Be sustainable: Compost, recycle and the Pee Bus on campus

University of New Hampshire’s Pee Bus is a sustainable project. (Credit: Sam Evans-Brown)

University of New Hampshire’s Pee Bus is a sustainable project. (Credit: Sam Evans-Brown)

College students on campuses across the country are participating in environmental and sustainable projects that involve composting, recycling and growing community gardens and roof gardens. A college in New Hampshire even collects pee! Here are some conservation projects that are enhancing and keeping campus life sustainable as well as the environment—yes, even though Earth Day has ended!

The Pee Bus

When the Durham (NH) Department of Public Works noticed that between 11 p.m. and 2 a.m. the amount of nitrogen coming into the wastewater treatment plant spiked, they linked those hours to local University of New Hampshire hockey and basketball games. Wastewater plants work best with consistent waste supplies. Continue reading

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Heartbleed bug: 7 college tips to protect students

Monday, April 7, saw the discovery of the Heartbleed security breach that attacked the encryption protocol known as OpenSSL. Heartbleed can access the memory of data servers and sensitive personal data like usernames, passwords and credit card information that is saved there. Many popular websites that use OpenSSL have been scrambling to write software patches to protect themselves against Heartbleed. College students are especially vulnerable as they frequently search the Internet and shop online. Here are some college tips for students to protect themselves.

The Heartbleed security flaw has been called the worst vulnerability found on the Internet. (Credit: Winston Ross)

The Heartbleed security flaw has been called the worst vulnerability found on the Internet. (Credit: Winston Ross)

College students vulnerability to Heartbleed

While Heartbleed affects about one in five general users of the Internet, college students are more likely to be affected. Continue reading

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Worldwide earthquakes seeing rise in magnitude—Why?

Seismic activity of earthquakes on the Richter scale shows significant increases in magnitude in recent years.

Seismic activity of earthquakes on the Richter scale shows significant increases in magnitude in recent years.

The Solomon Islands experienced a major earthquake Sunday, April 13, 2014. The earthquake registered a 7.6 magnitude on the Richter scale and hit at 7:14 a.m. local time. Its epicenter was located 200 miles southeast of Honiara, the Solomon’s capital. A tsunami warning was initially released, but soon dismissed. The Solomon Islands event is just one of the latest earthquakes in the world, with seismic activity occurring along fault lines in North and Central America.

Earthquakes rocking the South Pacific

Originally, the Solomon Islands earthquake was said to have an 8.3 magnitude, but was later downgraded to 7.6. Continue reading

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How to set goals: I’m a college graduate, what do I do now?

After working so hard to earn your degree it seems as if the hard part is over. You’re a college graduate and the world is yours. Just as setting smart goals was important for your student success, it will be even more important in seeing you through the rest of your life. Ask anyone who’s been out of college for a few years, and they’ll tell you that the easy part is over. Your work has just begun. Here are some options to explore once you’re a college graduate and some tips on how to set goals for the next part of your life.

As a soon-to-be college graduate, now is the time to figure out your next move.

As a soon-to-be college graduate, now is the time to figure out your next move.

I’m a college graduate, now what?

Come graduation day you’ll be standing there with your diploma in hand and a smile on your face—you should, you’re officially a college graduate! Deep inside, however, it may be a different story. Slowly the panic will set in as you realize that you need a plan to move forward. What will you do? Continue reading

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Go green this Earth Day — Upcycling and DIY projects

Maybe you should take a different approach this Earth Day. (Credit: Meme Center)

Maybe you should take a different approach this Earth Day. (Credit: Meme Center)

In 1970, 20 million Americans held rallies across the country in honor of the first Earth Day. Twenty years later, the effort went global with 200 million people in 141 countries coming together to draw the international community’s attention to environmental issues. Now in its fourth decade, Earth Day is arguably bigger and more necessary than ever before. So how can college students go green on campus? From everyday ways to be more environmentally conscious to DIY projects and upcycling ideas, you can spread a little love for the planet this coming April 22.

