Community colleges eye student housing options

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John Tyczkowski
Campus News

At a time when attending a traditional university or college is becoming more expensive than ever, community colleges are providing their own take on the four-year college experience, and at a lower cost to boot.

According to 2013 data from the American Association of Community Colleges, roughly 25 percent of the U.S.’s 1,128 community colleges now offer some form of on-campus housing, from traditional residence halls to luxury apartments. While the move for such housing has been ongoing since about 2000, the trend has accelerated since the 2008 recession.

Now, nearly 300 campuses across the country, from New York to California, offer on-campus housing options for students. Continue reading

Traditional advertising still works better

We found this place through traditional advertising.

We found this place through traditional advertising.

By Darren Johnson
Campus News

Think of the last few new things you’d spent money on. Were any of them introduced to you by an Internet ad?

Let’s face it; all digital ads are horrible. Even once-reputable brands like Baron’s, Kiplinger, Yahoo!, etc., feel the need to try to trick you to click through slideshow-style stories. Most sites with ads on them want to highjack your computer. We hate the ads. We totally avoid eye contact. It’s like walking past the carnival barkers trying to get you to play some game where you throw a ball at bottles that you have no chance of knocking over.

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Net Neutrality and You

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By Paul Francucci

Campus News

Today, the internet is the largest and arguably the best source of free information in the world. It is not owned by any one person, corporation, or government, but instead, by everyone. However, because of many telephone and cable companies, this might change. To understand what these companies are trying to change, we must first start off by understanding what internet (“net”) neutrality really is. Continue reading

Product Review: HP Spectre x360

By Darren Johnson
Campus News

I rarely treat myself to anything nice, especially when it comes to electronics.

My regular laptop is about six years old now, my camera even older, my cell phone is an iPhone 4s.

So I was a bit perplexed when a brand new HP Spectre x360 (starting at $900 on hp.com, a bit more if you want the load version) came in my mail to review for Campus News. Too bad I have to send it back. specte Continue reading

The exact equipment you will need to survive the zombie apocalypse


By Darren Johnson

Campus News

You may have read my previous article, “Can a zombie apocalypse really happen? Scientists respond,” which got a lot of hits because, yes, possibly, a zombie event similar to “The Walking Dead” could, maybe, kind of, happen.

I’ve noticed when “The Walking Dead” airs, hits go up on the article. People are anxious after watching each show.

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Why professors assign $200 books — get your fall books now and save

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Note: This story originally appeared in vol. 3, issue 5 of Community College Campus News, but still holds true.

By Darren Johnson
Campus News

Even though we at Campus News have covered this story in the past and there have been some battles won – with the passage of textbook rental rules and some changes in law – the fact of the matter is that the war is still being lost when it comes to textbooks and community college students.

And the reasons why you’re being hosed at the bookstore range from professorial laziness to a simple, corporate money grab. Hopefully this piece will shed some light as to why you are being ripped off and what some solutions may be.

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Please click the image above if you plan to use Amazon. The costs will be the same, but a portion of each sale benefits Campus News. Thank you

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College Students: The Opportunity Cost of Summer

By David Podos
Campus News

As summer approaches so do thoughts of vacations, picnics with family, walks along the lake front and/or the ocean, hikes in the woods, or perhaps a hike up that mountain range that you have wanted to do for a very long time. Maybe you just want to hang out on the back deck doing absolutely nothing. It all sounds so good, and even more so after the hellish winter that most of us had to endure.  So fire up the barbeque, get the shorts and flip flops on, slather up the sun screen and enjoy the lazy, hazy days of summer, because, before you know it you’ll be heading back to campus.
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