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Technology: Do We Have Anything Better to Offer?

By Scott Raymond, Nathan Geer, Stephen Milliken

Thomas Aquinas said, "Man cannot live without joy; therefore when he is deprived of true spiritual joys it is necessary that he become addicted to carnal pleasures."

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Connecting the Book Reviews of Guyland and Cinderella Ate My Daughter

By Josiah Hatfield, Laura B. McGrath

While writing book reviews on similar topics, Laura and Josiah thought it would be interesting to discuss the thoughts and feelings they were contemplating and processing in reviewing their respective books and in how each text relates to student development and higher education in general. What follows is a transcription of the conversation that includes a few (not all) of their reactions and hopefully allows the two books to interact on a reader level.

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A Book Review of Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Dispatches from the Frontlines of the New Girlie-Girl Culture

By Laura B. McGrath

Peggy Orenstein’s Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the New Girlie-Girl Culture examines the social factors that have transformed our young girls into tiara-wearing, scepter-wielding Princesses. Orenstein’s research is extensive, spanning from the indomitable Disney Princess, to the original Brothers Grimm fairy tales, to modern-day pageants, to American Girl dolls, and even a Miley Cyrus concert, all to examine the factors that contribute to contemporary girlhood. Cinderella Ate My Daughter asks critical questions that can shape and inform practice in student affairs. With near Socratic expertise, Peggy Orenstein masterfully probes meaningful issues, leaving her readers with more questions than answers.

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A Book Review of Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men

By Josiah Hatfield

Having graduated in 2009, my undergraduate experience doesn’t seem all that far away. Throughout my four years living in an all-male residence hall at a Christian university, I picked up a few things on the culture present in a male dorm. While there were countless positives that resulted from my time living in a residence hall (being challenged, encouraged, enlightened, etc.), the community of guys with which I lived for four years was by no means perfect. Serving as a residence assistant my senior year, one of my largest frustrations was the negative, collective attitude that so often crept up. When interacting with most individuals on my wing, I could almost always find a point of relation and understanding. Yet when having to deal with the wing as a whole, the descriptors that often came to mind were: “indifferent”, “disrespectful”, and, well, “immature”. I know my residence hall experience was not unique. No, these frustrations were simply an example of my interaction with a lot of the social mores of today’s young men.

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The Effect of Videogames on Student Achievement

By Jonathan Craton

In the past few decades, interactive electronic media has grown from virtual non-existence to one of the primary means of entertainment for college students. In more recent years, the Internet has completely changed the landscape of electronic media from something individual and static into something with the potential to be interactive and social. This article examines the effects of increased student usage of traditional video games as well as online games. The demographics of the typical game player will be examined along with effects on the individual development and sociological perceptions. This article will also look at the potential education utility of video games and the effect of games on student engagement and social development.

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