For the First Time, Black Students Serving as Editors-in-Chief of Oregon, Oregon State Campus Papers (#acpsea)

In Oregon, a state sporting “a black population of less than 2 percent,” student press history has recently been made. For the first time at either the University of Oregon or Oregon State University, a black student has been named editor-in-chief of the campus newspaper. Tyree Harris is EIC of The Daily Emerald at UO. Brandon Southward is the EIC of The Daily Barometer at Oregon State University. In the introduction to a new on-air interview, NPR called their respective appointments a landmark first.

Controversial ‘Cashmere and Pearls’ Letter in Smith College Newspaper Spurs Campus, Media Frenzy

A Smith College alumna’s letter to the editor published last week in The Sophian has triggered enormous campus debate and media gaper delays for its assessment of the school’s current student body. As Anne Spurzem, a 1984 graduate of the private Massachusetts liberal arts college, wrote, “The people who are attending Smith these days are A) lesbians or B) international students who get financial aid or C) low-income women of color who are the first generation in their family to go to college and will go to any school that gives them enough money. . . .”

College Media Memes: First-Person Features, Hipster Columnists & Newsroom Pizza (#acpsea)

In the midst of academia’s continued overwhelming meme madness, I have been putting together a growing list of memes focused specifically on collegemediatopia– its student staffers, faculty advisers, digital tools (and distractions), and style rules. Below is a glimpse at what will hopefully soon be a gargantuan list featured on College Media Memes.

Iowa State Daily Drops Regular Print Feature After Racist Slang for Asians Published (#acpsea #ISU)

Roughly a week after accidentally printing a racist slang for individuals of Asian descent, The Iowa State Daily is apologizing and dropping the regular print feature in which it was included. On the “games page” of each ISD issue, editors regularly run “Just Sayin,'” comprised of “reader submitted quotes, quips and anything that may have been overheard on or off campus.”

Princeton Student’s Column Criticizing Annual Giving Prompts Online Comments War (#acpsea @Princetonian)

A Princeton University senior’s column in yesterday’s Daily Princetonian calling “the whole premise of annual giving . . . problematic” has spurred a wowzer of a debate in the online comments section. A majority of the commenters, proclaiming themselves Princeton students and alums, are nastily ripping into the student columnist as ungrateful for the education and Ivy League experience she has received. At least one comment has even brought her family into the mix, prompting the student’s mother to comment back in defense of her and her daughter.

Western Kentucky’s Social Media Monitoring Becomes National Story; Interview with Herald EIC Cole Claybourn

As I posted previously, The College Heights Herald, Western Kentucky University’s student newspaper, has alleged in recent coverage that WKU administrators have been aggressively monitoring and disciplining students for social media messages “deemed inappropriate.” According to the Herald, WKU has specifically been tracking some student tweets, even attempting to “shut down several Twitter parody accounts and is sending students to Judicial Affairs for tweets they consider negative against WKU.”

10 More Funny College Memes: Book Buybacks, One-Night Stands, the Health Center & Frat House Bathrooms

As I’ve posted previously, the story of the month: college memes. Campus-specific memes have been suddenly invading the Facebook streams of students at schools throughout the U.S., Canada, and parts of Europe. A rash of student media reports and social media chatter confirm that undergraduates’ online experiences are now hovering between “meme madness” and full-blown“meme mania.”

Monmouth College Student Newspaper Theft Linked to Article on Student Nativity Theft

Roughly two-thirds of the 600 copies of The Courier distributed last week at Monmouth College were allegedly stolen and temporarily trashed possibly in response to a Courier story about a separate alleged theft. The Courier recently ran a piece confirming charges had been dropped against five Monmouth students arrested and implicated in a scheme that involved the theft of a nativity scene and its subsequent placement outside the home of Monmouth’s president.

Student Press Headline of the Day: ‘Protect Your Balls’

The headline for the online photo slideshow in The Iowa State Daily mirrors the name of the event being featured: “Protect Your Balls,” a charity dodgeball tournament aimed at raising money and awareness for prostate and testicular cancer screenings and treatment.

Western Kentucky University Monitoring, Attempting to Silence Some Student Social Media Chatter (#WKU)

A rash of recent news coverage and editorial comment in The College Heights Herald, Western Kentucky University’s student newspaper, alleges a somewhat creepy campaign of administrative social media oversight and intimidation. WKU has apparently been monitoring student tweets and Facebook status updates, even attempting to “shut down several Twitter parody accounts and is sending students to Judicial Affairs for tweets they consider negative against WKU.”

Campus Restroom Graffiti Deserves a Fresh Report (@TheSeahawk #graffiti)

Only GOD can judge me!  I eat yogurt.  Where words fail, music speaks.  Sidewalks are just suggestions.  You never realize how shallow your life was until you become a mother.  Please let us express ourselves. — In the photo, the bathroom stall is littered with these random statements, and many more.  Altogether, they equal a […]

10 ‘College Freshman’ Memes: A Glimpse at How a New Hampshire Senior’s Pic is Being Used (#Memes)

As I wrote in my previous post, University of New Hampshire senior Griffin Kiritsy is currently a major part of the college memes phenomenon– without his control or consent. He is featured in a photo being used as the so-called “College Freshman” meme.

Ball Bearings Magazine Story: ‘A Kiss Isn’t Just a Kiss’; An Interview with Ball State J-Student Lindsey Gelwicks

In the photo, the two college students from Indiana are leaning toward each other, eyes locked amorously, lips puckered in anticipation– and hands blocking their mouths. The odd last detail is a playful symbol of the couple’s vow to save their first kiss until after marriage. The image ran alongside a recent report in Ball Bearings Magazine at Ball State University focused on the small segment of students who have pledged to refrain from kissing until their wedding day, even as hook-ups and half-night stands take place in bars and dorm rooms all around them.

Sex, Sharks & the Penn State Student Newspaper Archives (@DailyCollegian #Jaws)

Yet another reminder about the treasures that exist within old campus newspapers: The Daily Collegian business staff at Penn State recently stumbled across a pair of adjoining ads in a September 1975 issue that brought oral sex, sharks, Spielberg, and pornography together for probably the first and last time.

Want Mac Miller to Perform on Campus? Buy Condoms, Bake Cookies (@AlleghenyCampus @MacMiller)

Condoms. Blue Solo cups (not red, blue). Homemade cookies. Pop-Tarts. Socks. And soup. These items are among performer Mac Miller’s formal requests included in a contract for an upcoming concert at Allegheny College. As a recent Allegheny Campus report by Katie McHugh explains, the requests are part of Miller’s contractual rider.