10 STD Facts For College Students

Sexually transmitted diseases can be a scary subject to discuss, however with knowledge comes the ability to guard against catching on yourself.

Here’s 10 STD facts about College students EVERY College student should know.

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25% of College students have an STD, and 48% of all new STD cases each year occur among College students

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48% of all new STD cases each year occur among 15-24 year olds (which include College students.)


The CDC estimates that there are 19 million new sexual transmitted disease infections in the United States each year


According to recent studies only 54% of College students regularly use condoms during vaginal intercourse, only 29% during anal intercourse and 4% during oral sex.

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Over 45% of college freshmen under the influence of alcohol have failed to use condoms when engaging in sexual intercourse.


The most common STDs among College students are HPV, Chlamydia, and Genital herpes.


In the general population 25% of women and 20% of men have genital herpes and 85% of them do not know they have it. The rate is higher among College students.

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61% of men and 48% of women have never been tested for an STD other than HIV/AIDS.


Only 28% of men and 34% of women, who say they have had an STD say they revealed that fact to their current of most recent partner before they had sexual intercourse.

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Young women under 25 years old are more biologically susceptible to STDs than older women.


6 Ways to Deal with College Stress

Editors Note: We recently posted a really cool infographic about the Stress Outbreak amongst College Students. Well don’t worry we didn’t just leave it at that we had our in house associate Editor Duncan Riley write up a great article on the 6 Ways To Deal With College Stress.

Life at College isn’t always fun and games…and parties: sometimes your efforts to balance study, exams, part-time work or even your social life can result in high levels of stress.

Here’s 6 simple ways you can help deal with College Stress.

stressStop Stressing About Stress

Admit that you are stressed and figure out how to handle it. The irony is that you may have come to this post for this very reason, and like dealing with any problem, admitting the problem is the first step.

Quiet Time

Finding a few moments of peace and quiet might be just what you need to relax.

Grab a book, go for a walk in a park, stroll along a river…finding quiet time not only helps you deal with stress, many times it’s also a very cheap or free source of recreation as well.


scientist approvedEat something balanced and healthy: fruits and veggies, whole grains, protein.

Balanced food does NOT mean orderings fries with your burger. Multiple health studies show that eating healthy food provides your body with the vitamins and minerals it requires to function well…and that includes dealing with stress.


exerciseIt doesn’t have to be long, it can mean a relaxing 30 minute walk while listening to music can help reduce your stress levels.

If walking isn’t your think try swimming, a gym or even cycling, even if one of these activities is undertaken through the course of your day (say cycling from your home to College.) Exercise not only helps your body deal with stress, is also helps with depression.

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Don’t forget to take a break from studying to enjoy friends.

A good lesson for every stage of your life, let alone College is to find a great work/ life balance. You do need to study hard to get good grades, but over doing it can result in further stress, depression and tiredness that can actually deliver the opposite result.


College work just needs to get done - try to figure out how to make it more enjoyable.

This might mean mixing up how you study, playing music while you do, or even studying with friends.

15 Careers Where Grad Degrees Boost Your Income {infographic}


Graduate degrees can have a significant impact on your income in the right field. Average lifetime salaries are directly correlated to education in many fields.
Average Lifetime Earnings by Degree (Bar Graph)
High School Diploma: $1.2 million
Bachelor’s Degree: $2.1 million
Master’s degree: $2.5 million
Doctoral degree: $3.4 million
Professional degrees: $4.4 million

Lucrative Jobs for Graduate Students

Medical & Health Services Managers
Lifetime earnings with a bachelor’s degree: $2.7 million
Lifetime earnings with a graduate degree: $3.5 million (show in piles of money)
Average Annual Salaries: Medical & Health Services Managers with salaries in the top 10% of their field earn more than $144,880. Those in the bottom 10%
earn less than $51,280. (show in horizontal bar graph)

Sales Managers
Lifetime earnings with a bachelor’s degree: $3.5 million
Lifetime earnings with a graduate degree: $4.3 million
Average Annual Salaries: Sales Managers with earnings in the top 10% of their field earn more than $166,400. Those in the bottom 10% earn less than $49,960.

Business Operations Specialists
Lifetime earnings with a bachelor’s degree: $2.3 million
Lifetime earnings with a graduate degree: $3.1 million
Average Annual Salaries: Business Operations Specialists with earnings in the top 10% of their field made more than $111,960. Those in the bottom 10% earned less than

Purchasing Managers
Lifetime earnings with a bachelor’s degree: $2.9 million
Lifetime earnings with a graduate degree: $3.7 million
Average Annual Salaries: Purchasing Managers with earnings in the top 10% of their field earn more than $158,920. Those with earnings in the bottom 10% earn less than

Chemists and Material Scientists
Lifetime earnings with a bachelor’s degree: $2.5 million
Lifetime earnings with a graduate degree: $3.4 million
Average Annual Salaries: Chemists and Material Scientists with earnings in the top 10% of their field earn more than $116,130. Those in the bottom 10% earn less than

Securities, Commodities & Financial Services Sales Agents
Lifetime earnings with a bachelor’s degree: $3.4 million
Lifetime earnings with a graduate degree: $4.4 million
Average Annual Salaries: Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales agents with earnings in the top 10% of their field made over $166,400. Those in the bottom 10%
made less than $31,330.

Financial Analysts
Lifetime earnings with a bachelor’s degree: $2.7 million
Lifetime earnings with a graduate degree: $3.8 million
Average Annual Salaries: Financial Analysts with earnings in the top 10% of their field made more than $141,700. Those with earnings in the bottom 10% made less than

Financial Managers
Lifetime earnings with a bachelor’s degree: $3.1 million
Lifetime earnings with a graduate degree: $4.2 million
Average Annual Salaries: Financial Managers with earnings in the top 10% of their field made more than $166,400. Those with earnings in the bottom 10% made less than

Secondary School Teachers
Lifetime earnings with a bachelor’s degree: $1,800,000
Lifetime earnings with a graduate degree: $2,217,000
Average Annual Salaries: High school teachers with earnings in the top 10% of their occupation make more than $83,230. Those in the bottom 10% make less than $35,020.

Registered Nurses
Lifetime earnings with a bachelor’s degree: $2,527,000
Lifetime earnings with a graduate degree: $3,044,000
Average Annual Salaries: RNs with earnings in the top 10% earn more than $95,130. Those in the bottom 10% make less than $44,190.

Secretaries and Administrative Assistants
Lifetime earnings with a bachelor’s degree: $1,500,000
Lifetime earnings with a graduate degree: $1,600,000
Average Annual Salaries: Secretaries and administrative assistants with earnings in the top 10% of their field make more than $55,960. Those in the bottom 10% make less than

Police Officers
Lifetime earnings with a bachelor’s degree: $2,700,000
Lifetime earnings with a graduate degree: $3,100,000
Average Annual Salaries: Police and detectives with earnings in the top 10% of their field make more than $88,870. Those in the bottom 10% make less than $32,440.

Lifetime earnings with a bachelor’s degree: $4,000,000
Lifetime earnings with a graduate degree: $4,400,000
Average Annual Salaries: Pharmacists with earnings in the top 10% of their field make more than $138,620. Those in the bottom 10% earn less than $82,090.

Lifetime earnings with a bachelor’s degree: $1,600,000
Lifetime earnings with a graduate degree: $1,800,000
Average Annual Salaries: Clergy members with earnings in the top 10% of the field make more than $77,290. Those in the bottom 10% make less than $22,370.

Social Workers
Lifetime earnings with a bachelor’s degree: $1,600,000
Lifetime earnings with a graduate degree: $2,000,000
Average Annual Salaries: Social workers with earnings in the top 10% of their field make more than $70,390. Those in the bottom 10% make less than $26,710.




















