Students showing increased support for Marijuana Legalization

Over the last five years, surveys have shown that an increasing number of college students believe that marijuana should be legalized. Students were surveyed in 2004 and 2009 with results showing an increase from 37.2% to 45.6% for those in favor of marijuana legalization.

One of the more active student groups supporting legalization is Students for Sensible Drug Policy. Students for Sensible Drug Policy is “an international grassroots network of students who are concerned about the impact drug abuse has on our communities, but who also know that the War on Drugs is failing our generation and our society”.

Students for Sensible Drug Policy have joined in a movement across college campuses in support of Proposition 19, California's legalization measure to be voted on in November. The aim of the challenge is to collect signatures in support of the legalization of marijuana which will later be sent to the President to let him know how popular the issue is among students. More than 1,000 college chapters are participating.

Students Support Marijuana Legalization

Top Community Colleges

As more and more students are turning to community colleges to fulfill their higher education goals, students are seeing that learning in a smaller campus atmosphere they can get prompt feedback and better access to instructors.

Students are enrolling in community colleges for a number of reasons: the lower cost, the close location to home, and those recently unemployed are looking to gain new skills for the job market.

Nearly half of all American students begin their college careers at two-year institutions. There are about 1,200 community colleges nationwide educating approximately 12 million students.

Best Community Colleges

Most Popular Bachelor's Degrees by Gender

During the 2008-2009 school year there were a total of 1,601,367 bachelor's degrees handed out, according to a report released by the federal government. Of those degrees received, nearly 60% were earned by women.

The federal government (Dept. of Education) requires all post-secondary institutions who receive federal aid (Pell Grants, Stafford Loans, etc.) to complete the survey every year. It is this survey data that the public has access to when researching colleges.

Most Popular College Degrees by Gender

EWU rolls out the Red Turf

In an attempt to save money on field maintenance (but probably more of a publicity stunt) Eastern Washington University will be playing all of their home football games on their newly installed red turf.

The publicity stunt seems to have worked as EWU, a small state school, has received much national exposure by getting coverage in the NY Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today and ESPN. The attention they have received since announcing their plans for red turf has been phenomenal with an estimated 16 million people hearing about the project. If the turf were green, none of this happens.

The red turf is actually a green idea. Replacing the grass will allow Eastern to save an estimated 300,000 gallons of water per year and $12,000 a year in field maintenance.

Of course, Eastern Washington isn’t the first team playing on colored turf. Boise State and the University of New Haven both play on blue turf. But with red, some have shown concern that the turf will start to fade in a few years, leaving the team with a pink field.

EWU's Red Turf Football Field

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Like it or not, eTextbooks will slowly replace traditional textbooks and become the way of the future. While digital textbook sales currently only account for a very small percentage of the textbook market, they are projected to reach 18.8% of the market by 2014.

As newer devices like the iPad are introduced, students are seeing they can read books in digital form all while saving money and reducing the weight of their book bags. But as it stands now, when it comes to studying, e-readers can’t match the functionality of traditional textbooks. E-readers may be fine for reading, but textbooks are seldom read like novels, which is why most students still prefer traditional textbooks.


Top Party Schools for 2011

Based on surveys taken from 122,000 students, the Princeton Review has released their annual rankings of colleges. By far the list that gets the most attention is the ranking of the top party schools in the nation. The ranking is figured based on survey questions relating to student use of alcohol and drugs, hours of study done each day, and the popularity of the Greek system at the school.

The University of Georgia was ranked number one for the first time, which is surprising considering the effort put forth to curb student drinking. Georgia requires first year and transfer students to complete an interactive online alcohol course, a program that students must pass before the first day of classes. Georgia will also call home to parents when an underage student gets caught drinking.

But Georgia students still have easy access to alcohol with nearly 100 bars located near the Athens campus. In the ranking Georgia took seventh place for students who drink beer and placed in the top 10 for how little students study, the popularity of the Greek system, and how many students attend football games.

Top Party Schools for 2011

Build a Loft Bed for your Dorm Room

Unless your dorm is like a palace, the thought of cramming two beds, two desks, and two people with all of their stuff into one small room is mind-boggling. It makes one wonder how those with three people to a room survive (and you wondered why so many go home for the weekend). Outside of being a minimalist, your best solution is having a loft bed in your dorm room.

Sure, you can go out and by an expensive loft bed set-up, or pick up a cheap metal frame, but since it's summertime… how about a summer project?

Building your own loft bed is a project that pays off twofold: it will save you money and will allow you to maximize the space of your dorm room. Elevating your bed allows you to place your desk under the loft, giving you more space to arrange your room.

Dorm Room Loft Bed