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As the world hovers on the precipice of full-blown Olympics madnesseven Mitt Romney is confident the London festivities will be a rousing success– college media summer staffers are set to provide continued coverage from the student perspective.

Already, in the run-up to the Games, many outlets have profiled their own school’s student, staff, and alumni Olympians.  They have also produced more interesting and offbeat news, feature, and commentary pieces touching on everything from Olympics fashion and the treatment of transgender Olympians to sports that deserve an Olympics slot (including Quidditch and yoga) and a fascinating 10-part feature in The Daily Illini on the Olympic dreams of a world-class gymnast that ultimately came up short.

Below is a screenshot sampling of these blog posts and stories.  If you have a related feature of your own, please email me!

The State News, Michigan State University

The Daily Californian, UC Berkeley

USA TODAY College

NextGen Journal

The Lantern, Ohio State University

Her Campus

USA TODAY College

The Iowa State Daily, Iowa State University

The Indiana Daily Student, Indiana University

The Collegiate Times, Virginia Tech

The Daily Athenaeum, West Virginia University

The Columbia Spectator, Columbia University

The Daily Kansan, University of Kansas

The Daily Kent Stater, Kent State University

The Daily Collegian, Penn State University

The Daily Bruin, UCLA

The Daily Kent Stater, Kent State University

The Michigan Daily, Michigan University

The Stanford Daily, Stanford University

The Daily Illini, UIUC

PBS MediaShift

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Below is a screenshot sampling of recently published columns in student news outlets nationwide directly tackling matters of sex and love.  Open relationships, love triangles, sexual consent, sexy music, and the sexual side effects of so-called happiness drugs all make appearances.  Happy Monday!

Her Campus

“It seems like a successful open relationship is like a unicorn– you have heard about their existence but have never actually seen a real one, as the horses you mistake for the mythical creature are just really good at pretending. . . .”

The Daily Californian, UC Berkeley

“Sex, more than anything else, is all about setting the mood. Lights, scents, location and scenery are all factors that make or break the experience. Yet above all, there’s the music; music is the food of love. . . .”  (By the way, for those scoring at home, the six stages are Prelude, Foreplay, Sex, Interlude, Orgasm, and Afterglow.)

The Miami Hurricane, U of Miami

“I’m not sure if what I’m doing is completely wrong or completely warranted. My best friend and his girlfriend have been dating for about three years. But for about the past five or six months, she and I have been hooking up, and he doesn’t know about it. . . .”

The McGill Daily, McGill University

“The list of conditions that fall under that term [sexual dysfunction] could hold its own in a fine-print contest.  In no particular order: no or lower libido, delayed orgasm, anorgasmia (no orgasm), pleasureless orgasm, erectile dysfunction, problems with arousal (unspecified), and possibly genital anesthesia (in which genitals are no more useful for pleasure than, say, your arm is). . . .”

The Daily Evergreen, Washington State

“It is so rare for me to make eye contact with someone that when I do, I can’t help it. My socially-deprived brain goes into hyperdrive producing overwhelming scenarios stolen from that rubbish known as romantic comedy. By the time I am able to replenish my brain’s oxygen specimen B is already long gone and I look up only for it to happen all over again. . . .”

The Daily Pennsylvanian, Penn

“Let’s say you go to Blarney’s tonight and after pounding back enough beer to flood all of Locust Walk, you leave with someone. You perform a sloppy, drunken version of the horizontal tango and when you wake up in the morning, your hangover is tinged with regret.  Were you raped? . . .”

The Pitt News, University of Pittsburgh

“In fifth grade, I was the first girl in my class to wear a bra.  My measly 32AA training bra held up the “breasts” I’d developed earlier than the rest of my classmates. For an 11-year-old, I was well-endowed– a physical trait that did not follow me past my middle school years.  Wearing a bra was more of a nuisance than a blessing. . . .”

The Nevada Sagebrush, UNR

“Leah Daigle, an associate professor of criminal justice and criminology at Georgia State University, said only about 5 percent of sexual assaults on college campuses are reported to authorities. . . . ‘Women on college campuses don’t routinely tell police,’ Daigle said. ‘But they do tell somebody. So they are disclosing their experiences, usually to their friends.’ . . .”

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The evermore expansive set of student press archives being placed online continues to concern those who wish their undergrad misdeeds or heated words would stay in the past, not in their Google prints.

As a new USA Today College piece by Ohio University journalism student Stephanie Stark confirms, “[C]ollege newspapers are uploading old print stories into their online archives, and letters and stories written by or about students in the ’70s and ’80s are coming up in Google searches on professionals who previously weren’t so publicly connected to their pasts.  Misdemeanors that would otherwise be expunged and wiped from record, letters-to-the-editor with regrettable stances and the unknowing mistakes of students in positions of leadership are published online and forever trapped in Google.”

The online availability and searchability of old student newspapers are especially worrisome to some alums because they are often the sole outlets running stories about their youthful indiscretions– the op-ed they wrote about legalizing all drugs ASAP or their drunken swiping of an old lady’s purse that earned them a spot in the police blotter.  For example, a one-time student government presidential candidate quoted in Stark’s piece mentions being wary of employers seeing a letter to the editor discussing the time he signed a girl’s butt cheek during a block party.