The Evolution of Online Schooling {infographic}


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What humble beginnings begot the massive explosion of online schooling? Let’s take a look.

1930’s – Radio education was tried, but unsuccessful

1940’s – Military successfully uses TV education during WWII

1950 – Henry Ford begins long-term support of distance learning, starting with televised educational

1960 – University of Illinois developed PLATO (Programmed Logic for Automatic Teaching Operations)
and uses linked computer terminals for remote lectures

1969 – Internet founded, opening the door to more online learning

1971 - Ivan Illich writes Deschooling Society, describing a computer-based education network

1982 – University of Wisconsin begins offering “distance education” classes | CALC (Computer Assisted
Learning Center) founded in New Hampshire, opens door to adult learning online

1984 – CSILE (Computer-Supported Intentional Learning Environments) developed, allowing for
collaborative learning online

1989 – University of Phoenix becomes first online correspondence school

1992 - CAPA (Computer Assisted Personalized Approach) introduced, ushering in international
online learning

1993 – Jones International University becomes first fully accredited online college

1994 – MOOC (Massive open online courses) hit the scene with Open University’s Virtual Summer School

1995 –University of Illinois develops Mallard, a web-based course management system allowing
flexibility for graduate students to serve as online professors

1996 – Duke starts Global Executive MBA program, combining online learning with on-campus classes in
Europe, Asia, and Latin America

1997 – California Virtual University opens offering 1,500 online courses | Blackboard founded, allowing for a more personalized online learning experience

1999 – U.S. Department of Education establishes the Distance Learning Education Demonstration
Program, allows financial aid distributions for distance learners

2000 –First online law school opens: Concord University School of Law

2001 – Moodle introduced: this open-source software enabled educators to create better online
learning websites

2003 – Coalition for Christian Colleges and Universities’ GlobalNet accommodates 1 million online

2004 – Sakai initiated a Collaboration and Learning Environment (CLE), initiating a collaborative online learning environment

2010 – Online education revolution begins | Top colleges offer some free online courses

2011 – Nearly 1/3 of all college students enrolled in at least one online class

2012 - Harvard Open Courses are opened to the public, offering online classes to mimic real Harvard classrooms

Today – Over 6 million students enrolled in online classes | Twice as many students earn online degrees
as traditional degrees







Top Pharmacy Technician Degrees

Pharmacy technicians’ primary role is helping the licensed pharmacist dispense medications. They are usually found working in pharmacies and hospitals. Other duties of a pharmacy technician include packaging and labeling medications, preparing
medications and other routine tasks in the pharmacy. They usually work under the supervision of a licensed physician to ensure that they dispense the right kind and amount of medications to the patients.

A lot of pharmacies are hiring pharmacy technician to reduce cost and increase productivity. Instead of hiring a lot of licensed pharmacists, pharmacy owners hire a few pharmacists who will perform the supervisory roles and several pharmacy technicians
who can perform the less specialized tasks in the pharmacy.

Most pharmacy technicians work in pharmacies while others work in hospitals, groceries and department stores. Since pharmacies are usually open 24 hours a day, most pharmacy technicians work full time. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, pharmacy technicians earn $28,400 per year or $13.65 per hour.

There is no formal training required to become a pharmacy technician. Although some states require pharmacy technicians to undergo certification program while a few states just require them to have a high school diploma. Pharmacy technicians receive on the job trainings from their respective employers. However, employers favor those who nderwent certification programs under vocational schools and community colleges.

Competition can be tight, it is advisable for pharmacy technicians to undergo a certification program to gain an edge over other applicants. Certification can be obtained after taking an exam from the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) or the Institute for the Certification of Pharmacy Technicians (ICPT). According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, those with certification have higher chances for greater pay and supervisory positions.

Top Pharmacy Technician Schools

National College

National College offers certificate program as well as an associate’s degree program for pharmacy technician. It is considered to be one of the top Pharmacy technician schools
and has several campuses located in West Virginia, Tennessee, Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. Their associate’s degree program can be a great step in obtaining a bachelor’s degree later on.

