Entries by Alana Joli Abbott

Alternative spring break: Benefits of volunteering or planning a staycation

So you’re looking ahead to spring break, but your budget does not support one of the awesome trips some of your peers are planning. You may not wind up on sandy beaches for your spring break, but you can look into the alternative spring break (ASB) opportunities offered on campus. There are many benefits to […]

According to Amazon: Books to read before you die

The lists come out every year. Sometimes more than once. “100 books to read before you die.” “100 novels everyone should read.” They’re filled with classic books, or just good books—according to the list compilers. Sometimes they come out as memes, and you can check off which books you’ve read (and see how you score […]

Kansas legislation to ban municipal broadband like Google Fiber, including college campuses

On campus, there’s probably easy-access Internet in every building. Maybe even high speed wi-fi. But while university-provided Internet for students is a modern day requirement for college life, it’s been slower to catch on with municipalities. As job searching becomes more and more an Internet-required task, those who have Internet from home have great advantages […]

How college students can avoid spring break travel scams

There may still be snow where you are, but it’s not too early to start planning your spring break travel. Unfortunately, some of those great deals you find online or through a little-known travel company may result in travel scams or outright fraud. You can protect yourself from some of the most common scams by […]

Ready for Valentine’s Day? Check out these DIY valentines ideas for college students

Valentine’s Day. It’s a hotly contested holiday: Is it a commercial way to exploit traditional romantic relationships? A way for florists and chocolatiers to bump up their annual sales? Or is it actually a positive celebration of romance that can expand beyond the hype and stereotype? However you celebrate – or ignore – the holiday, […]

Google acquisitions include Nest Labs smart home company and military robotics

Back in December, the Google acquisitions of several robotics companies, including military robotics producer Boston Dynamics, which created “Big Dog” and other YouTube favorite robots, created for the military, made the news to such an extent that even Stephen Colbert got in on the conversation in “Google’s robot acquisition.” Responding to what Google might want […]

Why college students should keep a journal while studying abroad

Ready for your semester away, and prepared for traveling abroad? In Ginny Gaylor’s January 10, 2014 post on Cengage Brain, she offered “Tips for traveling abroad—how to blend in,” so you know some of the dos and don’ts of foreign study. While you’re away, it’s a good idea to keep track of your experiences by […]

Tech lawsuits: Blackberry vs. Ryan Seacrest, and Facebook’s “private message”

Facebook and Typo Products, a Los Angeles start-up backed by American Idol host Ryan Seacrest, would probably have preferred not to begin 2014 facing lawsuits. No such luck. Once again, Facebook is being sued for invasion of privacy – this time for scanning private message content for links and, the claimants say, providing that information […]

Jennifer Lawrence vs. Joan Rivers, a plus-size Barbie, and female body image

After all of that holiday eating, many people will ring in 2014 with a New Year’s resolution to lose some weight and get fit. But as consumers are looking at their waist lines, there’s a battle going on over female body image. Jennifer Lawrence of the “Hunger Games” films and Joan Rivers are duking it […]

Top Google search trends in 2013: What did people search?

As 2013 draws to a close, the Internet’s search engines – Google, Yahoo and Bing – have released their search trends in 2013. Each company has released its top search engine results as a 2013 in review. What were people searching for? According to Google search trends in 2013, deaths of famous people drove up […]