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5 great shows to re-discover while avoiding homework


From College News - TV is the best way to avoid study guides and papers while hanging out with friends instead.

At my first day of new student orientation, a trio of girls and I bonded over the discovery that we not only knew what the Dick van Dyke Show was but we all loved it, too. TV shows have a way of doing that. Whether it is turning around to high five the classmate who just quoted Michael Scott in class or huddling around a computer screen to watch last week’s episode of New Girl, our favorite shows provide an experience to share. They also make for a great 45 minutes or procrastination when that paper due tomorrow is staring you in the face.

TV has always been an important part of the college experience, writes Samantha Suchland from UCLA. While our parent’s generation may have gathered around dorm room antennas to watch the early years of SNL, today’s students still tune in for Saturday Night Live. Except this time around, it’s not really live or even on Saturdays. It’s streamed online when we probably ought to be studying.

The Shows We Forget About

Sometimes, in the midst of searching through a Netflix queue or local TV deals, it is easy to forget about classic shows that are definitely worth enjoying as reruns. Whether they’ve just recently left the air or date back a few decades, here are five fantastic shows to re-watch or discover for the very first time when you need a homework break.

1. The West Wing

The famous political drama that ran from 1999 to 2006, creator Andy Sorkin’s The West Wing followed the experiences of White House staffers during two terms of Josiah Bartlett’s presidency. President Bartlett, played by Martin Sheen, and his star-studded supporting cast racked up a total of 89 Golden Globes before they left office.

2. Psych

Dule Hill was a cast member on The West Wing, and after his days as the no-nonsense personal, Hill switched gears to join the gang at USA Network’s detective comedy Psych. After eight great seasons, this screwball series wound down last March. Under Santa Barbara skies, psychic detective Shawn Spencer and his sidekick Gus help detective’s Lassiter and Juliette O’Hara solve cases and romp with a number of fun cameo appearances and too many quotable lines to count.

3. The Bob Newhart Show and Newhart

And now for something completely different. Classic comedian Bob Newhart’s two sitcoms are, in my opinion, some of the best now lesser known character comedies. The Bob Newhart Show followed Newhart’s character of a psychologist with an assortment of patients, a dentist next door and a wife who was a teacher at home. His later endeavor, Newhart chronicled the antics the odd residents in a sleepy little Vermont town where the stuttering deadpanning Newhart character tried to run a bed hotel.

4. Seinfeld

Seinfeld will live forever as one of the greatest sitcoms running for a total of nine seasons before its finale in 1998. Creator and star Jerry Seinfeld plays an up and coming stand up comedian in New York City with a gang of ridiculous friends: Elaine, George and Kramer. The show poked fun at some of the annoying everyday occurrences in a city full of people. Often described as “a show about nothing,” Seinfeld’s humor was driven by superficial conflict and idiosyncratic characters like the Soup Nazi.

5. Lie to Me

Tim Roth starred in three seasons of Fox’s crime thriller Lie to Me. Roth portrays Dr. Cal Lightman, an expert in body language who solves crimes by reading people and is essentially a human lie detector. The show chronicles Lightman and his team as they play mind games to solve crimes.

With all these great and sometimes forgotten episodes out there, college students everywhere can find the perfect show for bonding together or distracting themselves from homework—or bonding over a distraction together.

 By Jessica Socheski
   

University of Mississippi discovers 1,000 dead bodies on campus


From College News - Bodies and unmarked graves found during the University of Mississippi's expansion plan

 

The University of Mississippi Medical Center recently stumbled upon a chilling find, when 1,000 buried bodies and as many as 2,000 unmarked graves were discovered on campus.

The school began uncovering the bodies approximately a year-and-a-half ago while attempting to build a new parking garage east of its dental school.

The remains, estimated to be 100 years old, are most likely former patients of the Mississippi State Lunatic Asylum, which was once situated on University grounds.

Dean of the medical school, Dr. James Keeton, told the Clarion-Ledger that none of the bodies have names.

Medical Center officials hoped to utilize property west of the University of Mississippi’s dental school for future development. But Keeton said the site may contain additional bodies of Civil War and tuberculosis victims as well as former slaves.

The Mississippi State Lunatic Asylum first opened in 1855 with 150 patients. After the Civil War, it expanded to hold 300 individuals, and the surrounding area became known as Asylum Hill, with houses, a school and church for former slaves.

In 1935, the asylum moved to its present location in Whitfield, Miss. and is now known as the Mississippi State Hospital.

Despite the novelty of such a discovery, this is not the first time for the school. In 1990, about 20 headstones were reportedly discarded just behind University property. And workers uncovered 44 unmarked graves a few years later.

While the University considered reburials for all of the bodies, it will not be able to afford the $3 million total cost to do so.

Keeton said new plans involve building the parking garage immediately next to the dental school.

