National Student News Site NextGen Journal Shutting Down at Month’s End

NextGen Journal, the only national news outlet created for and by students that is currently live online, will be ceasing operations at the end of the month. As NextGen’s founder and editor-in-chief Connor Toohill wrote to readers earlier this week, “[F]or the last several years, the 2012 Election was our big ‘thing on the horizon,’ towards which we were consistently building. Now on the other side, and with most of our projects and goals behind us, our Core team is growing older and busier. We’re nearing graduation, and some interests are changing. This Core team has always driven NextGen, and right now, it’s becoming a bit harder for us to keep up.”

Valparaiso Officials Remove Campus Paper So Prospective Students Don’t Get ‘Negative Impression’ of School

They stole the Torch to save face– and help enrollment. On two separate weeks late last month, Valparaiso University officials removed copies of The Torch student newspaper from a prominent campus building out of fear “the headlines would give prospective students a negative impression of the university.”

Racist Video by University of Minnesota Duluth Student, Alum Prompts Email Alert, Apologies

A shockingly racist video featuring two young women– one a recent alumna and the other a student at the University of Minnesota Duluth– prompted UMD officials to send a school-wide email alert expressing their horror at its creation, posting, and spread. In the roughly five-minute video, the women wear blackface and talk over each other– making derogatory comments and playing off the worst stereotypes connected to minorities. They repeatedly refer to themselves as n-ggers, “claiming to be from the ‘black hood,’ needing some ‘fried (expletive deleted) chicken’, and likening themselves to looking ‘like apes right now.'”

Miami Hurricane Defends Controversial Pieces Perceived as Promoting Adderall, Other Study Drugs

Controversy recently ensnarled The Miami Hurricane at the University of Miami for its publication of a “special Adderall report” that included a column and staff editorial seen by some as promoting the popular “study drug” and others like it.

Red & Black Editor: Georgia Tech Paper’s ‘To Hell With Georgia’ Football Rivalry Issue ‘A Lose-Lose for Everyone’

Yesterday afternoon, the University of Georgia football squad tore apart in-state rival Georgia Tech University to earn a shot at the SEC title and a berth in the BCS national championship game. In a column published the day before the shellacking, Red & Black opinion editor Blake Seitz at UGA unleashed a similarly harsh editorial smackdown of sorts aimed at the Technique, Georgia’s Tech’s student newspaper. The focus of Seitz’s ire: To Hell With Georgia, a special satirical issue published annually by the Technique prior to the UGA-GT game. Over the years, within the issue, the Technique staff has not-so-subtly poked fun at general UGA stereotypes including “alcohol, rednecks, farm animals, and lots of dawgs.”

Milking: Latest Student Viral Video Craze is ‘Legen-dairy’

A new online craze is quickly gathering oodles of fat-free, skim, 1 percent, and unpasteurized buzz throughout Britain. A small posse of UK college students and young graduates recently premiered an activity– dubbed milking– with a video round-up “destined to become an Internet sensation.” It is spurring press coverage and plans for copycat vids produced by students across Britain and Scotland. As The Tab at Britain’s Leeds University explains, “Similar in difficulty to its viral cousin planking, milking simply requires the participant to purchase some milk and then pour it over their head. The result is a thing of beauty.” A comment beneath the video confirms, “This is legen…dairy.”

This Thanksgiving, Celebrate 1,000 College Problems

Madeline Huerta recently celebrated her 1,000th college problem.  As I’ve previously posted, the Boston University student is the creator and overseer of College Problems, an uber-successful Tumblr site that offers undergraduates a spot to vent about everything related to higher ed. that irks or annoys them. – The user-submitted entries typically run only a sentence or […]

Student Columnists Sound Off on Thanksgiving Flaws: Too Much Meat, Family Time, Consumerism

Thanksgiving stinks for vegans. The holiday has lost its national significance, serving mostly as a prelude to Black Friday fervor. The festivities involve family interactions that often result in a six-word stage play of sorts: “Eat pray love drink fight slap.” And the best part of the holiday, its accompanying break from school, needs to be longer. These are just a few of the Thanksgiving-themed perspectives college students have shared in recent days within their campus newspapers and magazines.

