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There's a problem at a lot of well-known, hyper-competitive schools. As it turns out when you get thousands of very successful students who've made their way into a top-tier college by getting straight A's, they don't want to stop getting straight A's just because they're suddenly surrounded by kindred spirits. Suddenly, just about everyone's getting A's for doing a comparatively average job and the grades start to mean very little.
Over the weekend, Winter Storm Nemo smashed into the east coast, dumping over 30 inches of snow on New England. I used to live there, so I know that when <em>those</em> states are canceling classes because of inclement weather, things have gotten <em>real.</em>
We genuinely had no idea this story would become as big as it did. Here's the full story in one place, for the curious: Browsing <a href="http://www.reddit.com">Reddit</a> the other day, I came across a posting titled <a href="http://www.reddit.com/r/funny/comments/17v4dt/selling_books_back_like_a_true_college_student/">"Sell books back like a true college student"</a> with this picture: <a href="http://blogdotbookbytedotcom.files.wordpress.com/2013/02/9ggwvash.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-1401" src="http://blogdotbookbytedotcom.files.wordpress.com/2013/02/9ggwvash.jpg" alt="9ggwVASh" width="540" height="405" /></a>
A professor at Northwestern's management school recently published a study critiquing the cultural effects of encouraging independent work and independent values at colleges. The paper argues that middle- and upper-class students thrive in an environment that pushes independent values—like "express yourself" and "do your own thing."
Facebook has always had a weird relationship with colleges. It was created by a college student and originally exclusively used by other college students. And even though a billion people are on the network, there's a general sense that it's mostly young people who're using social media.
A report thrown together by a Florida task force on education has proposed that more in-demand and higher paid majors (science, engineering, math, and tech) should pay less for tuition than the less in-demand majors (art, history, English, etc.).
I've been out of college for a few years now, and it amazes me how much things have changed in the short time since I've been gone. A lot of things are much tougher. I don't envy you guys' tuition hikes. See the charts from CNN Money.
Remember that food drive we started back in November for the Marion-Polk Food Share? The one with the wacky barrels ? Well, the numbers have been tallied. And we managed to raise over $4,000 in food and cash donations! A big thank you to everyone who donated.
<em>This article was originally published before Instagram responded to the outrage with <a href="http://blog.instagram.com/post/38252135408/thank-you-and-were-listening">this message</a>. Instagram has removed the confusing clause and apologized for the misunderstanding. Therefore some of the content of this post is no longer timely, but I believe the over-arching point about what people will accept from a social network is still worth discussing.</em> <p style="text-align:center;">--</p> <a href="http://blog.bookbyte.com/2012/12/18/instagrams-new-terms-did-it-cross-a-line-for-social-networks/instagrammy/" rel="attachment wp-att-1222"><img class="alignright size-medium wp-image-1222" src="http://blogdotbookbytedotcom.files.wordpress.com/2012/12/instagrammy.jpg?w=300" alt="instagrammy" width="300" height="300" /></a> Thank goodness there's somebody out there pawing through massive license agreements and thank goodness the Internet allows for people to share the important parts. Instagram just made everybody very, very unhappy by tweaking their terms of service. Here's <a href="http://blog.instagram.com/post/38143346554/privacy-and-terms-of-service-changes-on-instagram">the changes Instagram highlighted</a>, in my words, not theirs: <ul> <li>You still own your photos.</li> <li>Instagram now syncs more effectively with Facebook.</li> <li>The new rules help protect you.</li> </ul>