By Stephanie Choporis 

   

PS4 announced, is basically just a Wii U

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From College News - Sony's new console is pretty much a big ripoff
Sony announced the arrival of the PS4 today, the official follow-up to the company's Play Staion 3. The PS4 is heavily focused on streaming games and social networking, the company said in its press conference, which means faster download times, an integrated video sharing feature, and the ability to start a game before its download is finished.
But the big new feature of the PS4 is its integration with the PS Vita, which essentially acts as touch-screen controller for the console. If this sounds familiar, it's because this is exactly what the Wii U is. The Wii U's central controller, the Game Pad, is a large touch screen with buttons on either side. The PS Vita, Sony's successor to the PSP, will be used in this fashion as a controller for the PS4, demonstrating Sony's deft hand at copying ideas that already exist.
The console does have its own new controller as well, not relying entirely on the PS Vita. The new DualShock 4 controller is similar to the old controllers of the past, but with a small touch-sensitive pad in between the analog sticks. It's not a touch screen per se, which differentiates it from the Wii U in that it's less advanced, but more akin to a trackpad on a laptop. It makes the controller look really ugly though.
Rumors in the gaming community have focused on a speculated price of $429 and a release date around Christmas 2013, though nothing is confirmed from the company.
By Alex Furlin
From College News - Sony's new console is pretty much a big ripoff

Sony announced the arrival of the PS4 today, the official follow-up to the company's Play Staion 3. The PS4 is heavily focused on streaming games and social networking, the company said in its press conference, which means faster download times, an integrated video sharing feature, and the ability to start a game before its download is finished. 

But the big new feature of the PS4 is its integration with the PS Vita, which essentially acts as touch-screen controller for the console. If this sounds familiar, it's because this is exactly what the Wii U is. The Wii U's central controller, the Game Pad, is a large touch screen with buttons on either side. The PS Vita, Sony's successor to the PSP, will be used in this fashion as a controller for the PS4, demonstrating Sony's deft hand at copying ideas that already exist. 

The console does have its own new controller as well, not relying entirely on the PS Vita. The new DualShock 4 controller is similar to the old controllers of the past, but with a small touch-sensitive pad in between the analog sticks. It's not a touch screen per se, which differentiates it from the Wii U in that it's less advanced, but more akin to a trackpad on a laptop. It makes the controller look really ugly though.

Rumors in the gaming community have focused on a speculated price of $429 and a release date around Christmas 2013, though nothing is confirmed from the company. 

By Alex Furlin
   

5 fun (and inexpensive) Halloween costumes for college students

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Every college student knows that Halloween night is a party night, and your chances of having a fun time rise exponentially when you have a great costume. Some Halloween revelers are able to put time and energy into their costumes and really craft something amazing, while others plunk down some cash to buy an expensive latex mask or an off-the-rack costume.
But what if you’re invited to a party and you don’t have the time or money to get your hands on a fun costume? Fear not; with as little as $10 and an hour or two, you can whip together a fun and inexpensive Halloween costume that will get some laughs and recognition. Here are five examples:
1. Old School Ghost
A timeless classic, the ol’ white-sheet-with-eye-holes-cut-out ghost costume remains a good last-minute standby. There basically should be at least one sheet-ghost at every party, standing right next to the dish of candy corn and the dunking-for-apples tub. But since it's such a solid staple, why not goof it up a bit? You can wear a hat with it, or better yet, buy colored or patterned sheets to add some irony to your ghost. You’ll definitely get some laughs if you go as a Power Ranger or Bedtime Barbie sheet-ghost.
2. Tetris Pieces/Rubik’s Cube/Dice
Break out the cardboard, it's time to start building some blocks. Tetris pieces make a great group costume idea. You and your friends can all get together to build your pieces, and all it requires is some cardboard boxes, duct tape, either color paint or construction paper and glue. If you’re flying solo, a Rubik’s cube is good alternative as well. If want to go for the black-and-white minimal approach, you and a girlfriend/boyfriend can go as a couple of dice.
3. Cross Dresser
As long as you have a willing friend of the opposite sex to help you out, this costume idea will cost you almost nothing. Guys borrowing their gal friends’ clothes will have to make sure they borrow items that fit so they don’t tear through any skirts or blouses. A necessity for guys is a bra stuffed with a couple of grapefruits, lipstick, a wig and maybe a pair of high heels for bonus points. For cross-dressing ladies, faux facial hair is a must, with either store-bought fake beards or penciled-on mustaches.
4. Vampire Anything
Vampires are ridiculously easy. A set of novelty plastic fangs and a lot of fake blood is all it takes. With so many blockbuster movie variations serving as inspiration, you can go as a vampire anything: vampire nurse, vampire trucker, vampire cheerleader, vampire nerd. To mix up some fake blood, follow this simple recipe of grocery store items.
5. Misfit Ghoul/Sugar Skull
If you’ve never heard of the legendary New Jersey punk band The Misfits, you have some serious Halloween learning to do, pronto. The Misfits were known for being the punk version of Kiss, down to the costumes and black-and-white face paint. Their style of face painting resembles the Sugar Skull tradition of the Mexican holiday of The Day of the Dead. Two tubes of face paint and a stylish punk outfit is all this costume takes.
Melissa Woodson is the community manager for @WashULaw, a top-tier online LLM in U.S. law and a premier llm degree offered by Washington University in St. Louis. In her spare time, she enjoys running, cooking, and making half-baked attempts at training her dog.
Every college student knows that Halloween night is a party night, and your chances of having a fun time rise exponentially when you have a great costume. Some Halloween revelers are able to put time and energy into their costumes and really craft something amazing, while others plunk down some cash to buy an expensive latex mask or an off-the-rack costume. 

But what if you’re invited to a party and you don’t have the time or money to get your hands on a fun costume? Fear not; with as little as $10 and an hour or two, you can whip together a fun and inexpensive Halloween costume that will get some laughs and recognition. Here are five examples:

1. Old School Ghost -- A timeless classic, the ol’ white-sheet-with-eye-holes-cut-out ghost costume remains a good last-minute standby. There basically should be at least one sheet-ghost at every party, standing right next to the dish of candy corn and the dunking-for-apples tub. But since it's such a solid staple, why not goof it up a bit? You can wear a hat with it, or better yet, buy colored or patterned sheets to add some irony to your ghost. You’ll definitely get some laughs if you go as a Power Ranger or Bedtime Barbie sheet-ghost.

2. Tetris Pieces/Rubik’s Cube/Dice -- Break out the cardboard, it's time to start building some blocks. Tetris pieces make a great group costume idea. You and your friends can all get together to build your pieces, and all it requires is some cardboard boxes, duct tape, either color paint or construction paper and glue. If you’re flying solo, a Rubik’s cube is good alternative as well. If want to go for the black-and-white minimal approach, you and a girlfriend/boyfriend can go as a couple of dice.

3. Cross Dresser -- As long as you have a willing friend of the opposite sex to help you out, this costume idea will cost you almost nothing. Guys borrowing their gal friends’ clothes will have to make sure they borrow items that fit so they don’t tear through any skirts or blouses. A necessity for guys is a bra stuffed with a couple of grapefruits, lipstick, a wig and maybe a pair of high heels for bonus points. For cross-dressing ladies, faux facial hair is a must, with either store-bought fake beards or penciled-on mustaches.

4. Vampire Anything -- Vampires are ridiculously easy. A set of novelty plastic fangs and a lot of fake blood is all it takes. With so many blockbuster movie variations serving as inspiration, you can go as a vampire anything: vampire nurse, vampire trucker, vampire cheerleader, vampire nerd. To mix up some fake blood, follow this simple recipe of grocery store items.

5. Misfit Ghoul/Sugar Skull -- If you’ve never heard of the legendary New Jersey punk band The Misfits, you have some serious Halloween learning to do, pronto. The Misfits were known for being the punk version of Kiss, down to the costumes and black-and-white face paint. Their style of face painting resembles the Sugar Skull tradition of the Mexican holiday of The Day of the Dead. Two tubes of face paint and a stylish punk outfit is all this costume takes.

Melissa Woodson is the community manager for @WashULaw, a top-tier online LLM in U.S. law and a premier LLM degree offered by Washington University in St. Louis. In her spare time, she enjoys running, cooking, and making half-baked attempts at training her dog.

   

Thinking outside of the box - interesting degrees to complete at college

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When you first start thinking about college, you will more than likely have some idea of what you would like to study according to your interest. There are many popular options available including humanities, sciences, art, business, education, literature, music and so on. These are all very traditional disciplines to study and can be quite beneficial as a benchmark for your future. It can be frustrating if you are not interested in any of these subjects and you may wish to direct your passions in more unique areas of study. You will be surprised to learn that you can earn legitimate degrees in more unique subjects too! Here are just a handful of areas you can major in at college.
Toy Design
You may think that this is a pretty straightforward area of study, but it is actually very vast with a variety of facets which involve the design of children's toys. Psychology, 3-D imagery, mechanics, creativity and of course patience are just some of the requirements in this area of study.
Mortuary Science
The study of dead people appeals to many individuals who are fascinated by science and the human body. Once you have received your degree in this subject, you can later become a funeral director or even work in a crime lab.
Cereal Chemistry
Cereal Chemistry is the study of the composition, structure and properties of cereals. In order to study in this field you must have a background and special skills in sciences such as chemistry, mathematics, physics and food science. You have the option of completing a 2 years diploma or 4 year Bachelor's degree, enrolling in a technical University.
Comedy Writing
If you have a flair for writing, why not become a full fledged comedy writer? This is an exciting degree where you study the mechanics of all different types of writing such as situation comedy, performance and of course stand-up comedy writing. Comedy theory is also mastered as well as the history of live and recorded comedy for the specific comedy business. You can complete this degree in a two year program.
There are many other unusual and unique areas of study to learn. You may find some of these interesting!
• Aquaculture
• Railroad Operations
• Equestrian Studies
• Ranching
• Bakery Arts
• Floristry
Choosing a unique subject that interests you and even drives your passion can not only benefit your future goals but can also bring you happiness in knowing that you are studying a subject you love.
Looking for more tips and tricks to succeed during your time in College and High School? Come visit us at College To Careers for College Scholarships, Admissions & Online Courses Resource and Much More! http://www.collegetocareers.com/
When you first start thinking about college, you will more than likely have some idea of what you would like to study according to your interest. There are many popular options available including humanities, sciences, art, business, education, literature, music and so on. These are all very traditional disciplines to study and can be quite beneficial as a benchmark for your future. It can be frustrating if you are not interested in any of these subjects and you may wish to direct your passions in more unique areas of study. You will be surprised to learn that you can earn legitimate degrees in more unique subjects too! Here are just a handful of areas you can major in at college.

