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We Are Officially Up


We are officially up. Visit the official site at http://www.newstudentunion.com. I will keep this WordPress blog up for a few more weeks before taking it down. Enjoy the new site!

California Dreamin’


By Alex Biles, University of Michigan Texas, with its rich, conservative heritage — a Tom Landry tinge of burnt orange — is often cast by critics as a hyper-right-wing desert of ignorance and oil fortunes surrounding the oasis of tolerance and understanding that is Austin. The Lone Star State’s unabashed love for firearms, capital punishment … Continue reading

How to Not Suck at Being a Professional Musician


By John Roemhild, North Central University (MN) Let’s quickly run through all the established good advice your music teachers have given you about becoming successful: skill is not equated to how fast you can play; take all the opportunities you can get to play because you never know where they might lead; if you’re looking … Continue reading

Album Review: Ryan Adams — Ashes & Fire


Ryan Adams Ashes & Fire PAX AM / Capitol (2011) By Alex Biles, University of Michigan “Twelve elegant country songs,” Ryan Adams told Q Magazine back in July, bluntly summing up his latest retreat to the studio. If ratings hinged on pre-release promises, our auteur would be flirting with perfection (excepting the fact the record … Continue reading

Two-Faced Times


Creating Wealth Has Never Been So Easy. Or Difficult. By Alex Biles, University of Michigan “Oh, get a job? Just get a job? Why don’t I strap on my job helmet, and squeeze down into a job cannon and fire off into job land, where jobs grow on jobbies!” — Charlie Kelly Welcome to post-college, the … Continue reading

Film Review: Machine Gun Preacher


By Kathleen M. O’Donnell, City College of New York It’s rare that a cinematic film opens with a scene of an African village being burned to the ground. It’s even more curious that the next scene shows heartthrob Gerard Butler being released from prison. These are just the start of the confusing elements in Machine … Continue reading

What Happens After College: In Five Depressing Stages


By Danielle Ryan, Trinity College Stage One: Elation. You’re finally done. Free from assignments. Free from professors. Free from exams. Free to do whatever you please! Term paper induced all-nighters are a thing of the past. Next time you’re up until dawn it will be by choice. So things are looking pretty good.  You’ve got … Continue reading

Rankings: 50 Universities with Internationally Portable Degrees


By Tom Pavone, University of Chicago In today’s globalized world, every college student should be asking themselves whether their degree will be portable internationally. It turns out that answering this question is more difficult than simply referring to the U.S. News and World Report college rankings. Why? Because what brings prestige to a university in … Continue reading

Is It Time for the Philadelphia Eagles to Panic?


Green Blood or Not, an Eagles Bust Remains a Possibility By Alex Biles, University of Michigan “The Dream Team” is living a nightmare. OK, that statement may be about as exaggerated as its point of reference, but if you’re a Philadelphia Eagles fan (like me), you have to be feeling a little concerned right now about … Continue reading

Why Prezi Helps You Make Better Presentations


By Alex Schiff, University of Michigan Microsoft PowerPoint has been the default presentation creator since I was in middle school. They’ve been so dominant that my classmates would frequently use the words presentation and PowerPoint interchangeably, much like Kleenex and tissues. But since about March, I’ve been using a new tool called Prezi — and … Continue reading