How does the Brexit vote affect British universities?

Think that the Brexit vote was just some political or trade thing involving the European Union and Great Britain? Can’t imagine how it might be of interest to college students? The landmark vote may have centered on issues of trade and immigration, but it also has the potential to seriously affect college students at British universities. How?

University leaders have warned about potentially ‘damaging’ effects for higher education if the UK voted for Brexit. (Credit: Christopher Furlong, Getty Images)

University leaders have warned about potentially ‘damaging’ effects for higher education if the UK voted for Brexit. (Credit: Christopher Furlong, Getty Images)

Leaving the EU is expected to affect research funding at universities, as well as result in tuition hikes for students among other things. So have a little sympathy for your brethren across the pond. Read more

Ways you can volunteer on campus

It can be tough to figure out how to balance volunteering in the community with all the other responsibilities on campus. I know I’ve missed out on a lot of opportunities trying to keep up with my work-study job and my class work; it can be hard to find time to volunteer.

Rodney Smith, Jr. posted this photo alongside the 93-year-old woman whose lawn he and colleague Terrence Story mowed as part of their Raising Men Lawn Care volunteer organization. (Credit: Huffington Post)

Rodney Smith, Jr. posted this photo alongside the 93-year-old woman whose lawn he and colleague Terrence Story mowed as part of their Raising Men Lawn Care volunteer organization. (Credit: Huffington Post)

But if you’re like Rodney Smith, Jr., then you can create a opportunity to make a difference in your community. Smith, a senior at Alabama A&M, is the founder of Raising Men Lawn Care Service, which provides lawn care for people in need in the Huntsville, Alabama community. Read more

2016’s unique commencement speeches

It’s graduation speech time. College seniors are dressed up in their graduation cap and gown. But before they’re allowed to leave, they have to listen to their commencement speech.

Which commencement speeches do you enjoy most? (Credit: PopSugar.com)

Which commencement speeches do you enjoy most? (Credit: PopSugar.com)

Unless your college gets a memorable guest speaker like a movie star or the U.S. President, you’re probably not going to remember what the speaker said. I know I don’t. Here are some of 2016’s unique, inspiring and memorable commencement speeches. Read more

College students petition Yale University over Calhoun name: Do you agree?

Yale University, in New Haven, Connecticut, has been embroiled in a controversy over the name of Calhoun College, a set of residential buildings and dining hall on the Yale campus. The college was named in 1932 after South Carolina politician John Caldwell Calhoun (1782-1850), a Yale alumnus, orator, and Vice President under Andrew Jackson.

After Yale announced it would not be changing the name of Calhoun College, university students held a symbolic renaming ceremony on the Yale campus. (Credit: Down Magazine)

After Yale announced it would not be changing the name of Calhoun College, university students held a symbolic renaming ceremony on the Yale campus. (Credit: Down Magazine)

Calhoun was also a proponent and fierce defender of slavery. Yale college students circulated an online petition to get Yale to change the name of the student housing building. Read more

Solar initiatives on campus to help students go green

I am a big fan of solar energy. I love seeing all the solar panels that look like they’re growing along the highway; there’s a fantastic field of solar panels near Hartford, CT’s Bradley International Airport, which is the closest large airport to where I live. I’m really encouraged by those initiatives to go green, and I see a lot of them happening on campus.

If your campus doesn't have a solar farm, how else can you go green on campus? (Credit: Jim Meadows, Illinois Public Media)

If your campus doesn’t have a solar farm, how else can you go green on campus? (Credit: Jim Meadows, Illinois Public Media)

Last November, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign cut the ribbon on its new solar farm, and even before the ceremony was complete, it was providing energy to campus. Are you on one of the lucky campuses with great solar campus energy initiatives? What else can you do to go green on campus? Read more

Should I avoid that chocolate or not?

It hit the news this week: consumer advocate group As You Sow released a survey that chocolate has more lead content than recommended. In fact, they said the lead in chocolate is nine times the amount considered safe by California law. Looking at the pile of empty candy wrappers on the corner of my desk, I’m not feeling great about this news.

Will lead in chocolate keep you from eating it? (Credit: Cooperative Home Care)

Will lead in chocolate keep you from eating it? (Credit: Cooperative Home Care)

Then again, there are a bunch of studies supporting the health benefits of chocolate, particularly the dark blends. Is chocolate good for you? Check out these recent news articles and decide for yourself if chocolate is a good way to improve your mood—or if it’s just going to add to that freshman 15 you’ve been trying to avoid… Read more

What you should know before you vote in the 2016 election

In case you may not know, I want to remind you that the 2016 Presidential election will be on November 8, 2016. Why should you vote? College voter turnout may be a deciding factor in 2016 as it was in electing Barack Obama in 2012. Who are you for?

Have you decided who to vote for in the 2016 Presidential election? (Credit: Theresa Thompson)

Have you decided who to vote for in the 2016 Presidential election? (Credit: Theresa Thompson)

Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Ted Cruz and Donald Trump are the 2016 presidential candidates currently leading the field. The next few months will determine which of them gets to run for President in November. Here are a few things you should know about voting. Read more

How can I get involved in student activism?

Compared to the 1960s, professors have complained that students just aren’t involved in student activism causes, they claimed. I heard this comment as recently as 2012 about modern college students. But the news is changing: according to Stacy Teicher Khadaroo in “Why college activism is soaring” for the Christian Science Monitor, the number of incoming college freshmen “who said they are very likely to take part in protests was 8.5 percent” in 2015.

How can you get involved in student activism? (Credit: Jeff Roberson/AP)

How can you get involved in student activism? (Credit: Jeff Roberson/AP)

That’s an almost 3% increase from 2014—and it’s the highest percentage that’s appeared on the survey since 1967. (There was a peak of 8.4% in 1992—well before I was a college student.)

So why is the surge happening now? Read more

Facebook’s Friends Day: Epic or epic fail?

Sometimes it seems like Facebook is the social media site that everyone loves to hate on. Facebook has been no stranger to controversy, and its recent efforts to celebrate the site’s 12th birthday have stirred up another doozy. The minds behind the site created Friends Day, a fake holiday, by compiling videos culled from your timeline pictures and posts.

What did you think of Friends Day on Facebook? (Credit: Daily Mail)

What did you think of Friends Day on Facebook? (Credit: Daily Mail)

Except not all users are excited about having all of their old memories dredged up. Read more

8 ways on how to be the perfect Valentine

It’s time to show your special valentine how much you care about them! But do you know how you’re going to celebrate?

Here are some ideas for how to go about your special day: Read more