For many students across the country, class participation and attendance have been taken to a whole new level. Where most students find it difficult to wake up and go to class in the morning, some now view it as just another opportunity to get extra credit. Universities across the country have begun to implement the use of clickers in the classroom. Officially termed “Classroom Response Systems,” these devices allow not only for computers to register attendance but also for students to key in answers to the computer for extra credit later. The devices are hand held remotes with a s
Quinnipiac University is receiving national attention for an ongoing dispute between the administration and a group of student journalists. Earlier this year, a group of students who were on staff at the student newspaper, The Quinnipiac Chronicle, quit and launched their own independent publication, The Quad News. The administration responded by imposing a gag order on administrators, coaches and athletes that forbade them from cooperating with Quad News reporters. Most recently, the university formally threatened to ban the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), a national medi
The University of Pittburg is the newest member of JuicyCampus.com, a gossip website geared toward college students. The website has over 50 universities contributing so far, and serves as an open forum for students to anonymously post on any topic of their choosing. The site was launched by a Duke graduate with the intent of providing an open forum for students to share gossip stories, organize events, and post any other kinds of information – useless or not. But some students worry that the site’s anonymity and focus on gossip will do little to unite the campus.
Two Florida A&M University students have started Donetrading.com, a bartering web site where visitors can freely exchange goods and services they might not otherwise be able to afford. Ismael Luxama and Michael Beckford, both raised in poverty and frustrated by the overpriced bookstore on their campus, created the site in an effort to help students, and others, save money.
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The Motion Picture Association of America admitted last Wednesday that it overestimated the financial impact of illegal file sharing among college students, wrongfully blaming students for 44 percent of its losses. The MPAA has since readjusted that number to 15 percent. In 2005 the MPAA reported a loss of $6.1 billion because of illegal movie downloading and file sharing, most of which they claimed was the fault of college students. However the losses are now heavily attributed to piracy overseas. The MPAA explained that the miscalculation of student piracy was simply due to human e
Severe flooding in Iowa has caused the evacuation of thousands of residents and the closures of nearly everything in Iowa City, including the University of Iowa. While most summer courses were postponed, some professors have managed to keep their classes running off-campus and online. Likewise, the University of Iowa’s student newspaper The Daily Iowan was forced to evacuate and relocated to the headquarters of the local Gazette paper where it is continuing its ongoing coverage of the flood. The campus initially received an influx of volunteer help, and workers were able to sandbag t
The University of Illinois’ newspaper The Daily Illini, explores the
role of political blogs in the election. Will this new, fast-paced
media outlet change the way America gets its news?
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Facebook, once a private forum for college students, is becoming an increasingly public space and professors are joining the community. The St. John’s Torch examined how the growing use of Facebook by college professors has impacted student networking, for better and for worse. Some professors said Facebook has allowed them to build close mentoring relationships with students and to stay in touch with students, both during the semester and after graduation. Yet both professors and students acknowledge the potential dangers that could arise from students and professors sharing the sam
Sam (henceforward NSNS): In my blog, I reported on efforts to counteract the effects of Hosty vs. Carter. When he was attending Green River Community College, student journalist Brian Schraum tried to get his school to implement an anti-censorship policy. When they refused to do so, he took his fight to Washington. Olympia, Washington, that is. He helped introduced a powerful anti-censorship bill that extends protections to high school students as well as college students. Schraum is now a student at Washington State University. NSNS sat him down for an interview: