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  • Recommendations for Getting College Recommendation Letters

    Get Into College Blog
    Steve Schwartz
    10 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Here's the who, what, when, where, why, and how of asking for college recommendation letters. Who to ask: your guidance counselor, teachers, coaches, employers. Basically, anyone in a position of authority who's supervised you in some way. They should know you well, like you, and respect you. Most importantly, however, they should be reliable. A great recommender is one who actually writes and
  • How Obama’s Action on Immigration Will Affect Higher Education

    CHE > Latest news
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:55 am
    The president’s decision to extend limited legal status to up to five million immigrants, announced Thursday night, will open college doors to many people.
  • What’s Wrong With the Government’s College-Cost Information—and How to Fix It

    CHE > Latest news
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:55 am
    An economics professor explains how he would change two consumer-information tools meant to help prospective students.
  • No. 14 Oregon volleyball sweeps No. 17 UCLA in revenge match

    UWire
    Kenny Jacoby
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:39 pm
    No. 14 Oregon volleyball dominated No. 17 UCLA in straight sets behind superb defense and a balanced attack on Friday at Matthew Knight Arena. The Ducks got their revenge against a tough Bruins team that stifled them in four sets earlier this season in Los Angeles. The Ducks tested a new strategy to start the match, leaving Maggie Scott, Martenne Bettendorf and Naya Crittenden on the bench. It took awhile for them to connect passes cleanly and UCLA capitalized on their errors to take an early advantage. But Oregon battled back behind key blocks from Bettendorf and Serena Warner and ferocious…
  • Comparing College Costs the Easy Way

    NYT > Colleges and Universities
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    College Abacus aggregates cost calculations from up to three colleges at a time on its own website, but is blocked by some institutions.
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  • No. 14 Oregon volleyball sweeps No. 17 UCLA in revenge match

    Kenny Jacoby
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:39 pm
    No. 14 Oregon volleyball dominated No. 17 UCLA in straight sets behind superb defense and a balanced attack on Friday at Matthew Knight Arena. The Ducks got their revenge against a tough Bruins team that stifled them in four sets earlier this season in Los Angeles. The Ducks tested a new strategy to start the match, leaving Maggie Scott, Martenne Bettendorf and Naya Crittenden on the bench. It took awhile for them to connect passes cleanly and UCLA capitalized on their errors to take an early advantage. But Oregon battled back behind key blocks from Bettendorf and Serena Warner and ferocious…
  • Classifieds – November 21, 2014

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    21 Nov 2014 | 10:22 pm
    The Daily Trojan features Classified advertising in each day’s edition. Here you can read, search, and even print out each day’s edition of the Classifieds.
  • Video: ASUO, SLAP and others confront Coltrane over GTFF contracts at Lillis

    admin
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:22 pm
    Interim University of Oregon President Scott Coltrane’s office hours were interrupted on Friday by a group of students sounding off on the proposed contract for graduate teaching fellows. Members of the ASUO, the Student Labor Action Project and the Multi-Cultural Center assembled in the lobby of Lillis Business Complex at approximately 11:20 a.m., chanting in support of the Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation in its negotiations with the administration. The groups formed a semi-circle around Coltrane’s table. SLAP President Gabrielle Cicourel then began a “mic…
  • No-Shave November: Let it grow for a cause

    admin
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:22 pm
    For the guys out there, November is the most wonderful time of the year. It’s the month where it becomes socially acceptable for men to grow out their facial hair and ultimately not shave for 30 days. It’s all about No-Shave November. “It’s an excuse not to shave,” Steven Janes, sophomore in construction science and management, said. “It’s just a time when it’s acceptable to be lazy.” Janes first started participating in No-Shave November in early high school with a few friends. Their first experience was not so possible. “It was…
  • Covered California rolls over to San Luis Obispo, explains why health insurance is vital for all

    admin
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:22 pm
    Samantha Pryor Follow @samanthapryor94 !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=”//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js”;fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,”script”,”twitter-wjs”); Covered California has launched a bus tour through more than 20 cities in the state to raise awareness about its second open enrollment period — which began Nov. 15 and continues through Feb. 15 — and offers people the opportunity to get health coverage. They stopped by San Luis Obispo…
 
 
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  • How to Find and Learn from a Great Mentor in College

    Katie Dwyer
    12 Nov 2014 | 3:06 pm
    A positive relationship with a professor can make an enormous difference in your experience as an undergraduate, as well as helping to launch your post-college career. A mentor can help you navigate degree requirements, independent study, research, study abroad, internships, scholarships, graduate school applications, and job applications. They can offer advice and provide a support network, and can serve as an all-important positive reference as to your academic ability and character. Whether you’re studying English or Computer Science, an academic mentor possesses the knowledge and…
  • How to Buy Your First Car (and Feel Good About It)

    Mark Frost
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:57 pm
    If you’ve ever purchased a car, you know the roller coaster of feelings you get throughout the process. The research and browsing of local dealer inventory part is awesome, but once you actually step foot onto a dealership’s lot, the reality of the transaction kicks in pretty quickly. Upsells, negotiations, extra fees, and financing are the worst buzzkills for your car-buying high. Unfortunately, if you’re going to buy from a dealership, that’s the reality of car buying. If you can find a deal on Craigslist or know someone looking to sell a great car, do your research…
  • Career Spotlight: 5 Reasons to Get a Degree in Statistics

    HackCollege
    7 Oct 2014 | 2:46 pm
    The Big Data revolution is driving tremendous growth in the field of statistics. Data is collected at a stunning rate and is transforming government, society and business. So it’s no surprise that graduates with a degree in statistics are finding an abundance of interesting and exciting career opportunities. But many students continue to overlook the field in favor of better-known STEM disciplines like engineering and computer science. It’s time to start giving statistics degrees more serious consideration. Here are five reasons why: Statistics is Fun Negative myths about statistics and…
  • How to Maximize the Impact of Study Abroad

    Katie Dwyer
    7 Oct 2014 | 2:29 pm
    Studying abroad tops many students’ list of the most fun and most life-changing part of college. It’s a chance to be somewhere exciting and different, to live in a new context, and to make friends and have experiences far outside previous opportunities in either hometowns or home college contexts. For most people, the “point” of studying abroad has more to do with the cultural/personal opportunities than practical/strategic benefits. But a bit of planning while you’re abroad can make those experiences work to your benefit academically and in the job market in the long run.
  • Write For Us: HackCollege Looking for Talented Student Writers

    Mark Frost
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:17 am
    With the new school year already here, HackCollege is looking for new writers to add to its 2014-2015 roster. We’re expanding on our extensive library of articles on every topic related to college life, and need students who are interested in discovering and reporting on things that can help themselves and other students succeed. But beyond helping students succeed, you’ll be making money and gaining valuable writing experience that could lead to opportunities down the road. The money is the important part, though! Below are a list of writing positions we’re currently…
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  • The Unexpected Math Behind Van Gogh’s “Starry Night”

    Dan Colman
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:52 pm
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PMerSm2ToFY If you’ve taken a good art history course on the Impressionists and Post-Impressionists, you’ve inevitably encountered Vincent van Gogh’s 1889 masterpiece “Starry Night,” which now hangs in the MoMA in New York City. The painting, the museum writes on its web site, “is a symbolic landscape full of movement, energy, and light. The quietness of the village contrasts with the swirling energy of the sky…. Van Gogh’s impasto technique, or thickly applied colors, creates a rhythmic effect—the picture seems to…
  • David Lynch Takes Aspiring Filmmakers Inside the Art & Craft of Making Indie Films

    Colin Marshall
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:50 am
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FG0OzpEjUPU As a couple of generations of film students have shown us, you shouldn’t try to imitate David Lynch. You should, however, learn from David Lynch. At his best, the director of Eraserhead, Blue Velvet, and Mulholland Drive has managed, in the words of David Foster Wallace, to “single-handedly broker a new marriage between art and commerce in U.S. movies, opening formula-frozen Hollywood to some of the eccentricity and vigor of art film.” How has Lynch brought his enduringly strange and richly evocative visions to the screen, and to…
  • The Jimi Hendrix Experience Plays “Hey Joe” & “Wild Thing” on The Band’s Very First Tour: Paris, 1966

    Josh Jones
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:30 am
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ypsa15a3mgM Jimi Hendrix lived fast, and I don’t just mean to evoke a rock star cliché, but to get at the speed at which his career moved. He arrived in England near the end of September, 1966, at the tender age of 23. In less than a month, he and his manager Chas Chandler had recruited Noel Redding and Mitch Mitchell into the Experience and booked the band’s first gig on October 13 across the channel in Évreux, France, one of four French bookings as a supporting act for The Blackbirds and Johnny Hallyday. They played mostly covers, including Howlin’…
  • Stephen Fry Reads You Have To F**king Eat, the New Mock Children’s Book by Adam Mansbach

    Dan Colman
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0Vou9-Z0Is The sequel to Adam Mansbach’s best-selling mock children’s book, Go the F**k to Sleep is out. Say hello to You Have to F**king Eat As mentioned last week, you can download a free audio version read by Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston over at Audible.com through December 12th. This week, we present a slightly more posh version read by Stephen Fry — the very same Stephen Fry who narrated the UK version of the Harry Potter series, not to mention an audio version of Oscar Wilde’s children’s story “The Happy Prince.”  Find…
  • Mahatma Gandhi’s List of the 7 Social Sins; or Tips on How to Avoid Living the Bad Life

    Jonathan Crow
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:00 pm
    In 590 AD, Pope Gregory I unveiled a list of the Seven Deadly Sins – lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy and pride – as a way to keep the flock from straying into the thorny fields of ungodliness. These days though, for all but the most devout, Pope Gregory’s list seems less like a means to moral behavior than a description of cable TV programming. So instead, let’s look to one of the saints of the 20th Century — Mahatma Gandhi. On October 22, 1925, Gandhi published a list he called the Seven Social Sins in his weekly newspaper Young India. Politics without principles.
 
