Pat Tillman Foundation awarded grant to support U.S. veterans initiatives

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation board of directors announced three new grants to support initiatives that assist U.S. veterans.

New grant supports U.S. veterans. (Credit: Pat Tillman Foundation)

New grant supports U.S. veterans. (Credit: Pat Tillman Foundation)

One of these grants has been awarded to the Pat Tillman Foundation and aims to fund multiple programs serving U.S. veterans and help assist in their educational pursuits and efforts to readjust to civilian life. Read more

College students, got the winter blues? Here’s what to do about SAD

If you’re like me, you find the grey days of winter a little hard to take. The lack of sunshine can make you feel as if you have some kind of mental illness. You feel depressed, low energy and scatter-brained. Others call it the winter blues, but its medical name is seasonal affective disorder (SAD).

Find out what you should do if you're affected by SAD. (Credit: Turning the Clock Back)

Find out what you should do if you’re affected by SAD. (Credit: Turning the Clock Back)

It’s a real condition and there are techniques that you can use to make yourself feel better. Here’s what college students need to know about seasonal affective disorder. Read more

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is here—Will you see it?

No, you weren’t alive when the original film hit the theaters in 1977, but unless you have been living under a rock, you know all about the original trilogy by George Lucas as well as the prequels released between 1999 and 2005. Now, from J.J. Abrams, the reboot of the beloved story is here—Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

What do you think of the new Star Wars movie? (Credit: Wikipedia)

What do you think of the new Star Wars movie? (Credit: Wikipedia)

Whether you have been counting down the days until the new movie was released or you couldn’t care less, you won’t be able to escape hearing all about it in the days and weeks ahead. Read more

Campus activism and student protests: Where social media plays a role

The recent protests at the University of Missouri and the ousting of that college’s president seems to have ignited a new wave of student protests and campus activism that is spreading. And if you think student protests are something only hippies did in the 1960s, let me tell you how wrong you are.

A new wave of student protests has escalated due to social media. (Credit: Tyler Adkisson Kbia)

A new wave of student protests has escalated due to social media. (Credit: Tyler Adkisson Kbia)

Students at Amherst College, Brown University, Claremont McKenna College, Columbia University, Dartmouth College, Emory University, Georgetown University, Harvard University, Ithaca College, Oberlin College, Occidental College, Purdue University, Swathmore College and Willamette University have all begun to speak out on racial issues and asking for social reforms. And social media has been playing a huge role in their efforts. Read more

You ask, we answer: What’s with the Thanksgiving breakup?!

Hi J,

I have heard rumors about Thanksgiving break being peak breakup season but I don’t know if that’s true. I’m a little worried because my high school boyfriend and I have been trying to do long distance. It’s been hard. On top of that he said we need to talk over Thanksgiving break and we all know what that means. What now?

Noooo,

Alex A.

Notice the spike in Thanksgiving breakups? (Credit: David McCandless and Lee Byron)

Notice the spike in Thanksgiving breakups? (Credit: David McCandless and Lee Byron)

Hi Alex,

Breakups are hard, if they happen. Read more

What college students need to know about cyber security and social media

As a college student who’s used to using social media every day you may think that you know it all about being online. But there are a few things that many college students might not know. Top of the list is Internet privacy and the dangers of cyber attacks.

Learn how to protect yourself from cyber attacks. (Credit: Troll.me)

Learn how to protect yourself from cyber attacks. (Credit: Troll.me)

This issue is so important that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security sponsors Cyber Security Awareness Month every October. Let’s look at a few of the things to think about when it comes to your online safety. Read more

Do your sleep patterns equal a good night’s sleep? Find out here!

So how much sleep do you need? My answer would be a minimum of seven hours if you don’t want me to be cranky. But your answer of what constitutes a good night’s sleep may be more or less. I personally want to smack people who say they only need four or five hours—they have to be lying, right?

This might indicate your sleep patterns are out of whack. (Credit: Reddit)

This might indicate your sleep patterns are out of whack. (Credit: Reddit)

Our individual sleep patterns can and do vary, but the conventional wisdom for years has been that our bodies need at least eight hours. That “fact,” however, may have just been disproved by a recent sleep study. Read more

Things you need to know about college homecoming traditions

The air is crisp, the leaves are falling, and what? Who are all these old people, and why are they invading your campus before noon on a Saturday? Yes, it is time once again for college homecoming, when alumni return in droves and all manner of homecoming traditions are fondly trotted out.

Learn more about homecoming traditions. (Credit: ecseagles.us)

Learn more about homecoming traditions. (Credit: ecseagles.us)

Read on for all the things you need to know (sure wish I’d had this list in college) to either enjoy or merely survive homecoming. Read more

New Apple products: What college students should know

The release of the new Steve Jobs movie is imminent, and it has me wondering what the late founder of Apple would say about the new Apple products that have come out since his death four years ago. Tech news sites are abuzz about the new iPhone release and the latest software update for the Apple Watch OS2.

Find out more about the latest Apple products. (Credit: iphonebul.blogspot.com)

Find out more about the latest Apple products. (Credit: iphonebul.blogspot.com)

But this is Apple, so you know more is going on. Rumors abound about the company’s work on an Apple car. Do you think it is true? And would you want one? Here is the latest on what college students should know about the new products and Apple rumors. Read more

How to bust the rumor mill and detect a lie

Did you hear the story of the college student who drank too much at a party and woke up in a bathtub without his kidney? Is it true? College students encounter all sorts of rumors and stories that spread on campus. The Internet and social media have added to the power of the rumor mill.

Find out here how to detect what is or is not a rumor. (Credit: The Adult Side of Disney)

Find out here how to detect what is or is not a rumor. (Credit: The Adult Side of Disney)

Now is a good time to learn how to research the stories, rumors, viral content and news broadcasts. It’s time to bolster your “BS meter” so that you’re not scammed. Here’s a brief guide on how to bust the rumor mill. Read more