Posted on May 31, 2012
As a high school student you probably have lavish ideas of what college will be. The freedom! No curfew, no parents, no space…? Most rising freshmen don’t recognize that dorms usually don’t live up to the expectation of college.
Does Size Matter?
You’ve more than likely have heard of the tiny, institutional dorms rooms that await you upon your arrival at school. Unfortunately, these aren’t just stories.
While you probably wont be living under a staircase like Harry Potter, you also wont be living large.
Most students can expect a dorm room that leaves a lot desired in the style department. Luckily, there are many ways college students can optimize their small space.
And while I am sure that your dorm room won’t be an amazing hotel suite, I can also assure you it wont be like Luke Clark Tyler’s.
Because Luke Clark Tyler lives in America’s Smallest Apt. But despite how tiny his 78sp ft apartment is, he still makes the best of it. So why shouldn’t you?
78 Sq. Ft. – the Smallest apt in America video
Hopefully Luke’s video gives you some decorating ideas for your new small offbeat dorm space.
Is it about size or how you use it? Don’t be nasty!
Maximillian Garland | Bright Futura Columnist
Posted on May 26, 2012
Definition: A college dropout refers to a person who has dropped out from a college or university before completing his/her degree.
Listed Below Are 20 Of The Most Successful Billionaire College Dropouts
1. Bill Gates
“I’m a bad influence. That’s why I was invited to speak at your graduation. If I had spoken at your orientation, fewer of you might be here today.”
University attended: Harvard
Major: Not Available
2. Mark Zuckerburg
Mark is just your everyday average an American computer programmer and Internet entrepreneur. You might have heard of him… He invented Facebook. He is best known as one of four co-founders of the social networking site Facebook, of which he is chairman and chief executive.It was co-founded as a private company in 2004 by Zuckerberg and classmates Dustin Moskovitz, Eduardo Saverin, and Chris Hughes while they were students at Harvard University.
University attended: Harvard
Net worth: US$ 17.5 billion (2012)
Major: psychology and computer science
3. Lawrence Ellison
Larry is the co-founder and CEO of Oracle Corporation, one of the world’s leading enterprise software companies. Larry was a bright but inattentive student (sounds like plenty of my friends). He left the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign at the end of his second year, after not taking his final exams because his adoptive mother had just died.
After spending a summer in Northern California, where he lived with his friend Chuck Weiss, Ellison attended the University of Chicago for one term, where he first encountered computer design. In 1964, at 20 years of age, he moved to Northern California permanently. Like a boss.
Net worth: US$ 36 billion (2012)
Major: Not Available
4. Michael Dell
Michael Dell actually just called me and asked “What we are all doing with our lives?”
University attended: University of Texas at Austin
Net worth: US$15 billion (2011)
Major: Not available
5. Marc Rich
He later founded Glencore, the world’s largest commodities trading company that you probably never heard of. (Hipster smirk)
University attended: New York University
Net worth: US$1 billion (2011)
Major: Not available
6. Ty Warner
Warner attended St. John’s Military Academy in Delafield, WI. Warner attended Kalamazoo College in Michigan but dropped out after a year and moved to Hollywood to commence a career in acting. He had little success as an actor and returned to Chicago. There he began working for plush toy maker Dakin. After nearly two decades at Dakin and a long sabbatical in Italy, Warner returned to Chicago.
In 1986, Warner mortgaged his home and invested his life savings into founding Ty Inc.
In 1993, Ty Inc. launched Beanie Babies.
At the peak of the Beanie craze, the privately owned Ty Inc. is believed to have earned over $700 million in profits in a year. All because you hhaaaaaddd to have those beanie babies.
University attended: Kalamazoo College
Net worth: US$2.9 billion (2010)
Major: Not available
Company: Ty Inc. (best known for Beanie Babies)
7. Sheldon Adelson
Adelson went to college at the City College of New York, but dropped out. He later went on to do hoodrat things with his friends. He also became a billionaire. No big deal.
