college

  • Oregon and Oregon State take the rivalry online with 24-hour LAN tournament

    Oregon and Oregon State take the rivalry online with 24-hour LAN tournament

    Now THAT’S how you settle a rivalry. It’s all Ducks and Beavers this weekend as far as any nerdly Oregonians are concerned, as the two universities are currently in the closing moments of a 24-hour LAN party where the schools’ respective gaming clubs have squared off in the following titles: Command & Conquer 3 Counter Strike: Source Dawn of War Peggle Team Fortress 2 Unreal… Read More

  • Wow, colleges are spending a lot of money to combat P2P

    Wow, colleges are spending a lot of money to combat P2P

    How much does it cost to monitor college students’ anti-American P2P activities? A whole lot, and that’s money colleges could be spending on, I don’t know, education. This chart breaks down the cost of complying with, specifically, the new provisions of the Higher Education Act of 2008. That law, which the RIAA and MPAA were able to lobby their way into, requires colleges try to… Read More

  • Back to School: Dorm room light show

    Back to School: Dorm room light show

    Well, well, well. It’s been quite a back-to-school week here at CrunchGear. We learned a little bit about affordable notebooks and netbooks, what time-draining video games to avoid and even what to do about feeding yourself now that you’re on your own. To close out the week and in honor of Friday, we got a little dorm room light show for you after the jump. Remember to have a little… Read More

  • Professor gives up on attendance, moves course online

    Professor gives up on attendance, moves course online

    Ok, well maybe he is not exactly giving up on the discussion part of his course, but Professor Dave Perry of the University of Texas at Dallas is taking his class online. No college professor will admit that the lecture portion of their class is unnecessary. As much as I tried to convince them otherwise, my instructors never let me get away with skipping class (too much). As much as I thought the… Read More

  • Anti-P2P provisions in college funding bill

    Anti-P2P provisions in college funding bill

    The Senate has passed the Higher Education Act (the House passed it earlier this year), which, among other things, provides for federal monies for student loans. What’s most interesting to us here is a provision in the bill, which it’s expected that President Bush will sign into law, that tells college campuses to rein in wanton P2P downloading. To that end, the MPAA will provide… Read More

  • Apple considering selling iPhone 3G at college campuses

    Apple considering selling iPhone 3G at college campuses

    Looks like Apple is considering selling the iPhone 3G at top universities throughout the country. The move would be the first by Apple to expand sales of the iPhone outside its own retail stores and AT&T’s; it’d be limited to schools where it already has a significant account and presence. Apple had thought about expanding sales of the iPhone to Best Buy last year, but freaked out… Read More

  • Buy a Mac, get an iPod touch or nano for free (again)

    Buy a Mac, get an iPod touch or nano for free (again)

    Like years past, Apple is offering a deal for incoming college students, and it’s more or less the same one it has offered in the past. Students who buy a Mac (which includes the MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air and iMac) will get a free iPod touch or iPod nano. My advice: go with the MacBook+iPod touch combo. You can’t bring an iMac to class, and an iPod touch can do so much more… Read More

  • Order this beer pong table NOW!!!

    I played a lot of beer pong and flipper in college. It was fun, but it got a little unsanitary when people forgot to wash the balls after each throw. Drinking beer with whatever filth is on the table or floor is disgusting. My alma mater had a huge contingent of engineers and quite a few of them were in my fraternity, which makes me wonder why none of them thought of this contraption made by some… Read More

  • Privacy, security concerns? When colleges require your cellphone number to register for classes [Update2]

    Privacy, security concerns? When colleges require your cellphone number to register for classes [Update2]

    Check out this bureaucratic bullshit. My wonderful school, NYU, now requires students surrender their cellphone number in order to register for Fall classes. It’s all in the name of safety, of course, as are most attacks on liberty. Think of the children, we’re only protecting you, etc. I’ve included the full text of the e-mail, if you’re so inclined. Read More

  • MacBooks for all at Oklahoma Christian University

    MacBooks for all at Oklahoma Christian University

    Oklahoma Christian University joins the list of colleges across the country to “give away” Apple products to incoming freshman. New students will receive a MacBook and their choice of an iPhone or iPod Touch. Of course we all know that the costs of such giveaways are built into the ever-rising tuition at schools everywhere but it’s a nice way for kids to get some new gadgets as… Read More

