Friday, September 08, 2006

Security Deposit Fee Unfair to SJSU Students?

I was recently informed that the refund students will receive from last year's security deposit for living in Campus village will include a "processing fee" from the University.

It seems quite unfair that students should be charged to receive their own refunds from a deposit that was made with the understanding that they would get the money back at the end of their stay at Campus Village.

Besides, this is not only unfair for the students, it breeds distrust of the University in the long run and sends the message to students to live off-campus. If the University is hurting that badly for funds, it needs to start selling lemonade; that's no way to run a business.

Who's Watching This Stuff Anyways?

Every time I look at Google Video's Upload Report page, I'm blown away.

In the last 5 months, over 2200 people have watched videos of lectures that I've recorded at San Jose State. And of those viewers, 103 people thought they were good enough on some level to download to their computers.

It's not that they're boring speakers, but I'm sometimes left shaking my head wondering... WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE!?

Seriously though, this is the genius of Web 2.0 - create your own content and let the world market decide if it's worth anything.
Any broadcast student today not creating content should really be thinking about their futures, and if they are, then they're already on Google Video or YouTube and Myspace - and blogging.

There was a good video on Rocketboom the other day with an interview of Micro Persuasion's own Steve Rubel. Rubel talks about the changing media and how advertisers (and journalists) need to view their audience and how they should behave to survive in the Web 2.0 world.

Smart guy, that Rubel...

Clark Library is a Hazard to Your Health.

I am happy to see that the fire hazard Steve Sloan blogged about yesterday has been cleared up, but I was concerned to see that there are still uncovered wires hanging inside the building, and ongoing construction while people are working.

Drilling into concrete, for example, can be hazardous to the health of people not wearing breathing protection. I wonder if the school is speeding up construction at a risk to students.
(First image courtesy of Steve Sloan)