University attended: City College of New York
Net worth: US$24.9 billion (2012)
Major: Not available
Company: Las Vegas Sands
8. Kirk Kerkorian
Kirk is what many of us would call a bad ass.
Dropping out of school in 8th grade, he proceeded to become an amateur boxer, business man, pilot, milk maid, cattle herder and eventually a billionaire. Swag.
University attended: Never attended
Net worth: US$24.9 billion (2012)
Major: Not available
Company: Tracinda Corporation
9. Donald Newhouse
Not much is known about this mysterious man who attended Syracuse, only that he is rich as hell and dropped out.
University attended: Syracuse University
Net worth: US$4 billion (2012)
Major: Not available
Company: Advance Publications
10. Micky Arison
Carnival Corporation, the world’s largest cruise operator, and owner of the NBA’s Miami Heat once went to a college in Miami. But he decided you know what would be cool? Becoming a billionaire. So, he dropped out and chased his dreams.
University attended: University of Miami
Net worth: US$5.9 billion (2012)
Major: Not available
11. David Geffen
Geffen was born in Brooklyn, New York. He graduated from New Utrecht High School in Brooklyn, then attended Santa Monica College, but soon left. He then attended night school at Brooklyn College for 3 semesters before again dropping out. He also briefly attended the University of Texas at Austin.
University attended: New Utrecht High School, Santa Monica College, Brooklyn College, University of Texas at Austin.
Net worth: US$7.4 billion (2012)
Major: Not available
12.Ralph Lifshitz aka “Ralph Lauren”
He went to Baruch College where he studied business, although he dropped out after two years. From 1962 to 1964 he served in the United States Army. He did not attend fashion school, but worked for Brooks Brothers as a salesman.
In 1967, with the financial backing of Manhattan clothing manufacturer Norman Hilton, Lauren opened a necktie store where he also sold ties of his own design, under the label “Polo.”
He later received the rights to use the trademark Polo from Brooks Brothers.
University attended: Baruch College
Net worth: US$ 7.5 billion (2012)
Company: Polo Ralph Lauren
Fun Fact: Apparently Ralph was teased about it in school.“My given name has the word shit in it,” he told Oprah Winfrey. “When I was a kid, the other kids would make a lot of fun of me. It was a tough name. That’s why I decided to change it.
13. Ted Turner
Turner attended Brown University and was vice-president of the Brown Debating Union and captain of the sailing team. He became a member of Kappa Sigma.
Turner initially majored in Classics. Turner’s father wrote saying that his choice made him “appalled, even horrified,” and that he “almost puked.”Turner later changed his major to Economics,
but before receiving a diploma, he was expelled for having a female student in his dormitory room.Turner’s media empire began with his father’s billboard business, which he took over at 24 after his father’s suicide.
University attended: Brown University
Net worth: US$2 billion (2012
Major: Classics but switched to Economics
13-14. Sergey Brin and Larry Page
Sergey Brin earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Maryland, following in his father’s and grandfather’s footsteps by studying mathematics, as well as computer science.
Larry Page holds a Bachelor of Science in computer engineering from the University of Michigan with honors and a Master of Science in computer science from Stanford University.While at the University of Michigan, “Page created an inkjet printer made of Lego bricks” (actually a line plotter),served as the president of the Eta Kappa Nu in Fall 1994,and was a member of the 1993 “Maize & Blue” University of Michigan Solar Car team.
Both Larry and Sergey attend Stanford University to acquire their Ph.D in computer science. This is where they met and became friends. They crammed their dormitory room with inexpensive computers and applied Brin’s data mining system to build a superior search engine. The program became popular at Stanford and they suspended their PhD studies to start up Google in a rented garage.
University attended: University of Maryland & University of Michigan
Net worth: US$ 16.7 billion (2011), US$ 16.7 billion (2011)
Major: (Brin) Mathematics, Computer science & computer engineering
15. Jack Taylor
With an estimated current net worth of around $7.4 billion, he is ranked by Forbes as the 18th-richest American and the 40th-richest person in the world. But at some point his life he attended lectures with boring ass professors. He didn’t stick around but if he had he probably would have rocked out in college as well.
