The Importance of Spectator Sports: Football = Money and Money = Success

If there is anything that I learned from reading “Football U” by J. Douglas Toma, it is that college sports are important. Spectator sports fulfill the innate human need for community, provide a place of gathering for people both in and out of the college circle, and enhance overall collegiate life. This article argues thatContinue reading “The Importance of Spectator Sports: Football = Money and Money = Success”

Unpacking Grad School: How Different is it From Undergrad? Told by the Podcast, “This is Grad School”

Up until this year, the concept of grad school has always seemed very foreign to me. I have always heard people talk about grad school and getting their masters or PhD, but I had no idea what actual grad school looked like or consisted of. This semester, I have had the opportunity to work inContinue reading “Unpacking Grad School: How Different is it From Undergrad? Told by the Podcast, “This is Grad School””

The Declining Role of the Faculty Administrator

As the role of administration continues to rise within higher education, the gap between faculty and administrators continues to widen. This gap, although not too difficult to bridge, is affecting the way that universities are run, how important decisions are made, and ultimately the success of the respective student bodies. An important role within higherContinue reading “The Declining Role of the Faculty Administrator”

What Does That Department Even Do?: Examining “Developing a Bad Reputation: The Emergence of Student Affairs in College Novels”

Honestly, when starting to read, “Developing a Bad Reputation: The Emergence of Student Affairs in College Novels”, I had to ask myself, “What exactly does student affairs mean?” The fact that I even had to ask this question means that I am clearly not very connected with the higher-ups here at UA. I know thatContinue reading “What Does That Department Even Do?: Examining “Developing a Bad Reputation: The Emergence of Student Affairs in College Novels””

Is the Majority For or Against Greek Life? Without an Accurate Representation, We May Never Know

“Why would I want to pay for friends?” “Why would I join an organization solely known for partying and drugs?” Questions like these are targeted at students involved in Greek life everyday. The pressure to combat these questions with responses arguing the benefits of an established community with well-connected alumni is very high and allContinue reading “Is the Majority For or Against Greek Life? Without an Accurate Representation, We May Never Know”

Beauty Versus Brains: Can Female College Students Have Both? Or Even Either?

After asking my friends what their favorite “college movie” was, most of them said Pitch Perfect or Legally Blonde. Given the demographic of my sample population, these responses did not surprise me at all. Both are classic comedies starring an overly-female cast of well known celebrities in today’s era. Also, these films are simply enjoyable.Continue reading “Beauty Versus Brains: Can Female College Students Have Both? Or Even Either?”

Professors in Popular Media: Are They Actually that Scary in Real Life?

Over the past four weeks, I have become increasingly aware of how the media I consume affects my perceptions of higher education. Most of the TV shows/movies I watch or songs that I listen to talk about college, but definitely do not accurately describe my college experience. Since our topic for this upcoming week isContinue reading “Professors in Popular Media: Are They Actually that Scary in Real Life?”

Let’s Talk About Community…Or the Depiction of Diversity and Community Colleges in the Media

After watching the first episode of Community, the 2009 American sitcom, I feel that I have learned a lot about the media’s representation of diversity within higher education. Community tells the story of Jeff Winger and his Spanish study group. Backstory: Jeff Winger is a young adult white male who just recently got his lawContinue reading “Let’s Talk About Community…Or the Depiction of Diversity and Community Colleges in the Media”

Diversity in Higher Education: How Can We Really Achieve It?

Diversity within higher education is a hot topic in today’s times, especially following the recent BLM movement and riots in response to nationwide police brutality. Higher ed as a whole serves to push students in all aspects of life, by immersing them in a world of academia while surrounding them with a multitude of differentContinue reading “Diversity in Higher Education: How Can We Really Achieve It?”

College Can’t Be For Everyone…or Can It?: Looking at the 2006 film “Accepted”

Human beings, by nature, all have a desire for community. Everyone in life wants to be accepted by others whether that is as a new employee, into one’s college of choice, or just as a person in general. This desire to be a part of something bigger than ourselves drives our everyday thoughts and behaviors.Continue reading “College Can’t Be For Everyone…or Can It?: Looking at the 2006 film “Accepted””

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