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What you need to know about food allergies and campus food

Campus life is about many new experiences, and learning to prepare food and fend for yourself is a part of those experiences! If you’re part of the 75% of people who can’t digest dairy or you have gluten or soy food allergies, you need to know about campus food and your food allergies/sensitivities before your school year kicks off!

It's very important to tend to your food allergies. (Credit: cafemom.com)

It’s very important to tend to your food allergies. (Credit: cafemom.com)

What are “dairy allergies”?

There are many “hidden” dairy products in food that can make ordering in the dining hall and shopping in your campus’ convenience store a pain! Read more

Medical marijuana and your college campus

One by one, states in the union are passing laws that support the usage of medical marijuana for people suffering debilitating medical conditions. Two states, Colorado, and now Washington, have even legalized the recreational usage of marijuana for adults aged 21 and older.

As more states approve of medical marijuana, it's time to learn if the law applies to you. (Credit: CNNMoney/Shutterstock)

As more states approve of medical marijuana, it’s time to learn if the law applies to you. (Credit: CNNMoney/Shutterstock)

However, because marijuana remains a Schedule 1 substance, your university (even in Colorado or Washington state) can ban possession of the drug on campus. Here’s what you need to know about medical marijuana and your college campus. Read more

How to improve your memory

The human brain is amazing and can remember a lot of material. Yet we forget too easily and tend to cram information into it just so we can pass a test. A better approach is to keep our brain “muscle” exercised at all times, which is easy if you know some memory techniques. Here are some Need to Know study tips for college students to improve college GPA.

There are many methods and techniques to help you improve your memory. (Credit: Lisa von Sturmer)

There are many methods and techniques to help you improve your memory. (Credit: Lisa von Sturmer)

Improving your memory isn’t just about remembering where your phone or your keys are. It’s about using memory to optimize skills and lifelong learning. Anyone at any age can improve his or her memory. Some ways to do this are to use memory puzzles and exercises. Read more

Need to know tips for a great college life

The prospect of heading to college in the fall as a freshman is scary enough, but if you can prepare yourself just a little bit for what you’re getting yourself into, you’ll be much more relaxed. Read on to find out some things you need to know about college life!

A description of how college life is portrayed by different parties. (Credit: College Candy)

A description of how college life is portrayed by different parties. (Credit: College Candy)

Financial life

You’ve likely heard of FAFSA, but have you filled out your application? Read more

8 things you need to know in college

For the newbie and the senior, college is a strange world unto itself. It’s either a playground with no rules and no parents, or it’s Life 101.

There are many things you need to know before and during college. (Credit: StudentStuff)

There are many things you need to know before and during college. (Credit: StudentStuff)

Whatever stage of college life you’re in, here are some need to know study tips for college, and advice for navigating the college years and coping with stress. Read more

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. Read more

Words you need to know: “Selfie” is Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2013

Selfies were a lot harder to take back in 1900.

Selfies were a lot harder to take back in 1900.

It may not have been added to the Oxford English Dictionary, but the word “selfie” hit Oxford Dictionaries top word of the year spot for 2013. The Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year is a word or expression that has shown up with growing frequency in the media over the course of a year. The candidates don’t have to be included in the dictionary prior to their selection – though most show up at the OED’s online counterpart, OxfordDictionaries.com. Selected words come out of the Oxford Dictionaries New Monitor Corpus, a research project that collects 150 million English language words a month, using automated software to identify new and emerging words across the Internet. The awarded words – one selected for the U.S. and one for the U.K. – help give a snapshot of what users have been interested in for the year. (So, our language selfie this year is… selfie.) Read more

Stolen maple syrup, Pappy Van Winkle, and Ben & Jerry’s: What you need to know about stolen food

Credit Craig L. Duncan

Credit Craig L. Duncan

Was someone sleeping on the job? Police haven’t yet cracked the case of the missing Pappy Van Winkle bourbon, but based on the 200 bottles that have gone missing, the county sheriff is considering it an inside job. Bourbon isn’t the only thing that has tempted thieves to steal food and beverages. Stolen maple syrup, Ben & Jerry’s, and even Nutella are among the stolen food items that have hit the news in the past year. In case this is a topic that comes up in a dorm trivia competition – or in an economics class – here’s what you need to know about some wacky thefts involving stolen food.

Pappy Van Winkle

Pappy Van Winkle, distilled in Frankfort, Kentucky, is one of America’s most expensive bourbons. Read more

Need to know: Dick Tracy would dig the Samsung smartwatch + other science fiction predictions

Smartwatch technologyBack in the 1930s, cartoonist Chester Gould introduced the world to Dick Tracy, a private eye in a signature yellow duster and hat, who communicated with his top-secret contacts via wrist-watch. While yellow dusters are unlikely to become a hip new trend, the science fiction based “radio watch” may have just met its modern, real-world sibling. Meet the Samsung smartwatch, the Galaxy Gear. While smartwatches have been around for a few years, they haven’t actually been very smart; the Galaxy Gear is the first watch to mimic the functionality of watch, phone, camera, and task manager. If you’ve been waiting for a video watch since catching episodes of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as a kid, those cartoon versions may now be reality. Read more