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Interesting Links about Alcohol and College

October 25, 2012 Leave a comment

In this article, a scientist is attempting to find a safe, non addictive, hangover free alternative to alcohol. His biggest problem is the problem of funding.

Another college has tried to bring awareness to the effects of alcohol by using beer goggles to show students how alcohol can affect stability and movement.

This week is also Alcohol Awareness Week in some colleges. There is more information about the goal of the activities this week here

This website has a long list of alcohol facts and figures. It is broken down between men, women, college, athletics  and other various topics.

There are also a number of negative effects alcohol use has. The Above the Influence website describes some of these negative effects.

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5 Links about Alcohol and College

October 23, 2012 Leave a comment

Everyone knows alcohol and college can go hand in hand. When kids go off to college, they are around older kids who have access to alcohol. They also are away from their parents, or any other guardian who would be opposed to their underage use of alcohol. Here are 5 links about some effects of alcohol on college life. 

MillerCoors has made a donation to a Washington college to help study prevention of alcohol abuse techniques in the school’s Greek life. 

One school in New York is having an increasing problem with a sudden rise in drinking. Police are having trouble controlling underage drinking and open containers outside of bars. 

Some schools are participating in an Alcohol Awareness Week. This can be a good opportunity to show some students how to be safe if they do choose to drink.

This article shows the results of a study on whether online intervention and prevention programs for alcohol are working as well as face to face interaction. 

Another step being is the passing of a new law here in Indiana. Suppose your friend has had too much to drink and needs medical attention. Even if you are underage, you will not be ticketed for underage drinking if you call to help the person and stay when police arrive.

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Alcohol and College

October 16, 2012 Leave a comment

We probably all know at lest one person in college who is a frequent drinker. There could be a number of reasons as to why they drink, but how does drinking affect their schoolwork? Does having a popular sports team at a school cause more students to drink more? These and other questions would make a good topic, because almost everyone is around alcohol, but they might not know why.

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The Importance of Curating

October 9, 2012 Leave a comment

There is more to the web than Facebook and Twitter, and for this reason there is a need to find out which information is helpful to you and which is not. Finding certain information on the internet can be quite a task. This is where curating comes in. 

In an audio interview, Jon Vickers talks about curating for a film festival. He believes curating involves “filtering out noise” of irrelevant pieces, or pieces that are boring. He also talks about the key to good curating is to have good entry points to get the crowds attention, but there also has to be a challenge in the piece to keep them interested and make them think. 

Rohit Bhargava also has an opinion on the importance and future of curating in this article. The biggest reason curating is important is because he thinks “in just a few years we will reach a point where all the information on the Internet will double every 72 hours.” This will make it increasingly difficult to find anything of use to use. With that much information available, knowing how to find what you need could make the difference between achieving your goal and having nothing. 

This link also gave five pointers about how to curate. 

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New Law Allowing Free Online Textbooks for Some Classes

October 2, 2012 Leave a comment

David Siders recently posted an article about a new law which was recently passed in California. This law would allow for students at certain schools in California to have access to free online textbooks for 50 basic level classes.

Darrell Steinberg, the Senate President Pro Tem, said “”The current cost of traditional textbooks is so high, some college students are forced to struggle through a required class without the textbook, forced to drop classes or sometimes even drop out of college altogether. There’s absolutely no reason a basic biology, statistics or accounting textbook, for example, should cost $200.”

Steinberg brings up a good point. As a student, every semester I feel the pain of the cost of textbooks. Online texts would be beneficial in the long run. The publishing companies probably do not care for it, however a deal was made and the publishing companies no longer object.
The senate bill no. 1053 describes the nitty-gritty of the needs that are to be met. The bill calls for online text books to be available for free to students and staff, which is more convenient and efficient. The main reason this bill is being discussed is because often students going to school on grants are forced to use most of their money on books when they also need it for transportation, food, and other necessities. However, this can only be enacted if No. 1052 is enacted first.
Senate bill no. 1052 which is the first part and much lengthier than 1053, says most of the same things as 1053. 1052 does, however, include much of the “fine print” in this law. Things such as who is entitled to the free online books, what the conditions are, etc.
This is a positive step forward, and while this is not about an online class, there is a clear trend in the way the internet is being utilized. Lawmakers are finally realizing to high cost of textbooks and how difficult it is for some students to afford the required texts. Hopefully this law passes, causing other states and universities to follow suite. This could potentially have major effects on grades as well. From my own experiences, if I spent less on books, i would be able to work less and spend more time on my classes. Over the next few years I could see many other schools across the country doing things similar to this.
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