Jack Taylor understood what many people fail to. It isn’t about investing in a company, a job or a college but instead its about investing in yourself.
University attended: Washington University in St. Louis
Net worth: US$7.4 billion (2012)
Major: Not available
Company: Enterprise Rent-A-Car Company
16. David Murdock (Deceased)
Murdock grew up in Montgomery Township, Ohio and dropped out of high school in the 9th grade. He was drafted by the U.S. Army in 1943 during World War II.
After relocating to Detroit after the war, Murdock was homeless and destitute. He never gave up though and eventually balled out of control.
In 1978, he acquired control of International Mining. In early 1980s, he became the largest shareholder in Occidental Petroleum.
University attended: Never Attended
Net worth: US$3 billion (2011)
Major: Not available
17. Steve Jobs (Deceased)
Jobs was an American businessman, designer and inventor. He is best known as the co-founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Apple Inc. Following high school graduation in 1972, Jobs enrolled at Reed College in Portland, Oregon. Reed was an expensive college which Paul and Clara could ill afford. They were spending much of their life savings on their son’s higher education.
Jobs dropped out of college after six months and spent the next 18 months dropping in on creative classes, including a course on calligraphy.
He continued auditing classes at Reed while sleeping on the floor in friends’ dorm rooms, returning Coke bottles for food money, and getting weekly free meals at the local Hare Krishna temple.
Fun Fact: Jobs said, “If I had never dropped in on that single calligraphy course in college, the Mac would have never had multiple typefaces or proportionally spaced fonts.
University attended: Reed College
Net worth: US$7 billion (2012)
Major: Not Available
Company: Apple Inc & Pixar
18. John D. Rockefeller (Deceased)
Rockefeller attended Cleveland’s Central High School and then took a ten week business course at Folsom’s Commercial College where he studied bookkeeping.
He then made butt loads of money sucking black gold from the ground using a really long bendy straw. True story.
University attended: Folsom’s Commercial College
Net worth: US$392-663.4 billion at the time of his death (adjusted for inflation)
Major: Not available
Company: Film maker and Business Man
20. Howard Hughes (Deceased)
Howard was an American business magnate, investor, aviator, engineer, film producer, director, and philanthropist. He was one of the wealthiest people in the world. He gained prominence from the late 1920s as a maverick film producer, making big-budget and often controversial films like The Racket (1928), Hell’s Angels (1930), Scarface (1932), and The Outlaw (1943) Hughes dropped out of shortly after his father’s death.
University attended: Rice University
Net worth: US$1.5 billion at the time of his death (adjusted for inflation)
Major: Not available
Company: Film maker and Business Man
This is not an all inclusive list. There are plenty of other billionaire college dropouts. I however decided to highlight just some of the most extraordinary.
If you know of one worth mentioning or you plan on becoming one let us know in the comments below.
Maximillian Garland| Bright Futura Columnist
Posted on May 25, 2012
Remember the housing meltdown? Really difficult to forget isn’t it. Well Mark Cuban (owner of the Mavericks) says that the formula for the housing bust matches what he is calling the college bubble.
The formula for the housing bust was simple
A lot of easy money being lent to buyers who couldn’t afford the money they were borrowing. Sound familiar? It should. But lets explain further.
The money in the housing bubble was spent on homes with the expectation that the price of the home would go up and it could easily be flipped or refinanced at a profit. As Cuban says in his blog posts people were like
Who cares if you couldn’t afford the loan. As long as prices kept on going up, everyone was happy. And prices kept on going up. And as long as pricing kept on going up real estate agents kept on selling homes and finding money for buyers.
But everything changed when the money train stopped coming. The easy money stopped. When easy money stopped, buyers couldn’t sell which meant they couldn’t refinance. Slowly sales began to decrease, then prices started falling and then the housing bubble burst. Housing prices crashed. We know the rest of the story. We are currently living the rest of the story
Mark Cuban wants to know “How what is happening in higher education is any different?”
Its stupid easy get a loan for college. Lets kick some numbers around that most people wont truely value till the shit hits the fan.
