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What An Arizona State University Diploma Looks Like…
If, that is, Arizona State University was honest and not just a pack of lying, greedy corporate shills.  An honest Arizona State University diploma would truly commemorate all that ASU has totally failed to give you and all that it will completely fail to yield for you in years to come.

What An Arizona State University Diploma Looks Like…

If, that is, Arizona State University was honest and not just a pack of lying, greedy corporate shills.  An honest Arizona State University diploma would truly commemorate all that ASU has totally failed to give you and all that it will completely fail to yield for you in years to come.

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Last week, an Arizona House Committee approved a bill requiring even the poorest students to pay a minimum of $2,000 per year to attend public university in the Grand Canyon State.

Arizona Republicans took up the measure, HB 2675, after hearing that nearly half of students at Arizona State University did not pay tuition in the 2009-10 school year, whether due to financial aid need or scholarships. In reality, “[t]he most current figure is closer to 25 percent, said Christine Thompson, the regents’ vice president of government relations.”

Though approximately 100 Arizona college students showed up at the committee hearing to voice their concern that HB 2675 would make it harder to graduate, Rep. Michelle Ugenti (R) had pointed words for them: “welcome to life.”The Arizona Republic has more:

About 100 students signed in to oppose the bill, and a handful spoke out against it. James Allen, UA student-body president, told legislators that by passing the bill, legislators would make it harder to achieve a higher-education degree.

Rep. Michelle Ugenti, R-Scottsdale, replied, “Welcome to life.”


A few minutes later, Rep. Matt Heinz, D-Tucson, admonished his colleagues for their comments.


“I feel these students are being greeted with open hostility,” said Heinz, who later voted against the bill.

Despite the students’ protest, the House Appropriations Committee narrowly passed the bill on Wednesday, 7-6. It did not earn a single Democratic vote.

Tuition at the three public universities in Arizona is already above the national average, thanks to recent “sharp tuition increases.” Nevertheless, the University of Arizona voted last April to raise tuition rates again, this time requiring students to pay an additional $1,800 during the 2011-12 school year.

Courtesy of Scott Keyes for 

Show your support for Arizona State University students and sign the petition to Reduce The Costs Of Education For Arizona State University Students at

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Arizona State University infuriated activists when the school decided to block access to, a popular site that allows people to create and sign petitions in an effort to produce social change.

According to Free Press — a nonpartisan media reform organization — ASU decided to lift the ban after being inundated with “thousands of complaints.”

The school is claiming that the now discarded ban had nothing to do with the content of, but rather was implemented to protect students and the university’s network from spam and viruses.

"Arizona State University blocked access to the website after it was used to spam thousands of university email accounts in early December 2011," a university statement says. ”ASU strongly supports the First Amendment and an individual’s or group’s right to free speech.”

But the blog Common Dreams noted that is currently hosting a petition demanding ASU reduce its tuition rates.

"The corruption and greed that masquerades as Arizona State government must come to this realization now. The citizens of the State Of Arizona and the students at Arizona State University demand better," the petition states.

A writer for Common Dreams who used to work for shot back at the university’s claims, saying, " is anything but spam. It’s a perfectly lawful website that has helped millions take action on a host of important issues."

The university apparently felt the battle wasn’t worth fighting and announced last week that access to had been restored.

"The university acknowledges and understands the expression of concern from some members of the community who desire access to from university computing resources," the school said in a statement obtained by Free Press. “The university has removed the restriction against site access from university computing resources.”


Courtesy of the Huffington Post


Eric Haywood, the author of the original petition censored by ASU and also, the publisher of, responded to ASU’s ridiculous claims as follows;

26 minutes ago ( 8:11 PM)
"Spam is a mass mailing to different email address from one entity, undertaken for the purposes of financial gain. is the inverse. It solicits the masses to mail just one entity, and the petition is undertaken for the purpose of social change or altering a law or policy, not for for financial gain."