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  • No. 14 Oregon volleyball sweeps No. 17 UCLA in revenge match

    Kenny Jacoby
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:39 pm
    No. 14 Oregon volleyball dominated No. 17 UCLA in straight sets behind superb defense and a balanced attack on Friday at Matthew Knight Arena. The Ducks got their revenge against a tough Bruins team that stifled them in four sets earlier this season in Los Angeles. The Ducks tested a new strategy to start the match, leaving Maggie Scott, Martenne Bettendorf and Naya Crittenden on the bench. It took awhile for them to connect passes cleanly and UCLA capitalized on their errors to take an early advantage. But Oregon battled back behind key blocks from Bettendorf and Serena Warner and ferocious…
  • Classifieds – November 21, 2014

    admin
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:22 pm
    The Daily Trojan features Classified advertising in each day’s edition. Here you can read, search, and even print out each day’s edition of the Classifieds.
  • Video: ASUO, SLAP and others confront Coltrane over GTFF contracts at Lillis

    admin
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:22 pm
    Interim University of Oregon President Scott Coltrane’s office hours were interrupted on Friday by a group of students sounding off on the proposed contract for graduate teaching fellows. Members of the ASUO, the Student Labor Action Project and the Multi-Cultural Center assembled in the lobby of Lillis Business Complex at approximately 11:20 a.m., chanting in support of the Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation in its negotiations with the administration. The groups formed a semi-circle around Coltrane’s table. SLAP President Gabrielle Cicourel then began a “mic…
  • No-Shave November: Let it grow for a cause

    admin
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:22 pm
    For the guys out there, November is the most wonderful time of the year. It’s the month where it becomes socially acceptable for men to grow out their facial hair and ultimately not shave for 30 days. It’s all about No-Shave November. “It’s an excuse not to shave,” Steven Janes, sophomore in construction science and management, said. “It’s just a time when it’s acceptable to be lazy.” Janes first started participating in No-Shave November in early high school with a few friends. Their first experience was not so possible. “It was…
  • Covered California rolls over to San Luis Obispo, explains why health insurance is vital for all

    admin
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:22 pm
    Samantha Pryor Follow @samanthapryor94 !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=”//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js”;fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,”script”,”twitter-wjs”); Covered California has launched a bus tour through more than 20 cities in the state to raise awareness about its second open enrollment period — which began Nov. 15 and continues through Feb. 15 — and offers people the opportunity to get health coverage. They stopped by San Luis Obispo…
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  • Deep Habits: Spend Three Months On Important Projects

    Study Hacks
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:36 pm
    A Productive King In 2013, during a period of only three months, Stephen King published two full-length novels: Joyland and Doctor Sleep. This is unusually productive, even for a writer whose published fifty-five novels in his career (and sold over 350 million copies along the way). Perhaps to celebrate this pinnacle of systematic wordsmithing, the Barnes & Noble book blog published a list of twenty tips extracted from King’s 2000 professional memoir, On Writing. Nestled half way through this list was a piece of advice that caught my attention: “The first draft of a book—even a…
  • It’s Okay to Be Bad at E-mail

    Study Hacks
    18 Nov 2014 | 5:58 pm
    The Internet Heretic I previously admitted that I don’t web surf and that I’ve never had a social media account. This next admission might be the final straw that leads to the permanent revocation of my internet privileges: I’m bad at answering e-mails. I sometimes go a whole day without looking at my inbox (and sometimes even longer). I ignore messages. People I know well tend to call me when they really need to know something. I’m not bad at e-mails on purpose. If anything, I’m apologetic and ashamed about it and try to be more responsive when I can. But I only…
  • Deep Habits: Obsess When Needed

    Study Hacks
    12 Nov 2014 | 6:34 pm
    An Obsessive Digression For the past two weeks, I’ve been trying to prove a bothersome theorem. It’s not particularly flashy, but I need it for a paper. More importantly, it felt like it should be easy and I took it personally that it’s not. Predictably, I began to obsess about this proof — by which I mean I took to returning to the proof again and again during breaks in my working day. It became a staple during my commutes to and from work, and began to hijack blocks of time from my otherwise carefully constructed schedules. Earlier this week, the weather was nice, so…
  • Warren Buffett On Goals: If It’s Not The Most Important Thing, Avoid It At All Costs

    Study Hacks
    10 Nov 2014 | 5:28 pm
    A Buffett of Advice My friend Eric recently sent me an article describing advice Warren Buffett once gave an employee. In the article, Buffett wanted to help his employee get ahead in his working life, so he suggested that the employee list the twenty-five most important things he wanted to accomplish in the next few years. He then had the employee circle the top five and told him to prioritize this smaller list. All seemed well until the wise Billionaire asked one more question: “What are you going to do with the other twenty things?” The employee answered: “Well the top…
  • Deep Habits: Forget Your Project Ideas (Until You Can’t Forget Them)

    Study Hacks
    6 Nov 2014 | 5:51 pm
    An Idea About Ideas A graduate student recently sent me a note asking how I keep track of potential projects in my academic work. This got me thinking, and after some consideration I decided I had two answers. The first answer is literal… Since September, 2004, I’ve always kept an idea notebook with me to capture spontaneous thoughts relevant to many different areas in my life, including potential professional projects. (The picture above is a sampling of my large collection of full idea books.) I try to review my current notebook every couple of months. The second answer is more…
 
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  • No. 14 Oregon volleyball sweeps No. 17 UCLA in revenge match

    Kenny Jacoby
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:39 pm
    No. 14 Oregon volleyball dominated No. 17 UCLA in straight sets behind superb defense and a balanced attack on Friday at Matthew Knight Arena. The Ducks got their revenge against a tough Bruins team that stifled them in four sets earlier this season in Los Angeles. The Ducks tested a new strategy to start the match, leaving Maggie Scott, Martenne Bettendorf and Naya Crittenden on the bench. It took awhile for them to connect passes cleanly and UCLA capitalized on their errors to take an early advantage. But Oregon battled back behind key blocks from Bettendorf and Serena Warner and ferocious…
  • Classifieds – November 21, 2014

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    21 Nov 2014 | 10:22 pm
    The Daily Trojan features Classified advertising in each day’s edition. Here you can read, search, and even print out each day’s edition of the Classifieds.
  • Video: ASUO, SLAP and others confront Coltrane over GTFF contracts at Lillis

    admin
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:22 pm
    Interim University of Oregon President Scott Coltrane’s office hours were interrupted on Friday by a group of students sounding off on the proposed contract for graduate teaching fellows. Members of the ASUO, the Student Labor Action Project and the Multi-Cultural Center assembled in the lobby of Lillis Business Complex at approximately 11:20 a.m., chanting in support of the Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation in its negotiations with the administration. The groups formed a semi-circle around Coltrane’s table. SLAP President Gabrielle Cicourel then began a “mic…
  • No-Shave November: Let it grow for a cause

    admin
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:22 pm
    For the guys out there, November is the most wonderful time of the year. It’s the month where it becomes socially acceptable for men to grow out their facial hair and ultimately not shave for 30 days. It’s all about No-Shave November. “It’s an excuse not to shave,” Steven Janes, sophomore in construction science and management, said. “It’s just a time when it’s acceptable to be lazy.” Janes first started participating in No-Shave November in early high school with a few friends. Their first experience was not so possible. “It was…
  • Covered California rolls over to San Luis Obispo, explains why health insurance is vital for all

    admin
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:22 pm
    Samantha Pryor Follow @samanthapryor94 !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=”//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js”;fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,”script”,”twitter-wjs”); Covered California has launched a bus tour through more than 20 cities in the state to raise awareness about its second open enrollment period — which began Nov. 15 and continues through Feb. 15 — and offers people the opportunity to get health coverage. They stopped by San Luis Obispo…
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  • No. 14 Oregon volleyball sweeps No. 17 UCLA in revenge match

    Kenny Jacoby
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:39 pm
    No. 14 Oregon volleyball dominated No. 17 UCLA in straight sets behind superb defense and a balanced attack on Friday at Matthew Knight Arena. The Ducks got their revenge against a tough Bruins team that stifled them in four sets earlier this season in Los Angeles. The Ducks tested a new strategy to start the match, leaving Maggie Scott, Martenne Bettendorf and Naya Crittenden on the bench. It took awhile for them to connect passes cleanly and UCLA capitalized on their errors to take an early advantage. But Oregon battled back behind key blocks from Bettendorf and Serena Warner and ferocious…
  • Classifieds – November 21, 2014

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    21 Nov 2014 | 10:22 pm
    The Daily Trojan features Classified advertising in each day’s edition. Here you can read, search, and even print out each day’s edition of the Classifieds.
  • Video: ASUO, SLAP and others confront Coltrane over GTFF contracts at Lillis

    admin
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:22 pm
    Interim University of Oregon President Scott Coltrane’s office hours were interrupted on Friday by a group of students sounding off on the proposed contract for graduate teaching fellows. Members of the ASUO, the Student Labor Action Project and the Multi-Cultural Center assembled in the lobby of Lillis Business Complex at approximately 11:20 a.m., chanting in support of the Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation in its negotiations with the administration. The groups formed a semi-circle around Coltrane’s table. SLAP President Gabrielle Cicourel then began a “mic…
  • No-Shave November: Let it grow for a cause

    admin
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:22 pm
    For the guys out there, November is the most wonderful time of the year. It’s the month where it becomes socially acceptable for men to grow out their facial hair and ultimately not shave for 30 days. It’s all about No-Shave November. “It’s an excuse not to shave,” Steven Janes, sophomore in construction science and management, said. “It’s just a time when it’s acceptable to be lazy.” Janes first started participating in No-Shave November in early high school with a few friends. Their first experience was not so possible. “It was…
  • Covered California rolls over to San Luis Obispo, explains why health insurance is vital for all

    admin
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:22 pm
    Samantha Pryor Follow @samanthapryor94 !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=”//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js”;fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,”script”,”twitter-wjs”); Covered California has launched a bus tour through more than 20 cities in the state to raise awareness about its second open enrollment period — which began Nov. 15 and continues through Feb. 15 — and offers people the opportunity to get health coverage. They stopped by San Luis Obispo…
 
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  • Online Psychology Program Rankings Focus on Non-Profit Schools

    Jessica Plutchok
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    Find out which non-profit online undergraduate programs in psychology ranked best in a recent report.
  • Surviving the Back-to-College Jitters [infographic]

    Gina LaGuardia
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Students of all ages have been known to contract a case of the back-to-school jitters. Fear of the unknown can even lead to some serious pre-college stress. But take a deep breath — every fear has its foil…. Enter The CollegeBound Network! We may not have a cape or a stake to take to the […]
  • 6 Ways to Better Manage Your Money During School

    James Torres
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    If you’re a college student and you’ve opened this article, your first response to the title may have been, “Money? What money?” From Ramen dinners to free movie screenings, college is in many ways defined by its financial limitations. Not having a lot of money while you’re in school simply reinforces your need to manage […]
  • You’ll Never Believe What These High School “Robodawgs” Do!

