FATWORLD – The Game

FATWORLD is a video game about the politics of nutrition. It explores the relationships between obesity, nutrition, and socioeconomics in the contemporary U.S. The game’s goal is not to tell people what to eat or how to exercise, but to demonstrate the complex, interwoven relationships between nutrition and factors like budgets, the physical world, subsidies, and regulations. Existing approaches to nutrition advocacy fail to communicate the aggregate effect of everyday…

Community College Uses a Video-Game Lab to Lure Students to Computer Courses

From the Chronicle: On an afternoon this fall, nearly all of the 15 computers were in use, and students stared in concentration — some gunning down bad guys in Counter-Strike, others strumming along with Guitar Hero. No one was doing any classwork. But the goal of the lab is very much college-related. It is to entice students to take game-design and other IT courses, says John Min, dean of business…

Student Name Should Not Have Been Released

An opinion published in the Robert Morris University student newspaper: The purpose of a university newspaper is not to depict students or the school in a negative light, but to talk about positive stories, current events, campus activities etc. Now imagine a high school kid looking to come to RMU, a parent wishing to send his/her daughter here…they decide to pick up the December 12th edition of the sentry…front page…”RMU…

1

New Software to Monitor Athletes' Web Sites Troubles Legal Experts

From the Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription required) Billed as a “social-network monitoring service” and marketed exclusively to college athletics departments, YouDiligence was on display at a trade show here during the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s annual convention. The program is designed to conduct real-time searches of Facebook and MySpace for up to 500 objectionable words and phrases ranging from profanity to slang used to describe drugs. If it finds…