Southeastern College

Southeastern College offers a diploma and associate degree program for pharmacy technician students. The associate’s degree program lasts for twelve months and provides student with extensive knowledge and hand on experience when it comes to
drug preparations. They also offer financial aid programs for students.

Virginia College

Virginia College has three programs for pharmacy technician students namely certificate, diploma and associate’s degree. Virginia College is well known for their great career placement service to help their graduates get a job after their training. Obtaining an associate’s degree from Virginia College can be a great stepping stone for earning a bachelor’s degree later on.

Remington College

With several campuses located in eight states, you can find a Remington College campus that’s near your place. Pharmacy technician programs are offered in their campuses located in Alabama, Ohio, Tennessee, Arkansas and Texas. Remington College offers diploma programs for pharmacy technician students.

Purdue University

Purdue University provides an online Nuclear Pharmacy Technician training program so that pharmacy technicians will gain a better understanding on the rationale of their actions inside the pharmacy. Some of the subjects taken in this program are the following: Radiation Physics, Radiation Safety, Regulatory Issues, Proper use of equipment and Radiation Biology.

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The Great Rose Bowl Hoax of 1961

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Nicknamed the “Granddaddy of Them All,” the annual Rose Bowl Game is the oldest bowl game and is considered by many to be the most prestigious of the College bowl games.

Held on January 1st of each year (January 2nd where January 1 falls on a Sunday) the game draws national attention and fan interest throughout the United States.

There are many traditions around College football, and the Rose Bowl was one of the earliest bowls to introduce flip cards to the half time show, where fans flip cards to present words, logos and symbols supporting their team. Each flip card routine can be dozens of movements long and requires some serious planning, and it’s the subversion of this planning that gave football the Great Rose Bowl Hoax of 1961.

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The Washington Huskies were pitted against the Minnesota Golden Gophers at the Rose Bowl stadium in Pasadena, not far from a local technical college by the name of Caltech.

The Caltech team occasionally played in the stadium, but had never made the Rose Bowl itself, a fact a group of fourteen Caltech students took to heart.

The fourteen, later known as the “Fiendish Fourteen” hatched their plot in the December of 1960.

After discovering the method the Washington State cheerleaders used co-ordinate the flip show (instruction sheets as to when to hold up each colored card,) they subverted the planned instructions by first obtaining copies of them, altering them by hand, and then replacing the original sheets with their altered sheets…all without being discovered.

Come January 2nd, NBC cameras focused on the stands where the flip show was to take place, and at first nothing was untoward, with the first eleven flip cards sticking to the Washington cheerleaders original plans.

The 12th flip was when the fun began. Little known to those watching, the Washington State Husky had been replaced by the Caltech Beaver mascot.

The 13th flip was meant to spell Huskies left to right but instead delivered “SEIKSUH” (Huskies in reverse.) By this stage the cheerleaders who were co-ordinating the flip turns knew something was going wrong, but little did they know what the 14 turn would deliver.

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Reports at the time stated that the band stopped playing, the crowd went silent and no body knew what to do.

The crowd then erupted into laughter and the cheerleaders and band left the field.

Washington did go on to win the Rose Bowl that year 17-7 but the game will always be remembered for the Great Rose Bowl Hoax.


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The Oldest Colleges in the United States

The United States may not have thousands of years of educational history such is the case in Europe, however it can boast of some grand and fine Colleges and Universities. Here’s the list of the nine oldest Colleges in the United States, which collectively are commonly referred to today as the “Colonial Cottages.”

harvard logo1. Harvard University: 1636

Initially known as “New College,” Harvard was established by a vote of the Great and General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony.

It was later renamed in 1639 after John Harvard, who bequeathed the College his library of four hundred books and 779 pounds, 17 shillings, and two pence, a sizable sum in those days.

Although never formally affiliated with a church, Harvard trained Congregationalist and Unitarian clergy.