Toy Design
You may think that this is a pretty straightforward area of study, but it is actually very vast with a variety of facets which involve the design of children's toys. Psychology, 3-D imagery, mechanics, creativity and of course patience are just some of the requirements in this area of study.

Mortuary Science
The study of dead people appeals to many individuals who are fascinated by science and the human body. Once you have received your degree in this subject, you can later become a funeral director or even work in a crime lab.

Cereal Chemistry
Cereal Chemistry is the study of the composition, structure and properties of cereals. In order to study in this field you must have a background and special skills in sciences such as chemistry, mathematics, physics and food science. You have the option of completing a 2 years diploma or 4 year Bachelor's degree, enrolling in a technical University.

Comedy Writing
If you have a flair for writing, why not become a full fledged comedy writer? This is an exciting degree where you study the mechanics of all different types of writing such as situation comedy, performance and of course stand-up comedy writing. Comedy theory is also mastered as well as the history of live and recorded comedy for the specific comedy business. You can complete this degree in a two year program.

There are many other unusual and unique areas of study to learn. You may find some of these interesting!

• Aquaculture
• Railroad Operations
• Equestrian Studies
• Ranching
• Bakery Arts
• Floristry

Choosing a unique subject that interests you and even drives your passion can not only benefit your future goals but can also bring you happiness in knowing that you are studying a subject you love.
Looking for more tips and tricks to succeed during your time in College and High School? Come visit us at College To Careers for College Scholarships, Admissions & Online Courses Resource and Much More! http://www.collegetocareers.com/
   

Princeton Review ranks top party schools and “stone-cold sober” schools

From College News - West Virginia University is 2013's top party school, while Brigham Young University is the nation's top "stone-cold sober" school according to the Princeton Review.
The Princeton Review hits the shelves today with its 2013 edition of The Best 377 Colleges, and the famous top 20 party schools and “stone-cold sober” schools list is back. The company gave around 122,000 students an 80-question survey on academics, administration, campus life, student body and themselves. From there, they named not only the top 20 party schools in the nation, but also the top 20 dry campus schools in the nation.
Drum roll everybody…the Princeton Review’s top party school of 2013 is West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia. WVU’s year is off to a raging start, reported the campus police website, as campus police have already issued dozens of citations for underage drinking and have made multiple arrests outside of campus buildings.  The school also won in the Lots of Beer category and came in third for Students Study the Least category.  Being the champion of the top 20 party list is no easy feat.
In a very dissimilar manner, Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah has been placed at the top of the Princeton Review’s other list, the “stone-cold sober” schools. This is the 15th year in a row for BYU as the reigning champion of the list, while also claiming the gold in the Got Milk? and Scotch and Soda, Hold the Scotch categories.
“If you look at the schools on this list, they are mostly large, public universities with strong academic and research profiles, as well as highly successful athletic programs,” WVU spokeswoman Becky Lofstead told the Associated Press in response to the Princeton Review rankings. “But in the big picture, clearly this list has no real credibility.”
Among the top five party schools, after WVU, are the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Ohio University in Athens, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Georgia in Athens.  Top five “stone-cold sober” schools after BYU? Wheaton College in Wheaton, Ill. the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD., the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn. and Grove City College in Grove City, Penn.
By Jill Treacy
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From College News - West Virginia University is 2013's top party school, while Brigham Young University is the nation's top "stone-cold sober" school according to the Princeton Review.

The Princeton Review hits the shelves today with its 2013 edition of The Best 377 Colleges, and the famous top 20 party schools and “stone-cold sober” schools list is back. The company gave around 122,000 students an 80-question survey on academics, administration, campus life, student body and themselves. From there, they named not only the top 20 party schools in the nation, but also the top 20 dry campus schools in the nation.

