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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>
The most sinister thing about finals week is the way it tempts you into thinking you have more free time. There's a voice in the back of your head that says, "Yeah! No classes!" That voice is very hard to shut up when your head is buried in your textbook or in front of your laptop re-reading your final paper for the 100th time. If you find yourself fighting with your brain about how to spend your study time, consult this list. While definitely not comprehensive, you can be sure that if your brain is telling you to do something on this list, you should definitely <em>not</em> do it.
There's three kinds of college students during Thanksgiving break. There's the people who travel home, gorge themselves on food, and return in the worst possible mentality going into finals. Group two are the people who see a break coming and decide to get as much out of it as possible. <a href="http://blogdotbookbytedotcom.files.wordpress.com/2012/11/lazy.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-medium wp-image-1145" title="lazy" src="http://blogdotbookbytedotcom.files.wordpress.com/2012/11/lazy.jpg?w=300" alt="Lazy College Senior meme: "Thanksgiving break/ Leaves the Friday Before"" width="300" height="199" /></a>
Every November, the staff at Bookbyte breaks into groups to compete in a food drive. Each team gets a giant metal barrel and gets a short amount of time to decorate it according to a theme. Then we stuff the decorated barrels with as much food as we can scrounge up and donate it to the <a href="http://www.marionpolkfoodshare.org/Default.aspx?tabid=534">Marion-Polk Food Share</a>, a charity that feeds the needy in our community of central Oregon.
It's gotta be tough coming up with new things to talk about when you're basically just selling bubbles with water in it. That's why the people at Polar Seltzer were kind of brilliant for jumping into the comments of this USA Today article on bad college essays , just because ...
<p style="text-align:center;"><a href="http://blogdotbookbytedotcom.files.wordpress.com/2012/11/fbdidyou.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-1107 aligncenter" title="FBdidyou" src="http://blogdotbookbytedotcom.files.wordpress.com/2012/11/fbdidyou.jpg" alt="Message saying "I voted... did you?"" width="400" height="300" /></a></p> Anybody who logged onto Facebook on election day got hit with a crazy number of "go vote!" messages. Most were from your friends, many were from the companies you've Liked. (We tried to make ours go down easier by pairing it with <a href="http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=547476708600705&set=a.443035592378151.117322.123909837624063&type=1">a picture of an adorable puppy</a>.) But there were also some messages from Facebook itself. They were either just general messages to go vote or a list of your friends who've already voted (who then told Facebook that they voted, of course).