According to Mark, “The 37mm holders of student loans have more debt than the 175mm or so credit card owners in this country and more than the all of the debt on cars in this country. While the average student loan debt is about 23k. The median is close to $12,500. And growing. Past 1 TRILLION DOLLARS.”
That’s a lot of textbooks.
We freak out about the Trillions of dollars in debt our country faces. Maybe we should ask ourselves
What about the TRILLION DOLLARS plus in debt we as college students are facing?
What is Mark Cuban’s point?
Basically Mark feels getting a student loan way too easy.
The schools know this, and yet they are continuing to raise to tuition. Every year tuition goes up yet our education isn’t exactly improving. Sure we have better dorm rooms, Gyms, and basketball teams but are are we becoming anymore prepared for the work force?
Are we as student paying more but getting less?
Schools are doing the same thing real estate agents did before the housing bubble burst. Collecting easy money from students who can’t actually afford the education we are buying. It sounds like a sweet deal for the schools. But what about when it all comes crashing down?
The President has introduced programs that try to reward schools that don’t raise tuition and costs. They won’t work.
Right now we as students serve as the perfect customer. The system is designed so that we can’t really get high paying jobs with out a degree, but we also can’t afford our education and we have absolutely no control over the cost of it.
We are a never ending supply of buyers.
Going to college so that we can improve our quality of life according to Mark Cuban is the the collegiate equivalent of flipping houses.
We borrow as much money as we can for the best school we can get into and afford and then we “flip” that education for the great job we are going to get when we graduate.
“Except those great jobs aren’t always there. I don’t think any college kid took on tens of thousands of dollars in debt with the expectation they would get a job working for minimum wage against tips.” -Mark Cuban
At some point potential students will realize that they can’t flip their student loans for a job in 4 years. In fact they will realize that college may be the option for fun and entertainment, but not for education. Prices for traditional higher education will skyrocket so high over the next several years that potential students will start to make their way to non accredited institutions.
“While colleges and universities are building new buildings for the english , social sciences and business schools, new high end, un-accredited , BRANDED schools are popping up that will offer better educations for far, far less and create better job opportunities.
As an employer I want the best prepared and qualified employees. I could care less if the source of their education was accredited by a bunch of old men and women who think they know what is best for the world. I want people who can do the job. I want the best and brightest. Not a piece of paper.”
The Higher Education Industry may just go the way of the Newspaper industry if it doesn’t rapidly change it’s business model.
Student Loan STD’s – CollegeHumor
Maximillian Garland| Bright Futura Columnist
Posted on May 21, 2012
Given the crisis surrounding college debt, it is no surprise that people are starting to toy with the idea of doing Amway rather than going to/finishing college. However, before you decided one way or the other, pretty PLEASE (with sugar on top) read this post outlining almost everything you’ll need to know about the company.
For those of you who don’t know what Amway is, I encourage you to at least give it a once over.
How does Wikipedia define Amway?
Amway is a direct selling company that uses multi-level marketing to sell a variety of products, primarily in the health, beauty, and home care markets. Amway was founded in 1959 by Jay Van Andel and Richard DeVos.
If you haven’t already, you will at some point run into an Amway representative.
While it isn’t completely necessary to know everything about the company; It is wise to a least know what you’re up against.
It is especially smart to do a little research about the company before making any brash financial decisions. I use the word brash because it is really important to understand how you can both gain and lose from any potential opportunity.
Amway suggest that Amway is an opportunity to attain financial well-being and even complete financial independence by starting something they call a Independent Business, which in turn makes those a part of Amway Independent Business Owners (IBO).
The whole Amway concept is kinda corky and unconventional so rather than me outlining the whole concept, I’ll just show you a video because explaining things can be hard and I’m feeling lazy. (At least I’m being honest)
How does Amway work (According to Amway)
Related Video: Amway Video Gallery
If you are intelligent, you are probably asking yourself “what’s the catch”. Obviously, things that sound too sweet usually end up being a little sour. So rather than you spending hours deciding if Amway is for you, I’ll help by putting together basic answers to common questions. I’m not an expert on this subject, and everything I’ve gathered is just stuff you can always search for yourself. But time is money, and I personally would rather have all this information centralized in one place.Thus, I bring you to
Everything you need to know about joining Amway in and after college.