No spam was ever sent to any ASU student. ASU is full of crap.

As the publisher of thedailysh­­ and the author of the petition hosted by which can be found at;


It has been my experience as a student at ASU that ASU is not interested in fostering an environmen­­t that is respectful of the 1st Amendment.­­..Nor am I of the opinion that ASU is concerned about the quality of education that it is tasked to provide. What I do believe is that ASU is far more interested in the financial exploitati­­on of students above all other things…I believe that ASU is failing it’s students and society as a result.

In other words, ASU cares about the money it can generate from the 72,000 plus students that are currently enrolled. We are nothing more than cows to be milked. Sheep to be sheared. We are livestock.

We, as students, are there for ASU. ASU is not there for us.

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On November 30, 2011, I ( on behalf of a group of ASU students) started the petition titled “Arizona State University: Reduce The Costs Of Education For Arizona State University Students.”

This petition requested signatures to support the reduction in the costs of education for ASU students.

And NOW, Arizona State University is BLOCKING ALL ACCESS to for ALL of it’s over 70,000 students and over 5,000 faculty and employees.


As such, students living on ASU campus, using ASU computers or accessing the internet through ASU’s school WIFI are not able to access

As a result, Not only can’t ASU students sign the above petition but they are unable to sign ANY PETITION on the website.

Not only is this outrageous, but it is a violation of the 1st Amendment rights of both ASU students as well the rights of and those with petitions hosted by to freely express themselves.

So….Now I’ve started a new petition requesting Arizona State University to STOP CENSORING;

Last time I checked this was America, not China, or Iran, or North Korea…..

Support Arizona State University Students.

Support Freedom Of Expression.

Support The 99%.

Sign The Petition.

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Arizona State University might need to change its name to Censorship U after deciding to block students’ access to popular petition site

. happens to be hosting a petition created by ASU student Eric Haywood that protests rising tuition costs at the school.


This blocking could be violating the First Amendment rights of ASU students to speak freely and petition government.


When challenged about the website blocking, ASU officials claimed that is a spam site, writing that the blocking was conducted “to protect the use of our limited and valuable network resources for legitimate academic, research and administrative uses.”


But is anything but spam. It’s a perfectly lawful website that has helped millions take action on a host of important issues (disclaimer: I worked there as managing editor from 2008-2009).


The fact is, disabling access to any lawful site violates the spirit and principles of Net Neutrality, chills academic freedom and possibly rises to the level of a First Amendment violation. It’s astonishing that ASU President Michael M. Crow would allow this to happen — and that’s why Free Press and are urging him to stop his school’s censorship immediately.


We’re at a moment when threats to online speech are peeking around every corner. Just last month, we beat back SOPA and PIPA, two bills in Congress that would have opened the door to online censorship from big corporations.


Now Arizona State University is going after free speech. If it gets away with this, other universities could be emboldened to follow suit. We must defend ASU students’ right to speak online.


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On December 1, 2011 a group of ASU students started the petition titled "Arizona State University: Reduce The Costs Of Education For Arizona State University Students." at the petition site.

This petition requested signatures to support the reduction in the cost of education for ASU students.

On the morning of December 7, 2011, Arizona State University BLOCKED ALL ACCESS to for ALL of it’s over 70,000 students and over 5,000 faculty and employees. 

As of this date, approximately TWO MONTHS later, Arizona State University continues it’s BLOCKADE of the petition website, in a blatant attempt to prevent it’s current ernollment of more than 70,000 students from viewing and/or signing the petition to reduce college costs.

Clearly, ASU does not want it’s students, faculty, or employees signing this petition and has resorted to BLATANT and UNLAWFUL Censorship in order to block the freedom of expression of it’s students and faculty.

As such, students living on ASU campus, using ASU computers or accessing the internet through ASU’s school WIFI are unable to access 

As a result, Not only can’t ASU students sign the above petition but they are unable to sign ANY PETITION on the website.

