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Colleges using social media for move-in

When I left for college, things were simpler than they are now.

We maybe took some photos, but the ones we did were just for use on your flip phone – nothing major.

Now. Well, it’s different.

Now with social media the photos you take of your parents lugging boxes up the stairs are meant for public consumption on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and colleges are taking notice and encouraging students to share.

Which is actually a pretty smart thing to do since it gives prospective students a behind-the-scenes look at your institution.

Susquehanna University is preparing for the big freshman move-in:

Like I said, this seems like a cool way to connect with new students and showcase a right-of-passage for new students to prospective students in a way that reaches them on their terms.

I’ll be monitoring the hashtag to see how it turns out!

Have you noticed other cases like this? What are other schools doing?

What is it about Internet memes?!

Remember the Susquehanna football players that got in trouble for making a Harlem Shake video?

Well, they are no longer alone.

30 Michigan high school students were suspended over two videos (one of which is apparently so bad it was removed from Youtube) showing their version of the Harlem Shake.

Here’s the NY Daily News story, it has the video.

So now I ask: What is it with these memes that makes them so irresistible that students will make stupid decisions like this?

Obviously bringing a duck into a classroom and grinding people isn’t a great idea for a group of high schoolers – so why do it? Is it poor role models? Violence on TV? What??!

I think the answer is kind of obvious.

Kids have always done stupid stuff before – but go back 5 years and we didn’t have cell phones that took video and Youtube wasn’t a big thing.

So nowawdays, all of that nonsense is caught on camera and displayed using keywords for all to see.

My only plea to these students is this: If you must make a Harlem Shake video – I don’t recommend it – do it at home and don’t post it online. Keep it to yourself and make sure your friends do the same.

You’ll thank me later.

What do you think? Is this just young stupidity or is it something more sinister?