Amway appears to be an opportunity to make a lot of money without doing a lot work.Sounds like a pretty sweet deal, no? However, I think it is pretty clear that there are no free lunches. As I all ways say, nothing easy is worthwhile.
If everyone in your graduating class had a 4.0, employers in the area might think that something was off (I sure as hell would). Either the classes were to easy, people were cheating or some crazy toxic chemical leek led to a phenomena that caused super intelligent people to room your campus dressed as students.
Whenever someone is trying to get you do buy something or do something it is in your best interest to be skeptical. (think Rumpelstiltskin). Healthy skepticism is one of the most valuable characteristics a human being can possess. If you are currently questioning how this seemingly ‘get rich quick’ thing works, you are more intelligent than many of your peers. Congratulation! You aren’t a mindless robot (Confetti.) So let’s start asking questions. You be the good cop, all be the bad cop.
Below I am going to try and break down the top 9 most common questions regarding Amway. Please relax and take notes!
1. What Will Earn Me More Income, Amway or a Traditional Job?
There are many different career paths, so this is questions kinda silly but many people ask it, so I figured it should be answered. I will provided you with 3 different career paths and then compare it to the average Amway income. Just the numbers no bias, so you can then decided.
- Working as a Starbucks Assistant Store manager (low skill wage) earns you roughly $33,040/year before taxes.*
- Working as a Bank Teller for JPMorgan Chase Salaries (low skill wage) earns you roughly $20,390/year before taxes*
- Working as a Software Engineer III for Oracle (high skilled position) earns you roughly $101,844/year*
If you work at any of the above, you will make an income and be working ~40-50hrs/week. Please also note that you will also be receiving a health benefits package for you and your dependents from your employers.
- Average Amway income: In the United States, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) requires Amway to clearly state that more than half of the distributors do not make any money, with the average distributor grossing less than $100 per month. -Wikipedia
This equates to about a $1,000/year
It should be noted that there are massive amounts of Independent Business Owners (IBOs) who never achieve even the break even point. If you are above average in any of the mentioned fields, you will obviously earn more. Furthermore, it is worth noting that if you put time and effort into anything than you surely will reap benefits. The above are only statistics of average incomes.
According to The founder of Amway, Rich DeVos
You should never go full time with Amway unless you are making more money with Amway than you are in your full time.- Video Source
2. Amway vs College: Should I go to college or do Amway full time?
Maybe you’ve asked yourself, why bother paying tens of thousands of dollars for a formal education when I can join Amway and learn what I need for a fraction of a cost? It’s a good question. But before you go running off to the circus, I suggest you ask a couple questions.
While the yachts and mansions may seem super alluring, you have to at least ask yourself whether that level of success is even actually attainable.
I can’t tell you that making your way up the ranks of Amway is impossible, I can however tell you that a traditional education has been well documented. It is a well known fact that working hard in college, getting internships and good grades pays off. That being said, college isn’t the only way to be successful. Just ask Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, and Stephen Jobs (R.I.P).
Only you can decided whether you want to skip the whole college learning experience. I would encourage you to ask yourself a few basic questions before making the decision to drop out of college or avoid it all together.
- Can I support myself in the event that Amway doesn’t pan out?
- Can I afford the Amway business model?
- Can I afford to put off college?
- Is it impossible for me to do both?
The last question I believe is the most important. If you believe you can’t handle the work load of both college and a part-time opportunity than you probably aren’t capable of managing your time very effectively (no offense). That being said, without time management skills and an appreciation for hard work, you probably wont end up making much money from Amway in the first place (Just my opinion, I’m not a expert)
3. C.R.E.A.M: Do People Actually Make Any Money?
As I said previously, the average gross income for IBOs is $100 per month. But I have found testimonies on Youtube of individuals who personally have done Amway and I think that is more valuable than numbers and statistics.
