Opinion: Peer pressure doesn’t stop in university

As campus becomes a newfound discovery among first-years, many do not notice how quickly it will change into a breeding ground of chaos and stress.  The first week of school is filled with the excitement of meeting new students, making connections, and feeling the need to impress those who people make connections with. Peer pressure is hard to avoid whether people like it or not, but when it comes down to it, how students handle these situations is of great importance. As time passes, and connections grow stronger, those new to the campus scene will get invites to outings and parties where they may begin to feel pressured by certain people or to live up to the expectation of being […]

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Cell Phone Stress: How Social Media is Controlling Our Lives

Turn to your left. Turn to your right. Both of the people next to you were probably looking at their phones. Perhaps you’re even reading this on your phone right now. Digital technology has become such an integral part of our lives that people are actually becoming addicted to their cell phones. This is especially feared for the millennial generation, who are some of the most active mobile users. Who suffers from cell phone addiction the most? Anne Bowker, a professor of psychology at Carleton, said there are a myriad of causes for mental health problems related to cell phone overuse. “There is research that suggests a strong link between lack of sleep and heightened feelings of anxiety and stress,” […]

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‘MOOC’ added to Oxford online dictionary

The acronym for massive open online courses, MOOC, was added to the Oxford online dictionary Aug. 28, defined as “a course of study made available over the Internet without charge to a very large number of people.” The phrase was coined when a group of Canadian scholars developed a course in 2008 at the University of Manitoba called Connectivism and Connective Knowledge, delivered to over 2,000 online students, according to Times Higher Education. Angus Stevenson of Oxford Dictionaries Online said in the announcement that there are approximately 1,000 new entries each year. “New words, senses, and phrases are added to Oxford Dictionaries Online when we have gathered enough independent evidence from a range of sources to be confident that they have […]

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