Rob Tricchinelli

Giving games a jihadist spin

In September, a video game called “Quest for Bush” was released by the Global Islamic Media Front, an organization with ties to al-Qaeda. In the first-person shooter game, also titled “Night of Bush Capturing,” players move through a variety of levels before a final showdown with a character that looks like President Bush. The game […]

Universities target 9/11 skeptics

Certainly not everyone agrees about what happened on September 11, 2001. When scholars offer their own alternative theories, however, they tend to face scrutiny by their respective academic institutions and communities. A recent controversy involved Steven Jones, a professor of physics and astronomy at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. He was put on paid […]

Campus co-ops gain in popularity

Cooperative housing, where students live together, pool their resources and share responsibility for cooking and cleaning, is growing in popularity on campuses across the nation. Jim Jones, director of asset management for North American Students of Cooperation, credits the resurgence to an increased interest among students in building community relationships. Large residence halls can make […]

University of Montana puts on Whistle-Stop Tour

Now arriving on platform two: a college education. The University of Montana, in an effort to attract students and promote its new financial aid program, sent officials, faculty, and student representatives on a three-day, whistle-stop train tour across the state earlier this month. The university held receptions at depots in Billings, Livingston and Helena, where […]

Education Dept. to determine college performance by tracking students

Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings on Sept. 26 announced plans to overhaul post-secondary education nationwide by revamping the financial aid process and holding college and universities accountable for student learning. Her announcement came on the heels of a report released the previous week by a 19-member higher education commission formed last year. The report stressed […]

US Mint Holds Coin Design Competition

The United States Mint has called for students to apply to its Artistic Infusion Program, which was created specifically for outside artists to contribute to the design of the Mint’s coins and medals. Up to six college or graduate-level student designers will be chosen, in addition to 10 new associate designers and 10 current master […]