Marshall Student Newspaper Column on Football Team Plane Crash Causes Controversy

The mood of some Marshall University students, staff, and alums at the moment: angry and upset. The focus of their ire: a column in The Parthenon student newspaper claiming the annual ceremony honoring the 75 victims of the 1970 football team plane crash “has become devoid of meaning” and, for current students, is “just a motion we go through every year.”

State Press at ASU Going Digital-First, Shifting From Daily to Weekly Print Paper

The State Press is doing nothing less than “re-inventing the college newspaper for the 21st century.” Late last week, the Arizona State University student paper announced a big, bold, headfirst leap into the digital journalism wonderland. The State Press 2.0 will premiere in January. It will drop its daily print edition in favor of a bulked-up weekly and “digital products [that] include a new website optimized for viewing on mobile devices, updated iPhone and Android apps, as well as a new iPad app.”

The Story of Penn State’s Student Squirrel Whisperer: ‘From Stupid Blog to World Sensation’

Early last month, Onward State featured Mary Krupa, a Penn State University freshman “best known for playing with squirrels, while also donning them with tiny-squirrel sized hats.” PSU’s premier online independent outlet dubbed Krupa nothing less than a full-blown “squirrel whisperer.” At present, roughly 45 days after Onward State’s initial post, Krupa has evolved from a “mini-web phenomenon” to a full-blown “world sensation.” On today’s interwebs, how does a squirrel whisperer go viral? In a fascinating new post, OS senior content producer Ryan Kristobak offers a step-by-step glimpse at Krupa’s sudden, circuitous journey to digital stardom.

Tribune: Marquette Journalism Program Changes Trigger ‘Frustrations Among Students That Cannot Be Ignored’

A new editorial in The Marquette Tribune raises concerns about recent changes to the Marquette University journalism program, aligning them with the media industry’s larger perceived “dumbing-down.” Among other critiques, editors cite an apparent over-emphasis on teaching students superficial self-promotion techniques, possibly at the expense of needed journalism principles.

Best Student Press Column of All Time?: ‘Poop Bandit on the Loose’

They call him the Poop Bandit. No, I am not making this up. At Utah Valley University, some guy is regularly smearing his own sh*t on mirrors in the men’s restrooms. Visitors are forced to look at it– and, through it, themselves. And the janitorial crew is forced to clean it up. Jonathan Boldt, editor-in-chief of the UVU Review, has had enough.

Be Careful Student Sports Reporters, Your School May Have an In-Game Tweet Limit

Journalists are currently abuzz about the University of Washington men’s basketball team– not for its play but for how it’s allowed to be covered. Athletics officials at the school recently told a local sports reporter to stop live-tweeting so much during an early season game. The weird warning revealed a new official rule instituted for all live coverage of UW games by outside press– 20 tweets tops at basketball games and no more than 45 tweets during football games. It is the latest sports reporting body blow at the college level brought to light this semester.

SUNY Oswego Journalism Student Threatened with Suspension Over Email to Hockey Coaches

Officials at SUNY Oswego recently threatened an international journalism student with suspension and campus banishment over emails he sent to hockey coaches while working on a class assignment. The 30-second gist, according to Gawker and FIRE: Australian native Alex Myers currently studies journalism and works in the Office of Public Affairs at SUNY Oswego. For a class assignment requiring “a feature on a public figure,” he selected the school’s hockey coach Ed Gosek. As part of his info gathering legwork, he emailed the hockey coaches at Cornell University, Canisius College, and SUNY Cortland requesting their feedback on Gosek. The email contained two faux pas– one major and factual and the other more minor and stylistic. First, Myers identified himself as a SUNY Oswego public affairs staffer, not a student. Second, he urged the coaches, “Be as forthcoming as you like, what you say about Mr Gosek does not have to be positive.”