So College

Students Actually Convincing Colleges to Let Them Major in Tweeting

How else do you expect to find friends like this?

Usually, when your rich uncle mansplains how to become a successful lawyer/banker/doctor/midlife-crisis-haver at Thanksgiving dinner every year, he will counsel you, “Don’t major in underwater basket-weaving or English, whatever you do.”

Well, there might be a new joke major in town, joining the Communicationses and Philosophies and Anthropologies before it: social media. Read More

Oh the Humanities

If You Want a Job You Should Major in Drama, Not Tech

How else do you expect to find friends like this?

Did you think your generic tech degree was going to be useful? Not so fast — it appears the tides have turned and theatre majors are, for some strange reason, getting jobs more easily than tech students are.

Among recent theatre grads, 6.4 percent are unemployed — compared to the 14.7 percent of information systems graduates who are unable to find work, USA Today reports, giving credence to some professors’ recent claim that liberal arts degrees are totes useful. Read More

Oh the Humanities

You Don’t Need a Tech Degree To Be a Productive Member of Society, Liberal Arts Professors Swear

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For a young humanities major, it can feel like everyone from Barack Obama to your Uncle Bob is denouncing your choice of academic field. What will you ever do, they ask, with that degree in history, Russian literature, the classics or, worst of all, communications?

Millennials are supposed to be picking STEM majors that will enable the U.S. to compete with China and India, the-powers-that-be insist. But to fight humanities-phobia (and presumably save their own jobs), a national group of so-called “master teachers” is about to issue a report requesting increased support for liberal arts subjects, according to the New York Times. Read More

Oh Snap

College Kid Tricks Internet Into Thinking He’s a Snapchat Publicist

Two tweens scoffing at your $3 billion offer. (Photo: Digital Trends)

This guy clearly deserves an A in PR.

In Fall 2012, USC senior Matthew Hanson took a class called Strategic Writing in Public Relations, according to The Daily Dot. He had to build an online newsroom for a brand of his choosing for his final, and he picked Snapchat.

Mr. Hanson created this webpage. Thinking no one would ever see it, he published his own telephone number on the site — and his phone started to blow up. Read More

EduTech

Professors Can Now Tell Whether or Not You’ve Actually Done the Reading Assignment

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It’s a tale as old as time: professor assigns you a truckload of reading, you skim it, maybe highlight some parts if you’re feelin’ real fancy, and close the book while praying a close-read isn’t required for the exam. But all good things must come to an end some time, and cheating on your reading assignment is no exception: The New York Times reports that professors are wising up to your game, and beginning to use technology to help them determine whether or not you’ve actually completed the assigned reading. Read More

Apple

Now It’s Personal: Apple Taking on Teen Who Sold White iPhones

The kid in Apple's crosshairs

Apple is ready to play hardball with Fei Lam, the teenager from Queens who built a six-figure business selling parts for the unreleased white iPhone 4.

According to Lam’s attorney, Andrew M. Jaffe, private investigator Jimmy Robbins, who first contacted Lam, was working for Apple.

But when Jaffe called Robbins, he was informed that Robbins Read More