 
  • Abilene Christian University students will get iPhones, iPod touches this fall

    [photopress:acui.jpg,full,center] Incoming freshman at Texas’ Abilene Christian University this fall will each receive either an iPhone or iPod touch to help speed along their education. The school hopes students will use the devices in any number of academic pursuits, such as getting on-the-go homework updates, checking meal plan activity and answer in-class quizzes. That’s what the… Read More

  • BeerTracker replaces 'bottle cap in the pocket' trick

    BeerTracker replaces 'bottle cap in the pocket' trick

    I don’t know about you but back in college when I used to drink enough beers in a row to necessitate some sort of accounting system, I’d simply slip each bottle cap into my pocket and count them the next morning. If I’d had the BeerTracker — with convenient LCD display that increases in numeric value with each bottle that’s opened — I could have littered my… Read More

  • MPAA says 44% of movie losses due to piracy on college networks, number could be closer to 3%

    MPAA says 44% of movie losses due to piracy on college networks, number could be closer to 3%

    In 2005, the Motion Picture Association of America did a study where it claimed to find that college students account for 44% of the losses that the movie industry incurs, thanks to the illegal downloading of pirated films over high-speed campus networks. That figure is more like 15% due to a “human error,” according to the MPAA. That’s a pretty big difference. What’s more… Read More

  • New Jersey college requires students to buy cellphone, not reimbursed

    New Jersey college requires students to buy cellphone, not reimbursed

    Sure, everyone loves having the latest, greatest cellphone, but who wants to be told to have a cellphone? At a school, no less? Exactly. Students at Montclair State University in Dirty Jersey now must purchase, out of their own pocket, a Sprint cellphone, dubbed the “School Phone” by students. Ostensibly, the plan is designed to ensure student’s safety. The least expensive plan… Read More

  • UMass to students: don't be a pirate arrrrrr else

    UMass to students: don't be a pirate arrrrrr else

    They say early detection is the best form of prevention, so best, um, detect your hard drive for ILLEGAL MUSIC FILES because, you know, with every illicit MP3 you download, you endanger Western Civilization. Looks like UMass is being proactive in warning its students not to fall victim to an RIAA lawsuit. This comes via Fake Steve, who makes a good point: if the “authorities” want to… Read More

  • Will Facebook's older users drive away all the young kids?

    Will Facebook's older users drive away all the young kids?

    Now that old people have discovered Facebook, will The Kids still like it? An important question to be sure, especially now that companies like Microsoft are prepared to throw $lots Zuckerberg’s way for that hoard of information. What was once the exclusive domain of college kids poking each other back and forth has seen an uptick in… how shall I put this… old and decidedly… Read More

  • The reason you live: Super Mario sound FX keychain

    The reason you live: Super Mario sound FX keychain

    Look, let’s cut the bullshit and get straight to the point, shall we? This is a keychain that plays Super Mario Bros. sound FX and has a bright red paint job with an old school Mario logo. It is without a doubt the best $5.99 you will ever spend. Why’s this? Because the next time you get drunk off your ass and stumble out of the freshman dorms at your school, you’ll find a party… Read More

  • Shock: College kid complains that campus computer store rips people off

    Shock: College kid complains that campus computer store rips people off

    I link to this article because A) I go to NYU (don’t go there; go to a real college instead) and B) it has to do with technology. Some kid’s computer crashed, right, and took it to the campus computer store. Right there I’d call him a dope because anyone who’s spent more than five seconds in there knows how outrageously overpriced it is. (I’m pretty sure blank CDs are… Read More

  • How NYU Handles Piracy: Don't Get Caught Or Else…

    How NYU Handles Piracy: Don't Get Caught Or Else…

    Piracy kills kittens, you know Don’t ask, don’t tell. Oh, but if the RIAA catches you, your ass is grass. That’s essentially how New York University, known as NYU to the Haley Joel Osments and Spike Lees and John Biggses of the world, treats piracy on campus. (I’ll be a senior there this fall.) I logged into the school’s main portal today to determine whether or not… Read More

  • RIAA Sends Nasty Letter to 23 Colleges, Save Harvard, Demanding Money

    RIAA Sends Nasty Letter to 23 Colleges, Save Harvard, Demanding Money

    The RIAA continues fighting the good fight, saving its clients from starvation and abject poverty. It just sent letters to 23 colleges around the country demanding that the war criminals who have downloaded music pay $3,000. In addition to getting a rather large sum of money for the average college student, the scheme works out such that, should you cooperate, the RIAA would then have all your… Read More