin tracking the TV viewing habits of college students this week, which could potentially boost ratings for programs […]

Congress Proposes Pell Grant Increase

Monday, January 29th, 2007

Right now, going through the U.S. House of Representatives is a measure that would most definitely help lower-income students: increasing maximum Pell Grants.  House Democrats are proposing a $260 increase for the Fall 2007 term, which if implemented would bring the total maximum Pell Grant up to $4,310. The Pell Grant, for those not aware, […]

Why Women Now Outnumber Men in College

Sunday, January 28th, 2007

In 2003, there were 1.35 females for every male who graduated from a four-year college, which is almost the complete opposite of the picture in 1960, when there were far more men graduating from college than women. In a recently study by the National Bureau of Economic Research, they’ve attempted to figure out exactly why […]

Cheating on Tests

Saturday, January 27th, 2007

Cheating on your papers is not the only thing that can land you in hot water.  Cheating on exams is highly prevalent amongst students, with some agencies reporting that up to 3/4 of all students cheat at one point or another.  With technology such an integral part of our lives, it’s no wonder that students […]

Plagiarism: Not Worth the Risk

Friday, January 26th, 2007

It’s the night before your big paper is due, and your friends want you to go out with them. Do you: a) Download a pre-written paper off the net. b) Pull an all-nighter and get it done. c) Ignore it, and beg your teacher for an extension. d) Call up your brother and ask for […]

CIA Uses Facebook to Recruit

Thursday, January 25th, 2007

The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has been using Facebook to recruit potential employees into their National Clandestine Service, marking the first time that the CIA has ventured into the world of social networking for recruitment purposes. On the CIA’s Facebook page, you’ll find information a thirty-second promotional YouTube video aimed at college applicants, as well […]

Technology Geared Towards Students

Wednesday, January 24th, 2007

People our age like to express our individuality – from the bands we like, to the posters on our walls, to our cell phone covers – and up until now there was very little choice in regards to customizing our favorite tech gadgets. We were pretty much left to DIY jobs like stickers, paint, and […]

Oil Company Pledges $50 Mil. for Scholarships

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2007

The Murphy Oil Company in Arkansas has announced quite possibly one of the most generous programs of its kind, and has pledged $50 million dollars to give scholarships for many high school graduates in its hometown of El Dorado.  The program is set to begin with this year’s graduating class, many of whom are thrilled […]

Free College Music Service

Monday, January 22nd, 2007

Looking to score some free music without having the RIAA on your behind?  Then check out Ruckus Networks,  operators of the Ruckus digital music network designed for college students.  Beginning today, Ruckus is offering up its service for free to all U.S. students with a valid .edu email address. Previously Ruckus had only been accessible […]

Snag a Cool Internship

Sunday, January 21st, 2007

Instead of wasting away your summer vacations, why not make them work for you by getting an internship?  While an internship isn’t necessary to get a killer job after graduation, it can’t hurt your chances at all, in fact it’ll likely help them.  Even if you aren’t sure of what you want to do with […]

Cookbooks for College Students

Saturday, January 20th, 2007

Sick of meals from a pizza box?  Yearning for something different?  Then it’s time for you to pick up a college cookbook!  Yep, there are cookbooks out there made especially for dorm-dwelling college students like yourselves.  Many of them aren’t all that expensive (great for budget-restricted students), and they can offer you some great new […]

Hot Jobs for 2007

Friday, January 19th, 2007

MSNBC decided not to wait for the US Department of Labor to issue their annual list of the year’s hottest, and most in-demand jobs of the year, and went a head and did a little research and issued their own list: Experience Designer -  These people work in the retail industry, and help create the […]

Congress Cuts Interest Rates on Some College Loans

Thursday, January 18th, 2007

On Wednesday, Congressional Democrats in the U.S. pushed through legislation which would cut the interest rate on federally subsidized loans to college students. The bill drew large bipartisan support, despite opposition by President Bush and the White House. The bill passed quite easily with a vote of 356 to 71. The bill will cut interest […]

Traditional Degree vs. Online Degree – What to choose?