Drum roll everybody…the Princeton Review’s top party school of 2013 is West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia. WVU’s year is off to a raging start, reported the campus police website, as campus police have already issued dozens of citations for underage drinking and have made multiple arrests outside of campus buildings.  The school also won in the Lots of Beer category and came in third for Students Study the Least category.  Being the champion of the top 20 party list is no easy feat.

In a very dissimilar manner, Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah has been placed at the top of the Princeton Review’s other list, the “stone-cold sober” schools. This is the 15th year in a row for BYU as the reigning champion of the list, while also claiming the gold in the Got Milk? and Scotch and Soda, Hold the Scotch categories. 

“If you look at the schools on this list, they are mostly large, public universities with strong academic and research profiles, as well as highly successful athletic programs,” WVU spokeswoman Becky Lofstead told the Associated Press in response to the Princeton Review rankings. “But in the big picture, clearly this list has no real credibility.”

Among the top five party schools, after WVU, are the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Ohio University in Athens, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Georgia in Athens.  Top five “stone-cold sober” schools after BYU? Wheaton College in Wheaton, Ill. the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD., the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn. and Grove City College in Grove City, Penn.

By Jill Treacy






   

Noodle: the Google of college search

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Junior and senior years of high school are full of tough decisions: Where should I go to college? What is the right program for me? Can I afford it? While Google is the go-to search engine for just about everything, more personalized options are now available for education information.
Noodle , an educational search engine, was started in 2011 by John Katzman, the founder of The Princeton Review and 2tor Inc. While Google is an efficient search engine, Noodle is specifically geared towards finding information on education, from locating a tutor for a child with special needs to finding the closest graduate school of business. Noodle's goal  is “to provide a recommendation engine to help anyone find educational opportunities at all levels, from K-12 to college, grad school, weekend classes and professional development.” Noodle was founded on the basis that students often choose the “obvious school instead of the right school.”
Guidance counselors, high school students’ parents and, of course, students themselves can reap the benefits of Noodle. It is simple to use. For example: A high school senior may be looking for local programs in criminal justice. He would head to Noodle's home page  and enter relevant keywords into the search bar, such as “associates program criminal justice.” Noodle will then ask several questions to customize the search, like  “What did you score on the SAT?” After answering these questions, school profiles are delivered, with information on the schools' selectivity, cost, size and other details. Links to the schools’ sites are also included, as well as reviews.
While Noodle is still in its early stages, its future looks promising. Besides giving high school students a personalized college search experience, it offers assistance to students of any age. In the future, it will offer information on medical schools, community colleges and continuing education, among other opportunities. Users can register for a free account to be able to share search information with guidance counselors, parents, friends and others. Students can also connect with others interested in the same colleges (a great way to meet future classmates!).
If an educational institution search based on your grades, budget and personality is not enough, Noodle also offers quality articles geared towards specific grade levels. Noodlings  is full of advice on financial aid, transitions, teaching methodology and other useful topics. There is even a section devoted to study abroad.
To be clear, Noodle is not just another search engine. Forbes included it on its list of the 10 greatest industry disruptive startups of 2012; Ed Surge considered it one of the six “most likely to succeed” companies; it has received multiple accolades and awards. It is the “single place for everything in education.” Where Google offers information on everything, Noodle has you covered for school.
Junior and senior years of high school are full of tough decisions: Where should I go to college? What is the right program for me? Can I afford it? While Google is the go-to search engine for just about everything, more personalized options are now available for education information.

Noodle , an educational search engine, was started in 2011 by John Katzman, the founder of The Princeton Review and 2tor Inc. While Google is an efficient search engine, Noodle is specifically geared towards finding information on education, from locating a tutor for a child with special needs to finding the closest graduate school of business. Noodle's goal  is “to provide a recommendation engine to help anyone find educational opportunities at all levels, from K-12 to college, grad school, weekend classes and professional development.” Noodle was founded on the basis that students often choose the “obvious school instead of the right school.” 

Guidance counselors, high school students’ parents and, of course, students themselves can reap the benefits of Noodle. It is simple to use. For example: A high school senior may be looking for local programs in criminal justice. He would head to Noodle's home page  and enter relevant keywords into the search bar, such as “associates program criminal justice.” Noodle will then ask several questions to customize the search, like  “What did you score on the SAT?” After answering these questions, school profiles are delivered, with information on the schools' selectivity, cost, size and other details. Links to the schools’ sites are also included, as well as reviews. 

While Noodle is still in its early stages, its future looks promising. Besides giving high school students a personalized college search experience, it offers assistance to students of any age. In the future, it will offer information on medical schools, community colleges and continuing education, among other opportunities. Users can register for a free account to be able to share search information with guidance counselors, parents, friends and others. Students can also connect with others interested in the same colleges (a great way to meet future classmates!). 

