Free speech and being a college student

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By David L. Podos

Campus News

Free speech, in so many ways it is the corner stone of our democracy.  But does free speech mean we have the right to say anything we want any where we want any time we want?  There has been much debate over our first amendment right.  The use of free speech is powerful.  It can incite people to wars, or can liberate a country and its people from the yoke of poverty and despair. I am sure most people in this country covet their right to free speech, but once again, what does free speech really mean?

Do we have the right to scream “fire” (when there is none) in a crowded theater?  Do we have the right to yell “bomb” on an airplane when there is no bomb? Does free speech give rights to a group of American Nazis to march in a Jewish neighborhood spouting the tenets of racism?  Should free speech protect a group of KKK members to march and preach in a predominately African-American neighborhood?  Free speech is not always that easy.   Continue reading

From self-published to the New York Times Bestseller List — an interview with author Emma Jameson

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By Marie Frankson

Campus News

When I first went off to college, I didn’t know anyone but I decided to try to meet new people based on my interests. I came across a Facebook group dedicated to various genres of writing, and I got to meet and interact with authors from various walks of life and various levels (amateur, professional, etc.) and various genres. One of those authors I met was Emma Jameson, the author of “The Lord & Lady Hetheridge” trilogy, and she agreed to do an interview for Campus News to talk about her life, her works, and give some advice to college students who are thinking about a career in writing. Continue reading

Excelencia program awards organizations, universities for Hispanic outreach

Justin Rodriguez, Texas representative, congratulates the universities who were finalists or received honorable mention at the Celebración de Excelencia awards ceremony Tuesday in Washington. SHFWire photo by Lorain Watters

Justin Rodriguez, Texas representative, congratulates the universities who were finalists or received honorable mention at the Celebración de Excelencia awards ceremony Tuesday in Washington. SHFWire photo by Lorain Watters

By Lorain Watters
Scripps Howard Foundation Wire (for Campus News)

Celebración de Excelencia held its eighth annual awards ceremony on September 30 in Washington, DC, to recognize college campuses that have improved higher education for their Latino students.

The universities and organizations given honorable mention, named as finalists or that received the Example of Excelencia award were from across the country, including Oklahoma, Michigan, Texas and Illinois.

The Colloquium Series Program in New York received honorable mention for its Continue reading

Conan O’Brien saves us from a really disgusting “Walking Dead.” Thanks, Conan!

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By Darren Johnson
Campus News and Nu2U.info

Thank goodness for Conan O’Brien.

Sunday’s return of “The Walking Dead” was creepy — even by that shows standards. It started off with the usual gang and some marginal extras lined up, tied up, and kneeling before a trough in a slaughterhouse. Thankfully, the stars were at the end of the trough, as the first few characters were hit on the backs of the head with a tinny sounding aluminum baseball bat, then had their throats slit, blood filling the trough and pouring down a drain. Then, there was an interruption and our stars were able to make their escape.

The immense popularity of this show perhaps is giving its writer and director a chance to push the envelope, but they are also pushing this show out of the mainstream. Several years into this zombie reality, it’s getting to be too much.

So, in the “Talking Dead,” a wrap-up show, after, the creepy writer and creepy director were on the couch to discuss the show, along with Conan O’Brien. Remember him? Continue reading

An interesting mystery: What happened to the Beaumont children?

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By Kristina Bostley
Campus News

The weather on January 26, 1966, was forecasted to reach a scorching temperature of 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) in Adelaide. But the sunny summer day quickly turned into a tumultuous storm of fear, dread, and anticipation of the worst-case scenario for one Australian couple whose children never returned home after what should have been a quick trip to the beach. When Nancy Beaumont handed eight shillings and sixpence to her eldest daughter Jane for the day’s expenses, she had no way of knowing it was the last time she would give her daughter anything. Continue reading

How to win at college

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By Jonathan Lopes
Campus News

What is the purpose of higher education and how does one succeed? Conventional and traditional thinking deems it necessary, in order to secure a job and possess satisfactory social standing. However, modern day opinions suggest the true and often undervalued meaning of furthering one’s education is for interpersonal development and academic learning simply for knowledge. Now then, is it to learn and expand your educational horizons or is the means to the end, obtaining a quality employment position? Continue reading

For Halloween: Truly haunted locations in New England and Upstate New York

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By John Tyczkowski

Campus News

Another October brings another Halloween. And while you could load up on the horror movies and hope that another person’s fiction is enough to give you your scares, why not check out the real thing for yourself?

