New college rankings—How do we determine who is the best?

Everyone wants to be number one—institutions of higher education are not exempt from this. But figuring out who is the best can be a tricky proposition.

How much do college rankings matter? (Credit: American Observer)

How much do college rankings matter? (Credit: American Observer)

The latest college rankings have just been revealed, but what do they really say about which are the best colleges and what we value in education? Read more

How HB2 is affecting NCAA athletics in North Carolina

Fans of college athletics know how important college basketball is in the state of North Carolina. The recent news that the NCAA won’t play any basketball championships in 2017 because of the HB2 bill has upset more than the fans, especially after the ACC followed in their footsteps.

HB2 law has created issues for North Carolina in regards to college sports. (Credit: USA Today Sports)

HB2 law has created issues for North Carolina in regards to college sports. (Credit: USA Today Sports)

Both groups’ decisions will have major impacts on the state financially, but it is also a blow to fans of college sports in North Carolina. Read more

Disclaimer: Trigger warnings may (or may not) be unsuitable for college campuses

The topic of trigger warnings on college campuses have sparked a widespread debate across the country just recently. Seen as a trend more severe than political correctness, the college campus has become a safe zone, free of trigger warnings and microaggression.

Do you believe trigger warnings are good or bad for college campuses? (Credit: The Atlantic)

Do you believe trigger warnings are good or bad for college campuses? (Credit: The Atlantic)

College professors on some campuses are expected to warn students about potentially discomforting material. Continue reading to learn more about the value and the opposition of trigger warnings. Read more

Do college students have to serve jury duty?

It isn’t often that a person has jury duty on the same day as Taylor Swift. I certainly wasn’t on the Nashville, TN jury she sat on, but I did serve jury duty on August 26! It’s the first time I’ve actually made it to jury duty. I’ve been called three times as a college student in the state of Massachusetts, where I had to defer each time.

One of the photos tweeted of Taylor Swift at jury duty on August 26, 2016. (Credit: The Cut)

One of the photos tweeted of Taylor Swift at jury duty on August 26, 2016. (Credit: The Cut)

Most college students aren’t exempt from serving in either their home state and some are also eligible in the state where they attend college. What should you do if you get called? And what’s the process for jury selection? Here are things you need to know about jury duty (and a little bit of celebrity gossip to make it go down easy). Read more

Tips for college freshmen avoiding the “red zone”

It’s the beginning of September, and you’ve likely been on campus for a week (or three). The first six weeks of college can be a big adjustment, especially for college freshmen. I’d been a relatively sheltered teen from a small town in Iowa when I started college in Western Massachusetts on a campus with a far more liberal culture than I’d previously experienced, and with a much more diverse student body.

Schools are telling freshmen to not expect safe zones at college. (Credit: Heat Street)

Schools are telling freshmen to not expect safe zones at college.(Credit: Heat Street)

There are big discussions going on about how college students engage with new ideas and opinions that challenge their assumptions about the world: pundits debate the merit of “trigger warnings” and “safe spaces,” as in the letter the University of Chicago Dean of Students sent out to incoming freshmen recently. How can you best adjust to college life and avoid the dangers of the so called “red zone” of the first six weeks of school? Take a look at what’s being said and decide how you should react to it. Read more

Impress your friends with these 7 Olympics fun facts

The Rio 2016 Olympics are here! I don’t know about you, but I always look forward to the Opening Ceremonies and Olympics highlights. The modern Olympics have a long history, and in case you hit any Olympics watching parties over the next couple of weeks, it might be useful to tuck some Olympics facts, or trivia about Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, away in your head.

The Olympics are named for the city of Olimpia, Greece, where they started in antiquity in honor of Zeus. (Credit: Alana Abbott)

The Olympics are named for the city of Olimpia, Greece, where they started in antiquity in honor of Zeus. (Credit: Alana Abbott)

Here are some of the quick bits of trivia you need to know to sound like an Olympics expert in conversation for the next couple of weeks. Read more

Understand political terms with your very own dictionary

Now that the Democratic Party and Republican Party have chosen their candidates the rhetoric will really heat up. I’ve been watching a lot of political commentary on TV and, wow, there are plenty of political terms to keep track of.

Now is a good time to learn your political terms. (Credit: Mount Dora Citizen)

Now is a good time to learn your political terms. (Credit: Mount Dora Citizen)

What exactly do the candidates mean when they talk about being liberal or conservative? What is an oligarchy and why does it scare people? There are fewer than 100 days until the presidential election on November 8, 2016, so it’s about time we clarified all the political jargon. Read more

Affirmative action programs upheld in college admissions

Some people have argued that in the twenty-first century, there should be no more need for affirmative action programs based on race or racial quotas in college admission decisions.

Find out how affirmative action affects college admissions. (Credit: Jose Luis Magaua/Reuters)

Find out how affirmative action affects college admissions. (Credit: Jose Luis Magaua/Reuters)

Others argue that racism is still prevalent in America and that affirmative action is unfortunately still a necessity as minorities continue to be discriminated against when it comes to admission to college. The Supreme Court ruling in Fisher v. University of Texas decided that colleges can use race in admitting college students. Read more

DNC recap: The importance of voting for college students

There were a whole host of guest speakers planned for the four days of the Democratic National Convention. Some were known political players, but for many the most memorable speeches came from the ordinary Americans slated to speak about the issues and obstacles they have faced.

Here's what college students should know about the DNC. (Credit: Ohio DCCA)

Here’s what college students should know about the DNC. (Credit: Ohio DCCA)

Why should college students care about the DNC or the election at all? Here are the things you need to know about why voting is important. Read more

Heading to an out-of-state college? Here are 3 ways to prepare

The Higher Education Research Institute’s annual college freshman survey found that 20 percent of college students attend a school that is 500 miles away from home. Whether that means you are going to an out-of-state college or just heading across state, it is still a long way to be from home.

Find out more about how to prepare for attending an out-of-state college. (Credit: Unigo)

Find out more about how to prepare for attending an out-of-state college. (Credit: Unigo)

Beyond the basic skills of how to take care of yourself, what are some of the other things to keep in mind when you are figuring out how to prepare for this new stage of life? Read more