College of William & Mary logo2. College of William & Mary: 1694

Founded in Williamsburg, Virginia, the College of William & Mary was established by a letters patent issued by King William III and Queen Mary I which stated that the College was to “make, found and establish a certain Place of Universal Study, a perpetual College of Divinity, Philosophy, Languages, and other good arts and sciences…to be supported and maintained, in all time coming.”

The College was originally founded as an Anglican institution. The college became the first (formal) American university with the establishment of its graduate schools in law and medicine.

yale logo3. Yale University: 1701

Originally known as the Collegiate School, Yale was established by an Act of the General Court of the Colony of Connecticut on 9 October 2021 as an institution to train clergy.

Yale was changed to its existing name in 1718, and is named after benefactor Eilhu Yale, the Governor of the British East India company.

princeton logo4. Princeton University: 1746

Princeton was originally founded by the New Light Presbyterians as the College of New Jersey in 1746 in Elizabeth, New Jersey to train Ministers.

Following moves to Newark in 1747 then Princeton in 1756, the institution did not get its current name of Princeton University until 1896.

University of Pennsylvania logo5. University of Pennsylvania: 1740/ 1749

There’s some conjecture when the University of Pennsylvania was established. The first building was originally built in 1740 and was intended to be used as a charity school, however the first meeting of the board of Trustees did not occur until 1749. Further the University did not receive a formal charter until 1755.

Unlike other Colleges of the period the University did not just focus on education for the clergy, but offered (for the first time in what is now the United States) a multidisciplinary model, had a non-sectarian board, and study was open to the public.

Columbia University logo6. Columbia University: 1754

Columbia was founded as King’s College by Royal Charter of King George II in 1754 with funding from the General Assembly of New York.

Columbia has a tumultuous early history, having been closed and ransacked during the American Revolutionary War as American and British forces both traded places in holding the New York itself. At the end of the war the “rebels” renamed the Kings College to Columbia University.

brown university logo7. Brown University: 1764

Brown was founded as the “College in the English Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations” in 1764 as a Baptist College to train Baptist Ministers.

It is renamed Brown University in 1804 after Nicholas Brown Jr, who between 1786 and 1804 contributed $5,000 toward an endowed professorship.

rutgers logo8. Rutgers University: 1766

Chartered as Queens’ College in 1766, Rutgers was founded by the Dutch Reformed Church to train those who wanted to become Ministers.

The College closed between 1795 and 1807 and for a period following the War of 1812 and 1825. Its named changed to Rutgers College in honor of American Revolutionary War hero Henry Rutgers the year it reopened (1825,) until finally becoming know as Rutgers - The State University of New Jersey by two acts in 1945 and 1956.

dartmouth college logo9. Dartmouth College: 1769

Dartmouth was founded by Puritan Minister Eleazar Wheelock as a school to primarily train Native Americans as missionaries.

It is named after William Legge, 2nd Earl of Dartmouth and early supporter of Wheelock.

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10 Ways To Stretch Your Budget While At College

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College is an expensive proposition, even if you have a scholarship, aid or parental financial assistance.

We’re not claiming that the following 10 ways to stretch your budget while at College are all easy, but following this advice can make your money go further.


The biggest mistake most College students make when it comes to money is failing to have a plan. You can go as far as having a formal budget, but even a basic plan of where your money goes can help you with your long term financial needs.

Get rid of your car

Cars are great to own, but they’re also a sinkhole for money, from registration through to maintenance, insurance and sometimes even parking. Most College campuses have public transportation, and there’s always the option of walking, riding a bicycle or using ride-sharing services instead.

home cookingEat in

Buying lunch of campus, or even regularly buying any of your meals can quickly run up a big food bill where as you could be saving money and even eating more healthily by making it yourself. Learn to cook, take a packed lunch, and seek out food co-ops and bargain supermarkets. If you share food in a dorm, or you’ve got some extra storage space, consider bulk purchases from outlets such as Costco: the savings quickly add up.

