R.I.P. Ilya Zhitomirskiy

Recently, 22-year-old Ilya Zhitomirskiy died. He was a New York University dropout, and was one of four co-founders of the social network Diaspora*. His death sent minor reverberations around the Internet; it made the front pages of various tech blogs as well as Gawker and Yahoo.

| Staff Columnist

The new Facebook, a preview

The Zuck has struck again. Every once in a while, Facebook alters its design, causing complaints to litter one’s newsfeed. “The old Facebook was fine,” users protest, “Why fix something that isn’t broken?” Brace yourselves—the biggest change yet is coming. Cadenza gained early access to the newest change, the “timeline” feature, and here are our thoughts.

| Scene Senior Editor

WU students reluctant to use Google+ despite its popularity

Google’s efforts to expand the usage of its new social networking site, Google Plus on college campuses do not seem to have found much success among students at Washington University. Many University students have elected not to start Google Plus accounts, or simply do not use them.

| Contributing Reporter

Romance 101: Technology

Is technology killing romance? Back when our parents courted and dated, the extent of their communication was either phone calls, snail mail and in-person interaction. Now, we text, Google Chat, use Facebook and tweet. Does the convenience of social media and technology foster intimacy or lead to miscommunications, mixed messages and overanalyzing?

| Staff Columnist

Celebrity and death

O n Oct. 5, 2011, the Cardinals beat the Phillies 5-3, forcing a fifth playoff game and ultimately winning the series in a nail-biter of a finale. Awesome, right? Overall, I’d say Wednesday was a good day. Except for the big news that Steve Jobs died. I have to say, though, I didn’t really care. The guy had a particularly insidious form of cancer.

| Staff Columnist

Wash. U. Ranked 14th on Identified by Market-Demand

Washington University in St. Louis was ranked 14th highest in terms of market-demand in a ranking of universities recently released by Identified, a new professional search engine.

| Contributing reporter

Is the Internet really that great?

The Internet is great (really, really great), and it contains what might as well be an infinite supply of news and entertainment. Social media makes us feel like our preschool friends aren’t completely gone from our lives. Review aggregators tell us which movies to watch.

| Forum Editor

Admissions office does not recruit using Facebook despite national trend

While admissions officers nationwide have become increasingly dependent on Facebook profiles to attract applicants, Washington University has limited involvement with the social network.
A recent article on the All Facebook blog cited a 2010 survey conducted by Kaplan, in which four out of every five college admissions officers stated that their school used the social network to recruit students.

| Staff Reporter

The book that helped start a revolution

Last week, the rule of Hosni Mubarak in Egypt was toppled. In 2003, Saddam Hussein’s dictatorship that had lasted since 1979 ended. But there’s a distinct difference between these two changes of power. One was done with weapons and soldiers, the other with tweets and posts.

| Staff Columnist

Are we addicted to our cell phones?

In the media today we all hear a great deal about the perils of modern technology. We now can be addicted to the Internet, Facebook and Twitter, not to mention the already existent perils like television, alcohol and drugs.

| Forum Editor

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