September 26, 2011

Ways to Avoid Plagiarism: Don’t be a Kidnapper!

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What is Plagiarism? The word plagiarism is derived from the Latin plagiarius that translates to kidnapper. So, in a sense, a plagiarizer is someone who kidnaps the words or ideas of someone else and passes them off as her own. The Front Range Student Code of Conduct addresses plagiarism by saying that it applies to […]

September 20, 2011

Getting past test anxiety

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True story: My freshman year at college, I almost passed out in the middle of my first statistics exam. It was a humongous lecture hall and my desk was approximately three inches from my neighbor’s. The teacher had a cough that day, and it annoyed me so much I couldn’t concentrate for more than four […]

September 19, 2011

Top 10 Ways Your College Library Can Help You

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A recent two-year, five-campus ethnographic college library study examined how students view and use their campus libraries. Unfortunately, the study results revealed students rarely ask librarians for help, even when they need it. If you are new to college or are coming back, this Top 10 list will help you understand what your college library […]

September 14, 2011

6 Tips for Achieving School-Life Balance

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So, you’re a full-time student. A parent. A spouse. An active volunteer. In other words, your plate is full. Let’s face it – doing well in college is a challenge all by itself, but when you add all kinds of other responsibilities (that most of us have), it’s even harder. How can you strive for […]

September 12, 2011

Why the First 6 Weeks of School is So Important

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Phew! Take a deep breath and congratulate yourself, your student has made it through the first few weeks of college classes. The semester started strong, but you may start to see signs that motivation is waning or disappearing altogether. Do you intervene? It’s hard to believe, but the first few weeks of college can often […]

September 9, 2011

STEM: This is Not Your Mother’s Education

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Two weeks into school and my sixth grader is writing a report on Cuba, while my fourth grader is building (and cooking in) a solar oven. Wow! Just WOW! In my experience, the first MONTH of school is spent reviewing what they should have learned in the previous grade. Not here. This is our first [...]

September 7, 2011

Pool Party Aftermath: Some Good Numbers, Some Work to Do

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Do the riot of August 2010 and the mega pool party of 2011 suggest that here in Fort Collins our college students are irresponsible, out-of-control, binge-drinking thugs? On Aug. 31, just four days after the mega pool party, in an interview with The Coloradoan, Colorado State University Athletic Director Paul Kowalczyk said, “Our kids, by […]

September 5, 2011

Of Plumbers, Philosophers, and the Dignity of Work

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I’ve long been taken by this observation: “The society which scorns excellence in plumbing as a humble activity and tolerates shoddiness in philosophy because it is an exalted activity will have neither good plumbing nor good philosophy: neither its pipes nor its theories will hold water.” John W. Gardner, the founder of Common Cause, and […]

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