If an educational institution search based on your grades, budget and personality is not enough, Noodle also offers quality articles geared towards specific grade levels. Noodlings  is full of advice on financial aid, transitions, teaching methodology and other useful topics. There is even a section devoted to study abroad. 

To be clear, Noodle is not just another search engine. Forbes included it on its list of the 10 greatest industry disruptive startups of 2012; Ed Surge considered it one of the six “most likely to succeed” companies; it has received multiple accolades and awards. It is the “single place for everything in education.” Where Google offers information on everything, Noodle has you covered for school.

By Jeffrey Roe  -- community manager for the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education's online master's programs. USC Rossier Online provides current teachers and those working on becoming a teacher  with the opportunity to earn a masters in education . Jeff is a graduate of New Jersey City University. When he's not working, Jeff enjoys attending concerts and developing his talents as a videomaker. 
   

Strangest college traditions

Students are always excited to go to college. They get to experience new things, learn who they are, and get to be on their own for the first time. Another thing they may be excited about is their college's random traditions. These traditions can range from good luck superstitions to congratulatory celebrations. No matter what though, there are some pretty strange traditions out there that some colleges have.
The annual Body Art Fashion Show at Brandeis University in Walthman, MA, is not so much about the clothes. Students get together and paint each other and their models using liquid latex paint. The fashion show is held every March and is put together by the Liquid Latex Club. It is one of the campuses most attended event.
Georgetown University in Washington, DC is the place to be on Halloween night. 'The Exorcist' is projected outside on either Copley lawn, or Gaston hall. The film is shown after dark until about midnight. Students then make their way to the cemetery to participate in the "Healy Howl", which means students literally howl at the moon while in the shadow of Healy Hall in the cemetery.
This next tradition is one that just about every college student wishes their campus did. Spree Day at Clark University, MA, is a day that may catch students off guard, but is a wonderful surprise. On a random day during the school year, all classes are sporadically canceled and students can enjoy live bands, and possibly hot air balloons out on the Green.
Students who study organic chemistry may find that around final times there is no way to relieve the stress. Well, Columbia University's marching band thinks otherwise. The Orgo Night is when the marching band goes into the Butler Library to relieve the stress the night before the organic chemistry final. The band goes into the library at midnight with the sole purpose of disrupting studiers to help relieve everyone's stress. This tradition is very popular on campus.
Death by Chocolate is more than a dessert at a restaurant; it is also one of Pomona College's traditions. Pomona College in Claremont, CA normally has a large line of students outside the Edmunds Ballroom for a pre-finals chow down. This tradition has been going on since 1987 and is the reason why some students attend this college. Students can expect to find chocolate covered strawberries, marshmallows, and pretzels, as well as chocolate cheesecake bars, chocolate cream puff, chocolate mousse, and white chocolate.
No matter what college you want to go to, they probably have all sorts of fun traditions. Some may not make sense, but as long as you are having fun, that's what matters. Ok, as long as you are having fun and getting an education that's what matters. If you have ever thought about not going to college, think of everything that you could miss out on. This includes fun traditions like these, and your degree. Having an education is important, but no one said you couldn't have fun doing it. Even some online colleges have their own wacky traditions.
By Katherine L Dane
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Students are always excited to go to college. They get to experience new things, learn who they are, and get to be on their own for the first time. Another thing they may be excited about is their college's random traditions. These traditions can range from good luck superstitions to congratulatory celebrations. No matter what though, there are some pretty strange traditions out there that some colleges have.

The annual Body Art Fashion Show at Brandeis University in Walthman, MA, is not so much about the clothes. Students get together and paint each other and their models using liquid latex paint. The fashion show is held every March and is put together by the Liquid Latex Club. It is one of the campuses most attended event.

Georgetown University in Washington, DC is the place to be on Halloween night. 'The Exorcist' is projected outside on either Copley lawn, or Gaston hall. The film is shown after dark until about midnight. Students then make their way to the cemetery to participate in the "Healy Howl", which means students literally howl at the moon while in the shadow of Healy Hall in the cemetery.

This next tradition is one that just about every college student wishes their campus did. Spree Day at Clark University, MA, is a day that may catch students off guard, but is a wonderful surprise. On a random day during the school year, all classes are sporadically canceled and students can enjoy live bands, and possibly hot air balloons out on the Green.

Students who study organic chemistry may find that around final times there is no way to relieve the stress. Well, Columbia University's marching band thinks otherwise. The Orgo Night is when the marching band goes into the Butler Library to relieve the stress the night before the organic chemistry final. The band goes into the library at midnight with the sole purpose of disrupting studiers to help relieve everyone's stress. This tradition is very popular on campus.

Death by Chocolate is more than a dessert at a restaurant; it is also one of Pomona College's traditions. Pomona College in Claremont, CA normally has a large line of students outside the Edmunds Ballroom for a pre-finals chow down. This tradition has been going on since 1987 and is the reason why some students attend this college. Students can expect to find chocolate covered strawberries, marshmallows, and pretzels, as well as chocolate cheesecake bars, chocolate cream puff, chocolate mousse, and white chocolate.

