Student Press Headlines That Make Me Giggle: Poop and Mold Edition (The Northern Light, Alaska Anchorage)

There was a problem earlier this semester in two on-campus apartment complexes at the University of Alaska Anchorage: They smelled like rubbish and excrement.  An editorial in The Northern Light about the unsavory scents contains a headline offering simple advice on how to start solving the problem: “Poop and Mold Should Open Communication.”  (Hard to […]

Oregon Journalism Students Having Trouble Checking Out Multimedia Equipment They Need (@DailyEmerald)

Students in the School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Oregon are increasingly having trouble checking out reporting 2.0 tools like video cameras and digital recorders from the school stockpile, a report late last week in The Oregon Daily Emerald revealed. Apparently, a new set of classes is requiring their use, suddenly making demand dramatically outpace supply. Frustrations are up. Assignments are being submitted late. Deadlines are being pushed back. And work quality is suffering.

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.

Bridgewater State Student Punched in Campus Parking Lot for Writing Opinion Piece Supporting Gay Marriage

The assistant editorial page editor of The Comment at Bridgewater State University was allegedly attacked earlier this week in a campus parking lot in response to an opinion piece she wrote supporting gay marriage.

University of Texas Student Media Board Director ‘Quits Under Pressure’

The director UT Student Media, the board overseeing major student media operations at the University of Texas at Austin, has abruptly “resigned under pressure” only eight months after being hired. The Austin American-Statesman reports that Gary Borders quit without consulting other members of the board, which is described as “quasi-independent” of the university.

College Media Mad Money #3: Where Do Students’ Recreation Sports Fees Go? (@TheLantern #sports)

Students at Ohio State University pay a combined $14 million in student fees each year that go toward funding OSU recreational sports, a recent report in The Lantern confirmed. How is that money spent exactly? Umm, well, OSU officials are not exactly sure. In an investigation that is almost stunning for the confusion it caused among admins., Lantern staff writers Thomas Bradley and Sarah Stemen were given numerous runarounds that boiled down to one basic sentiment: There is no current organized, itemized list outlining how the rec fees are spent.

College Media Mad Money #2: How Much is the Stuff in Students’ Backpacks Worth? (@CityCollegeNews)

Apparently, the adage is simple: It’s not the backpack, but what’s in it, that counts. A recent survey by staffers at City College News, the student newspaper at Minneapolis Community and Technical College, determined that students on average pack items into their backpacks daily that total more than $500. As CCN staff writer Nancy Humphys notes, “Losing a backpack with textbooks, a cellphone, laptop computer and wallet with cash, ID’s, bus card and credit cards can add up to a large financial loss to a student.”

College Media Mad Money #1: How Much of Your Students’ Meal Plans Are Wasted? (@DailyTarHeel)

A full quarter. One-fourth. 25 percent. As The Daily Tar Heel recently revealed in an wonderful, astounding report, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill “25 percent of all meals bought through campus dining plans are wasted each semester.” In the write-up by Katie Quine, the high percentage prompts a student-admin. blame game: Students claiming they are forced into plans that almost force them to pay for excess food and the dining director arguing (as paraphrased by Quine) arguing that the “large percentage of unused meals can be attributed to students buying meal plans that don’t match their lifestyles.”

10 Funny College Memes: Adderall, Dorm Bathroom Habits, High Tuition Complaints & More

As I’ve posted previously, the story of the month so far: college memes. Campus-specific memes are 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.”

College Memes Mania Continues: Check Out My PBS MediaShift Rundown

College memes are suddenly invading the Facebook streams of students at schools throughout the U.S., Canada, and parts of Europe. As The Cherwell, Oxford University’s student newspaper, explains, the meme is “an idea or behavior that spreads through a culture by imitation. Internet memes follow this principle, humorous images are copied and re-captioned, concisely describing or satirizing the activity of an individual or group.” Building on its burgeoning popularity in recent years on sites such as Reddit and 4chan and via viral creations like LOLcats and Rickrolling, the Internet meme has been rapidly and rabidly adopted by undergraduates since the start of last week.

Online Alcohol Course on MyStudentBody.com ‘Called a Joke’ By Some Undergrads (#drinking @RedandBlack)

An online alcohol education course that incoming college students nationwide are required to complete is “ineffective and may actually encourage irresponsible drinking,” a new report in The Red & Black at the University of Georgia confirms.  (FYI The Red & Black is my favorite student newspaper in the solar system, if you cannot tell by […]

Student Newspaper Strip Club Headline Causes Controversy at Oklahoma State

A sexually suggestive headline sitting atop a recent article on the front page of The Daily O’Collegian has prompted an uproar on Oklahoma State University’s campus. As I previously posted, the OK State student newspaper topped a front page centerpiece about a new strip club opening near campus with the header: “Diamond in the Muff.”

Student Press Love & Sex Stories: Hickeys, Virginity, and Dating Histories (#hickeys @BootyDrop)

Below is a screenshot sampling of recently published columns in student news outlets nationwide directly tackling matters of sex and love. Hickeys, masturbation, penile fractures (ouch), the art of wooing a woman, and an intriguing website called Booty Drop all make appearances. Happy Wednesday!

Best Journalism Schools at U.S. Colleges and Universities

Here is a list of what I consider the best journalism schools at U.S. colleges and universities. It was created after a faculty colleague in another field recently asked me what journalism schools I would most recommend for her college-bound son, who is apparently an aspiring newshound.

Bed Bugs Attack at University of Alaska Anchorage

An “expanding bedbug population” is infesting student dorm rooms at the University of Alaska Anchorage, a new report in The Northern Light campus newspaper confirms. What’s the bed bug situation in your campus dorms and students’ off-campus residences? What is the school’s MO for staving off potential infestations?