So You Wanna Be A Beer Nerd

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To my mind, there are basically two ways to become a bona fide beer expert.

Method One is to spend a lot of time drinking. A lot of time hanging around barrooms talking with other aspiring experts (read: drunks). A lot of time befriending and talking to people a lot smarter than you about barley pop in all its myriad variations. You should drink basically everything that’s put in front of you–from the worst mass-market brews to the best craft beers you can convince someone else to buy for you. And then, after years and years of haunting the long oak and learning everything you can about beer and brewing and the history of both (it might help if you read a couple books, too), go online, find a picture of a Harvard diploma, Photoshop in your name and the necessary details to make you a Certified Master Of Beer, then print that sucker out, frame it and hang it on the wall.

Congratulations. You’re an expert. You got your education the same way I did–haphazardly and blurrily.

Method Two, on the other hand, is a bit easier, a bit cheaper and a whole lot faster…

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Foot Orgasm? Drexel Prof Says Yes, Explains Footgasms

Dr. Marcel Waldinger being interviewed with a female patient. (Photo via mennospiro.blogspot.com)

Dr. Marcel Waldinger being interviewed with a female patient. (Photo via mennospiro.blogspot.com)

It wasn’t so long ago that we all had a few chuckles over Drexel University’s virtual butt, a hysterical-looking tool that allows medical students to perform prostrate exams without a real patient. (Seriously, you have to see this thing.) And now, we are learning about a new Drexel professor and his unusual area of expertise: the foot orgasm, also known as a footgasm. Read more »

Philly Colleges with Highest Salary Potential

Which Philadelphia-area colleges lead to the highest salaries? PayScale has the answers in its recently released College Salary Report. It ranked more than 1,000 colleges by the median salaries of alumni (early career and mid-career) who obtained bachelor’s degrees. The rankings come from “millions of people” who have taken the PayScale Salary Survey, the organization said.

“Unless you want to live in your parents’ basement for the rest of your life, you want to pick a school that prepares you for a successful career, both in terms of getting hired and equipping you with the skills to properly do your job,” said PayScale. Read more »

Two Philly Schools Ranked on List of Best Fashion Design Programs in the World

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Inside Drexel’s URBN Center. | Image via MSR Design.

The Business of Fashion recently conducted a global study to determine the best fashion design programs, and guess what? Of the top 21 schools ranked for undergrad, Drexel and Philadelphia University made the cut, and PhilaU landed a spot in the top ten master’s programs in the world.

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Drexel: Most Adults Are Sexting

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Sexting isn’t just a teen fad, a new study from Drexel University has found. Eight in 10 adults have sexted in the last year, according to the study — and couples who sext report having higher satisfaction levels in their relationship.

In other words, sexting couples are happy couples. And there are a whole bunch more of them than you might have ever suspected.

“These findings,” the study’s authors wrote, “indicate a robust relationship between sexting and sexual satisfaction.” Read more »

Drexel Criticized for Noam Chomsky Honor

Noam Chomsky (AP Photo/Nader Daoud)

Noam Chomsky (AP Photo/Nader Daoud)

Drexel University is under continuing criticism from Jewish groups for awarding an honorary degree to left-wing scholar and activist Noam Chomsky during its mid-June graduation ceremonies.

Chomsky, critics say, has been a virulent and unfair critic of Israel.

“Chomsky has seldom missed an opportunity to author a screed against Israel,” Abraham Miller, a senior fellow with the Salomon Center for American Jewish Thought, wrote last week in an essay that has been carried in The Jewish Exponent and the Algemeiner.

Chomsky, 86, a linguist at MIT, is Jewish. His own website features him among “famous Jews who have opposed Israel,” along with this quote: “In the Occupied Territories, what Israel is doing is much worse than apartheid. To call it apartheid is a gift to Israel, at least if by ‘apartheid’ you mean South African-style apartheid. What’s happening in the Occupied Territories is much worse.”

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Drexel Students Recreate a Giant, Terrifying, Revolutionary War-Era Spear

Photo courtesy of Britt Faulstick

Photo courtesy of Britt Faulstick

Back during the Revolutionary War, there was a 100-foot spear weighing hundreds of pounds that was stuck to the bottom of the Delaware River, pointing up. Its purpose, according to scholars, was to stop British ships dead in their tracks.

More specifically, the weapon was used to prevent an invasion of Philadelphia.

Drexel University students, along with anthropologist and associate professor Glen Muschio, are reconstructing the terrifying spear so that the Independence Seaport Museum can create a brace and show the real thing this year. Read more »

Drexel Hosts Zombie Con This Thursday

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Courtesy of drexel.edu

Scholars will bring the walking dead to life this Thursday at Zom(bie) Con: Feed Your Brrraaiins.

The daylong symposium will delve into all things zombie, with guest speakers sharing their perspectives and analyzing our fascination with zombie lit, zombie movies, and basically anything with the word zombie attached to it. But, according to press materials, they’ll take a look at the serious side of these lumbering horror figures, too.

“Zombies can help us deal with some difficult topics,” says Kevin Egan, PhD, director for the Center of Interdisciplinary Inquiry in Drexel University’s Pennoni Honors College.  “For example, if you look at film director George Romero’s use of zombies in the 1968 film Night of the Living Dead as a proxy for race relations at the time, you can see that not only are zombies really interesting and scary, but they can also represent some critically important problems that society is contending with.”​

Zom(bie) Con will be held at Drexel on Thursday, May 14th, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Those interested in attending must register here.

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