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The Top 10 People of 2011

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…according to guest blogger, Serena Piper

By guest blogger Serena Piper
Journalism major at the University of Oregon. Editor-in-Chief of Her Campus Oregon. Magazine, freelance blogger, future world traveler. In her spare time, she likes to read as many books as she can, go for long drives, and peruse news websites. Hopes to one day write for National Geographic.

It’s December and in the spirit of the New Year, let’s do a countdown of the top 10 people that made 2011 the year that it was. We all have those lists in our head, “Oh, those people will be so memorable by the end of year… we’ll never forget this,” so let’s see who made the list and who didn’t!

10. Muammar Gaddafi – Gaddafi ruled Libya from 1977 until August 2011. The February protests against him escalated into the 2011 Libyan Civil War. He was captured on October 18th and almost a month later, his son and brother-in-law were captured too. He was beaten to death shortly after.

9. Osama Bin Laden – At first we couldn’t believe it was true when news channels reported in May that Osama bin Laden, deemed the “architect of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks” by CBS News, was killed. He was tracked down “not far from a Pakistani military academy was killed in a firefight by American forces May 2nd.”

8. Kim Kardashian – In August, Kim married in an elaborate, $10 million wedding. By October, Kardashian was filing for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences. Her husband of 72 days didn’t go down quietly; he refused the divorce and instead asked for an annulment. This leaves us all wondering: who will get Kim’s wedding ring?

7. Steve JobsThe New York Times called him “the visionary co-founder of Apple who helped usher in the era of personal computers and then led a cultural transformation.” Steve Jobs passed away of complications from pancreatic cancer at the age of 56. Before he died, he said, “Remembering that you are going to die is the best way you know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”

6. Amy Winehouse – The 27-year-old British soul singer died in July from alcohol poisoning. She was known for her 2007 hit song, “Rehab.” Perhaps the most tragic thing about Winehouse’s death is that she joins a long list of rockers who died before 27, including Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, and Jimi Hendrix.

5. Betty Ford – The First Lady of the U.S. from 1974 to 1977 also died in July. She was best known for raising breast cancer awareness following her own mastectomy and was an activist for the Equal Rights Amendment. She was known for more than being her husband’s sidekick and influenced on the lives of many people.

4. Rebecca Black – This list would not be complete without including the 14-year-old girl who created that awfully annoying video we all love to hate. Her mom paid $4,000 to have the song recorded. Even though the video got over 167 million views after it was uploaded to YouTube, Rebecca Black was able lay claim to the most disliked video on YouTube (until Rick Perry’s recent campaign ad surpassed it the week of December 5). Well, that’s one way to gain fame.

3. Justin Bieber – Bieber’s film, Never Say Never, was released in February and grossed $30.3 million in its first weekend. In June, he was ranked second on Forbes’ list of Best-Paid Celebrities under 30. And recently, he was accused of fathering a child. Thank God to all of the Bieber fans out there that those accusations were not true.

2. Taylor Swift – Recently, Swift was named Billboard’s Woman of the Year at the Billboard ‘Women In Music’ event. She has sold out every show of her Speak Now World Tour and she was named Entertainer of the Year at both the ACM and CMA Awards. Seems like 2011 may have been her year. Is this a peak or will she keep going up in 2012?

1. Dr. Conrad Murray – The physician convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson was given in November to 4 years in jail. Prosecutors contended that had it not been for Murray’s negligence, Jackson would still be here today. Looks like the Michael Jackson era has officially come to a close.

Do you agree with my picks? Who do you think will make the list in 2012?

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The New iPhone 4S

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…What we’ve been waiting for: the new iPhone 5 iPhone 4S

By guest blogger Jessica Ridgeway
Jessica is a journalism major at the University of Oregon. She is finishing her final year focusing in magazine journalism with a minor in communications. She spends her free time writing or hanging out with friends. College has introduced her to a new found love for sports (Go Ducks!) and the French language.

Apple Inc. has done it again – they’ve released a brand-new Apple product that surpasses the last. This October the iPhone 4S, formerly rumored to be the “iPhone 5,” is available for technology-lovers everywhere.

The new iPhone 4S doesn’t physically differ from its predecessor, the iPhone 4. It’s the same weight and shape with all of the same functional buttons. However, it’s the phone’s capabilities that make it shine.

First there is the phone’s new dual-core A5 chip – which is the same processor found in the iPad 2. It works twice as fast, opening Apps and Safari web pages faster than ever. The phone also runs on the new iOS 5 operating system; it includes 200 new features that the iPhone 4 lacks.

by Photo Giddy

All of the main programs on the iPhone – Music, Contacts, Photos, Mail (to name a few) –  all run under iCloud on the new iPhone 4S. iCloud wirelessly stores and transfers your files, photos, and pretty much everything else to your other devices. So if you take photos with your iPhone 4S, they will automatically appear in iPhoto on your Macbook Pro and iPad, for example.

The camera of the Phone 4S completely tops the iPhone 4’s. This camera is 8 megapixels and has all-new optics for better pictures. Apple has increased the aperture, which allows more light into the photo, and has added a fifth lens for a sharper and more detailed image. It also has face-detection programming, allowing the camera to focus and expose the image accordingly. For the iPhone videographers, the new phone records at 1080p and at 30 frames per second. There is also a stabilizer, keeping the videos from looking like you’re experiencing an earthquake.

Lastly, the new iPhone 4S includes a new program called “Siri.” The Apple website calls it the “amazing assistant.” Siri listens to voice commands and works with the phone. You can set reminders, send text messages, search for directions, and so much more using only your voice. Aside from all of the many advancements the iPhone 4S has, it’s Siri that sets this smart phone apart from all of its competitors.

Siri can answer any of your questions, even abstract ones

As a new iPhone 4 user (I’ve had mine for almost two months now) I’m mildly impressed. I’m intrigued, of course, but not enough to swap phones. I use my iPhone for three things: phone calls, text messages, and e-mail. I feel that the more features added to phones will eventually cause people to avoid personal communication all together. I have also been told that “Siri” is available as a free App on the iTunes store – but I don’t think I would ever use it. I find it a little strange to talk to my phone like it’s my robot assistant.

Overall, I congratulate Apple on another successful release. I have no doubt in my mind that the elusive “iPhone 5” will make an appearance soon.

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Sneak Peek Into College Halloween 2011 [Infographic]

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From Predicting This Year’s Hottest Costume to Believing In Things That Go Bump In The Night, Here’s What College Students Had to Say!

Sneak Peek Into College Halloween 2011

Sneak Peek Into College Halloween 2011

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