In addition, emails sent from any “” email address to any student or faculty email address ending in “” are also being blocked by Arizona State University. That means that ASU refuses to allow or anyone using to send Arizona State University students or faculty emails regarding petitions facilitated by

Not only is this outrageous, but it is a violation of the 1st Amendment rights of both ASU students as well the rights of and those with petitions hosted by to freely express itself.

Last time I checked this was America, not China, or Iran, or North Korea…..

What can be done about this?

Well. If you are an ASU Student, Professor, Instructor, or Employee you CAN sign the petition….You just can’t use any ASU computer or WIFI network to do so….

Just go to the  petition at the site from your computer using ANY WIFI connection that is NOT associated with ASU…..That’s it…..Easy.


Support Arizona State University Students.

Support Freedom Of Expression.

Support The 99%.

Sign The Petition.



What Happened To Our Freedom Of Speech?


Mario Savio: Sproul Hall Steps, December 2, 1964

"There is a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can’t take part; you can’t even passively take part, and you’ve got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you’ve got to make it stop. And you’ve got to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it, that unless you’re free, the machine will be prevented from working at all!"

"No law shall be passed abridging the rights of the people 
peaceably to assemble …” – New York State Constitution



Report: Unnamed Justice Department official claims that dozen recent  crackdowns on occupations nationwide were coordinated with Homeland Security, the FBI and other federal agencies

'Provocations Under Cover of Darkness'

"Mayor Bloomberg made a needlessly provocative and legally questionable decision to clear Zuccotti Park in the dead of night. That some media and observers were prevented from monitoring the action is deeply troubling." – New York Public Advocate Bill de Blasio

'We Reiterate Our Support for OCCUPY NEW YORK'

"We condemn the violation of the First Amendment rights of the protesters. It is shameful to use the cover of darkness to trample on civil liberties without fear of media scrutiny or a public response." 
– New York City Council Progressive Caucus

"Savio’s moral clarity, his eloquence, and his democratic style of leadership inspired thousands of fellow Berkeley students to protest university regulations which severely limited political speech and activity on campus. The non-violent campaign culminated in the largest mass arrest in American history, drew widespread faculty support, and resulted in a revision of university rules to permit political speech and organising. This significant advance for student freedom rapidly spread to countless other colleges and universities across the country."


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On Campus, It’s One Big Commercial - The New Jack Corporate Pimping Of The American Campus.

IT’S move-in day here at theUniversity of North Carolina, and Leila Ismail, stuffed animals in tow, is feeling some freshman angst.

A few friendly upperclassmen spring into action.

But wait: there is something odd, or at least oddly corporate, about this welcome wagon. These U.N.C. students are all wearing identical T-shirts from American Eagle Outfitters.

Turns out three of them are working for that youth clothing chain on this late August morning, as what are known in the trade as “brand ambassadors” or “campus evangelists” — and they have recruited several dozen friends as a volunteer move-in crew. Even before Ms. Ismail can find her dorm or meet her roommate, they cheerily unload her family’s car. Then they lug her belongings to her dorm. Along the way, they dole out American Eagle coupons, American Eagle water canisters and American Eagle pens.

Ms. Ismail, 18, of Charlotte, welcomes the help. “I’ll probably always remember it,” she says.

American Eagle Outfitters certainly hopes so, as do a growing number of companies that are hiring college students to represent brands on campuses across the nation.

This fall, an estimated 10,000 American college students will be working on hundreds of campuses — for cash, swag, job experience or all three — marketing everything from Red Bull to Hewlett-Packard PCs. For the companies hiring them, the motivation is clear: college students spent about $36 billion on things like clothing, computers and cellphones during the 2010-11 school year alone, according to projections from Re:Fuel, a media and promotions firm specializing in the youth market. And who knows the students at, say, U.N.C., better than the students at U.N.C.?

Corporations have been pitching college students for decades on products from cars to credit cards. But what is happening on campuses today is without rival, in terms of commercializing everyday college life.