Earth Day 2014

The theme for this year’s Earth Day celebration is Green Cities. The global organizer behind Earth Day, the Earth Day Network, launched The Green Cities Campaign in the fall of 2013 “to help cities around the world become more sustainable and reduce their carbon footprint.” The initiative is focusing on three key elements—buildings, energy and transportation—and will continue into 2015. Continue reading

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Enter the “Instructor for a Day” Video Contest!

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to reverse roles with your instructor? What might you do differently (or even the same!) to make your students more engaged? This dream of yours has a chance of coming true, along with a $1,000 grand prize scholarship, with Cengage Learning’s “Instructor for a Day” video contest.

Students are asked to submit a short video to YouTube that answers the question, “How would you engage your students?” if you were the instructor for a day. Continue reading

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Rundown on upcoming movies and recent movie releases

Need to escape from your daily obligations of studying and homework? Upcoming movies and recent movie releases offer everything you could ask for in the way of action, adventure, history, biography and a good hearty laugh. You can choose from the biblical story of Noah to the valiant accomplishments of union activist Cesar Chavez. Action fans will welcome the return of Arnold Schwarzenegger to the screen while comedy fans will enjoy Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel”. Here’s a quick rundown on some of the recent movie releases and those to come.

A scene from the recent movie "The Grand Budapest Hotel." (Credit: media.zuza.com)

A scene from the recent movie “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” (Credit: media.zuza.com)

A rundown on The Grand Budapest Hotel

Wes Anderson has assembled a cast that includes Bill Murray, Ralph Fiennes, Angela Lansbury and Jude Law to tell the story of Gustave H. Gustave, a concierge at a famous European hotel during the 1930s who, among other adventures, engages in numerous affairs with elderly rich women. Continue reading

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4 things college students need to know while still in college

College life is full of hopes and dreams… and misconceptions. There are some things to expect in campus life and some big surprises. Besides getting an education, you learn to live on your own, make your own decisions, get an internship in a field you enjoy, etc. For your academic and emotional health—as well as student success—here are four (out of many!) things you need to know while you’re still in college.

Step out of your comfort zone and follow our need to know tips. (Credit: glennstarkey.net)

Step out of your comfort zone and follow our need to know tips. (Credit: glennstarkey.net)

Need to know #1: There are no critical periods

In “10 things I wish somebody had told me about college before it was over,” posted on Huffington Post February 20, 2014, Michael Restiano at Tufts University said, “It’s dangerously easy to divide your collegiate life into a set of critical periods. Continue reading

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Does your seat in class affect your grade? Decide what seat is the perfect spot for you

Before you take a seat on the first day of class, you may want to consider the importance of classroom real estate – your grade may depend on it! Although there are no proven studies that connect classroom proximity to success, your placement in the classroom determines how you interact with your classmates and most importantly with your professor. As a senior that’s been through it all, classroom participation is the key to any professor’s heart and ultimately your grade. From one fellow college senior to you, here are some of my firsthand tips on where to sit in class based on professor habit and your personality.

Class seat #1: Distraction zones

The distraction zones in class.

The distraction zones in class.

This zone tends to be the furthest away from the board and by the window. Sure the window seating has an amazing view, but beware: you may be paying more attention to what’s happening outside the class than in the class. Continue reading

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Life Hacks: Too busy not to get in shape

I get it, you’re busy, you don’t have time to work out 60 minutes a day. But are you also too busy to get sick or be laid up for a week because you pulled a muscle helping a friend move? If you answered “yes” to either of those questions then you need to read on for CengageBrain’s life hacks to get in shape.

A proper diet and exercise will help you get in shape in college. (Credit: Sally Minyard)

A proper diet and exercise will help you get in shape in college. (Credit: Sally Minyard)

Make getting in shape fun

If you really want to keep a fitness plan, you’ll want to make it fun! LifeHack.org writer Laura Potts suggests steps to help you “Spring Into Shape In Seven Fun Steps” in her March 24, 2014 post. Continue reading

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