Lauren H - The New School

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Sep 24, 2010

Duke It Out: Flat Rate Tuition

One of the big buzz topics surrounding colleges in the last couple of years has been an administrative push to get everyone to graduate "on time" - as in, the four year model. Florida's university system thinks they might have found the answer - as a number of other colleges have - in "block tuition". Block tuition is basically just a flat rate system where every student pays a set price for a year or semester, regardless of how many credit hours they take.

Sep 17, 2010

Duke It Out: Social Media Blackout

Schools all over have been experimenting with social media lately - some of them getting into it and some of them encouraging their students to stay out of it. Now Harrisburg University of Science and Tech are blocking all social media from the school's network including Facebook, Twitter, Myspace and AIM for a week. They're not the first school to try a move like this, but my question is, is it right?

Sep 10, 2010

Duke It Out: Soul Mates

We've all killed a few hours (*cough*Calculus*cough*) imagining that amazing guy that would somehow walk into our lives - you know, the one with the suave of George Clooney, the charm of Joseph Gordon-Levitt and the abs of Ryan Kwanten (hello, Jason Stackhouse!) - and magically turn all those microwave-ramen-days into a romantic comedy dream.

Duke It Out: Fandom

Once upon a time, I had a friend - no, seriously, it was a friend. Not me. At all. - who had a major crush on a certain member of 'N Sync; like a, have all his posters, listen to nothing but his music, own the look-alike action figure set, crush. It was a little weird, but eventually she grew out of it and hey, we all go through our phases, right?

Duke It Out: The Facebook Overshare

Jane Doe adores John so much, it’s like fluffy pink bunnies of love are frolicking around inside of her. Wuvs U Baby!” Gag me. Seriously, how many times have you looked on Facebook and seen somebody else getting all schmoopy over their significant other in their status?

Duke It Out: Does Sex Sell?

According to the old adage, sex sells. Plenty of companies on the market seem to operate under that idea, even ones that it doesn't really make any sense for (um, how is my fabric softener sexy?). However, with American Apparel - a company known mainly for multi-colored tees, metallic leggings and having porntastic ads - circling the drain, it makes me wonder if the whole "sex sells" thing is just hype.

Aug 13, 2010

Duke It Out: Just Friends?

Assuming you haven't been living in a cave (or being Amish, but then you probably wouldn't be online) you've probably at least heard of the premise of When Harry Met Sally and the big question it poses - can men and women just be friends? Looks like the debate's on again - did it ever really stop? - and it's time we had our say!

Aug 6, 2010

Duke It Out: Should Colleges Curb Drinking?

From Stanford to Florida State there are certain traditions that hold true in college across the country - homecoming, welcome week craziness, wearing flip flops in the shower, and getting up close and personal with your toilet after way too many shots on Friday night. College drinking has been a hot button issue for a long time, and there's always been the question of who should step up and be responsible for it.

Jul 30, 2010

Duke It Out: Free Birth Control?

Birth control is one of many things on a list up for consideration to be included as required free preventative care on overhauled healthcare plans. If BC makes the cut, it could eliminate the extra costs to prevent pregnancy for women all over the country - but should it be included?

Jul 23, 2010

Duke It Out: Vampires

Eclipse is out, True Blood is back and there's a veritable smorgasbord of undead hotties floating around right now in all their pale, gorgeous glory.

Jul 16, 2010

Duke It Out: Online Dating

Since you're currently on a website reading this, it's probably a little redundant to say how much of our lives take place online nowadays. Suffice to say that except for the eating, breathing and sleeping parts, almost everything else you do can be done on the Internet, including meeting that special someone...

Jul 9, 2010

Duke It Out: Can He Change?

You know that friend who just can't resist the "fixer-upper" guy? He's either a bad boy who she knows could really be prince charming, or a stoner who could be brilliant if he'd just pull himself out of the beanbag chair get his act together, or a stuffed-shirt who could be a lot of fun if he just had the right girl on his arm to show him how.

Jul 2, 2010

Duke It Out: “The Size of the Boat”

"It's not the size of the boat, it's the motion of the ocean" - that's the saying, anyway. But with the new season of Hung and the start of The Hard Times of RJ Berger, it seems like having a big dick is still a big deal - in entertainment-land anyway.