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Dictionary, seniors caving in

It’s not just a made-up word anymore. Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, Eleventh Edition, now includes the term “senioritis” and defines it as “an ebbing of effort by school seniors as evidenced by tardiness, absences and lower grades.” Take for example freshman Dena Blumenthal, who was struck so hard by senioritis her last year of high school that she said she felt she had to take a year off after graduation.…

Hunger for the News Feed

“Big Brother” has moved from reality TV to the Web, as watching eyes now keep tabs on every keystroke you make. While some question how far the Patriot Act goes, Facebook.com may have seemed just as intrusive when it introduced its News Feed feature last year.…

Doing the poke-a with point guards

Let them cry foul. Along with accessing photogenic Web sites – such as Facebook – Temple students can now get into the heads of opposing basketball players. And no amount of police tape or security guards can stop them from poking the opposing point guard.…

High school all over again

During winter break, you may have spent some time enjoying the simple pleasures you grew up with: trips to the local mall, late-night diner stops or maybe even a local sports game.…

Think in the box

It’s probably a sign that something’s gotten really big when your 57-year-old mother asks you, “Did you see that video on YouTube?” With more than 10 million hits on YouTube, Saturday Night Live’s uncensored version of “My D— in a Box,” a video featuring SNL cast member Andy Samberg and Justin Timberlake, is the definition of “big.” It’s even got its own Wikipedia entry.…

Resolutions fade into New Year

As the final notes of “Auld Lang Syne” trail off into an early January morning and the last noisemaker is swept off the floor, visions of low-carb diets and nicotine patches dance in the heads of millions of Americans at the beginning of each new year.…

Horror at the movies

Past the acres of diamonds lies a Pearl. But is it as precious as it was hoped to be? Pearl Theatre, located in the new $100 million Avenue North complex, is the first movie theater to open in North Philadelphia in almost four decades, but on the night of Dec.…

Vacationing, volunteering on the border

Sixteen students and four Temple administrators went to Mexico. They had fun in the sun on the beach, made some cute friends and talked the night away while playing games. No, they weren’t on vacation in Cancun.…

Dodging the winter draft abroad

Going against everything you stand for, you pop your collar and hang your head – partly out of shame – before biting back at the brrrrr-isk wind. These are not the good vibrations the Beach Boys spoke of.…

Facing a cold front of depression

According to a 2004 survey by the American College Health Association, nearly half of all college students reported feeling so depressed that they had trouble functioning normally and 15 percent of students meet the criteria for clinical depression.…