Online student press archives do at times have consequences far beyond mere butt-signing embarrassment.  During the last academic year, the editor-in-chief of The Daily Californian was forced to fight a lawsuit brought against him by the father of a former UC Berkeley student-athlete.  The suit stemmed from the paper’s refusal to erase or alter stories on its website that reported upon the student’s unruly behavior at a nightclub more than four years ago and his subsequent dismissal from the university football team.  In the end, no content was edited or deleted and the editor-in-chief won the case.

In 2009, Center for Innovation in College Media director Bryan Murley commented on the increase in alums apprehensive about their student press trails.  In his words, “If the first thing that comes up on a Google search is something they did in college because they haven’t done anything since college, then they should participate more in the online conversation.  Hopefully five or 10 years from now, people won’t be so worried about this, because everybody will have their Internet trail, and it will become more acceptable.”

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My review of the Princeton Review’s latest ranking of the best college newspapers: solid, but incomplete.  Among the student papers I hereby nominate for inclusion in the 2010 ‘best’ list, in alphabetical order:

The Collegiate Times, Virginia Tech

The Daily Californian, University of California, Berkeley

The Daily Kent Stater, Kent State University

The Ithacan, Ithaca College

The Flat Hat, College of William and Mary

The Lantern, Ohio State University

The Maneater, University of Missouri

The Minnesota Daily, University of Minnesota

The Nevada Sagebrush, University of Nevada, Reno

The Northern Light, University of Alaska, Anchorage

The Optimist, Abilene Christian University

The Post, Ohio University

The Red and Black, University of Georgia

The Suffolk Journal, Suffolk University

The University Daily Kansan, Kansas University

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Student journalist Cameron Burns was recently manhandled by police, handcuffed, tossed to the ground, and bussed off to jail. But he got the story. Late last week, the eighteen-year-old multimedia producer for The Daily Californian at the University of California, Berkeley, joined a large group of anarchists marching roughly eight miles from Berkeley to Oakland to protest public education funding cuts. His mission: capture video and eyewitness observations for a Daily Cal report.

At one point, without warning, a splinter faction of protesters veered onto an interstate highway, suddenly enmeshing Burns in the mother of all journalistic dilemmas: covering a riot without getting caught up in it. He did not have his press pass with him. He did not know what the group had planned. He had no assurances of personal safety. He hesitated only a split second. As his editor shouted into his cell phone, “Go get the story- go get it!”

Cameron Burns, Daily Californian multimedia producer

A few minutes later, he was under arrest. He spent 20 hours in jail, worried his parents and editors, and now faces a fight to clear his name from a criminal record. But he got the story- no less than what student journalists across the country are accomplishing daily, often without fear, for little to no pay, and at times in between classes.

The tale of Burns’s dogged reporting has ironically arrived at the same time as a new Chronicle of Higher Education report bemoaning the lack of higher education coverage in the professional press- especially among the old standbys, local newspapers. “Faced with declining advertising revenues and circulation, many newspapers are combining higher education and schools into a single beat, or even eliminating the education beat altogether,” the article states. “In a report released in December, the Brookings Institution found that articles about education made up only about 1 percent of all national news over the past few years.”

The article touts that the only way this humongous void is currently being filled is through university public relations offices, which are cutting out the news media middlemen and simply “reporting” on their own news and publishing it themselves.  My jaw dropped at the piece’s failure to touch on one other major relevant higher education news source: college journalists! . . .

Read the rest of this entry at HuffPost College

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According to a pair of news reports published on the same day late last week, two A-list student newspapers enjoyed separate pardons from incidents begun last October- one financial and another criminal.

First up, Penn State’s Daily Collegian.  Last October, a student photographer for the newspaper faced charges of disorderly conduct and failure to disperse, related to a post-football-victory riot he was covering.  According to the Reporter’s Committee for Freedom of the Press, cops twice asked him to scoot, at one point telling him his presence was actually inciting the crowd.  The photog had contended that he was simply doing his job calmly, acceding to every police request except vacating the scene.

Apparently, the authorities agree.  All six charges have now been dropped, a sign of respect and recognition that he was present at the riot as a member of the press, not a fan.  Excellent news.

Also in the excellent news category: The Daily Californian at UC-Berkeley will be keeping its newsroom for now, even though it had been unable to pay all its rent and utilities.  In a sign of the troubling economic times, as The Berkeley Daily Planet reported, the paper had “been forced to scale back on its operations. The paper is no longer printing its Wednesday edition and has stopped paying its student reporters the $8 to $15 they previously received for each article. Faced with a drop in advertising revenue, the Daily Cal has only paid half its rent [for its newsroom in Eshleman Hall] since October.”

The owner of the building, an organization called the Store Operations Board of the Associated Students of the University of California (ASUC), has forgiven the debt, citing the newspaper’s “significant value” to the campus as one of the reasons for not forcing it out of the building.  Daily Cal‘s editor in chief has publicly assured readers that the action will not influence its editorial coverage of the board in general.

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