Companies from Microsoft on down are increasingly seeking out the big men and women on campus to influence their peers. The students most in demand are those who are popular — ones involved in athletics, music, fraternities or sororities. Thousands of Facebook friends help, too. What companies want are students with inside knowledge of school traditions and campus hotspots. In short, they want students with the cred to make brands seem cool, in ways that a TV or magazine ad never could.

“We are the people who understand what kinds of things the students will be open to,” says Alex Stegall, a Carolina junior who recruited about 20 members of her sorority for the American Eagle promotion. “It’s marketing for the students, by the students.”

It’s a good deal for the student marketers, who can earn several hundred to several thousand dollars a semester in salary, perks, products and services, depending on the company. But the trend poses challenges for university officials, especially at a time when many schools are themselves embracing corporate sponsorships to help stage events for students.

Just how far one big company — Target — has permeated this university was evident at freshmen welcome week in late August, at what students and administrators alike characterized as a touchstone party for the class of 2015.

As part of the official university program, Target sponsored a welcome dinner on a Friday. Then, on Saturday, for the first real social event for freshmen, it hired buses to ferry students to a Target superstore in Durham for late-night shopping, says Winston B. Crisp, the university’s vice chancellor for student affairs.

From the school’s point of view, Mr. Crisp says, the excursion is both social and practical. It’s a convenient way for freshmen to pick up last-minute items. Equally important, he says, is that shopping at midnight keeps freshmen away from alcohol-fueled parties on their first weekend. University administrators supervise the event, he says, and control the marketing messages.

But Mr. Crisp says he was unaware of the American Eagle effort on his campus. He worried aloud that students and parents might mistake such promotions as having the university’s imprimatur.

“They are not supposed to be using the opportunity to help people move in as a way of forwarding commercial ventures,” he said, standing near the cash registers at Target that evening, as upperclassmen handed out free VitaminWater, Combos and packages of macaroni and cheese. He added: “So it’s a bit of a dilemma.”

MANY college students are the heads of a household of one. But if a company can hook them early, it often has customers for life. And the choices students make — about shampoo, clothing, computers, smartphones and so on — can become the lifetime habits of future families or business executives, says Lisa Baker, director of education marketing at Hewlett-Packard, which has long promoted its laptops to universities.

What’s more, she says, college students tend to maintain deep connections to their parents, siblings and high school friends, so their likes and dislikes can influence purchases back home.

“We think of them as a bridge,” Ms. Baker says of undergraduates. “They will have influence back in the home and influence going forward.”

Traditional marketing techniques — like national advertising campaigns on MTV or in Rolling Stone — don’t resonate with college students the way they used to, says Matt Britton, chief executive of Mr. Youth, a marketing agency in Manhattan. Nowadays, companies need student ambassadors to create marketing events, like mural painting or video contests, that are relevant to their particular schools, he says. Students who participate tend to promulgate brand messages.

“They are engaging in real activities to move the needle on major brands,” he says.

His company has developed Internet and on-campus campaigns for dozens of brands, including Nike, Microsoft, H.P. and Ford. It charges corporate clients $10,000 to $48,000 a campus per semester for brand-ambassador programs, he says. (American Eagle works with a different firm, Youth Marketing Connection, on its ambassador activities.)

This fall, Mr. Youth plans to hire more than 5,000 college students among the 150,000 who submitted profiles to its student recruitment network. The company uses behavioral profiling to match the personalities of brands and students.

Consider Alyssa Nation, 21, a junior at the University of Central Florida in Orlando and a brand ambassador for H.P. laptops with Intel processors. Even when she is not officially on duty, she puts on her H.P. logo shirt, takes her company-issue laptop and positions herself at a campus Wi-Fi hotspot.

“I love technology, and I love interacting with people, so it’s perfect,” says Ms. Nation, a communications major.

Among her duties: setting up a laptop display table in the student union. First, she says, she tells freshmen who ask for advice that she is paid to promote H.P. products. Then she makes recommendations, depending on the student.