    Gina LaGuardia
    26 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    With a name like "Robodawgs," it's no wonder this high school robotics team is gaining national attention.
  • Moving On, Up and OUT! How to Make the Most of Your College Move-In

    Vanessa Burnam
    11 Aug 2014 | 10:25 am
    Move-in day is a stressful but significant mark that brings with it the excitement (and the anxiety!) that you are actually going to college. That’s why we’re stepping in with some useful tips and handy-dandy dorm checklist.
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  • No. 14 Oregon volleyball sweeps No. 17 UCLA in revenge match

    Kenny Jacoby
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:39 pm
    No. 14 Oregon volleyball dominated No. 17 UCLA in straight sets behind superb defense and a balanced attack on Friday at Matthew Knight Arena. The Ducks got their revenge against a tough Bruins team that stifled them in four sets earlier this season in Los Angeles. The Ducks tested a new strategy to start the match, leaving Maggie Scott, Martenne Bettendorf and Naya Crittenden on the bench. It took awhile for them to connect passes cleanly and UCLA capitalized on their errors to take an early advantage. But Oregon battled back behind key blocks from Bettendorf and Serena Warner and ferocious…
  • Classifieds – November 21, 2014

    admin
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:22 pm
    The Daily Trojan features Classified advertising in each day’s edition. Here you can read, search, and even print out each day’s edition of the Classifieds.
  • Video: ASUO, SLAP and others confront Coltrane over GTFF contracts at Lillis

    admin
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:22 pm
    Interim University of Oregon President Scott Coltrane’s office hours were interrupted on Friday by a group of students sounding off on the proposed contract for graduate teaching fellows. Members of the ASUO, the Student Labor Action Project and the Multi-Cultural Center assembled in the lobby of Lillis Business Complex at approximately 11:20 a.m., chanting in support of the Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation in its negotiations with the administration. The groups formed a semi-circle around Coltrane’s table. SLAP President Gabrielle Cicourel then began a “mic…
  • No-Shave November: Let it grow for a cause

    admin
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:22 pm
    For the guys out there, November is the most wonderful time of the year. It’s the month where it becomes socially acceptable for men to grow out their facial hair and ultimately not shave for 30 days. It’s all about No-Shave November. “It’s an excuse not to shave,” Steven Janes, sophomore in construction science and management, said. “It’s just a time when it’s acceptable to be lazy.” Janes first started participating in No-Shave November in early high school with a few friends. Their first experience was not so possible. “It was…
  • Covered California rolls over to San Luis Obispo, explains why health insurance is vital for all

    admin
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:22 pm
    Samantha Pryor Follow @samanthapryor94 !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=”//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js”;fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,”script”,”twitter-wjs”); Covered California has launched a bus tour through more than 20 cities in the state to raise awareness about its second open enrollment period — which began Nov. 15 and continues through Feb. 15 — and offers people the opportunity to get health coverage. They stopped by San Luis Obispo…
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    BS/MD Admissions by College Admissions Counseling

  • Patient Care Experience-What Is It?

    Todd Johnson
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    One of the things I always tell students that are interested in BS/MD programs is that they need significant patient care experience. But, what exactly is patient care experience? Patient care experience is simply any type of volunteering where you have contact with people that have some type of health issue.  Most students think this means volunteering in a hospital and in fact hospitals are great places to get this type of volunteer experience. However, not all volunteering in a hospital provides a patient care experience. I often talk to students that are volunteering at the hospital gift…
  • The College Rep Said They Don’t Have a BS/MD Program. What’s up?

    Todd Johnson
    18 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    One of my juniors recently called me after visiting with a college rep at a local college fair. The student had asked about the BS/MD program that the college had and was told that they didn’t in fact have a BS/MD program. Since the student had gotten the information about the program from my book they were understandably confused. So what was up? The college does in fact have a BS/MD program but there are numerous issues that can come up particularly when talking with a new admissions officer. Some believe that a BS/MD program has to be accelerated and their program isn’t so it…
  • Who Should See Your College Essays?

    Todd Johnson
    13 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    There is an old saying that too many cooks spoil the broth. While this is true in many aspects of life, it is also very true when it comes to the college admissions essay. I have had several instances each year where a student shows one or more of their essays to a guidance counselor, teacher, parent, friend, mentor etc. And almost always that person has some great suggestions on how to improve the essay. If the student would just write about this, or use this language or use this example the essay would be much better. Almost always, the result is a mess and a much poorer essay than the…
  • Free Book on FAFSA

    Todd Johnson
    11 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    Edvisors has announced that the digital version of their 250-page book, Filing the FAFSA, The Edvisors Guide to Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, is now available for free download. No personal information is required to obtain the free downloadable versions of the Filing the FAFSA book. For any student that may need financial aid, the FAFSA is required and this book can be very helpful in completing the FAFSA.   RSS Feed Content © Todd Johnson and College Admissions PartnersFree Book on FAFSA The post Free Book on FAFSA appeared first on BS/MD Admissions by…
  • Can You Get Into a BS/MD Program with a “C”?

    Todd Johnson
    6 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    I am contacted by a number of very smart students that at some point in their high school career, usually freshman year, received a C grade. And the question is, does one single grade of C eliminate a student from consideration for a BS/MD program? Usually, the answer is yes. The problem of course is that you are competing with so many other talented students that have never had a C. Why should a BS/MD program take a risk on you? But this also raises one of the issues fundamental to college counseling. There are almost no absolutes. If you have an extraordinary background in volunteering or…
 
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    Planning and Preparing for College

  • Google Scholarships -- Deadlines: Various

    20 Nov 2014 | 1:27 am
    Google SVA Scholarship -- Deadline to apply: Submit a completed application here by Tuesday, January 27, 2015.   As part of our commitment to military veterans, Google established the Google SVA Scholarship in partnership with Student Veterans of America. The scholarship provides assistance to student veterans who are
  • Yale Young Global Scholars - Deadline: February 26, 2015

    20 Nov 2014 | 1:12 am
    The Science, Policy, and Innovation (SPI) session of the Yale Young Global Scholars Program (YYGS) is targeted at students with interests in emerging global challenges in fields such as global health, environment, and energy, all areas that require technical expertise, policy fluency, and innovative leadership to effectively confront. Summer 2015 is the inaugural year for SPI, and the session
  • Summer Research-Early Identification Program - Deadline: February 1, 2015

    20 Nov 2014 | 1:05 am
    Summer Research-Early Identification Program Talented undergraduates from around the nation are invited to apply for the Washington University in St. Louis Summer Research Early Identification Program (SR-EIP) through the Leadership Alliance at http://www.theleadershipalliance.org/tabid/242/Default.aspx. (Deadline February 1st).  The experience will introduce participants to the
  • University of Tennessee (UTK) Engineering Diversity Pre-College Programs - Deadline: March 6, 2015

    20 Nov 2014 | 12:53 am
    Office of Diversity Pre-College Programs The Office of Diversity Programs at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, offers an array of pre-college enrichment programs for middle and high school students. The following programs are offered: College of Engineering Summer Counselor Application 2015 The College of Engineering is seeking counselors for the 17th Annual Summer Pre-college
  • The Al Neuharth Free Spirit Scholarship and Journalism Conference -- Deadline: February 1, 2015

    20 Nov 2014 | 12:50 am
    The annual Al Neuharth Free Spirit and Journalism Conference program will award college scholarships to rising high school seniors who are interested in pursuing a career in journalism and who demonstrate qualities of “free spirit.” The program includes two $50,000 college scholarships for two top students. These scholarship winners — a boy and a girl — are selected from among the 102 students
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    The College Driver News

  • 2015 Chevrolet Trax to Start at $20,995

    9 Nov 2014 | 5:28 am
    Chevrolet has announced that the 2015 Trax will start at $20,995 (includes destination but excludes taxes and other fees). Offering compact-car maneuverability with SUV style, space and versatility, the Trax will come equipped with a standard 1.4L turbocharged engine providing an EPA estimated 26 city and 34 highway mpg, 10 air bags, MyLink infotainment with a seven-inch touch screen, rearview camera, remote keyless entry and a 60/40-split fold-flat rear seat and fold-down front passenger seat offering more than 48 cubic feet of cargo space.  Additional features offered include a $1,500…
  • Mazda to Debut CX-3 Compact Crossover at LA Auto Show

    9 Nov 2014 | 5:19 am
    Mazda announced that its all-new compact crossover, the Mazda CX-3, will make its world premiere at the Los Angeles Auto Show, running from November 21 through November 30, 2014. It joins the popular CX-5 and three-row CX-9.   Mazda CX-3 is the fifth vehicle in Mazda’s line-up of new-generation products that feature the full range of SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY and KODO—Soul of Motion design. In pursuing a design of beauty and sophistication, the essence of KODO—the expression of life within a vehicle—has been evolved to produce a sharper form with an enhanced sense of…
  • Top 10 Cars Under $25k

    9 Nov 2014 | 3:52 am
    When it comes to shopping for the perfect car for us young drivers, it's pretty simple. We want a set of wheels that is reliable, safe, fuel efficient and works well with our smartphones to stream our favorite playlist.   We've put together a list of our 10 favorite cars that rank high in IIHS crash testing, possibly offer some sort of accident prevention or warning system, a backup camera and USB connectivity. They're also priced under $25k, which makes affording one much easier. 1. 2015 Mazda3 The Mazda3 remains one of our favorites when it comes to driver involvement, beautiful looks…
  • Mercedes-Benz Launches Drive Our Future Contest

    19 Oct 2014 | 1:09 pm
    You’ve probably had one of those moments when you’re trying to get something done--like register for classes or renew your driver’s license--and you think “this could be so much easier.” Maybe the process works, but it’s just not intuitive or as easy as you had hoped. You might have even thought that, if you had the chance, you could make it better. Mercedes-Benz Financial Services would like to give you that chance.   In a nutshell, Mercedes-Benz Financial Services helps put people in the driver’s seat of Mercedes-Benz vehicles. To land in that…
  • Audi Launching New Era of Design at LA Auto Show

    15 Oct 2014 | 6:42 am
    Audi is launching into a new era of design at the Los Angeles Auto Show this year, which begins on November 19. The brand with the four rings is presenting the first show car that bears the signature of the new Head of Design Marc Lichte.For 45 year old Lichte, who was appointed Head of Audi Design in February 2014, the core competences of the brand – sportiness, lightweight design and quattro drive – all have a high level of importance. In a highly emotional and new design idiom, Marc Lichte communicates the technical competence and uncompromising product quality of the Audi…
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    HackCollege

  • How to Find and Learn from a Great Mentor in College

    Katie Dwyer
    12 Nov 2014 | 3:06 pm
    A positive relationship with a professor can make an enormous difference in your experience as an undergraduate, as well as helping to launch your post-college career. A mentor can help you navigate degree requirements, independent study, research, study abroad, internships, scholarships, graduate school applications, and job applications. They can offer advice and provide a support network, and can serve as an all-important positive reference as to your academic ability and character. Whether you’re studying English or Computer Science, an academic mentor possesses the knowledge and…
  • How to Buy Your First Car (and Feel Good About It)

    Mark Frost
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:57 pm
    If you’ve ever purchased a car, you know the roller coaster of feelings you get throughout the process. The research and browsing of local dealer inventory part is awesome, but once you actually step foot onto a dealership’s lot, the reality of the transaction kicks in pretty quickly. Upsells, negotiations, extra fees, and financing are the worst buzzkills for your car-buying high. Unfortunately, if you’re going to buy from a dealership, that’s the reality of car buying. If you can find a deal on Craigslist or know someone looking to sell a great car, do your research…
  • Career Spotlight: 5 Reasons to Get a Degree in Statistics

