Volume 10, Issue 4 - August 2015Print | Email

Understanding Twitter Racism: The 2014 Miss America Pageant

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When Miss New York, Nina Davuluri, was crowned the winner of the 2014 Miss America pageant, her selection was notable because she became the first Indian American to win the title. Her victory was also notable because it led to a firestorm of objectionable communication on Twitter. While much of the mainstream media celebrated her winning the Miss America title, many on Twitter had a very different reaction. Their tweets were explicitly racist, attacking Davuluri and circulating stereotypes about Indian Americans, Arab Americans, and other racial and ethnic minorities. The firestorm surrounding Davuluri’s victory was so pronounced that the tweets themselves became the object of media coverage.
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Cross Current

What Is My Advisee Thinking? Exploring Advisee Communication Motives

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Through supportive interpersonal relationships, faculty academic advisors have the opportunity to facilitate positive college experiences for their advisees. These supportive interpersonal relationships can be developed when advisors take the time to use caring and confirming communication, both inside and outside the classroom, to let advisees know that they are valuable and significant individuals. Supportive interpersonal relationships are pivotal to advisees’ academic successbecause advisees who have an engaging and encouraging advisor are more likely to stay at their university, graduate from their university, and be engaged at work, thriving in their well-being post graduation.
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Mobile Phones in Class Can Help and Hurt Student Learning

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In many classrooms across the United States, we see students bringing and using their mobile phones. Certainly some students may use these devices for course-related purposes, like taking notes; however, others may use their phones to communicate with friends through social networking sites, text messages, or messaging apps. As a result, we became interested in understanding what impact this behavior has on student learning and note taking. Specifically, we wanted to examine if using mobile phones in class helped or hurt student learning, and what factors might influence that effect.
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Teaching Millennials the Ps and Q of Professional Emailing

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Growing up in the age of the Internet, cell phones, and social media, members of the millennial generation are “digital natives,” texting and emailing from young ages. Their entry into the workplace and its increasing reliance on electronic communication have challenged widespread assumptions about these digital natives’ knowledge of how to professionally use the digital technologies on which they’ve been raised. Many of them are efficient and effective users of electronic communication mediums such as Facebook, Twitter, and any number of new social media platforms, but they often are more confident in their communication skills and preparation for the workforce than hiring managers are. This discrepancy often becomes apparent in millennials’ email messages in professional settings, a failing that has direct effects on students’ college and career success.
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Transforming Loss Through Landscape

10-4 T 1 2Since September 11 and Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, our country perhaps recognizes ruin with less difficulty, less reluctance. But ruin is more than barren landscapes and decomposed architecture. Ruin is the emotional gravity of loss that exists within all of us.
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What Not to Do on Here Comes Honey Boo Boo

10-4 T 2 1Depictions of white working-class people are steadily on the rise in reality television. To understand this phenomenon and what it communicates about how white working-class people are perceived in U.S. culture, I analyzed three seasons of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, a popular reality series on TLC that features a self-described “redneck” family from rural Georgia.
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Communication Behaviors for an Effective Patient Handoff

10-4 T 3 1Anyone who has spent time as a hospital patient has seen a nursing communication ritual called the patient handoff. It involves the nurse who is going off shift providing the incoming nurse with critical patient information so she or he is prepared to take over responsibility for patient care.
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Watching the News Over … and Over Again

10-4 T 4 1For many of us, the national news media are our number one source for political information. From the moment we check our favorite news website in the morning to when we watch the evening news, we are bombarded with a loop of news reports about the events of the day. This is likely to have an effect—to some extent—on our political opinions.
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The “New Me”—Social Curation and Private Collection on Pinterest.com

10-4 T 5 2Pinterest, an image collection site, has been one of the quickest growing social networking sites on the Internet in recent years, the fastest site to reach 10 million unique visitors in the history of the Web.
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