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Neal’s Necessary Knowledge – Thirteen hauntingly good films

October 27, 2011
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Neal’s Necessary Knowledge – Thirteen hauntingly good films

I watch far too many movies for my own good, and Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. So, without further ado, here are some of my favorite films to watch during this creepy season: • “The Thing” (1982) – Forget about that quasi-prequel/remake that’s out in theaters right now masquerading under the same name.…

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Through the Grapevine – 10/27

October 27, 2011
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From Justina: I feel like I need to censor myself not only with what I say but what I think to be a better person. Is that a good idea? Ben says:  No! Can anyone say boring?! What you think and say makes you, well, you. Be yourself unless you really want to change; then…

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Neal’s Necessary Knowledge – ‘Most good writing is rewriting’

October 20, 2011
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So, let’s say that you have an entire essay written out. It’s several pages long – filled with the blood, sweat, and tears from all your hard work – and worth a ridiculous percentage of your grade for a class. Let’s also venture to say that you’ve resisted the temptation to procrastinate and managed to…

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Through the Grapevine – 10/20

October 20, 2011
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From Waldo: I’m looking into graduate schools. What do you think the most important things to pay attention to are? Ben says: The school’s requirements for admission. Follow their requirements for letters of recommendation, résumés, transcripts and letters of intent perfectly. You don’t want to give them a quick reason to throw you out of…

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Through the Grapevine – 10/6

October 6, 2011
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From Roselynn: School has completely burned me out and I’m ready for the working world, but people keep telling me that without graduate school I won’t go anywhere. Is that true? Ben says: It really depends on what your major is. If you are an art major, you don’t necessarily need a graduate degree to…

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Neal’s Necessary Knowledge – Start the day on a positive note

October 6, 2011
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The alarm clock pierces the still morning air with its pitiless scream and your eyes jolt open. It takes a moment to adjust to the light of the new day. You sluggishly reach out to shut off the alarm, maybe knocking an object or two from your shelves in the process. Then, as you lie…

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Through the Grapevine – 9/29

September 29, 2011
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From Princess: I have been following the story about Troy Davis, and my friends all thought it was right he was executed, but I feel it was wrong. What do you think about the use of eyewitnesses in cases determining the death penalty? Ben says: I honestly haven’t heard this story at all, but usually…

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Neal’s Necessary Knowledge – Plunge into community service

September 29, 2011
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As a college student, it’s easy to get lost in your own little world. Homework, class time, and work-study all eat up our time and attention and we always struggle to find time for ourselves. When we do get the extra time we desire, it’s usually not spent on productive activities. It’s awfully tempting to…

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Throught the Grapevine – 9/22

September 22, 2011
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From Justice: I’m having a hard time staying motivated to do my homework and I don’t want to fall behind. What can I do to re-motivate myself? Ben says: I think you really just need to find something in the class that you can love, something that makes you want to do your work. Say…

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Neal’s Necessary Knowledge – Allow writing to thrive in your life

September 22, 2011
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Writing has the power to alter human consciousness. This is a bold statement – one famously made by author Walter Ong – but it has the evidence to back itself up. Think about how a person learns to write. It isn’t a natural process like learning to speak, which infants and small children can pick…

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