Tag: Today's Students (home)

The Consumer Federation of America (CFA) recently released a study by Georgetown University sociologist Robert Manning, indicating that some college students are forced to cut back on their courses or spend more time working to pay off their credit card debts. About 70 percent of students at four-year colleges have at least one credit card, and revolving debt on these cards averages more than $2,000. In worst case scenarios, some students are dropping out of school in order to work full time. In a separate study, conducted last fall by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group, it was noted that students lured into signing up for credit cards by companies offering free T-shirts, Frisbees and other items typically end up with bigger unpaid balances than those who sign up on their own. (Reported on AOL, AP-NY-06-08-99 2138EDT)

permalink source: Anonymous
tags: Money, Today's Students

In the few weeks between the day kids leave high-school and the day they respond to their college's entering freshman survey, one out of eight of them bolt from the church.

permalink source: Leonard Sweet, SoulTsunami 47
tags: Evangelism, Today's Students, College

I work with a group of interns that come out of secular colleges. These are very committed believers. They're the cream of the crop. I find they don't have any difficulty saying that something is true, but only with great difficulty can they say something else is false. It's inbred in them by their educational system that to make any such claim is arrogant and impossible. If you even mention the idea of truth or give reasons against post-modernism, you find a strong emotion arising that even goes against any argument. I remember one young man after class came up to me and said, "I really appreciate what you're telling us, but as soon as you mention giving reasons for faith, I have a strong reaction that rises from my gut." I did a poll the next day and found that about two-thirds of the class of these very committed believers felt the same thing. Art Lindsley, on true truth, Dick Staub Interview June 9th, 2004

permalink source: Art Lindsley
tags: Trust, Today's Students, College

Hook Ups On Campus: Perhaps the name communicates how non personal and fleeting these relationships are in the minds of most students. The term has been common for over a decade, but only recently has research confirmed the prevalence of the behavior on campus. In 2000 Elizabeth Paul published the first academic look at the ritual of the college hook up. Her research is startling. In a survey of 555 undergrads, she found that 78% had "hooked up" - a term defined as a one time sexual encounter the could range from making out to intercourse, in which the two partners had no plans to pursue a relationship - or perhaps even talk again. 77.7% of women and 84.2% of the men reported having hooked up. Of those 60% said that their hook up included more "genital touching" than "meaningful conversation." The vast majority involve alcohol. A "good hook up" is defined as one about which no one finds out or talks about later. Some researchers feel that this generation may learn a lot about sex in college, but come away with very little knowledge of how to build a meaningful relationship. (MSNBC.com October 4, 2004)

permalink source: Anonymous
tags: Lust, Sex, Today's Students, Dating, Romantic Love

From an interview with the rich creators of collegehumor.com in the New Yorker - http://newyorker.com/fact/content/?050124fa_fact2 2005-01-24, "Funny Boys" by Rebecca Mead A key to college humor, the four have realized, is that students like to think they belong to a small in-crowd that understands the joke, while the public at large remains clueless. Take the phrase “More Cowbell,” which is a slogan appearing on one of the most popular of the company’s Busted Tees; it comes from an instruction given in a skit on “Saturday Night Live.” “Not everyone saw that episode, so the people who did see it think it is that much cooler because nobody else knows,” Josh said.

permalink source: New Yorker
tags: Humor, Today's Students, Campus Ministry