    HackCollege
    7 Oct 2014 | 2:46 pm
    The Big Data revolution is driving tremendous growth in the field of statistics. Data is collected at a stunning rate and is transforming government, society and business. So it’s no surprise that graduates with a degree in statistics are finding an abundance of interesting and exciting career opportunities. But many students continue to overlook the field in favor of better-known STEM disciplines like engineering and computer science. It’s time to start giving statistics degrees more serious consideration. Here are five reasons why: Statistics is Fun Negative myths about statistics and…
  • How to Maximize the Impact of Study Abroad

    Katie Dwyer
    7 Oct 2014 | 2:29 pm
    Studying abroad tops many students’ list of the most fun and most life-changing part of college. It’s a chance to be somewhere exciting and different, to live in a new context, and to make friends and have experiences far outside previous opportunities in either hometowns or home college contexts. For most people, the “point” of studying abroad has more to do with the cultural/personal opportunities than practical/strategic benefits. But a bit of planning while you’re abroad can make those experiences work to your benefit academically and in the job market in the long run.
  • Write For Us: HackCollege Looking for Talented Student Writers

    Mark Frost
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:17 am
    With the new school year already here, HackCollege is looking for new writers to add to its 2014-2015 roster. We’re expanding on our extensive library of articles on every topic related to college life, and need students who are interested in discovering and reporting on things that can help themselves and other students succeed. But beyond helping students succeed, you’ll be making money and gaining valuable writing experience that could lead to opportunities down the road. The money is the important part, though! Below are a list of writing positions we’re currently…
 
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    Great College Advice

  • Educational Consultant on Libraries: You May Not Be an Expert

    Mark Montgomery
    15 Nov 2014 | 7:14 am
    Educational consultant and college admissions expert Mark Montgomery describes the policy of Union College to teach students how to use libraries for research. While some students may scoff at the idea, there are some library skills that many young people just don’t have. TRANSCRIPT: Right now I’m on the campus of Union College, which is in Schenectady, New York. It’s raining right now, which always has an impact on a visit because it’s kind of gray and cloudy and drizzly, but a beautiful campus, and you can see the Nott Memorial behind me that’s a memorial to…
  • Considering Colleges in the South — Coming to Terms With Prejudices

    Mark Montgomery
    14 Nov 2014 | 7:02 am
    As a college counselor, I am often frustrated in speaking to students and families that have very strong opinions about the geography of the United States.  With my foreign families, the focus is generally on two areas: California and East Coast (by this, they mean the area between Philadelphia and Boston). My Boston families often cannot conceive of considering a school more than 150 miles from Boston (which, after all, is the “hub of the universe,” at least in the mind of Bostonians).  Kids who live in the suburbs often fancy themselves “urban” creatures, even when…
  • Can I Make More Than One Version of My Common App?

    Andrea Aronson
    13 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    I’ve been getting the question often this year as to whether or not my students can submit different versions of their Common App to different schools.  The reasons for this question have varied from student to student.  One student made a mistake in his personal essay that he wanted to fix.  Another student wanted to write in the Additional Information section about a specific connection that he had to one particular university, but he, obviously, didn’t want to send that anywhere else.  Yet another student decided that she didn’t like the personal essay that she…
  • Educational Consultant Talks About the Ugly Side of Campuses

    Mark Montgomery
    12 Nov 2014 | 7:11 am
    Educational consultant and expert admissions adviser Mark Montgomery speaks in front of some of Vassar College‘s less fashionable housing to point out that a school’s showcase buildings don’t necessarily represent the campus’ aesthetic as a whole. TRANSCRIPT: Okay, so I’m here on the campus of Vassar College, and Vassar is known as one of the most beautiful campuses in America — it really is, it’s just gorgeous — and I often wonder, Vassar used to be a women’s college and some of my favorite campuses in America are the women’s…
  • An Educational Consultant’s Thoughts on Vassar: a Very Liberal College

    Mark Montgomery
    10 Nov 2014 | 7:19 am
    Mark Montgomery, expert educational consultant and vetted  admissions counselor, reviews Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York. Before attending, it’s good to mull over whether “gender-neutral” bathrooms strike a chord with you. TRANSCRIPT: I’m here on the campus of Vassar College today, and Vassar’s located in Poughkeepsie, New York, Upstate New York, sort of between New York City and Albany. Beautiful, absolutely gorgeous campus, and always fun to come learn about it, a particular campus. Vassar has a reputation for being extremely liberal, left-wing,…
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    College Blog

  • College Search for Beginners

    12 Nov 2014 | 11:13 pm
    The college search process is long and grueling and often leads to some stressful decision making. Deciding on what college to attend can become an overwhelming experience, and for good reason. After all, there are hundreds of them across the country, all great schools for different reasons. Your first step is to take a deep breath and relax. You want to be completely in control and focused as you go on to make this decision. Here we’ll point you to some useful resources and cover some important topics to get you started in the college search process. In the end, it is you that makes the…
  • Cool Dorm Room Ideas

    6 Nov 2014 | 12:15 am
    When you first enter an empty dorm you may notice the room looks quite minimal and you can’t fathom how you and another roommate are going to live in this space for an entire year. Tiny dorm rooms with cinder block walls, florescent lighting, and little to no carpet come off a little institutional looking and are very uninspiring. While many colleges around the nation have made a push to design more luxurious dorms over the past few years, it's your job to transform your dorm room into a more livable space. This is your home away from home while you’re going to school, so you’ll want to…
  • Back to School: Best Backpacks for College

    9 Sep 2014 | 11:48 am
    Choosing a backpack for college is an important decision when it comes to organization and mobility. You want a bag with multiple pockets to carry all your accessories, make them easily accessible, and protect all your gear. A bag that’s stylish and unique with enough room to hold textbooks, notebooks, chargers and a laptop, while still being comfortable to wear under a heavy load. A new school year means new designs for students to choose from to fulfill all their carrying needs. With the above guidelines taken into consideration, here are our top recommended backpacks and messenger bags…
  • College Packing List

    24 Aug 2014 | 7:29 pm
    With college starting soon, use this packing checklist as reference when determining what to bring. Notes about what to bring to college: Coordinate with your roommate on who is bringing what so you don't end up with two of the same thing. There is only so much room in a dorm. Check with your college and see what items are allowed. Some dorms prohibit certain small appliances. Quick tips for purchasing items for college: Check campus classifieds and Craigslist. Buying used is obviously going to be cheaper. Shop thrift stores and places like Target for more affordable items. Order from…
  • America's Best Study Spaces

    30 Apr 2014 | 5:45 am
    Whether it’s beautiful architecture or an amazing view, just sitting in an inspiring place can instantly give one a greater sense of wisdom and well-being. Wide-open, beautifully-designed study spaces allow students to spread out, focus, and achieve serenity during times of stressful study. These are the places students come to do battle. From writing term papers to studying for finals, these locations provide the perfect environment to tackle any coursework. Here we’ll showcase some of the greatest college study spaces around the country. Harper Reading Room at University of Chicago The…
 
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    Geoff Campbell

  • 12 Weeks at Friends’ Central

    Geoff Campbell
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Hi everyone. Sorry I’ve been remiss in posting here. It’s been a busy three months. Yesterday marked week 13, day one at FCS. In that time period I’ve learned all a lot about my school, its mission and vision, and its place in the local independent school marketplace. It has been a great learning experience working just outside the fifth most populous city (behind Houston and ahead of Phoenix) in the country. Montgomery County is a highly competitive market when it comes to private schools, with 21.7% of students (grades 9-12) enrolled in private school. so I have my work…
  • CASE Twitter Chat (#CASESMC)

    Geoff Campbell
    25 Sep 2014 | 6:53 am
    On Tuesday I led my first CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education) Twitter chat. I came up with the topic and questions, which were then tweeted out from the @CASEadvance account. Here’s the Storify summary of the chat. Welcome to #casesmc chat! Co-moderated by @GeoffBCampbell at @friendscentral. We'll be talking about creating culture of sharing. #casesmc — CASE (@CASEAdvance) September 23, 2014 Twitter Chat Recap: Social Media & Campus Engagement. http://t.co/vNwpa8zAzd #casesmc — CASE (@CASEAdvance) September 24, 2014 Filed under: S.I. Newhouse…
  • Starting at Friends’ Central School

    Geoff Campbell
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:01 am
    Two weeks ago I started work as the Digital and Social Media Specialist at Friends’ Central School in Wynnewood, PA (a western suburb of Philadelphia). It has been a thrilling first two weeks. While I’m still adjusting to the role and becoming fully immersed in the culture of the school, I already know there are a number of challenges and opportunities ahead and I’m very excited to bring what I can to the role and the school’s online outreach and marketing efforts. My experience working in communications for schools (K-12 and higher ed) over the past three years (and…
  • Last day at Hebron Academy

    Geoff Campbell
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Today marks my last day of work at Hebron Academy. It has been a great first full year working in marketing for an independent school. I’ve had the chance to work on a lot of diverse projects. From producing the bulk of the school’s photography for marketing, showcasing the Hebron experience through video, managing the broadcast of live streamed events on campus, creating and managing the school’s inbound marketing site today.hebronacademy.org, managing institutional social media accounts (leading to significant increases in likes/followers and engagement especially on…
  • Google Analytics Presentation at WhippleHill Conference

    Geoff Campbell
    14 Jul 2014 | 7:15 am
    On Thursday (July 10th), I presented (alongside web consultants from WhippleHill) on how private schools can immediately take advantage of the most immediately useful insights on Google Analytics. Below is a snapshot of the conference program and slides from my presentation. I recorded the presentation and will add that video later this week. After the presentation I had some great in person and online feedback. It was a great experience for me and I’m glad that people at other schools found it helpful. I need to include a shout-out to my Public Speaking professor Dennis Kinsey of the…
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    FeedBlitz News

  • For the Fallen – We Will Remember Them

    Phil Hollows
    11 Nov 2014 | 4:15 am
    They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them. From “For the Fallen” by Robert Laurence Binyon For the benefit of my mostly US audience, in the UK and many other countries we buy paper poppies around the 11th to commemorate those who served and those who fell during the World Wars. The poppies specifically memorialize the killing fields in France and Belgium during WWI where the “lions led by donkeys” on both sides killed each other in…
  • Resolved: Overnight click-through issues

    Phil Hollows
    2 Nov 2014 | 4:57 am
    Although feeds were being served and email sent OK, some publishers experienced click-through issues overnight; the problem has now been resolved. We’re sorry for any inconvenience. Any subscribers seeing an error message now need to simply refresh the page. Today, job 1 is to update our monitors to better detect this kind of issue, which unfortunately went undetected by our automated system health tracking.        Related StoriesFeeds, Clicks and DNS ProblemsSome Metrics May Be Missing TemporarilyFalse Alarms and Click Through Issues Aug 1 
  • The One Easy Gmail Tip for Tracking and Testing