“I can tell they believe me,” she says. “There’s a completely different trust level when it’s peer-to-peer marketing.”

She also posts to H.P.’s Facebook site for students and uses her own Facebook account, with more than 1,300 friends, and her Twitter account to promote H.P. student discountsand contests.

“I am constantly marketing on Facebook and Twitter,” she says, “to the point where my friends threaten to block me because I am constantly posting about H.P.”

Last semester, Ms. Nation painted the H.P. logo and Web site address on her car, using washable markers. She posted photos of the car on Facebook and recruited 15 friends to paint their cars, too.

The University of Central Florida is only one of several dozen colleges where H.P. has ambassadors.

“It would be difficult for a brand to be able to tap into all those unique activities at all of those schools,” says Ms. Baker of H.P.

JUST before 10 on a Saturday night in August, hundreds of U.N.C. freshmen line up outside the campus bookstore, waiting for a fleet of buses to take them to Target. At the front of the line is Dasia Robinson, a senior and, for the day, a Target brand ambassador. She has a soft spot for Target, she says. On her first weekend at U.N.C., she met four students during a similar Target event. They became her best friends.

“Target incorporated their brand into the fact that we are college students,” she says. “I really do appreciate that.”

She revs up the new Carolina Tar Heels. “Tar!” she yells.

“Heels!” the crowd yells back.

The Target student reps stand out: they are wearing red T-shirts that say “COLLEGE,” punctuated by Target’s bull’s-eye logo.

“This is our first big college experience,” says Viraj Patel, 18, standing in line next to freshman friends from high school.

When the first bus arrives, the students rush forward as if it were Black Friday. Twenty minutes later, the first bus arrives at the SuperTarget. Mr. Crisp, the U.N.C. vice chancellor, greets the students and alerts those following on Twitter.

“First bus load at Target!!! Let the fun begin!!” Mr. Crisp posts @vicecrispy. A little later, he posts: “Target is rocking!!! Come on out!”

By midnight, the store is crowded with freshmen pushing shopping carts full of lamps, pillows, cases of soda and free junk food. “Mac and cheese, everyone!” an upperclassmen yells, tossing packages at passing students. One student wins a refrigerator and a year’s supply of Coca-Cola.

This year, 66 universities and colleges are taking part in private shopping events at Target as part of welcome weeks for freshmen. At U.N.C., where the company has been sponsoring the event since 2007, the night is already a tradition. Upperclassmen drop by to party with the freshmen.

A D.J. spins tunes between clothing racks. Students dance the wobble. Target’s mascot, Bullseye the Dog, joins in with Carolina’s Rameses the Ram.

Over the course of the evening, about 2,200 Carolina students make their way through the aisles. Mr. Crisp describes the party as the school’s “signature event” for the start of the school year. “It’s late night. It’s fun,” he says, adding: “It’s an opportunity for us to gather them together on a Saturday night in a healthy, safe environment.”

STUDENTS at Chapel Hill — there arenearly 19,000 undergraduates this semester — do things the Carolina Way. Many often wear the school color, sky blue. Few ever wear Prussian blue, the color of Duke, Carolina’s archrival. They stand up throughout sports events and root — loudly — for the Tar Heels. They like to pitch in.

Companies that hire students co-opt such local knowledge. It’s easy for the three American Eagle student marketers here to enlist friends via Facebook and campus listservs for the move-in event. In return, the company outfits the volunteers with free T-shirts in navy blue, the corporate color of American Eagle, that read “A.E. Move-In Crew.”

“We are a welcoming community. We’re not going to let you move in and struggle,” says David Artin, 20, a senior and fraternity member who volunteered. “We are going to help you move in the Carolina way.”

For American Eagle, the strategy has the potential to increase sales not only among the freshmen but also among the volunteers. After all, people are most likely to act on suggestions from people they know and trust, says J. Andrew Petersen, an assistant professor of marketingat U.N.C.’s Kenan-Flagler Business School. In this case, the upperclassmen are already friends with the company’s student representatives, he says, and now they feel their own personal link to the brand.

