Safety

Laptop Lock Up in the Dorm?

Question: My daughter has been assigned to Stuart Hall 6th floor (Penn State Main Campus). Do the desks have the capability of storing and locking a lap top? This is a question for the office of Residence Life at Penn State. Write to AskResLife@psu.edu or make a call to one of the numbers listed here: ...

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Exposing Yourself Online

Contrary to what Captain Kirk says at the beginning of every Star Trek episode, space is not the final frontier. Privacy is. Why? Social media. The big offender in this arena is Facebook, of course. I call Facebook The Home of Dirty Laundry. I do that with good reason. Facebook seems to satisfy people’s desire ...

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College Safety

I’m a former college Dad and my wife and I, as college parents, often thought about the security of our son and daughter as they went through their college years. Thankfully, they had absolutely no problems, but that was as far back as 20 years ago (can it be that long ago?). The situation is ...

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Spring Break Sites: Rank(ed)

I never went on a wild and crazy spring break. Of course, back then, most of today’s favorite spring break locations were just swamps, weed-filled fields, or too hot to occupy since the earth was still cooling after its formation. Yeah, that was a while ago. Anyway, it’s that time of year again, when thousands ...

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Are You A Two-Faced Facebooker?

I’ve posted before about admissions officers exploring applicants’ Facebook pages. Sometimes that’s good news and other times it’s not so good news. My personal opinion is that admissions officers don’t have enough time in their days to check out a ton of applicants on Facebook. The numbers are just too overwhelming. However, I do have ...

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Smartphones vs. Dumb Users

I strolled through the grounds of a local college campus last week. After 10 minutes of taking in all the pretty grass and multicolored leaves, I started to notice the students. The scene was like something out of the movie Zombieland. The overwhelming majority of students walking to and fro were zoned out with far-away ...

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Going to A Top Party School?

Toh-GA! Toh-GA! Toh-GA! Another year. Another Top-10 party school list. Time to dust off that Animal House DVD for another viewing. In my view 99% of colleges are party schools. I can’t quote a source on that opinionated statistic, but I’m probably in the ballpark. Take a quick look at the storied histories of American ...

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Summertime and Social Media

Summertime, and the livin’ is easy. That’s what George Gershwin said. So, how easy has your livin’ been this summer so far? Granted, most high schoolers and college students these days have been working summer jobs to help defray some of those actual or anticipated astronomical college costs, not to mention the cost of gasoline ...

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Don’t Let Spring Break Get Broken

This is the time of year that makes parents nervous. It’s spring break season. I have to wonder how popular Mexico is these days for spring breakers. It seems as though every day there is some new news story about drug gangs shooting up police stations or ambushing cars at road blocks. Parents don’t want ...

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