    Phil Hollows
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:48 am
    We recently sponsored the slightly-awkwardly-named-but-totally-worthwhile Type-A Parent Conference in Atlanta, and so naturally the topic of email came up (surprise!), especially in relation to testing email forms with different email accounts. It can be a real pain to create yet another email address for your site, and so we all have only a few addresses to go around. Right? Wrong! If you have a gmail account – and who doesn’t? – you effectively have an infinite number of email addresses. And I was surprised how few of the experienced bloggers and content marketers I met…
  • Feeds, Clicks and DNS Problems

    Phil Hollows
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:32 am
    If you or your subscribers have been frustrated trying to get to a FeedBlitz feed (or click through to a link in a FeedBlitz feed) in the last 24 hours or so, the reason is because some third party DNS servers have been returning the wrong results for feeds.feedblitz.com. The net effect is that although FeedBlitz is up and your feeds are being served, some subscribers are being sent to the wrong servers, and getting errors as a result. Update: We’ve routed traffic from the “wrong” server to one of the “right” ones, so even folks affected by this should now get…
  • Today I Learned: How to Enable Flash Developers

    Phil Hollows
    15 Aug 2014 | 9:39 am
    Not having Flash development experience in-house, we were puzzled recently when we received a support request from a Flash guy wondering why a file we’d never heard of (crossdomain.xml) was giving a 404 file not found error when he requested it. Because it wasn’t there, obviously. Thankfully, the developer in question was kind enough to throw us a link about why that file was needed for Flash, and a few minutes later we had everything we needed to know. Thanks, Chad! So if you’re a Flash developer, crossdomain.xml is now available on our servers to permit you to use…
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    LSAT Blog : Ace the LSAT

  • LSAT Pre-Black Friday Deal

    Steve Schwartz
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:30 am
    Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year, is just around the corner. Many Americans will spend the day fighting crowds to get deals in shopping malls and department stores. With all the advertisements bombarding us from Thanksgiving through Christmas, it's easy to lose sight of the bigger issues. There are millions of people far less fortunate than us around the world who have much
  • Law School Admission Essay Topics to Avoid

    Steve Schwartz
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Last week, I published an excerpt on law school personal statement topics to avoid from The Art of the Law School Personal Statement by Michelle Fabio. This week, we're continuing the series with more law school admission essay topics to avoid. *** 5. Poetry or Other Creative Writing As touched on in the 12 Commandments, your personal statement is not the place to write haiku or the
  • Law School Personal Statement Topics to Avoid

    Steve Schwartz
    13 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Below is an excerpt from The Art of the Law School Personal Statement by Michelle Fabio. *** Before narrowing down that final topic for your personal statement, look at these below that you’re better off avoiding entirely or at least being extremely careful when writing about. 1. Low LSAT Score Your LSAT score is in your file; if it’s low, never draw more attention to it in a personal
  • LSAT Diary: Learning LSAT Logic Games

    Steve Schwartz
    12 Nov 2014 | 2:00 pm
    This LSAT Diary is from Jasmine, who's studying for the December 2014 LSAT. Below, she shares her LSAT studying experience. Read her previous LSAT Diary. If you want to be in LSAT Diaries, please fill out this survey. (You can be in LSAT Diaries whether you've taken the exam already or not.) Please thank Jasmine for sharing her story below in the comments! Jasmine's LSAT Diary: Logic games
  • LSAT Diary: Avoiding Law School Debt

    Steve Schwartz
    6 Nov 2014 | 11:30 am
    This LSAT Diary comes from Eric, who got a full ride to the University of Oregon Law School! If you want to be in LSAT Diaries, please fill out this survey. (You can be in LSAT Diaries whether you've taken an actual LSAT exam already or not.) Thanks to Eric for sharing his experience and advice! Eric's LSAT Diary: A few weeks ago, Steve and I got to talking about my recent
 
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  • What's the best way to carve a turkey?

    21 Nov 2014 | 11:37 pm
    What's the best way to carve a turkey?AOLThe Kitchen Cousins duked it out in a 'carve-off' to determine the best way to serve your bird.Cutting technique to avoid dried out meatMore on ThanksgivingHow gratitude affects your healthKids on what they're grateful for
  • US releases 5 new videos of attacks on ISIS

    21 Nov 2014 | 11:37 pm
    US releases 5 new videos of attacks on ISISYouTubeThe Defense Department this week released dramatic new footage of strikes carried out in Iraq against the terror group.Watch: Airstrike is in color this timeMore newsISIS releases video of new hostageEbola death toll nears 5,500
  • Bandits get more than they bargained for

    21 Nov 2014 | 11:37 pm
    Bandits get more than they bargained for GettyA Red Cross courier was the victim of a highway robbery Friday when three thieves stopped his taxi and demanded he hand over a cooler. Huge surprise awaiting criminals More newsDid drug deal happen on live TV?NYPD cop shoots unarmed man
  • Unarmed man killed by NYPD

    21 Nov 2014 | 11:37 pm
    Unarmed man killed by NYPDAPA rookie cop walking in a darkened stairwell of a public housing complex accidentally shot a man who was leaving the building with his girlfriend.'The deceased is totally innocent'In other newsCop caught beating man in headWoman claims Mardi Gras rape
  • Brown family makes final desperate plea

    21 Nov 2014 | 11:37 pm
    Brown family makes final desperate pleaGettyMichael Brown's parents begged protesters in Ferguson to remain calm Friday as they await a grand jury's imminent decision. Violent behavior they denouncedRelated newsCharges unlikely, official saysBrown's father urges peace
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    Get Into College Blog

  • How To Answer The “Why Do You Want To Go To This College?” Essay

    Steve Schwartz
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Many schools (several of the Ivy Leagues, and many liberal arts colleges) have a supplemental essay that asks you to talk about you want to go to their school. They ask this question for a lot of reasons, but there are 2 big reasons, one cynical, one more warm and fuzzy. The cynical reason is, bluntly, they want to accept students who will accept their offers of admissions. The higher the
  • College Selection Tips | Picking the Right College

    Steve Schwartz
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Many students just want to go to the best college possible. However, how should you define "best"? "Best" isn't simply what the rankings say. It's the school that fits your needs and preferences. This post will help you figure out how to choose the right one. Some of the most important factors to consider when choosing the right college for you: 1. How large is the student body? Do you want a
  • Recommendations for Getting College Recommendation Letters

    Steve Schwartz
    10 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Here's the who, what, when, where, why, and how of asking for college recommendation letters. Who to ask: your guidance counselor, teachers, coaches, employers. Basically, anyone in a position of authority who's supervised you in some way. They should know you well, like you, and respect you. Most importantly, however, they should be reliable. A great recommender is one who actually writes and
  • “Any Questions?”: The Final College Interview Question

    Steve Schwartz
    6 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    The last question of every college interview is always the same: “Any questions?” If you are unprepared, this part can be scarier than the interview itself. However, if you’re prepared, this can be a chance to shine. Interviewers can get as much information about you from this part as from the rest of the interview. If you ask good, thoughtful questions, you will seem smart, prepared, mature,
  • How NOT to Write a College Essay

    Steve Schwartz
    3 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Here are some of the most common mistakes students make, and why you should avoid them: Repeat info covered in another part of the application. Students often repeat themselves in the college essay "just to be safe." However, admissions officers have already read, or will read, the rest of your application. Reading the same thing twice is boring. Trust them to do their job and read the
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    College Money Insider

  • Choosing Between Fixed-Rate & Variable Rate Private Loans

    College Money Insider
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    If you’ve shopped for private student loans over the past year, you might have noticed that a “new kid” has arrived on the scene: the fixed-rate private loan. More banks and credit unions have introduced fixed-rate private loans over the past year in an effort to provide more options for consumers. While interest rates can differ...Choosing Between Fixed-Rate & Variable Rate Private Loans is a post from: The College Money Insider.
  • A Visual Guide to Navigating the World of Financial Aid

    College Money Insider
    8 Sep 2014 | 11:52 am
    Terrific infographic from the team at Mint.com.  Expecting the unexpected,  a visual guide to navigating the world of financial aid.     A Visual Guide to Navigating the World of Financial Aid is a post from: The College Money Insider. A Visual Guide to Navigating the World of Financial Aid is a post from: The College Money Insider.
  • 6 frugal tips for college kids

    College Money Insider
    30 Aug 2014 | 7:21 am
    Unfortunately the ‘poor college kid’ stereotype is far from a fictional character and chances are you are (or will be) finding it difficult to keep enough cash around to actually live while you go to school. Here are some frugal tips to boost your money management skills. Shop Online. Many retailers offer...6 frugal tips for college kids is a post from: The College Money Insider.
  • 10 Tips for Paying Back Your Student Loans

    College Money Insider
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:21 pm
      When you are going through the process of applying for and obtaining private student loans, you should take that opportunity to plan for repayment. Student loans must be repaid, so it’s essential to take the time to think through and decide in advance how you are going to manage that. If you plan ahead, you won’t...10 Tips for Paying Back Your Student Loans is a post from: The College Money Insider.
  • Crafting A Repayment Plan for Your Student Loans

    College Money Insider
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:06 am
    It’s a time of great change for the members of the recently-graduated Class of 2014. Whether a few months into a new job or still looking for the right opportunity, everyone is trying to figure out their new life – and just as importantly, how to pay for it. The first step towards gaining your footing...Crafting A Repayment Plan for Your Student Loans is a post from: The College Money Insider.
 
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    Allison Cheston — Career Connector

  • 5 Ways to Market Yourself as a Leader

    Allison
    17 Nov 2014 | 1:09 pm
      Photograph by John Santerre 2010 Being a leader means knowing who you are and what you stand for—You’ve decided upon your mission and you have a vision for how to get there. It’s informed by your value system—what you care most about and what you feel is right. Developing yourself as a leader means declaring a need in the market that you are passionate about satisfying, what your role might be in meeting that need and the audience you want to serve.…
  • The Interest You Left Behind

    Allison
    10 Oct 2014 | 8:31 am
    We all have subjects that particularly interest us, that capture our attention. It could be a skill, a hobby or just a topic you follow very closely. Try taking note of the articles that attract you online or in the newspaper and you’ll have your answer. Have you incorporated that interest into the job you have today? As much as we are told, to use a trite term, to “follow our passion”, many times life leads us down a different path and we leave that interest behind.…
  • I Found My Career on Twitter

    Allison
    12 Sep 2014 | 1:32 pm
      A question I frequently hear from job-seekers at all stages is, “Why do I need to be on Twitter?” Twitter is a platform for interests of all kinds, and many users abuse its power by over-tweeting—so its value is sometimes misunderstood. But Twitter is an amazing career and job search tool, and can be used to help you pinpoint what you’re interested in and who can help you find the right job.…
  • 6 Ways to Be a Standout Summer Intern

    Allison
    19 Jun 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Getting a summer internship is the first step; here's how to make it count for your career.
  • Looking for a Job With Meaning? Here Are Four Ways to Find It

    Allison
    8 May 2014 | 2:22 pm
    Are you a 20-something seeking work with meaning? Are you willing to trade great mentoring and a dynamic work environment for a lower salary? If that’s the case, you are trending with your generation. And while making less money is not to be treated lightly, research shows that people who feel personally fulfilled at work are happier than those who work exclusively for the money. But maybe you can have it both ways.…
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    The Savvy Intern by YouTern

  • How to Impress During Your Next Virtual Job Interview

    YouTern
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:50 am
    As Skype and Google+ Hangout interviews continue to grow in popularity, job seekers are learning there is little difference between a video interview and the in-person variety. In fact, many of the steps – from how you dress, to preparation, to proper eye contact and effective follow-up – are now exactly the same as if you were walking into the office and talking face-to-face...   
  • Could You Answer These 9 Unique Job Interview Questions?

