Student Group Will Pay Businesses To Not Serve Alcohol; Harvard Students Want a Nap Room
Shhhh. Harvard Student Hopes to Open Campus Nap Room. One Harvard student is taking the idea of napping seriously. Yuqi Hou, a sophomore majoring in Applied Math, believes that students could benefit from a designated nap room, as sleep is vital to academic performance and good health. She submitted her petition for a nap room through the Harvard Undergraduate Council’s “We the Crimson” page, which allows students to create and vote on petitions—the top three petitions every month are reviewed by the Dean of Harvard College. Hou wrote, “Harvard has the chance to be a leader in health and wellness by instituting a university recognized nap space in a central location.” Until her plan becomes a reality, however, Hou said she is creating a “nap map” for locations on campus that students can currently nap. [Boston.com]
State Patty’s Day: Bars, Beer Shops Paid to Not Serve Alcohol. For those who are looking forward to a wild time on State Patty’s Day—an unofficial holiday started in 2007 to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Penn State—you may be disappointed this year. A committee at Penn State known as the Partnership: Campus & Community United Against Dangerous Drinking is paying businesses that typically sell alcohol $5,000 if they agree to stop alcohol sales on State Patty’s Day. The action has been generally embraced by business owners and students alike, as there seems to be consensus that State Patty’s Day has gotten out-of-hand in previous years. [Huffington Post]
SD College Tests Fingerprint Purchasing Technology. A small state college in South Dakota, the School of Mines and Technology, is testing a new technology known as Biocryptology, which combines biometrics and cryptology. At this school, students can purchase potato chips “with a machine that non-intrusively detects their hemoglobin to make sure the transaction is legitimate.” While there are a lot of privacy concerns around fingerprint purchasing technology, some experts say that these new experiments that check fingerprints and hemoglobin are a step in the right direction towards answering security concerns. [San Francisco Gate]
Many Laws Block Young Voters. According to new report by millennial advocacy group OurTime.org, States should implement online voter registration and Congress should force states with voter ID laws to accept college identification cards at the polls. The report outlines barriers to young voters in the 2012 elections, including voter ID laws, voter roll purges, confusion, long lines and attempts to pass laws forbidding out-of-state students from casting ballots where they attend school. Young voters made up a greater percentage of the electorate in 2012 than they did in 2008 or 2004, helping pass state ballot initiatives to raise taxes and legalize same-sex marriage, as well as to reelect President Barack Obama. [Huffington Post]
Christine Dickason is a Communications Intern with Campus Progress. You can follow her on Twitter @cdickason11.