Five Underrated Rock Bands That Could’ve Benefitted From a Name Change

By Darren Johnson
Campus News

One thing I’ve noticed about people under 25 is that they no longer wear rock T-shirts, at least not from current bands. I do see plenty of teens and young adults in shirts with band names from yesteryear — Nirvana, the Ramones, Hendrix. These show great taste.

But there were other great bands from back in the day. Just they haven’t stood the test of time as well. I think it’s because they had bad band names.

These are the top 5 bands that really rocked, but aren’t as revered today as they should be, in part, because of their band names, in reverse order: Continue reading

Stop ‘slut-shaming’ on campus!

By Marie Frankson

Campus News

You all have seen her — the beautiful girl who has no problem showing off her curves by wearing a short skirt and v-neck top, her exaggerated walking and swaying her hips more than the average woman does, the girl who always seems to have the guys’ attention whether warranted or not…the girl who gets called a slut for being comfortable in her own skin and being confident in herself.
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On Netflix: Two films that could have ended differently

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By Darren Johnson

Campus News and

Welcome back to “It’s New to You!,” my irregular column on finding hidden movie and TV gems that may be a bit older, but, because you’ve likely never seen them before, they are, for all intents and purposes, “new” to you.

What I’m trying to convey is not just purely informational. Having an ethos of enjoying the obsolete or forgotten can be as much fun as getting the latest iPhone or whatever – and is much cheaper. That’s part of the fun of being a “new to you” type – finding hidden gems in the bargain bin. It’s a lifestyle.

That’s exactly the mentality Sean Pelletier shares in the excellent documentary “Last Days Here,” Continue reading

Legacy media: Will I someday be driving this old car?

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By Darren Johnson


Driving through Brockton, Mass., on my newspaper route, I passed by this car on a road my GPS took me on. After a half mile or so, I had the urge to U-Turn, go back, and snap some photos. I probably will have a use for one of the pics some day, other than for this chat.

I often write for publications, so perhaps this photo can be inspiration for one of my essays. A common theme of mine is “the changing media.”
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Princeton Review names RIT among best colleges

Rochester Institute of Technology is again being recognized by The Princeton Review as one of the nation’s best universities for undergraduate education. The education-services company features RIT in the just-published 2015 edition of its annual book “The Best 379 Colleges.” Continue reading

Prof. Mandel: Get with the program, and here is how

By Prof. Jack Mandel, MBA

Nassau County Community College

Congratulations!  You’ve made it into the college of your choice…and hopefully it’s not going to merely be an extension of your high school experience (hence, “13th grade”).

Challenge yourself (and I am NOT referring to getting a good parking spot) for this opportunity for personal growth and enrichment.
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So you have a “useless” major, journalism… (It’s up to you to make your major relevant.)

By Darren Johnson

Campus News

Ugh! Journalism is turning into one of those “useless” majors. Tell your parents you want to go to college to study that subject nowadays, and you’ll see that same look they had at Aunt Martha’s funeral. Such a waste. Did she have to go so young?
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How to avoid the “freshman 15″

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By Christine Barton

Campus News

Pizza, nachos with cheese, chicken wings  and beer might sound like a super bowl spread but it is also what many students consider the major food groups during their college years.  This is not to say that all college students dine on these convenient high fat, low nutrition meals, some actually opt to eat healthier than they did before college. Students who make a habit of these high fat, greasy meals may fall victim to the customary “freshman fifteen.”  
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Does degree = job?

By Christine Barton

Campus News

Career preparedness consists of a variety of skill sets, many of these are learned in college while others have nothing at all to do with a degree program.  The truth is that being considered “prepared” or “qualified” for a job is often in the eye of the person doing the hiring. There has been more attention given most recently to the topic of our educational system as a whole and if the United States is doing the best we can in high school and college to prepare students for the job market. The question becomes what does it really mean to be prepared for a job?   
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Students: There is still time to apply for Dr. Bill’s LEAP seminar; a Q&A

Dr. Bill and Daniel, a LEAP student

Dr. Bill and Daniel, a LEAP student

There are very few places where high school and college students can get learn “real-life” success principles. But, thousands, from around the world, have attend the non-profit, LEAP Foundation – a one-week educational, motivational, leadership program co-founded by celebrity Dr. Bill Dorfman to give students the tools they need to succeed.
Now in its sixth year, LEAP’s week-long program will be held at UCLA from July 27th to August 2nd with more than half of deserving students from around the world attending on scholarship. Students are encouraged to apply for the leadership program through July 16th via

“Dr. Bill” is most recognized as the featured dentist on ABC’s hit show, “Extreme Makeover,” and the Emmy winning daytime talk show, “The Doctors.” Continue reading

How one professor is spending his summer vacation — scaling a winter mountain

Remember, it’s always winter somewhere. And a Niagara University professor is really taking his “summer” vacation to an extreme.

Ed Hutton, assistant professor of finance and director of NU’s Financial Services Laboratory, reached the summit of Cotopaxi, a stratovolcano in Ecuador’s Andes Mountains, around 11:30 a.m . on July 4. Continue reading

Is e-learning all it’s cracked up to be?

By Maria Mirakaj Brownsell

Campus News

So you want to take a class but you just can’t get yourself on campus. Or maybe you can’t manage to get a long enough stretch of time all together at once. Whatever the case may be, online classes have become the norm.

When I was in college seven years ago, we didn’t have the option to take a class online at my school. We had to get out of bed and walk ten miles in the snow uphill both ways! Or something like that. Sometime in the past few years, this new way of getting course credit has grown exponentially, but is it all it is cracked up to be? Continue reading

Side businesses you can start after 9 to 5

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By Darren Johnson

Campus News

You may have read business advice that tells you to quit everything and follow your dreams. But I think it’s the other way around — a carefully planned business can help you attain your dreams.

Go to college and stay at it. Study the courses you love (and some you just have to; but learn to love them for what they are). Get a job in a field you like; though the pay may not be great. Fall in love, start a family if you’d like.

That is better advice. But here’s an added twist. Consider also starting a side business after-hours to really add security. You don’t have to love it. Continue reading

Enough with the fat-shaming; realize overweight people have a struggle unique to them

We all can't be A-Rod

We all can’t be A-Rod.

By Darren Johnson
Campus News

Fat people of the world unite!

So be it. About two thirds of the country is overweight or obese, according to the Internet, and even many “normal” weighing people at one point packed on a few pounds before losing it, so, perhaps 80 percent of readers can relate to this article.

But 100 percent of the people I see in glossy magazines are “normal” weight or even underweight. Continue reading

Campus sexual assault: A ‘silent epidemic’


By Jon Brien
Campus News

In March of 2014, a Harvard University student published an anonymous letter to the University in the school’s student run newspaper, The Harvard Crimson.

The letter was entitled “Dear Harvard: You Win,” and detailed in full the student’s experiences with Harvard University’s sexual assault prevention and care systems after having been assaulted by a friend in her dorm room 7 months prior. In the letter, she brought up several criticisms of the way the school handled her assault, and the lack of assistance that she received as a victim due to the specificity of the school’s definition of sexual assault. Continue reading