Wednesday, January 17th, 2007

When the issue of online degrees comes up, the first question that I always hear is “Are online degrees treated the same way as regular degrees?” To answer that question is not always so easy as it often depends on a number of factors.  One thing I can say, however, is that they are becoming […]

College Loans are Scary

Tuesday, January 16th, 2007

Unless you’re amongst the lucky few who have been able to finance your college education without the help of student loans, you’ll likely be graduating college with a pretty substantial debt. It’s a sad fact most of the times these days.  To get ahead, you need to get a college degree.  But getting the college […]

Facebook, YouTube, and MySpace.. Oh My!

Monday, January 15th, 2007

If you’re like most young adults, you have at least one profile on a social networking service, if not more.  This would include sites such as MySpace, Friendster, Facebook, YouTube, Blogger, Xanga, LinkedIn, and so on. You probably use different social networks for different things, or to connect with different groups of friends.  With so […]

Facebook Has Gone Mobile

Saturday, January 13th, 2007

Just a couple days ago, Facebook announced that they were launching a mobile version of their site. I’m a wee bit slow on catching this as admitedly, I only check it about once a week. Shame on me. Either way, being able to access and use Facebook on a mobile phone is definitely something that […]

Naked Parties – Why All the Hype?

Friday, January 12th, 2007

For the past few days, you cannot watch one of the 24-hour news channels without hearing about naked parties that are happening at some of the Ivy League colleges, and others around the country. In fact, even today, I saw a female student on a news program who was being interveiwed about these naked parties. […]

New Must-Have Gear: The Apple iPhone

Tuesday, January 9th, 2007

Today at the MacWorld Expo in San Francisco, Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the highly-anticipated Apple iPhone, which promises to revolutionize the mobile phone industry. College students no doubt will be clamoring to get their hands on one of these, especially since it was already shown to be more popular than beer within their peer […]

College Gear at an Affordable Price

Sunday, January 7th, 2007

College bookstores tend to carry overpriced products.  From the ridiculously expensive textbooks, to the overpriced notebooks, to the expensive t-shirts and apparrel, if you bought it from the college bookstore, you likely got ripped off.  If at all possible, avoid buying anything at your college bookstore. Textbooks: Before you run off to buy them at […]

Fighting the Freshman 15

Friday, January 5th, 2007

Over the years, students have complained about gaining around fifteen pounds in their first year at college, hence the term “freshman 15.”  Now whether or not that fifteen pound figure is actually what most student gain remains to be seen.  Some students gain more than that, some gain much less, and others maintain their current […]

Big Bowl Round-Up & BCS National Championship

Thursday, January 4th, 2007

On Monday January 8th, 2007, we’ll see two Division I powerhouses take to the field in the BCS National Championship game. The Buckeyes and Troy Smith, this year’s Heismann trophy winner, go up against the Southeastern Conference Champion Florida Gators. The OSU Buckeyes come in at a little bit more than a 7 point favorite. […]

Sneaky and Little-Known Ways to Get Credit for Classes

Thursday, January 4th, 2007

As with anything, there are ways to get around the traditional constraints of academic college life. Instead of actually attending all of your classes for the entire four or five years of your college career, you can learn how to cut a few corners and save yourself some time. If you’re still a high school […]

What You Need to Know About Transferring Credits

Tuesday, January 2nd, 2007

If you are looking to transfer credits from one college to another, you will want to be prepared. Before you commit yourself to any particular school or program, you should really speak with an admissions counselor.  This way, you’ll be able to go over with him or her what classes of yours will transfer. When […]

All About Accelerated Degrees

Monday, January 1st, 2007

For adult students holding down jobs and trying to finish up their college degree, accelerated degree programs are an alluring opportunity that many take advantage of. If you are not an adult student or do not possess any special circumstances that would prevent you from going the traditional route, you too can still take advantage […]