In areas of the country as historic as western New England and the Hudson River Valley, where colonial history goes back close to four hundred years, there are plenty of historic sites with intriguing folk lore about those who lived there, died and then didn’t quite move on.

From haunted graveyards to cursed houses and many other places in between, here are some places in Connecticut, western Massachusetts and upstate New York to check out for your Halloween adventure and fright fix. Continue reading

Campus Voices: Are you going to dress up for Halloween?

By Emily Langevin
Campus News

We asked students at three Massachusetts colleges, “Do you have any plans for Halloween?”

"No, I’m working.”  – Lynn Langevin, Criminal Justice;  Greenfield Community College (Mass.)

“No, I’m working.”
– Lynn Langevin, Criminal Justice;
Greenfield Community College (Mass.)

"Not sure yet. Maybe working, maybe going out with friends "  – Haleigh Cromack, Liberal Arts; Westfield College (Mass.)

“Not sure yet. Maybe working, maybe going out with friends “
– Haleigh Cromack, Liberal Arts;
Westfield College (Mass.)

"Well, yeah, partying.”  – Billy Jameson, General Studies; Holyoke Community College (Mass.)

“Well, yeah, partying.”
– Billy Jameson, General Studies;
Holyoke Community College (Mass.)

Yuck! The return of bedbugs!

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By Kristina Bostley

Campus News

They can crawl in through the window during the middle of the night. They can soundlessly creep into bedrooms without giving any indication of their presence. They’ll follow their victims home from work, school, and even vacation. They can hide in the most inconspicuous of places, just waiting to attack. These intruders are not rapists or serial killers; they are bedbugs. Continue reading

Saving money while being a student

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Kevin T. Ellis

Campus News

The ability to save money while attending college may seem impossible. While I’m attending college, it’s sometimes difficult for me to save money, buy some food and pay for transportation. Also many students don’t have a high paying job, to pay for books, transportation and campus food, etc. So it’s a struggle to pay for items and transportation effectively, without breaking the bank account. Honestly! I’ve tried so many methods to spend and save money effectively, and I have a part-time job that pays minimum wage.

It’s ridiculous that a college student has to struggle with poverty to just to get a Bachelor’s or an Associate’s degree. Continue reading

America’s top community college newspapers

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John Tyczkowski
Campus News

Student journalism usually calls to mind print and online dailies at major public universities, with dozens of reporters, photographers and editors running every which way and working around the clock in a never-ending news cycle.

Community college papers usually never come to mind, and if they do, the image is more of a 4-page high school paper printed on regular paper, laid out with Microsoft Publisher and published approximately “when the staff has enough time.”

The truth is, though, there are lots of community college newspapers that have won several awards in journalistic excellence and are just as notable, if not more so, as their four-year institution counterparts. Continue reading

Forget all this talk about the Apple Watch or these giant smart phones — give me the iRing!

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By Darren Johnson

Campus News and Nu2u.info

While a lot of people are making fun of Apple’s idea for an iWatch, I find the idea refreshing.

I’m getting sick of carrying a phone around, this bulky object whose main purpose is to give me alerts when someone made a move on virtual Scrabble or to inform me of Aunt Bee’s new dog post on Facebook (Shasta the Beagle’s wearing a birthday hat, BTW).

And phones are getting bigger and bigger. The latest iPhone is the size of an Ouija board. Continue reading

The Nursing Program at Ulster County Community College: Florence (and Lawrence) Nightingales in the Making

Ulster County Community College second-year nursing students Stephanie Thorpe, Muzit Mikael and Beau States pose with “Mr. Bones” in the school’s nursing lab. —Photos by Author.

Ulster County Community College second-year nursing students Stephanie Thorpe, Muzit Mikael and Beau States pose with “Mr. Bones” in the school’s nursing lab. —Photos by Author.

By Dave Paone
Campus News

They’re not what one might expect.

The students in the nursing department at Ulster County Community College in Stone Ridge, that is. They’re much older than the typical community college student, some well into their thirties, and far more males than one might presume in a nursing program.

Perhaps the one thing that makes them different from their college counterparts is their calling to help their fellow human beings in their time of medical need. This they will accomplish as nurses. Continue reading