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As Migrant Crisis Hits US Border, Texas Town Keeps It Classy

The University of Central Florida Forum | July 31, 2014 | College
Building a bigger fence may play well around the cable-TV studio desks where pundits gather to yak in faraway New York and Washington. But down in El Paso, it's a foreign concept.
Mary Flanagan

Violent Video Games Reveal the Dark Side of Play

Mary Flanagan | July 31, 2014 | Technology
Released last fall and created with a budget of more than $100 million, Rockstar Games boasted $1 billion in sales in the first three days of a game that pushes social boundaries by allowing players to kill, steal and destroy in exquisite ways, albeit virtually.
Gary M. Burge


'But They Use Human Shields!'

Gary M. Burge | July 31, 2014 | World
The argument "But they use human shields!" has now become a hollow justification for innocent casualties and atrocities in warfare (instead of an explanation), and while many of us suspect that Hamas may be guilty of this, Israel's massive bombardments have now crossed some ethical line.
George Ossei

On African Americans and the Civil Rights Movement in Rhode Island

George Ossei | July 31, 2014 | College
In the late 1700s there were about 427 free black men and 48 slaves living in Providence, the capital of Rhode Island. By 1825, Providence had 1,414 free black men and four slaves.
Heather Martin

New Graduates: Don't Get Outside the Box, Crush It!

Heather Martin | July 31, 2014 | College
As humans, we spend a lot of time looking back on our lives, analyzing where we've been and why. Then we spend a lot of time wondering what our future holds and figuring out how to get there.

Attention Daydreamers: How Starting Your Career May Be Easier Than You Believe

Unwritten | July 31, 2014 | College
Society will argue that you do not have a career until that cash money starts flowing in. But the starting line of a career cannot be measured in dollars or hours of work. Your career begins in that mysterious little pink blob resting inside your head -- it all begins with your thoughts and ideas.
Joanna Zelman


The Day I Brought A Mouse To The Office And Fell In Love With HuffPost

Joanna Zelman | July 30, 2014 | Media
I am proud to call HuffPost my family, and will always be grateful for how everyone there made me into who I am today (the good parts, at least. My irrational fear of humans dressed as animals and my mild cake frosting allergy should not be attributed to my time with the company.)
F. Scott Hess


Is De-Skilling Killing Your Arts Education?

F. Scott Hess | July 30, 2014 | Arts
You will find an occasional musician who purposely plays badly, or a writer who ignores grammar, but only in the visual arts is training in the traditional skills of the profession systematically and often institutionally denigrated.
Adam Andrzejewski


The Real College Financial Crisis

Adam Andrzejewski | July 30, 2014 | College
If you want to understand the real college crisis in rising college costs, you don't need to look to the Ivy League or even your state's flagship university. Simply take a look at your local community college.
Courtney Garcia


To 'Like' or Not to 'Like': The Facebook 10 Commandments

Courtney Garcia | July 30, 2014 | Comedy
As an OG of Facebook, I feel inclined to offer advice. There are rules to this shit, as Biggie once said. Thus, I've written a 'Liking Manual,' a step-by-step booklet to clean up the Feeds, and help tweetsters get their digital game on track.
Josh Stephens


College Advice From the People Who Matter Most (Pt. II)

Josh Stephens | July 30, 2014 | College
Don't approach college like it's supposed to prepare you for anything. Take classes because they interest you, not because they'll check off some box in a future employer's job readiness assessment.
Katie Hoffman

To All the Sunburn Spectators

Katie Hoffman | July 30, 2014 | Comedy
Do you think I'm somehow unaware of the fact my skin is on fire, my bra straps feel like they're made of barbed wire, and in a few days I'm going to be molting?
Harry Boyte


The Power of Diversity and the Coming Democratic Movement in Higher Education

Harry Boyte | July 30, 2014 | College
There is evidence that students today, perhaps sensing the alternative narrative of cooperative excellence, are looking for something different than the elite-making system. Their aspirations could fire a movement for democratizing reform.
Paul Angone


20-Something Problems (As Told by Eggs)

Paul Angone | July 30, 2014 | College
Whomever said your 20s are easy should be shot. Seriously. How many of these 20-something problems can you relate to?
Surviving College

Taking a Summer Class -- As Told by GIFs

Surviving College | July 30, 2014 | College
"You'll just have to take this class over the summer." Cool. I can do that. I made it five years, 10 semesters, and four majors without having to take a summer class. Well, I started my first summer class this Monday, and I am here to report back to you what I have learned about summer classes.
Ariel Smilowitz


A Sustainable Approach to Combating Human Trafficking

Ariel Smilowitz | July 30, 2014 | Impact
Although today is the first ever World Day against Trafficking in Persons, the issue of human trafficking is hardly a novel one; rather, this crime has sadly survived and thrived for thousands of years.
Diane Propsner


From College to Career: Her First Job After Graduation

Diane Propsner | July 30, 2014 | College
I don't know about you, but I always get tickled pink when I learn about a person getting hired, maybe it's the recruiter in me. And there's something extra special when it's the first job after college.
Peter Greene

My Doctoral Thesis

Peter Greene | July 30, 2014 | Education
I've been following the problems of Dr. Terrence Carter in Connecticut with some interest. It seems that the Dr. might not have an actual PhD. Not even a super-easy PhD, but a PhD he just bought. Faked the whole thing. How can somebody do that, I wondered. Seriously, how do you do that?
Ryan Chapin Mach


How to Stop 'Saving' the English Major

Ryan Chapin Mach | July 30, 2014 | College
I sometimes lie awake at night cursing the heavens, wishing that God had never forged a love of the written word from the steel of my very soul and instead forged something that would have allowed me to invent Candy Crush.
Her Campus


5 Ways to Make Money Before the End of Summer

Her Campus | July 30, 2014 | College
Handling money in the summer is like putting a load of socks through the laundry. Somehow, you lose one, never to be seen or worn again. It isn't a big deal for the most part because it's just one sock. But then you lose another couple, and one day your feet are freezing and you are left to do without.
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