Positive Personal Testimony After A Month (uploaded 2011)
The above video has not be validated by Bright Futura (as if it would matter). In fact, it was just randomly found on Youtube. There doesn’t appear to be any reason to believe that this young fellow is lying.
Related Video: The Best Investment Ever (uploaded 2011)
Negative Personal Testimony
4. What Flavor Punch Do They Serve? Is Amway a Cult?
First off, Amway actually does serve a drink. That being said, the drink isn’t a mind control substance and it is actually pretty tasty (Or perhaps they have already incepted my brain).
Many people will tell you Amway is a cult, so lets compare a definite of the word cult with Amway.
The word cult in current popular usage usually refers to a new religious movement or other group whose beliefs or practices are considered abnormal or bizarre. I would say Amway is offbeat but wouldn’t consider this working definition to match Amway.
NBC’s Dateline happens to for portray Amway and its “followers” very differently. The below journalism may or may not be biased.
Dateline On The Amway Scam: Part 1 (uploaded 2009)
Dateline On The Amway Scam: Part 2 (uploaded 2009)
Below are Youtube comments on Dateline’s inside look at Amway.
In 2004, Dateline NBC featured a critical report based on a yearlong undercover investigation of business practices within the Amway organization. The report noted that the average distributor makes only about $1,400 per year and that many of the “high level distributors singing the praises of Quixtar [Amway]” are actually “making most of their money by selling motivational books tapes and seminars; not Quixtar’s cosmetics, soaps, and electronics.”
5. Is it an Illegal Pyramid Scheme?
One of the most common questions surrounding Amway is “Is it an Illegal Pyramid?” The short answer is no. However, it is more complicated than that. According to the Federal Trade Commission it is not an illegal pyramid scheme. I would however encourage anyone interested in joining to look at the FTC investigation below.
FTC investigation of Amway:
In re Amway Corp. (93 F.T.C. 618; full name In the Matter of Amway Corporation, Inc., et al.)
In the United States, the Federal Trade Commission requires Amway to clearly state that more than half of the distributors do not make any money, with the average distributor grossing less than $100 per month. -wikipedia
I think it is important to note that most business models in any capitalistic society resemble a pyramid with most people at the bottom and a few at the top.
What Does The Better Business Bureau Say?
According to the BBB the Amway Global Independent Business Owner meets BBB accreditation standards, which include a commitment to make a good faith effort to resolve any consumer complaints. BBB Accredited Businesses pay a fee for accreditation review/monitoring and for support of BBB services to the public.
Factors that raised Amway Global Independent Business Owner’s rating include:
- Length of time business has been operating.
- No complaints filed with BBB.
- BBB has sufficient background information on this business.
Please remember just because something is legal does not mean it is right and/or ethical.
What does Forbes Have to Say?
On a list of Private American Companies in 2011, Amway was ranked higher in terms of revenue than hundreds of other well known companies; examples include, Bose, Hilton, Bloomberg, WaWa, Neiman Marcus, Sheets, Burger King, Mary Kay, Hostess, Forever 21, and Petco. The list of Forbes private American business’s can be found here
6. How Much Does It Cost To Join Amway?
Joining Amway isn’t free (duh). In fact, it can be rather costly. However, I will try my best to remain unbiased and neutral on this issue by only presenting the costs.
Registration to Amway: $50
100 PV = $300
KATE (voice mail) = $20
Website fees + $20
Standing Order (Audio Motivational CD subscription) $42
Motivation Business Books: $10/month
Attending Amway events & Major functions (averaged out) $125
This breaks down to about $7000 a year
7. Are There Any Valid Concerns About Joining Amway?
There are of course valid concerns expressed by people throughout the internet. Instead of gathering all of the 100′s them together, decided that I would simply let you hear what the co-founders personal concerns are. I ‘m sure there will also be plenty of people commenting with there opinions in the comment section.
Rich DeVos (co-founder) expressed concerns about Business Support Materials
In an audio recording Rich DeVos expressed concern about the level of income from the sale of Business Support Materials (BSM; tapes, CDs, books, and business conferences/functions) compared to the income the high level distributors were making from Amway products.