    Levo League
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:20 am
    Quora, our favorite Q&A site, asked their community: "What one question do you ask applicants in a job interview?" Among the submissions, here are our favorites – along with the reasons why the interviewers count on these questions when looking for their next team member:   
  • What Should You Know Before Deciding on a Resume Template?

    JobScan Blog
    18 Nov 2014 | 7:50 am
    If you’re interested in using a resume template, you’ll have seemingly countless options available in all styles and price points. However, before you decide on one, there are a few considerations to keep in mind...   
  • When a Recruiter Calls: Should You Consider a Career Change?

    Will Thomson
    18 Nov 2014 | 7:20 am
    Let's face it, many of us ready for our next adventure. And when a recruiter calls, we are intrigued; even flattered. We want to be wanted, needed, and desired. On the other hand, we are "okay" where we are. We hesitate. We don't take a closer look, and perhaps turn down the opportunity to interview. And in the process, perhaps miss out on what could have been an amazing career move...   
  • This is How Millennials REALLY Think About Work [Infographic]

    YouTern
    17 Nov 2014 | 7:50 am
    Think you know everything there is to know about Millennial workers? Well, get your “I didn’t know that!” face on! Because as this infographic from Bentley University shows, we have some surprises for you:   
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  • Technology Money-Saving Tips for Students

    Doug Schantz
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:22 am
    You’re in college and it’s a great position to be in – the world respects you as an adult, but cuts you some slack when it comes to things adults are responsible for, because hey, you’re still learning right? One of the biggest changes you’re probably experiencing in your young, wild and free years is having to manage the money you spend on technology necessities in your home away from home such as cable, wireless, electricity bills, etc. Here are some technology money-saving tips for students new to the game we call life. Get a Roku Since you can basically almost watch anything…
  • 4 Ways to Save When Driving Home for the Holidays

    Doug Schantz
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:49 am
    Driving back home during the holiday months is something every out-of-state student has to deal with at one point or another. In fact, the United States Department of Transportation reports 91 percent of long-distance holiday travel is done by car. Of course, road trips aren’t exactly cheap and when you’re a struggling student it may seem nearly impossible to visit your folks during Thanksgiving or Christmas. Fortunately, there are several ways to cut costs when driving long distances so you can make it home for the holidays. Improve Your Gas Mileage One of the main expenses…
  • 5 Master’s Degrees That May Be Worth Your Money

    Doug Schantz
    27 Oct 2014 | 11:44 am
    Everyone wants a competitive advantage in their chosen field, but is more education always the way to gain the upper hand? If you’re considering spending some extra time and money on advanced training, you want to be sure that it will pay off. Here are five master’s degrees that are sure to increase your advancement opportunities and potential earnings. Business Administration A Master’s in Business Administration is a must-have if you’re looking to distinguish yourself from your peers in the business world. Additionally, if you aspire to work as an executive, VP, or…
  • Holiday Shopping Survival Guide: Student Edition

    Doug Schantz
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:48 pm
    It’s not news that students’ budgets are tight, and the holidays can be particularly straining on their wallets. You want to enjoy the holidays and give great gifts to your family and friends, but it would be nice to not have to live on ramen noodles and tap water until March. Before you sell a kidney for extra cash, check out these ideas to save on shopping this season. Plan Early It may seem a little soon to talk about holiday shopping, but planning early is easier financially and less stressful than shopping for everything all at once late December. It can also help you avoid the…
  • 4 Affordable Cars for College Students

    Doug Schantz
    6 Oct 2014 | 9:34 am
    You are so close to receiving your diploma. All of your long, hard work in college will have finally paid off, and it will be time to carve out your path in the world. But first, you’ll need some wheels to take that path. As a college student, though, affordability is a factor, especially considering your last tuition bills, books and the looming student loan debts. And dependability is a necessity for making it to class, finals and hopefully job interviews. For the budgeting college student, deciding on a car can seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t need to be complicated. Choose…
 
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    College Info Geek

  • Textbook Reading Strategies For Ultra-Efficient Learning

    Thomas Frank
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:59 pm
    What’s the most effective method for tackling your reading assignments? Last week’s video was all about prioritizing your reading assignments in order to figure out which you can safely skip, and which you still need to read. For the ones that do need reading, you’re going to want to figure out the most time-efficient way to get through them. This means: Figuring out the specific information you need to pull out of a reading (hint: “all of it” isn’t the correct answer) Getting that information into your brain without spending hours going over it…
  • 5 Ways To Have Fun Even If You Go To School In The Middle Of Nowhere

    Thomas Frank
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:58 am
    Hey guys! This is a guest post from CIG reader Ransom Patterson. He’s a sophomore in English at the College of Wooster and has written here before.  I always considered Ames to be on the smaller side, but at 50,000 people it’s not exactly in the middle of nowhere. If you’re attending a school in an even less populated area, check out Ransom’s tips on keeping yourself occupied in your free time!  If you like this article, check out my 7 ideas for making an on-campus summer not suck as well. Have you ever gotten the feeling that your college town was…
  • Salary Negotiation and Student Loan Payoff Tactics with Stephanie Halligan (Ep. 38)

    Thomas Frank
    17 Nov 2014 | 4:05 am
    One of my main goals here at College Info Geek is to help students understand their student loans and pay them off as quickly as possible. Stephanie Halligan has both of these skills on lock. As the founder of The Empowered Dollar, Stephanie is one of the most entertaining personal finance writers on the internet, and probably the only one that draws comics about money. In addition to being a excellent artist, she’s also fantastic at communicating her professional value – an essential skill for anyone who wants to increase their income. Shortly after graduating, Stephanie used…
  • How To Prioritize Your Reading Assignments

    Thomas Frank
    13 Nov 2014 | 1:46 pm
    I absolutely love to read, but when it’s assigned… eh, not so much. Unfortunately, almost every class you’ll take in college will have assigned readings – and those readings would take up far too much of your time if you tried to do them all. So how do you decide on which readings to do thoroughly, which to skim quickly, and which to skip entirely? That’s what this week’s video is all about. In it, you’ll learn how to triage your assignments – how to smartly prioritize the most urgent ones (the ones that’ll affect your grade the most).
  • 5 Reader Questions! Heavy Course Loads, Scholarships, And Networking (Ep. 37)

    Thomas Frank
    10 Nov 2014 | 4:15 am
    Greetings, college hackers! We’re back once again to answer your questions on this episode of the podcast. Every 4th episode of the CIG podcast is a reader Q&A episode, where we take 5 of your questions and answer them while playing a video game and generally getting mad at each other. These episodes are a fun break from the normal interview style of the show, and give me a chance to answer questions from readers directly – while also getting the perspective of two other students. On this episode, we’ll tackle: How to deal with a monster 21-credit course load What to…
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    My College Guide

  • 7 Best BuzzFeed Posts About College

    admin
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:14 am
    Get the Buzz on College Admissions and College Life Have you checked out BuzzFeed lately? We did, and we found several posts about college life, surviving college admissions season, and how to make your decision about which college to attend. Check out our favorites below for both serious advice and some good laughs. On College Admissions The Cheapest, Best Colleges: BuzzFeed used tuition rates and average starting salaries to create this list of “best value colleges.” Note: The public school tuition used in this post is for out-of-state tuition costs, which are typically much higher than…
  • 8 Great Scholarship Search Sites to Check Out

    admin
    13 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Scholarship Websites You Should Know College scholarships are an important resource for affording a college education. There are plenty of free online resources for you to find scholarships that you can apply for. Remember: You should never have to pay to apply for a scholarship; if you do, it’s likely a scam. Use these eight sites to begin your scholarship search. bigfuture.collegeboard.org: Operated by the same company that created the SAT and PSAT, this site has a scholarship search of 2,000 programs offering nearly $6 billion in aid. Just enter a little information about yourself and…
  • 5 Things LinkedIn Can Tell You About Colleges

    admin
    11 Nov 2014 | 4:47 am
    Using LinkedIn in Your College Search Have you checked out LinkedIn? If not, now might be the time to take a look. Last year, LinkedIn launched university pages on its site. Today you can use these pages to learn lots of career information about the graduates of colleges you’re considering. If you’re at least 14 years old, you can sign up to create a LinkedIn profile. Go to www.linkedin.com/edu to search for colleges on LinkedIn. Here’s what LinkedIn can tell you about colleges and universities: LinkedIn University Page for The University of Chicago 1. Where alumni are employed.
  • College Major of the Month: Food Science

    admin
    6 Nov 2014 | 4:39 am
    College Major of the Month: Food Science Do you like food? Were you captivated watching movies like “Food, Inc.” and “Supersize Me”? Are you curious about how food gets from the farm to your plate? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you may want to take a closer look at this month’s College Major of the Month: food science. What is food science? Food science combines chemistry, microbiology, chemical engineering and other sciences to study the makeup of food. Food scientists work to understand processing and deterioration of foods and analyze food content and…
  • College Scholarships Ending in November 2014

    admin
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:25 am
    Apply for College Scholarships We know that finding a way to afford college is super important for you and your family. That’s why each month we bring you a list of college scholarships you can apply for, and this month is no exception. Our list of scholarships with deadlines in November 2014 includes opportunities for high school freshmen through seniors. Many require essays, so plan ahead and start writing ASAP! Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program: This highly competitive scholarship program is open to high-achieving high school seniors with a financial need. Winners…
 
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  • The #Millennial Digital Footprint on #CollegeCash

    admin
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:50 am
    On Thursday, November 20 #CollegeCash welcomed Rebekah Radic (@RebekahRadice) to talk about millennials on social media. Millennials are the largest generation of youth since baby boomers and consume digital media in a unique way. The ease in which millennials use technology reflects their strong online presence.   [View the story “The #Millennial Digital Footprint on #CollegeCash” on Storify]
  • Has Your State Changed Its Financial Aid Program?

