The Social Revolution

By Karla Judy

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An Egyptian man names daughter “Facebook!” Twitter usage exceeds 250,000 during the Ukrainian protests. People all around the world are using social media for more than personal networking. These days a simple tweet can start a revolution. From Arab coups, to Occupy Wall Street or the tea party movement, individuals are finding their voices and spreading information through these free tools. In the Ukraine, citizens used social media to organize protests. Ironically, police used the same media to protect the public when things became violent. Greg Satell at forbes.com. says “the playing  field has been leveled”. Before social media, large conglomerates or governments controlled communications. Now the populace has the ability to author and control more information and Governments are paying attention.

Not only can social media can be used as super power; it can be used to tell a joke, make people jealous about your hair or your decadent dessert. Literally, in our hands is a tool to start a revolution or empower a woman to leave an abusive relationship. You can share a recipe, or crowd source a new business. We can complain about our day or ask for a prayer, and everyone who follows you, will (hopefully) show you compassion.

What does this all mean for us? Well, we may have all seen the bumper stickers about not trusting the liberal media, but the truth is, most media outlets are for profit, and have an agenda. Ergo, the Social Media explosion! We can send out into the ether any question or comment and in minutes, sometimes seconds, we can have hundreds of responses. Not that they are all trustworthy or even nice. We all have our own opinions and differing perspectives. Everything should be scrutinized critically. We don’t have to trust just one news source, or the news from your country, you can check out numerous web sites. Sometimes we want more than a sound bite. With the Internet, we can delve deeper into almost any story. We can verify the validity of the facts.  We are able to check and double-check everything.

We have heard people complain that we don’t talk to each other any more, that we are disconnected from one another by technology, but I feel the opposite is true. We are more in touch with each other. We are more connected in ways that were not conceivable just a short time ago. It is amazing and awesome. Is that a tweet or what?

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Free Stuff, Free Gas, Free Convenience?

By Spencer Curry & Kegan Ham

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How much do you pay for gas? It’s outrageous, right? Wouldn’t you love a solution that saves you money? Well, as cost-conscious student, we have found one at MAPCO. We are sure you’ve heard about them, but you might not realize the benefits they offer. We hope that this post will enlighten you on the subject.

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Digital Footprint

By Bobby Smith & Kevin Keenan

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Let’s just take a minute and think about the countless times we use the internet each day. The reason may differ:  paying bill, social media, shopping, or reading the news.   As we do those things, we leave information about ourselves in the cyber world, this is known as a digital footprint. If you are not aware of your digital foot, you should be.

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Fashion Meets Fitness

By Magen Bain & Sarah Murphy

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Have you ever thought about how much you really walk during the day versus how much you just sit around? Right now, a wearable device called the Fitbit is a great way to monitor your activity level! The Fitbit allows you to track how far you have walked and how many calories you burn. Not only does it track your activity during the day, but your calorie intake, weight, and sleep patterns as well. It also syncs automatically and wirelessly to your Apple, Android, or Windows phone. You can even keep up with your progress online or on your phone using your Fitbit app!

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The Truth About Facebook Messenger

By Jessica Reynolds & Georgiana Lamar

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Do you have the Facebook app? Most people do. Have you noticed that you can’t get messages through your app anymore? Well, there is a reason for that. Facebook is now requiring that everyone download the Facebook Messenger app which is causing quite an uproar. Huffington Post wrote an article about the app, its terms of service, and how it requests a lot of personal information. The article mentioned that the app could; send text messages, call people, record audio through the microphone, take pictures and videos, and read data about your contacts – all without your knowledge.

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Blogging as a Class Project

By Lisa Rich

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How many times have your heard the word “blog”? Have you ever stopped to think about what it means? For those of you who don’t know, blog is short for web log. Blogs began as Internet spaces for online users to store lists of important websites that they wanted to revisit later, kind of like marking a page in a book that you want to reread. Over time, blogs evolved into online journals or diaries where people shared information, sometimes entirely too much information, about themselves or topics of special interest.

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Field Trip to the Library!

By Jennifer Wolfe

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My favorite day of the year at the Athens State University Library is field trip day. Let me explain…

As a child one of my favorite things to do in the summer was to go to the Knox County Public Library’s Norwood Branch on Merchant Dr. in Knoxville, Tennessee for the summer reading program. This should have been my first clue to my future profession – a librarian.

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A Capitol Gathering of College Women Student Leaders

By Ruby de la Pena

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The National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL) held their annual conference June 5–7, 2014 at the University of Maryland, College Park. After submitting an application, I received a scholarship from the American Association of University Women (AAUW), San Jose (CA) Branch which covered my convention cost to attend. I was honored to receive this scholarship and represent Athens State University. Over 900 participants came from forty-eight different states and three different nations.

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Athens State – One Small Step for Your Wallet, One Giant Leap for Your Future

By Amanda Cates

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As graduation inches closer, I am beginning to reflect more on my college experience – particularly here at Athens State. I started college immediately after my high school graduation. I knew that I would be in college for at least four years because I decided to pursue a career in secondary English Education. I did not want to waste any time. I spent the first two years of college at Wallace State. I made the decision to begin at a community college because I believed this would be the best way to make the adjustment from high school to college. Wallace is only thirty minutes from my home, so I would be able to commute without living in a dorm. Also, many of my high school friends planned to attend, and I had classes scheduled with a few. I enjoyed participating in the Sigma Kappa Delta honor society and talking with my English Professor about my career choice. Before I realized, it was time to choose another institution to complete my degree.

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“This is Due Tonight” – How I Helped a Writer Improve on a Deadline

By Tony Ricks

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It was an hour past my lunchtime when a student opened my office door and asked if the Writing Center was open. The Writing Center had officially closed the previous week, as the university had now entered Finals Week. That left me, the Writing Center Director, to help. After we arranged a meeting time, I went to lunch with her paper in hand. It was due that night.

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