No matter what college you want to go to, they probably have all sorts of fun traditions. Some may not make sense, but as long as you are having fun, that's what matters. Ok, as long as you are having fun and getting an education that's what matters. If you have ever thought about not going to college, think of everything that you could miss out on. This includes fun traditions like these, and your degree. Having an education is important, but no one said you couldn't have fun doing it. Even some online colleges have their own wacky traditions.

By Katherine L Dane
   

Going Greek: a guide to sorority and fraternity terminology and symbolism

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"Big" - Assigned to the elders of a Greek organization.Becoming a "big brother" or "big sister" in a Greek organization denotes that you get to become a role model to a "New Member" or "Pledge". As a big, you essentially become their advisor throughout initiation and during their time in college. The bond between big and little is very special, and often times a lifetime bond is forged.
"Little" - In order to become a "big brother" or "big sister," you have to become a "little brother" or "little sister" first, and pledge to join a fraternity or sorority. While this position isn't an enviable one, especially when rushing, you get an older friend who can help you navigate the entire process of pledging. Some organizations allow you to choose your big or little. Other times it's randomly assigned. And sometimes, it's a little bit of both.
Pledgeship - The process of pledging is typically a six to nine month process, though it depends on the organization you're pledging. This is where you'll go through the process of becoming a brother or sister of an organization, including being paired with a big brother or big sister. You must complete this period of time in order to join the fraternity or sorority and become an official member.
Paddles - Paddles are traditionally an integral part of sorority and fraternity life, and are made by a "little brother or sister" and given to a "big brother or sister" within the organization. These wooden paddles are hand-painted and often contain the names of the big and little, along with the organization's crest, chapter, and colors. It's symbolic of the relationship between fraternity and sorority siblings, and is a cherished keepsake.
Lavaliere - (action) A necklace or charm of a fraternity that is given from a fraternity brother to his girlfriend, symbolizing his commitment to her. It also symbolizes the acceptance of the chapter. A man typically gives his girlfriend a lavalier prior to their engagement. It is considered a very special, sentimental gesture by both the fraternity and the girlfriend if she is in a sorority.
Pinning -This is where a fraternity brother "pins" his girlfriend with the badge of the fraternity, symbolizing his long-term commitment to this person, and most likely a precursor marriage. This is a time-honored tradition and symbolizes that a brother views his girlfriend in the same, if not higher regard, than his fraternity brothers. At times, this isn't always met with acceptance by the brothers of the fraternity but it also denotes the sacrifice and commitment a brother makes to his chapter.
One Greek Store offers Greek Apparel and merchandise, including Greek Paddles. They also offer Custom Greek Apparel. You can visit their Gainesville, Florida retail store or order online.
"Big" - Assigned to the elders of a Greek organization.Becoming a "big brother" or "big sister" in a Greek organization denotes that you get to become a role model to a "New Member" or "Pledge". As a big, you essentially become their advisor throughout initiation and during their time in college. The bond between big and little is very special, and often times a lifetime bond is forged.

"Little" - In order to become a "big brother" or "big sister," you have to become a "little brother" or "little sister" first, and pledge to join a fraternity or sorority. While this position isn't an enviable one, especially when rushing, you get an older friend who can help you navigate the entire process of pledging. Some organizations allow you to choose your big or little. Other times it's randomly assigned. And sometimes, it's a little bit of both.

Pledgeship - The process of pledging is typically a six to nine month process, though it depends on the organization you're pledging. This is where you'll go through the process of becoming a brother or sister of an organization, including being paired with a big brother or big sister. You must complete this period of time in order to join the fraternity or sorority and become an official member.

Paddles - Paddles are traditionally an integral part of sorority and fraternity life, and are made by a "little brother or sister" and given to a "big brother or sister" within the organization. These wooden paddles are hand-painted and often contain the names of the big and little, along with the organization's crest, chapter, and colors. It's symbolic of the relationship between fraternity and sorority siblings, and is a cherished keepsake.

Lavaliere - (action) A necklace or charm of a fraternity that is given from a fraternity brother to his girlfriend, symbolizing his commitment to her. It also symbolizes the acceptance of the chapter. A man typically gives his girlfriend a lavalier prior to their engagement. It is considered a very special, sentimental gesture by both the fraternity and the girlfriend if she is in a sorority.

Pinning -This is where a fraternity brother "pins" his girlfriend with the badge of the fraternity, symbolizing his long-term commitment to this person, and most likely a precursor marriage. This is a time-honored tradition and symbolizes that a brother views his girlfriend in the same, if not higher regard, than his fraternity brothers. At times, this isn't always met with acceptance by the brothers of the fraternity but it also denotes the sacrifice and commitment a brother makes to his chapter.