Buy Textbooks cheaply

Buy used books where you can, and with all book purchases (new and used) keep them unmarked and in a great condition so you can resell them at the end of term. There’s also a growing number of options for digital versions of your textbooks, so hit Google as well to try and save some money.

credit cardTry to avoid credit

Credit cards are pushed at College students like drugs to addicts, except the former is legal. Credit cards are not your friend and try to avoid obtaining one if you can. If you absolutely must, look for a low interest rate, low limit card so your debt doesn’t get out of control and becomes unmanageable.

Resist impulse buying

It’s tempting when you have money in your pocket (or a credit card) to impulse buy something when you’re our shopping in the mall or local stores. Try to resist impulse buying, and if you do buy something you later regret, don’t be afraid to return it.

bargainBe a bargain hunter

The internet is your friend. When you do need something the chance is that you will find it offered somewhere online at a cheaper price. Browse at your local stores by all means, but be sure to check the price online before you make your purchase.

Set aside a fun budget

Just because you need to save money doesn’t mean you’re not entitled to some fun. Set aside money on a weekly or monthly basis so you can go out and enjoy yourself

pay billsFind work

The job market is difficult but that doesn’t mean that work isn’t available: even if it’s a couple of hours a week it all adds up. Tutoring (other College students or High School students,) music lessons, baby sitting, yard work…there’s always someone out there who needs a hand.

Pay your bills on time

Late fees can blow your budget alone, so it’s important to pay your bills on time. Paying your bills on time is also an investment in your future as it helps you establish a good credit history for when you finish College and want to rent an apartment, buy a car or even start a new business.


Top Occupational Therapy Assistant Degrees

Occupational therapy assistants work with occupational therapists in helping patients who are recovering from surgeries, brain trauma, diseases, dementia or those who are in need of rehabilitation to learn how to perform the basic activities of daily living.

Some of the key functions of occupational therapy assistants are assisting patients in performing exercises, stretching and other therapeutic activities to improve their mobility and coordination, teaching patients to use assistive devices, work with children patients who have developmental delays/mental problems and record and report the progress of the patients to the occupational therapist.

They are also expected to perform clerical tasks and assists patients in the treatment areas. Occupational therapy assistants are also expected to set up the treatment area and collaborate with the occupational therapist in preparing a treatment plan for the patients.

Most of occupational therapy assistants are employed in the offices of physicians, occupational and speech therapists and audiologists. Others work in nursing care facilities, hospitals, elementary and secondary schools and even provide home health services.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary of occupational therapy assistants in May 2010 was $51,010. The demand for occupational therapy assistants is also expected to rise to 43 percent within 2010-2020. Since the aging population is growing, the demand for occupational therapy assistant who will help elderly clients with bone problems such as arthritis and osteoporosis.

To become an occupational therapy assistant, one must be a high school graduate and an associate degree that can be earned in a university or community college. An associate degree can be earned after two years. Occupational therapy assistants need a license before they can practice. The program that they must enroll in must be accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education to earn a license after finishing the program. To become certified occupational therapy assistants, they need to pass the exam being administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy.

Here are some of the Top Occupational Therapy Assistant Schools

St. Catherine University

St. Catherine University ranks 14th among Midwest top regional universities by U.S. News and World Report in 2012. This university offers a two year occupational therapy assistant associate degree program. Their campus is located in Minnesota. They train occupational therapy assistants to have strong leadership skills and high level of ethical values. Students are also given hand-on experience in the clinical field and are prepared well to become certified occupational therapy assistants.

Pennsylvania College of Technology

Pennsylvania College of Technology offers an occupational therapy assistant associate degree program that’s accredited by ACOTE. Graduate of this program are eligible to take the National Certification Exam that is administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After completion of the program and passing the exam, the students become certified occupational therapy assistants.

Touro College

Touro College offers a two-year, occupational therapy assistant associate degree program wherein the first eighteen months are evening courses while the remaining five months include daytime fieldwork. This offers great flexibility in terms of schedule for those students who are working.

