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Campus Essentials: The Electronics Edition

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By: Travis Harvey (Illinois State University)

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With the summer speeding away many of us are starting to think of the upcoming school year.  If you’re like me you’re wondering where this summer went, I just remember taking my last final. But to get back on topic, I like to be prepared when I step onto campus otherwise that first day can be completely overwhelming. Here are a couple of gadgets that every college should have.

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Watch Your Back Jersey Shore… Here Comes K-Town

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By: Travis Harvey (Illinois State University)

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The cast of Jersey Shore had better watch their back, because something is brewing on the other side of town and I’m not quite sure if Snooki can compete with this one. Singer-actor Tyrese Gibson is producing the Korean version of the popular show, K-Town, will feature eight characters that, from the cast reel, seem to be even more out of control than the Jersey Shore characters we have grown to love.

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Mom and Dad, Leave Facebook to Our Generation

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By: Travis Harvey (Illinois State University)

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For the last few days I’ve been at home with my parents and everything has been going great… that is until my mother discovered Facebook.  This is no cause for alarm because she doesn’t fully understand how to use it yet.  I keep getting questions asking where my “page” is and how she gets to it. Well little does she know that will never happen.  I have many friends who have suffered with this problem and they say just give in and add her.

The thing that probably isn’t understood is that some parents don’t approve of the college lifestyle that we all love to lead and , with my parents being that way, I like to do a little separation of home and school. Which means anything that happens at school, stays at school… unless I add my mom on Facebook.

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The Internet Is Over, Well According to Prince Anyway

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By: Travis Harvey (Illinois State University)

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Can we have a round of applause for Prince, he’s caught Megan Fox syndrome, no not the insane hotness. I am talking about the fact that most of the time when she opens her mouth word vomit flows like a river. Well Prince must’ve downed some of that purple drank before talking to reporters because he thinks the Internet is done.  The icing on the cake was as soon as I sat down to write this article… my Internet stopped working.

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Goodbye Microsoft KIN, We Hardly Knew Ye

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By: Travis Harvey (Illinois State University)

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Finally those commercials about people meeting their networks can finally end! Thank goodness because they were beginning to get a little on the creepy side. I’m all for knowing everyone you’re Facebook friends with, but actually going to meet some random stranger is dangerous.  Think of all the freaks who you could meet on a daily basis. Let’s be real, Microsoft will keep the ads running so they can sell the remaining KIN units, so no hope yet.

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Old People do the Darndest Things

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By: Travis Harvey (Illinois State University)

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Why can't you be my grandpa?

Sometimes I think it’s really easy for us youngsters to take the older generations for granted.  We think of them as frail, senile, and fragile while they probably think of us as unstable, wild, and reckless – both of which are probably true. There are times when both parties surprise you; in this case we have a couple of old guys bustin’ a move.

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IBM Ups the Ante on Computer Domination of Humans with Watson Machine

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By: Travis Harvey (Illinois State University)

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Its official, computers are finally taking over the world, well if IBM has their way they will. The geniuses over at IBM have been working on this project for the past three years… this is like a child to them, a child prodigy that’s amazing at Jeopardy. IBM began in 1997 with the Deep Blue computer system which beat the world’s best chess player, impressive but they knew they could do better and that’s where Watson comes in.

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Summer Survival Guide: Living with Your Parents

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By: Travis Harvey (Illinois State University)

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Moving back in with your parents for the summer is a challenge, one that can take some getting used to. But there needs to be a few ground rules for both parties… most importantly parents. Parents will always be the same, it doesn’t matter how old you are or how long you’ve been away, parents still have that “it’s my way or the highway” mentality.

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Pool Etiquette: Your Summer Guide to NOT Being a Douchebag

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By: Travis Harvey (Illinois State University)

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During the summer there are few things I like more than just relaxing by the pool soaking up the rays, which I personally don’t need because I sport a nice year-round tan.  Laying there allowing the sun to engulf my body I’m relaxed nothing can bother me… until they arrive. The ‘they’ I refer to are the obnoxious people who don’t consider that there are others around them.    These people are the ones that make you dread going to the pool, the ones that make you think about sitting at the bottom of the pool the entire time.

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An Inspirational Speech That Puts Students To Sleep: Thanks Obama!

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By: Travis Harvey (Illinois State University)

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Naps are one of my favorite things in the entire world and since being in college I’ve learned that naps are ok again…in the right situation. I remember freshman year when I fell asleep in one of my communications lectures, I figured ‘hey it’s a lecture hall the teacher will never notice’.  Well apparently I was COMPLETELY wrong and the entire class watched me sleep.

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