Category Archives: Random Enjoyment

IRS Scandal

By Austin Ray


In recent news, the IRS became under investigation for targeting tax exemption to different political groups and names. Reports stated that the IRS targeted conservative group , the “Tea Party” causing tax increase within the group which led to uproar in the House Oversight Committee. The alleged exemption was towards nonprofit organizations from having to pay federal income tax.


How to be Smart about Smartphone Security

By Lafawn Skipper & Caroline Malone


From texts to your mom to important business documents, our whole lives are now on our phones and securing your personal information is more important than ever. Smartphone theft of both the physical phones and the data contained on them is a rapidly spreading crime you need to be very aware of and know how to prevent.


The Magic of Using the Magic Band

By Elizabeth Haynes & Jeremy Woodfin


The multi-billion dollar company has done it again and made many park goers’ dreams come true. Disney, for the latter part of the century, has been working on a better way for customers to enjoy their stay at parks, hotels, and resorts. After lots of research and millions of dollars spent, Disney has come up with the new MagicBand.


The Real Story of Online Holiday Shopping

By Alicia Lux


With the holidays coming up soon such as Hanukah, Christmas, and Kwanza, gift giving is going to be on the front of our brains and adding to the looming pressure of upcoming exams. I personally have many birthdays and anniversaries in my immediate family quickly sweeping in. With full schedules and shortened days, it leaves us with less time to leave the house to peruse the shelves of local department stores. It becomes easier to find the perfect gift with the touch of our fingers elegantly dancing across the touch screened devices while waiting for the next class or shift to start. What is the easiest and fastest way to whittle down the gift list? Online shopping of course! Amazon, Ebay, and Zulily are flooded with shoppers as the clock winds down ticking towards the craziness of gift giving bliss. I do not want to go broke on gift giving, so I want to get the most for my money.


The Social Revolution

By Karla Judy


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 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.


Free Stuff, Free Gas, Free Convenience?

By Spencer Curry & Kegan Ham


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.


Digital Footprint

By Bobby Smith & Kevin Keenan


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.


Fashion Meets Fitness

By Magen Bain & Sarah Murphy


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!


The Truth About Facebook Messenger

By Jessica Reynolds & Georgiana Lamar


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.


Field Trip to the Library!

By Jennifer Wolfe


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.