Southwestern Oklahoma State University

Southwestern Oklahoma State University offers an associate in science degree for those who want to be an occupational therapy assistant. The two-year program is accredited by ACOTE and graduates are eligible to take the national certification exam administered by NBCOT.

Manchester Community College

Manchester Community College offers an Occupational Therapy Assistant associate degree program. GPA requirement for admission is 2.5 or better. MCC also offers online learning programs that are great for working students.

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7 Really Weird College Mascots

When choosing a name for a College mascot, most would choose something fierce, strong or iconic, a mascot that the school could rally around like a bear or hawk.

But not all Colleges play by this rule book. Here’s 7 really weird College mascots.

fighting okraThe Fighting Okra, Delta State University

Did someone say a piece of fruit wearing boxing gloves and brandishing a fierce expression would make a great mascot? Well the students at Delta State University in Mississippi thought that this was a great idea.

The Fighting Okra was first embraced by the students in the 1980’s as an alternative to the College’s traditional mascot of a Statesman, which they argued wasn’t particularly frightening.

The Fighting Okra was officially elected by the student body as their mascot in the 1990’s, and the mascot now even has a number of myths about it, including it being based on a stubborn okra planet at first base on the baseball field that grew back every time it was cut.

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The Banana Slug, University of California Santa Cruz

When UC Santa Cruz started participating in a the NCAA intercollegiate sports in 1981 the then Chancellor was keen on adopting a sea lion as a mascot…but the students were having none of that.

Instead at a referendum in 1986 the students voted by an overwhelming margin to declare the Banana Slug as their official mascot.

Not everyone thinks The Banana Slug is a weird mascot though: ESPN Sports Travel named the Banana Slug as one of the best ten nicknames in college basket in February 2008.

big redBig Red, Western Kentucky University

Big Red is a red, furry blob that is meant to symbolize the spirit of WKU students and alumni, as well as the sports teams’ nickname, the “Hilltoppers.”

Apparently Big Red’s head is meant to be shaped like a hill because WKU sits on a hill…get it?

Big Red also partakes in team sport as well, being a member of the All-America Mascot Team…which isn’t a bad achievement for a giant red blob.

wushockWuShock The Shocker, Wichita State University

We prefaced this post noting that teams usually go for a mascot that says strong and fierce, but what we forgot to consider that Wheat is apparently strong and fierce in Kansas.

WuShock is (you can’t make this up) “a big, bad, muscle-bound bundle of wheat” who is derived from a period of time when the University was simply known as Wichita University or WU.

His official site claims that among other things he’s even stared in a movie.

boll weevilThe Boll Weevil, University of Arkansas Monticello

The Boll Weevil takes us back in history to 1925, when then School President  Frank Horsfall came up with the idea to use a weevil mascot.

Horsfall is said to have said to a crowd of students at a pep rally “The only gosh-darned thing that ever licked the South was the boll weevil. Boll weevils! That’s what you are – Boll Weevils!”

The Weevil is famous in the South for having decimated cotton growing areas in the 1920’s, despite growing to no larger than 1/5th of an inch in size.

Scrotie, Rhode Island School of Design

With a hockey team first referred to as “The Nads” and then later renamed to “The Balls” Scrotie the dancing penis actually seems like a logical choice for the Rhode Island School Design.

Scrotie was first created in 2001 and as you may note from the picture is anatomically correct, besides being a touch over sized a 6 feet and a touch blue and red.

Scrotie is seen at College basket ball games leading fans in a cheer that goes “When the heat is on, the Balls stick together!”

stanford treeThe Stanford Tree, Stanford University

The Stanford Tree is the official unofficial mascot of Stanford University.

Officially accepted by students as their mascot, it’s not accepted by Administration who has never actually got around to selecting an official official mascot, despite the Stanford athletic program being known as the Cardinals.

It could be worse though: other student suggestions for a mascot included a french fry and steaming manhole.