“The 50 people who volunteered think American Eagle is being very nice,” Professor Petersen says.

Participating in the move-in event seems to have made an impression on Kiley Pontrelli, 20, who volunteered along with friends from her sorority.

“When you know that the company is not just there to get your money, they’re actually willing to, like, help you as an individual in whatever way possible, it makes you respect them a lot more,” Ms. Pontrelli says. “I’m definitely going to give American Eagle, like, a second thought when I go by next time.”

Not everyone is comfortable with all this student-to-student marketing.

Across campus, on a plaza somewhere between the free Pepsi truck and the free Ben & Jerry’s ice cream wagon, Rachel Holtzman and a few other students are painting a sign promoting their own group: theCenter for Social Justice.

“Although you want to support your friends, you may not always be interested in supporting the company,” says Ms. Holtzman, 19, a sophomore majoring in health policy and management. “It’s hard when the two things have an unclear line.”

ON-CAMPUS marketing is intended to reach students where they eat, sleep, study and sweat.

Red Bull, which has student brand managers at 300 universities and colleges, sponsors everything from chariot races to music lectures. Student representatives for Microsoft Windows give interactive product demonstrations each week to peers on more than 300 campuses.

American Eagle plans to stage freshmen move-in events at 50 campuses and works with university recreation centers to outfit intramural sports teams and fitness instructors. It also holds an annual academic competition for marketing students and flies the finalists to its Pittsburgh headquarters to present their cases to top executives. The company has even introduced a vintage-looking U.N.C. T-shirt that comes in, natch, Carolina blue.

It’s a multipronged effort intended to make students feel they are personally involved in the brand, says Cathy McCarthy, American Eagle’s senior director of campus marketing. The events, she says, are intended to amplify campus culture, not alter it. She flew in to observe the move-in event at U.N.C.

For its efforts, American Eagle gains insight from students about how to market to them, she says. Brand ambassadors, she says, acquire skills that can lead to a job at the company.

“There’s a two-way dialogue with our core customer,” Ms. McCarthy says. “There’s opportunity for recruitment as well.”

Mr. Britton of Mr. Youth says the real change on campus is that companies are marketing through students, not to them. “The only difference now is that, as opposed to it being executed by, you know, field service reps who weren’t their age, who didn’t really speak their language,” he says, “it’s being executed by their peers.”

Some universities welcome such programs, and the career experience they may provide, but others prohibit such activities, he says.

The lines aren’t always clear. U.N.C. officials, for example, say they don’t currently have a clear handle on how many students work as brand ambassadors — but it could be several hundred or more. “I don’t think we have a good grip on it,” Mr. Crisp says. “We are going to need to get a good grip on it.”

He is blunt about the fact that student-to-student marketing has only recently come to the school’s attention. Asked how U.N.C. is handling it, he acknowledges, “Honestly, not very well.”

The challenge, he says, is to balance potential student employment opportunities against practices that could manipulate undergraduates or dilute the U.N.C. experience.

“Corporations have become very savvy about hiring students to be their representatives on campus, and a lot of the stuff that they’re doing we have no knowledge of — and so they are not things we are sponsoring or supporting,” Mr. Crisp says. “How we police that and how we deal with our students, who after all are our students, is probably something we need to spend some more time thinking about.”

BACK at Target, Nitin Goel, a wiry, gum-chewing 18-year-old in low-slung jeans, is loaded down with free mac and cheese. He’s carrying a friend’s new beanbag chair.

Earlier that night, waiting for the Target bus by the campus bookstore, Mr. Goel had pledged allegiance to Wal-Mart, where he had shopped all his life. Now he doesn’t seem quite so sure.

“This was definitely the highlight of my orientation,” he says.

It’s a great day to be a Tar Heel.

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