Check This Out! – Tetris: The Games People Play

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If you’ve been alive at any point in the last 30 years, you’ve probably played Tetris at least once.  Maybe you’ve played long enough that you still see the shapes falling after you’ve stopped playing or even in your dreams (this is a documented psychological phenomenon called “the Tetris effect”).  What you may not know is that the story of arguably the most ubiquitous video game ever involves all manner of tech industry wheeling and dealing, political manipulation, questions of ownership, and one Russian computer scientist who wanted to make a simple puzzle game to amuse himself and his co-workers.  Writer/artist Box Brown covers it all in this graphic novel, along with a quick history of the video game industry and a rumination of what it is about gaming that drives us all, whether we know it or not.  It’s a fun, informative read… you’ll probably enjoy it, and you’ll definitely want to play Tetris for an hour or six when you’re done.

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Tips for Avoiding Spring Fever

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It’s finally spring! The warm weather may make us want to push aside homework and go hang out outside, but it’s important to finish the semester off strong. Here are some tips for dealing with spring fever:

  • Make a timeline of when your big tests, papers, and projects are due and plan when to start working on or studying for each. This will help you stay focused on the work you have coming up, keep you from getting overwhelmed, and make sure your work is done on time.
  • Talk to a librarian or make an appointment at ACE to get help starting your final projects early.
  • If it’s nice out and you’re craving some sun, bring your work outside!
  • Team up with a friend and keep each other accountable. Work together, or send each other texts to make sure you’re both on task.
  • Schedule time to work when you’re most productive (after a shower, first thing in the morning, or right after class) and where you’re most productive (alone in your room, in the Silent Zone, with your group members in a study room, etc).

As always, feel free to ask the library if you have any questions about resources or research!

Please request your ILL items early over the next few weeks!

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The close of the Spring Semester 2017 is fast upon us, with only a few weeks left before finals. At this time, we ask if you anticipate any need of resources via ILL Requests for final papers, presentations or exams  (books, articles, DVDs, etc),  please submit your requests ASAP. Keep in mind, it’s a busy time at all college libraries for ILL Requests, and some requests may take longer than usual to fill – but we always do our best to get you the items quickly.  Should you have any questions regarding research materials you may need, contact the R & I desk at 232-6299. If you have any questions regarding ILL Requests, contact the ILL desk at 232-6125. We’re here to help!

On Display: LCS 220 Mail Art

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Professor Martha Kuhlman’s LSC 220 class uses a creative approach to answer the question, “What kind of art inspires you?” For one recent assignment, students produced collaborative Mail Art.

“This project really combines the three skills that the students learn in this class,” said Professor Kuhlman. “This class teaches them to create, collaborate and explore.”

The project involved two sections of the LCS 220 class. One section started the assignment, creating letters showing the types of visual art that inspired them. These letters were “mailed” to the other LCS section, which responded creatively by adding to the original letters or composing written responses.

“We don’t get personal mail anymore,” said Kuhlman. “In class, we talked about the different ways that we communicate now, by texting or using social media. This discussion and project allowed (the students) to think about how we communicate and challenged them to use a medium that was different than what they use daily.”

You can see the students’ Mail Art on display in the cases by the Library entrance. Come take a look today!