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This Week in College News for the Week of 6/21

Private Scholarships Feel the Pinch [via the NY Times] Anecdotes are slowly starting to trickle in that private scholarships around the country are starting to dry up. Some colleges just aren’t accepting applications. Yes, it’s the economy, stupid. Cheerleaders? You’re All Cut [via the The Choice Blog] Florida International University recently decided that its cheerleading ...

HackCollege Party in LA on 6/27!

The flyer for the party So I’m super-excited to put up this post. HackCollege is throwing a part in Los Angeles next Saturday on 6/27. Free drinks with student ID, DJ, the whole nine. We’re also giving everyone a chance to try their hand at doing some live video mixing. If you’re in LA, come ...

This Week in College News

Facebook Gets Vanity URLs (via Facebook Blog) At 12:01 am EST on June 13, Facebook opened the floodgates for it’s “vanity URLs.” Vanity URLs allow users to get their own specific address in relation to the Facebook domain name. I snagged facebook.com/kellysutton pretty quickly. Facebook reports that over 200,000 people grabbed their vanity URLs within ...

Guest Post: Top 5 Ways to Crash a Festival

So this year at SXSW, I had the pleasure–nay, the honor–of meeting a guy named Zack Teilbloom. He’s a recent graduate who has started a blog called Festival Crashers, a blog on hacking festivals and concerts. Given Tickermaster “convenience” charges and a penchant for mischief, his part autobiographical, part how-to posts are always great. I ...

Twitter in the Classroom

Has the latest Internet addiction actually been made relevant by a prof at UT Dallas? Quite possibly. Professor Monica Rankin from UT Dallas observed the technologies (some) of her students were using and decided to adapt her lectures. Given that her typical class has 90 students in it, discussions become nearly impossible. This is similar ...

Know Your Loans [via the LA Times]

I just came across this rather disturbing article on the LA Times. HackCollege mentioned the loan crisis last summer when an out-of-court settlement was made regarding big lenders and schools being in bed together. This article shows how big lenders try to blur the lines between privately- and federally-backed loans. Read the article and try ...

A New Contest from HackCollege, the NBA and HP

Sometimes we wish HP would just give us all the gear for us to keep.Hello everybody! So we’re really excited to be working Hewlett Packard and the NBA in promoting HP’s newest student-friendly laptop, the HP dv2. To kick things off, HP and the NBA are running 2 contests. The first contest is a doozy, ...

11 Things You’ll Regret Later in Life

Ahhh, Walmart.While the loyal readers of HackCollege are mostly dudes (let’s face it), we are curious ones. Every so often when over at a girl’s apartment, we may peruse the Cosmo magazines left about the room and scoff and their silly recommendations. College Candy, for those who don’t follow it, is something like a HackCollege, ...