Alan Rickman wants you to give back and here’s how

British actor Alan Rickman who portrayed Severus Snape in the Harry Potter films, died last Thursday, January 14, 2016, after an 18-month battle with cancer. One of his last projects was a video with college students that he hoped would go viral and raise money for the refugee crisis.

Find out ways you can give back. (Credit: Keep Calm-O-Matic)

Find out ways you can give back. (Credit: Keep Calm-O-Matic)

Let Rickman’s legacy inspire you to find ways to give back to the community. Read more

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is here—Will you see it?

No, you weren’t alive when the original film hit the theaters in 1977, but unless you have been living under a rock, you know all about the original trilogy by George Lucas as well as the prequels released between 1999 and 2005. Now, from J.J. Abrams, the reboot of the beloved story is here—Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

What do you think of the new Star Wars movie? (Credit: Wikipedia)

What do you think of the new Star Wars movie? (Credit: Wikipedia)

Whether you have been counting down the days until the new movie was released or you couldn’t care less, you won’t be able to escape hearing all about it in the days and weeks ahead. Read more

5 things that you have done at least once

Every single person is unique. We come from different places and backgrounds. Though, we all have a few things in common. Yes, on the cellular level BUT also certain experiences! At some point or another we have all done the same things or have all experienced a similar event!

Here are 5 things that I have and I’m sure that you have done once: Read more

What was showcased at VidCon 2015? Find out here!

You know what a big deal digital video is. You also know how important a social platform like YouTube is to digital video. Finally, you probably know about VidCon, a conference devoted to all things digital video.

Find out what you missed at VidCon 2015. (Credit: VidCon.com)

Find out what you missed at VidCon 2015. (Credit: VidCon.com)

Odds are your parents and anyone born before the 1990s has no idea. And boy, are they missing out. But Facebook may soon be changing all of that. Read more

Jerry Seinfeld thinks college students are too politically correct

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld started a flap about standup comedy when he appeared on Late Night with Seth Meyers on June 8, 2015. Seinfeld, who became a sensation in the 90s with his own TV show, stated that he would no longer do gigs on college campuses because college students have become too politically correct (PC).

Do you think college students are too politically correct? (Credit: Consequence of Sound)

Do you think college students are too politically correct? (Credit: Consequence of Sound)

His remarks were surprising because Seinfeld is one of the least controversial comedians. So it’s got to make you ask, are college students too politically correct for comedy? Read more

Funny April Fool’s pranks for college students

College students love funny April Fool’s pranks perpetrated on their friends, classmates and teachers.

April  Fool's pranks can  be fun to a certain extent. (Credit: someecards.com)

April Fool’s pranks can be fun to a certain extent. (Credit: someecards.com)

Here are some classic April Fool’s jokes that have gone viral, plus some dorm room ideas for pranks you can do yourself. Read more

Social media fundraising for college students

I’m sure you’ve all seen the Ice Bucket Challenge videos that have flooded the Internet recently. While it may just seem like a fun thing to do on a hot summer day, the Ice Bucket Challenge has already raised over $62 million in fundraising efforts toward amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) research.

With social media awareness, fundraising efforts have reached new levels. (Credit: For Momentum)

With social media awareness, fundraising efforts have reached new levels. (Credit: For Momentum)

Here’s what you need to know about social media fundraising for a cause, and how you can join in to help raise funds. Read more

How racism remains to be prevalent in sports

The NBA and the NHL have been trending news lately, but not for the reasons either league would like. After racist comments made by Donald Sterling, owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, went viral, the NBA fined him and banned him from games for life.

Fans at Oracle Arena protest Clippers owner Sterling's remarks on racism. (Credit: Reddit)

Fans at Oracle Arena protest Clippers owner Sterling’s remarks on racism. (Credit: Reddit)

Within weeks of that decision, Boston Bruins fans took to Twitter to level racial slurs at Montreal Canadiens defenseman P. K. Subban, a black player, after his game-winning double overtime goal. The Bruins were quick to cry foul at the behavior of the Twitter users. Read more

European Union copyright law leads the Beatles bootleg recordings to be released on iTunes

By United Press International (UPI Telephoto) Cropping and retouching: User:Indopug and User:Misterweiss

By United Press International (UPI Telephoto) Cropping and retouching: User:Indopug and User:Misterweiss

Have you heard about the new album from the Beatles? Sure, they broke up in 1970, but this month, Apple is set to release 59 previously unreleased tracks of bootleg recordings from the Fab Four on iTunes. Why? There’s an official “no comment” line from Apple, according to Mark Brown of the Guardian in “Beatles for sale: copyright laws force Apple to release 59 tracks.” But, as implied by Brown’s title, fans and reporters alike are speculating that the iTunes release is due to European Union copyright law.

EU Copyright

So what is the law? Norwegian Beatles blogger Roger Stormo of WogBlog explained in his December 11, 2013, post, “Beatles bootleg recordings 1963 – a copyright scheme?” that in Europe, copyright is secured for a recording upon its release. Read more

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