What you need to know about modern Shakespeare film adaptations (like Romeo and Juliet 2013)

“The Reconciliation of the Montagues and the Capulets over the Dead Bodies of Romeo and Juliet,” by Frederick Leighton, 1855 – if only film critics could get along so well!

“The Reconciliation of the Montagues and the Capulets over the Dead Bodies of Romeo and Juliet,” by Frederick Leighton, 1855 – if only film critics could get along so well!

All the world’s a stage, so it’s no surprise that the same scripts keep getting used over and over again, especially when they’re as classic as Shakespeare. Making a Shakespeare film adaptation is one of those challenges that many film directors and actors have as a career goal, and given the continued appearance of those films in the mass media, audiences are eager to see how the films are brought to a modern audience. Whether it’s Joss Whedon’s Much ado about Nothing, which was just released on Blu-ray, or the 2013 Romeo and Juliet incarnation scripted by Julian Fellowes of Downton Abbey, here’s what you need to know about the recent Shakespeare films – whether it’s to keep up with dorm room discussion or as a lead in to a good research topic for your next Shakespeare paper! Read more

Google vs. Siri: How conversational search will change online search engines

One day kids will not be able to tell you what a "card catalog" is, and it might be sooner than later.

One day kids will not be able to tell you what a “card catalog” is, and it might be sooner than later.

Long, long ago, in a land, far, far away people used to search for information in something called a library, using books and card catalogs and something cutting edge known as microfiche. Ask a Gen Xer about it sometime and listen to them wax poetic about their days hanging in library carrels with stacks of books, but watch it, or they will get off topic and start in on their album collections and how caller id ruined prank phone calls.

Today, the vast majority of us conduct all our research, from where to go for the best fish tacos to how to get help writing that research paper, through the Internet, and, most likely, our search engine of choice is Google. The company is so dominant that “googling” was added to the Oxford English Dictionary in 2006 as a verb meaning to find information. But nobody stays on top forever, and Google’s reign may come to an end sooner, rather than later, if Apple and conversational search technology has anything to say about it. Read more

What you need to know: Government shutdown, Amber Alert, and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

Many 'Do Not Cross' signs can be found during the government shutdown.

Many ‘Do Not Cross’ signs can be found during the government shutdown.

It’s not the first time there’s been a federal government shutdown, nor is it likely to be the last. Disagreement in Congress about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, frequently referred to as Obamacare, has led the federal government to metaphorically close its doors. Non-essential personnel are on unpaid leave, there are national park closures, and some programs are no longer receiving federal funding. For a little while, the Amber Alert website went down, leading Americans to believe that the Amber Alert network, the emergency response system that broadcasts missing persons, had also been deemed non-essential. What do you need to know about the government shutdown? Read more

Study help: Academic tutoring and college writing centers take the stress out of studying

study helpAs you finished up the end of your previous semester, you may have felt as if you were barely able to keep your head above water. As you venture into this new semester, however, take a look at all the study help options you have available including academic tutoring centers and college writing centers and make sure you stay on track from the get-go.

Check out the writing lab

Most schools have a learning center, tutor center and/or writing lab where students can get help with their term papers and projects. Read more

Top ten ways to manage time when studying for final exams

Managing study timeFinal exams are just around the corner for most of us and, in addition to really learning the material you’ve been taught all semester, you should learn how to manage your time so you get those top grades you’ve been working hard for. To help you on your way, here’s a top ten list of hints for staying on track as you get down to business.

  1. Make a schedule and stick to it. It may not be possible to plan every minute of your day around studying for final exams, but do your best to try! Read more

Organization tips for student success in college: It’s time to create new habits

Now that you’re in college, the term papers and projects that you create can be a source of anxiety — but they are also an invaluable opportunity to hone your skills in research, organization and presentation. Although you may never use the concepts of algebra in your future career, you will need to demonstrate your ability to meet deadlines, collaborate and communicate every day of your professional life.

You can still learn how to be organized. (Credit: University of Virginia)

You can still learn how to be organized. (Credit: University of Virginia)

Being organized is key to achieving student success in college — so here are a few organization tips to help you get started. Read more

How to be a leader: Advice for college students on developing leadership qualities

How to be a leaderSome of the best advice for college students is to not only get involved but to be a leader on campus. And, just like anything else, it takes practice to develop the qualities of a leader. If you have been considering a leadership role in one of your clubs or organizations, now is the time to take action! Here are a few tips on how to be a leader and grow some outstanding leadership qualities. Read more

How to study in college: Top five tips for pulling a healthy all-nighter

Study tips for all-nighterWhile studying consistently and frequently throughout the semester is the best bet for nailing an A in any given course, you may come across a test or two that calls for a late-night cram session at some point during your collegiate career. Or maybe you forgot a big assignment or paper and only just saw the pop-up reminder on your phone go off. Whatever the reason, these nights are simply no fun and you’ll always be kicking yourself for having to do it in the first place. But if you find yourself pulling a red-eye before midterms, we’ve got the top five tips for how to study and get your work done the healthy way. Read more