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Boston-area campus news round-up, week of Nov. 7: Cool columns

Posted by Alex Pearlman  November 11, 2011 02:39 PM

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newspaperstackdrawing.gifBoston is one big college town. What students are talking about and what’s happening on the city’s campuses matters. Every Friday, TNGG Boston will round up a few of the most interesting and well-written stories from student journalists across the area.

We all love to have our voices heard -- isn’t that pretty much the reason Facebook, Twitter, blogs (this one included), etc. exist? Long before the advent of the Internet and those technologies, however, those with something to say turned to newspaper columns, using humor, wit, and knowledge to get their point across in something less formal than a hard news story. These college columnists are just a few of those carrying on that format (with some added snark, just for good measure).

“Campus Chronicles: ‘Tis the season to learn the proper way to be politically correct” (Brendan Kneeland, Nov. 6) -- The Heights
Every year without fail, the holiday season (which, if you’re to believe the radio, began just after, or possibly even before, Halloween) brings with it The Great Debate: Wish someone a “Merry Christmas,” or stick with the all-encompassing “Happy Holidays”? But this year, Kneeland suggests the latter simply isn’t far enough -- every last bit of racist, sexist, or cultural speech must be abolished!

“The Art of Texting” (Kim Giordano, Nov. 7) -- The Daily Collegian
So few characters, so many deeper meanings. Sometime between the invention of texting and now, unspoken “rules” -- from extra letters to angry punctuation -- have come to exist and govern this rather basic form of communication. Giordano does the clueless a favor and explains the nuances in this column.

“No Train, No Gain” (Kacy Emmett, Nov. 7) -- The Daily Free Press
We can’t help but agree when Emmett writes, “There are only three emotions allowed on public transportation: bored, scared (which mingles with being lost), and unconscious. The last is preferable,” and details the tried-and-true #mbtaproblems we all know and love (to hate). However, we’ve found “that pivotal moment on the train when someone finally stands up, rendering their pre-warmed seat free” usually results in a more crazed dash for the now-empty spot (bulky bags + heels + early-morning exhaustion = MUST HAVE SEAT...along with a dozen other commuters) that takes equal parts stealth and disregard for others to conquer.

“Examination of the ‘pregame’” (James Kaberna, Nov. 9) -- The Heights
“Less crowded and more casual than a more typical weekend college party, the pregame is a very enticing idea,” Kaberna writes. The sports-obsessed and non-sports fans alike can all enjoy a good tailgate. Sometimes, the pre-party is more fun than actually going to the game (speaking from experience here).

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