    admin
    18 Nov 2014 | 2:23 pm
    One huge component of college financial aid packages is federal financial aid, but most states also have financial aid programs available as well. These are designed to motivate students to attend college in their home state and to provide the opportunity for students with financial need to afford a higher education. The Education Commission of the States (ECS) recently surveyed actions from the 2013 and 2014 legislative sessions and published their findings in a report entitled, “Trends in State Financial Aid.” Their research found that states provided about $11.2 billion in college…
  • How to Win College #Scholarships on #CollegeCash

    admin
    14 Nov 2014 | 10:08 am
    On Thursday November 13, #CollegeCash welcomed Monica Matthews (@AidScholarship) to celebrate National Scholarship Month! She helped her own son win over $100,000 in college scholarships & graduate debt-free.  At the urging of other parents, Monica wrote down exactly what she did & “How to Win College Scholarships” was born! [View the story “#Scholarships on #CollegeCash” on Storify]
  • What Good can Twitter do for Your Small Business?

    admin
    13 Nov 2014 | 10:20 am
    It’s time for your business to jump on the Twitter band wagon. Those kids you see engrossed in their smartphones today are tomorrow’s customers. They are going to demand that businesses speak to them in a forum they understand, and they want quick responses to their inquiries. In my experience, Twitter is a great asset in growing a business. I rely on Twitter as my main platform to communicate with students, parents, prospects and clients, in addition to a regular blog presence which supports my content marketing strategy. I use my main Twitter feed (@JodiOkun) to provide a constant…
  • Millennials and Money

    admin
    12 Nov 2014 | 11:13 am
    Who are the “millennials” and why is everyone paying so much attention to them? According to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, the tag of millennial is being applied to those born between 1980 and 1999. Now aged between 16 and 35, their numbers are plentiful and they are having a dramatic impact on the economy. The generation set to take over from the aging baby boomers is facing plenty of money problems, too. On the one end are the younger millennials who are trying to figure out how they are going to pay for a college education. On the other end of this generational spectrum are…
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    Columbia Daily Spectator

  • Athletics to bring in external consultant to review football program

    Eli Schultz
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:20 pm
    University President Lee Bollinger is not waiting for Athletic Director M. Dianne Murphy’s successor to arrive to begin mending what many see as a fractured football program. In an email sent out to the Columbia Football Players Club Thursday, Bollinger announced the school’s decision to bring in Rick Taylor as a consultant for the ailing football team and to help with the search for Murphy’s replacement. The football team is riding a 20-game losing streak and will need to win Saturday’s game against Brown to avoid going a second consecutive winless season. “He [Taylor] will begin…
  • Unheard Voices: Janssen the radiator of Ruggles

    Spectrum Shadower
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:00 pm
    In her weekly series, blogger Rebecca Farley lends a platform to Columbia’s unheard voices. This week, she chats with a heater in Ruggles, who goes by Janssen. As the temperatures in New York drop, Janssen the heater kicks into gear. A large white radiator located in the corner of a double in Ruggles, Janssen is an unassuming fellow, kind, semi-forgetful, and eager to smile. For a radiator who has been working the winter shifts since the 1920s—Janssen tells me that he’s over 80 years old with a grandfatherly wink—Janssen is remarkably present. “I’m not your average old man, you…
  • Weekend Nugget: Annie Leibovitz and ‘A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night’

    Hannah Josi
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:20 am
    Uncharted territory: Leibovitz gets personal in ‘Pilgrimage’Photographer Annie Leibovitz’s new exhibit at the New-York History Society just opened, but rather than showcasing the celebrity portraits she’s known for, “Pilgrimage” doesn’t show a single human being. Instead, she focuses on objects and places, from Niagara Falls to Emily Dickinson’s dress, and opts for a more natural approach to photography. It’s definitely a different side of Leibovitz, one that’s well worth seeing. The exhibit opens today, Nov. 21, and runs for three months. Admission is free with a CUID.
  • Spectrum Watches Sports: Women’s basketball and Roar-ee’s shorts

    Spectrum Shadower
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:40 am
    Spectrum Watches Sports is a series wherein Spectrum bloggers who know nothing about sports attend and blog about Columbia sports events. For this week’s instalment, blogger Maura Barry-Garland watched women’s basketball face off against Lafayette College in Wednesday’s home opener. The list of things that make me anxious includes all of the following: buzzers, loud noises, bleachers (high school memories), uniforms, chanting, and mascots. Perhaps a basketball game was not the best place for me, but that didn’t stop me from attending the Columbia women’s home opener. To compensate…
  • Wake Up Call: Stinky plants, Facebook’s new app, and a lot of theater

    Spectrum Shadower
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Good morning, Columbia! Here’s all you need to know for your final exhausting weekend before Thanksgiving. Hang in there! Six days to go!On campusUpdates on the Rules on Conduct, free speech on campus, and the President’s Advisory Committee on handling sexual assault cases—here’s what happened at the University Senate plenary yesterday.The Asian American Alliance’s charity performance on Sunday, CultureSHOCK, will feature models telling personal stories through film, poetry, songs, interviews, and more in hopes to raise awareness of Asian…
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    The Daily Egyptian

  • Salukis open tournament with blowout loss

    Tyler Davis
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:43 pm
    SIU lost its second-straight game of the season as it was dominated by Kent State in the opening match of a stretch of three games in three days. The Salukis never led during the game as the Eagles’ defense frustrated SIU all night en route to a 74-51 KSU win. SIU shot 35 percent from the field and 16 percent from the arc, while KSU shot 51 percent from the field and 55 percent from long range. Six Saluki players failed to score during the game and the team scored the least points of the season. KSU led by as many as 24 points, turned the ball over 14 times and had 16 assists. SIU had…
  • Illinois judge: Pension reform unconstitutional

    Tyler Davis
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:50 pm
    An Illinois judge deemed a law intended to reform the state’s unfunded pension system unconstitutional on Friday. Public Act 98-0599, or Senate Bill 1, was passed in December of 2013 and redistributed pension funds of public officials into health insurance accounts. Judge John Belz, of the Sangamon County Circuit, ruled in favor of unions and retirees who claimed the law infringed upon Article VIII, section 5 of the Illinois Constitution. With one of the nation’s largest budget deficits and a shortfall of funds for pensions, Gov. Pat Quinn signed the act into law Dec. 5, 2013. Lobbyists…
  • Parkour makes progress

    Aidan Osborne
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:54 pm
    Aidan Osborne • Daily Egyptian Matthew Riordan, a sophomore from Peotone studying psychology and criminal justice, performs a precision jump Wednesday on the steps in front of Pulliam Hall. Riordan is the Vice President for Unofficial Parkour, which was established this year and has 20 active members. The group is not an official RSO, however the members use facilities like the Mat Room in the Recreation Center to train. “We took a bunch of kids who didn’t know how to do parkour but wanted to, and we provided them with a safe environment to learn,” Riordan said.  Aidan Osborne •…
  • Coping with anxiety on campus

    Jordan Duncan
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:35 pm
    Students with anxiety disorders may have trouble in college, but there are options to help make life less overwhelming. Christy Hamilton, a counselor with Counseling and Psychological Services, said the Student Health Center received 654 students for individual therapy and 115 students for group therapy during fiscal year 2014. Counseling and Psychological Services is a portion of the Student Health Center that provides counseling and crisis counseling services to students. The American College Health Association reported in its 2014 National College Health Assessment anxiety affected…
  • ‘Diversity’ a buzzword on Rauner’s transition team

    Joshua Murray
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:03 pm
    From Democrats to pastors, Republican Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner has lined up a diverse group of people to help his transition into office. One day after winning the Illinois governor’s race, Rauner began announcing picks for his transition team. Rauner’s running mate Lt. Gov.-elect Evelyn Sanguinetti leads the team. Dozens of other advisors have been appointed, including former White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley, former Illinois Gov. Jim Edgar, U.S. Representative Aaron Schock and former SIU President Glenn Poshard. Daley served as White House Chief of Staff to President Barack Obama…
 
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  • 6 Ways to Advance Your Career as a Fundraiser

    Brian Gawor
    18 Nov 2014 | 12:58 pm
    Where are you headed? It’s an important question to be asking. To be better fundraisers, we need to make a commitment to our own personal advancement. As you think about what you’ll do next as a fundraiser, here are some important things to consider: Channel Surf If you’re managing a phonathon, try to talk with or help the direct mail expert at your institution. Start a young alumni or student philanthropy program. Writing email solicitations, managing volunteers, or working with the database all require different skills. When you move up in management, you’ll need to know about all…
  • How Online Giving is a Lot Like Online Dating

    Brian Gawor
    3 Nov 2014 | 10:55 am
    A recent survey revealed that over 41 million adult Americans had tried or are currently using an online dating service. I’ve been happily married for over 15 years, but I can’t even count how many of my friends have met someone they are still with through online dating. Meeting and building relationships online is very common these days. Online giving is also growing rapidly. I thought it might be interesting to see how the advice out there about online dating might apply to our efforts to build a relationship with donors and encourage online gifts. Here are 7 common tips I found about…
  • Who’s An Alumnus?

    Brian Gawor
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:09 pm
    There was recently a great discussion on the CASE LinkedIn Forum that started with a question about whether a dues-paying alumni association should allow non-graduates to join. We generally agreed that being inclusive is better. I’ve seen this question pop up regularly. Since most students now attend more than one college before graduating and over a third transfer, if your alumni association is closed, you should open it up. Consider the several generations whose enrollment might have been interrupted by military deployment or those students who wanted to stay but a family circumstance or…
  • Have You Thanked Your Donors Today?