One Greek Store offers Greek Apparel and merchandise, including Greek Paddles. They also offer Custom Greek Apparel. You can visit their Gainesville, Florida retail store or order online.
   

Top 3 ways to find your college sweetheart

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So, you're freshman in college and on the brink of a new world or identity at big out of state public university. You not only like it there, but love it. There's one problem. You can't seem to meet any girls or guys, better yet your future college sweet heart.
Yes, your college sweet heart. You know the person that you fantasized about on the regular or when you see them on campus you would go out of your way just to speak. I will share a few things that can help you find the perfect college girlfriend/boyfriend.
Meet as many people as you can. I like to call it networking, in which, I'm seeking to learn more about you without saying I want to know everything about you. Now, you have to be careful with this one because it can back fire if you're not careful. You must constantly think in advance all the time stay at least 50 steps ahead make sure he/she doesn't read your mail or texts doesn't see you phone history. NEVER mix up the girls name history or anything and be careful of your so called friends if they know the truth! ALWAYS know who their friends are or who you see them with the majority of the time. That will allow you not to approach the wrong person who can ruin you plans.
Be Prepared to get rejected. I believe you can take a great deal of knowledge from the popular song from the movie Lion King, in which Scar sings, "Just listen to teacher I know it sounds sordid, But you'll be rewarded, When at last I am given my dues, And injustice deliciously squared. Be Prepared!" Sometimes being prepared means being at the right place at the right time or having knowledge of where that person will be throughout the day. I know it might sound like you're stalking them; however, you have a goal in mind.
You must always have a plan to meet the person you're pursuing and if it works out or if it doesn't work out, you can be at peace with knowing you gave it your all. I guess it just wasn't good enough. Now, you can move on and starting fishing again.
Take bold Risk. Try to create and establish solid relationships. You might even consider asking someone to go get lunch, but for some reason, it doesn't feel natural. It's not so much the nerves but it just doesn't feel like a good way to go about it and that's ok. Most students eat in the university cafeterias and we all know that seating is limited. So, that's your perfect opportunity to go in for the kill of introducing yourself and asking for that seat if it's one available.
You might also want to try meeting potential mates in your classes. You might be saying that it's too tough; the classes are so big; it's hard to make a real connection. That's the wrong mindset. Change the way you think and you'll realize that you will just have to be the smartest in the class or join the study groups with potential mates.
If you thought college was going to be super easy to find your sweet heart then think again. So if you're more than halfway done with your freshman year and I haven't even come close to find that person you should evaluate the approach you're using.
By Madison Miller
So, you're freshman in college and on the brink of a new world or identity at big out of state public university. You not only like it there, but love it. There's one problem. You can't seem to meet any girls or guys, better yet your future college sweet heart.

Yes, your college sweet heart. You know the person that you fantasized about on the regular or when you see them on campus you would go out of your way just to speak. I will share a few things that can help you find the perfect college girlfriend/boyfriend.

Meet as many people as you can. I like to call it networking, in which, I'm seeking to learn more about you without saying I want to know everything about you. Now, you have to be careful with this one because it can back fire if you're not careful. You must constantly think in advance all the time stay at least 50 steps ahead make sure he/she doesn't read your mail or texts doesn't see you phone history.

NEVER mix up the girls name history or anything and be careful of your so called friends if they know the truth! ALWAYS know who their friends are or who you see them with the majority of the time. That will allow you not to approach the wrong person who can ruin you plans.

Be Prepared to get rejected. I believe you can take a great deal of knowledge from the popular song from the movie Lion King, in which Scar sings, "Just listen to teacher I know it sounds sordid, But you'll be rewarded, When at last I am given my dues, And injustice deliciously squared. Be Prepared!" Sometimes being prepared means being at the right place at the right time or having knowledge of where that person will be throughout the day. I know it might sound like you're stalking them; however, you have a goal in mind.

You must always have a plan to meet the person you're pursuing and if it works out or if it doesn't work out, you can be at peace with knowing you gave it your all. I guess it just wasn't good enough. Now, you can move on and starting fishing again.

Take bold Risk. Try to create and establish solid relationships. You might even consider asking someone to go get lunch, but for some reason, it doesn't feel natural. It's not so much the nerves but it just doesn't feel like a good way to go about it and that's ok. Most students eat in the university cafeterias and we all know that seating is limited. So, that's your perfect opportunity to go in for the kill of introducing yourself and asking for that seat if it's one available.

You might also want to try meeting potential mates in your classes. You might be saying that it's too tough; the classes are so big; it's hard to make a real connection. That's the wrong mindset. Change the way you think and you'll realize that you will just have to be the smartest in the class or join the study groups with potential mates.

If you thought college was going to be super easy to find your sweet heart then think again. So if you're more than halfway done with your freshman year and I haven't even come close to find that person you should evaluate the approach you're using.

By Madison Miller
   

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