    Michelle Garland
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:10 am
    Yesterday, you heard about the importance of stewardship and cultivation from Chris Hughes. Today, I wanted to share a very recent stewardship event I participated in that utilized the campus community to thank donors in a way no other nonprofit can. At last week’s Thank a Donor Days (THAD) at Ball State University, the advancement team involved hundreds of students, faculty and staff in the effort to show gratitude to their loyal supporters. If you take a look at their Flickr site, you’ll see that the event included everything from academic leadership to the school mascot. This…
  • Cultivation and Stewardship Can Equal More Effective Solicitations

    Chris Hughes
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:42 am
    “What can make our solicitations more effective?” is a question many organizations and individuals routinely ask of us about all fundraising channels, especially direct mail, email, and telefund. One way for solicitations to generate more donors and dollars is to be sure your annual plan also incorporates a solid mix of cultivation and stewardship.  As you can see in this graphic, cultivation and stewardship have a very tight relationship to solicitation. When it comes to cultivation and stewardship, a couple of important statistics: The 2010 Millennial Impact Report indicated that 86%…
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    NextStepU

  • Freebie Friday — Caboodles

    nextstepu
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:00 pm
    It’s that time of year again — time to start your holiday wish list! NextStepU wants to introduce you to some new (or new-to-you) products and services that you might want to include on your list this season. For today’s deal, we have some sparkle for the ladies. Now guys, this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try to win or pay attention to this week’s prize! Your girlfriend, best gal pal, sister or even mom will be impressed with you if you give the gift of glitter this holiday season. (But on another note, guys… we have a GREAT “guy” giveaway for you next…
  • Once upon a time: How stories prep you for the SAT

    nextstepu
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    If you’ve taken the SAT before or done any studying, you probably realize that for the most part, SAT reading can be a bit dull. It depends on your taste, of course, but I don’t know many high-schoolers who really love reading about the political opinions of Frederick Douglass (who was badass, if you give him the chance). But it’s not all bad news—not if you like reading fiction, at least. There will always be a bit of fiction on your test, which can be a bit more enjoyable. And enjoyable is a really, really good thing. Occasionally, I have students who think that they shouldn’t…
  • Cool resource — PayMyRoommate.com

    Laura Sestito
    18 Nov 2014 | 11:00 pm
    There are many firsts that you experience once you go to college, but one of the most challenging can be getting your first apartment. Learning how to balance rent, maintaining your living space and dealing with roommates can be a learning process, especially when it comes to managing finances. PayMyRoommate.com hopes to alleviate some of the stress that comes from sharing an apartment. Their simple three-step process starts with you creating a bill, then adding your roommates and finally sending them an invoice of their share. The best part about this app is that it links directly to your…
  • Tuesday Tour Day – Marshall University

    nextstepu
    17 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Marshall University is a public university located in Huntington, West Virginia. The historic campus was established in 1837. In recent decades the school has undergone significant growth through building the Drinko Library, the Jomie Jazz Center and their Graduate College. The university is a multi-campus public university that provides innovative undergraduate and graduate education that contributes to the development of society and the individual. The university offers over 50 baccalaureate programs and 50 graduate programs. It also boasts a 19 to 1 student/faculty ratio. Students who…
  • Major Monday — Architecture

    Laura Sestito
    16 Nov 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Architecture is grounded in science and math but its heart is in the arts giving students with both interests the best of both worlds. After all, well-designed buildings not only serve the people who use them but also works of art that define the town or city in which they reside. Students who study architecture train and prepare to become professional architects. Their course load consists of topics such as architectural theory, design, and history in addition to drafting and project and site planning. Education As an architecture student, you’ll take a design studio course nearly…
 
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    CollegeFocus

  • The Holiday Breaks: Finding a Balance

    Sani
    8 Nov 2014 | 11:53 am
    The holiday breaks are quickly approaching and students will be coming home from college. If you are experiencing this for the first time, the student’s expectations of their first break and the parents’ expectations will be completely different. Understanding the logic behind the differing expectations will help you find a balance over the holiday breaks. [...]
  • Managing the College Admissions Frenzy

    Sani
    7 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Students now apply to an average of a dozen universities to assure acceptance into a college because of the competitive nature of admissions. What has created this competitive environment and how are students empowered to take charge? Universities are huge businesses from their endowment funds to their desire to fill their classrooms. Enrollment management has [...]
  • Summer Tasks to Prepare for the Fall

    Sani
    13 Jul 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Every parent and student knows that if you’re college bound, you should spend the summer concentrating on these activities to build your resume: volunteering, reading, working, and simply making the summer productive. But summer is also an opportunity to concentrate on specific tasks before the school year begins in the fall. Students Test prep Even [...]
  • A Beginner’s Guide to Business English

    CollegeFocus
    13 May 2014 | 1:53 pm
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  • How to Spend Smart

    CollegeFocus
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:30 pm
    Presented by SpendSmart
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    Robert Kennedy College Blog

  • HSBC Has Challenging Regulatory Environment

    David Costa
    3 Nov 2014 | 4:03 am
    Discover our new MBA in Finance The post HSBC Has Challenging Regulatory Environment appeared first on Robert Kennedy College Blog.
  • Banking Update: HSBC, Standard Chartered and Banco Espirito Santo

    David Costa
    26 Sep 2014 | 2:44 pm
    Bloomberg Video 1 Bloomberg Video 2 The post Banking Update: HSBC, Standard Chartered and Banco Espirito Santo appeared first on Robert Kennedy College Blog.
  • BNP Paribas Fine, The end of dark pools?

    David Costa
    26 Sep 2014 | 2:40 pm
    The post BNP Paribas Fine, The end of dark pools? appeared first on Robert Kennedy College Blog.
  • Dean on CNBC: Will Ukraine Default?

    David Costa
    23 Feb 2014 | 11:26 pm
    Dr. David Costa, Dean at Robert Kennedy College, share his views on a possible default of Ukraine and the possible impact it might have on European Markets.   The post Dean on CNBC: Will Ukraine Default? appeared first on Robert Kennedy College Blog.
  • Dean on CNBC: European Banks Preparing for the Stress Tests

    David Costa
    10 Feb 2014 | 11:14 pm
      European Banks preparing for the stress tests The latest comments of Ms Nouy, the Single Supervisory Mechanism Chair, picture a new scenario for European banks. The new pan-European regulator certainly wants to establish an high degree of credibility and is sending a clear message to the banks: act now or fail. Overall the new stress tests will strengthen the banking sector that faces several challenges. One of these challenges is the intimate link between banks and sovereign bonds that the SSM is trying to break.  Several European banks still rely on the profitable carry…
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    Suniti's Advice Corner

  • 15 Tips About Writing An Effective SAT/ACT Essay

    Suniti Mathur
    10 Nov 2014 | 9:46 am
    One of our TestRocker students recently asked me for a list of 15 points to keep in mind while attempting the Essay section on the SAT/ACT. I thought it was worth sharing! Begin your introduction with short, firm sentences. State your 'stance' or thesis firmly and clearly. In the introduction, mention the 2-3 supports you will use in the essay to support your thoughts.  Make good transitions or 'links' to open each paragraph.  Tackle 1 support at a time in each paragraph.  Build your thoughts up with each sentence. Each sentence should add on to your thoughts. Do not repeat,…
  • Prepare for the Nov 8 SAT in 3 Weeks!

    TestRocker Team
    9 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    Been busy with school work? Need to prepare for the November 8th SAT last minute? Fear not! With TestRocker you can be prepared on time. Simply follow our 3 week preparation calendar (see below) to ace the test on time. All of the important topics below are taught on TestRocker's award winning online SAT program Here is some more information about TestRocker: Sign up for a TestRocker free trial See how TestRocker works   Click HERE to download the Calendar  
  • Guessing on the SAT and ACT…Is it worth the risk?

    Suniti Mathur
    28 Sep 2014 | 10:29 am
    When it comes to test prep students often spend hours studying to ensure that they are not surprised by any of the content on the test. Even with all the time dedicated to studying, it is impossible to predict which questions you will encounter. It is highly likely that there will be a few questions that you just do not know the answer to…that’s where guessing comes into play. The risk associated with guessing differs depending on whether you are taking the SAT or ACT. The ACT has no guessing penalty, so here students may feel less apprehension about guessing. The SAT does have a guessing…
  • Three reasons why you should study before the PSAT

    Suniti Mathur
    22 Sep 2014 | 3:39 pm
    PSAT season is upon us once again. In just a few weeks, most students around the world who are interested in attending university in the United States will attempt the PSAT. Some of these students prepared intensely for the test, while others have opted to take the test without studying. Experts and college guidance counselors differ on whether students should study for the PSAT. Here at TestRocker, we encourage our students to prepare for the test. Here are our reasons for making these suggestions:  1. Any prep for the PSAT gets you ready for the SAT as well Trying to study effectively…
  • Changes to the PSAT Coming in 2015

    Suniti Mathur
    14 Sep 2014 | 2:10 pm
    If you didn’t know, TestRocker is here to tell you that changes are on the horizon across the test-prep landscape. In earlier blogs, we wrote about how the new SAT and new ACT will bring students a different test taking experience. In 2015, there will also be changes to the PSAT. These changes are meant to mirror the announced changes to the SAT and ensure that students have a chance to prepare for the new SAT with a PSAT that is a realistic representation of the test. In addition to preparing students for the redesigned SAT, these changes are also meant to provide a measure of student…
 
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  • Why You Shouldn’t Vote

    collectivistduck
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:29 pm
      It all begins in middle school. Your first election year. “I want you to become an active member of our society,” our enthusiastic 20-something English teacher will say passionately. “Go out there and learn about the candidates! Make your voices heard! You kids are the future!” Que the mock school presidential elections, the ‘researching’ on Wikipedia of the issues. Que the ‘research essays’ on how bad the media is. Then fast forward a bit, it’s high school and the same story gets told, “it’s your duty as a citizen of this country, get out there…
  • A Lost War: Rural vs Urban Peoples

    collectivistduck
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:46 pm
    For the most part, we share the ideology of our parents. The way we view the world is similar, how we behave in our social sphere is similar, and the way we communicate our beliefs are all similar. For most, we like to think that we come to our ideology after in-depth discussion and critical assessment. This is certainly false. Even our youthful teenagers who decide to become a libertine communists in the face of an evangelical Christian home must eventually come to the realization that their vision of the world has been forever warped. While on the surface they may espouse the belief in…
  • 5 Critiques of Internet Feminism

    collectivistduck
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:32 am
    Internet feminists are generally a very prickly, insular group. As far as the ideological groups I’ve participated in (from Fascists, Communists, Anarchists, etc.) I’d say they are by far the most unwelcoming and unwilling to talk about their beliefs on a level beyond five minute sound bites (wage gap, rape in colleges, etc.). For the most part, fringe ideological groups are very tight nit and insular, but they will surprise you by being very eager to discuss their beliefs on a deep, atomic level. Feminism is not a ‘fringe ideological’ group. They are very close to becoming mainstream…
  • The Nonsense of “Checking Your Privilege”

    collectivistduck
    4 Sep 2014 | 9:59 pm
    As far as ideological buzzwords are concerned, “Check Your Privilege” is right up there with “Rape Culture” in the hierarchy of excellent, beautifully conceived drivel. I am in awe of phrases like this, they are exactly what this blog has always been about, power through ideas. The genius of these phrases is that they do a large number of complicated things in merely a few words. They do the following, Establish ‘axioms’ State the issue Frame the solution Going through our framework with “Rape Culture” yields the following, Axiom: There exists a prevalence of rape in society…
  • How Fascism Permeates America

    collectivistduck
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:46 pm
    As much as we would like to believe that Fascism was defeated in the 40’s, it is still alive. It goes beyond Greece’s Golden Dawn, it goes past Russian Neo-Nazi’s, and it goes even further than France’s National Front. Fascist principals have pervaded every nation it has ever come in contact with. It has changed the way we view government, citizenship, and the definition of ‘Nation’. In my last two articles I’ve outlined the history and the philosophical principals of Fascism. Now let’s expand this to talk about how it impacts us in America. The fact is that many of the core…
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