8. What should I expect?
Every persons experience will of course be different but you can universally expect it to be a lot more challenging than you initial think it will be. The way the Amway model is pushed makes it seem like easy money. Amway isn’t easy money at all. You have to work at it, just like anything else.
That being said, here is a internet meme of what to expect from Amway and links to videos about how many will perceive your efforts.
Related Video: Funny Videos Making Fun Of Amway Marketers?
In the event that you are interested in hearing about what goes on at an Amway gathering, I have provided an audio recording of an Amway meeting that took place in Northern Virginia (March, 2012)
Inspirational Audio From An Amway Speaker
9. Does Amway Have A Valid Web Presences?
Real businesses have real web presences and real ways of contacting them. Any company that doesn’t have a Facebook always make me a little skeptical. So I decided to do a little digging and found that Amway has both a Facebook and a Twitter account. This doesn’t mean they are honest in everything they say or don’t say but it helps (kinda).
Amway Showcases Their Achievers Online
Amway has an online blog/magazine where they post new successful independent business owners (IBOs). Link to the Amway Achieve magazine here.
According to Forbes Today, 3 million salespeople peddle Amway’s personal care and home products in more than 80 countries. DeVos retired in 1993; his son Doug is president.
Click here for a list of well known companies, organizations, and individuals who have explicitly or implicitly endorsed Amway, Quixtar, it’s Owners, or the business model or particular products.
Video On Many Of The Amway Products
It’s worth noting that all Amway products are backed with a 90 day money back guarantee. Not bad, not bad.
Also according to Amway
Amway products have been organic, biologically natural and they don’t pollute sewage systems and septic tanks. They break down easily. Their containers are recyclable. Their products for the body are of high quality and natural.
Rich DeVos, Co-Founder, Amway Corporation, greets President Bush
Figured it can’t hurt to note that these guys know each other. Apparently Former President George Bush was paid $100,000 to be a keynote speaker at a convention of Amway distributors in 1993 (NYTimes source)
Related: 50 facts about Amway
Maximillian Garland| Bright Futura Columnist
Posted on May 14, 2012
President Obama delivers the commencement address at Barnard College, where he’ll share the stage with Evan Wolfson, the founder of the pro-gay group Freedom to Marry.
Later on Monday, he’ll appear as a guest on The View. His remarks come after Gov. Mitt Romney briefly reaffirmed his opposition to gay marriage on Saturday while addressing Liberty University, considered a conservative and Christian university.
Posted on May 6, 2012
(little to no spoilers)
“You’re going to lose. It’s in your nature.”
Halfway through The Avengers, Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) is pointing a giant gun at the villainous Loki (Tom Hiddleston). Coulson, the only ordinary man in this film filled with spies, assassins, demi-gods, super heroes and aliens, is also the only one who knows how this film is going to end. He states it very clearly to the antagonist, seemingly offering Loki a cop out before this movie drags out to its intended two and a half hour run time. As any conventional super hero movie would have it, Loki ignores the agent and continues in his attempts to take over the world.
This situation pops up in almost every good vs. evil movie ever made. However, the difference between those movies, and The Avengers is that The Avengers is entirely circumstantial. Here is an example in the same vein of the movie universe. Iron Man is an exceptionally well crafted super hero movie.
Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark/Iron Man perfected the balance of being a bad ass and a charismatic and likeable protagonist in an inexplicable fashion. The fight scenes were cool and there was enough humor to keep the tone fun without being too dark.
The Avengers was all of those things and more as the expanded team proved to be a fanboy’s dream come true. So why is Iron Man better?
The events that transpire in Iron Man actually matter in the real world, while The Avengers carries no relevance in our culture aside from its entertainment value.
Granted, most people gauge a film’s quality on how entertaining it is and pass the judgment on whether it is “good” or not. On the contrary, the quality of a film cannot be determined by how much fun you have while watching it. It comprises of a balance of many different aspects, one of which is entertainment value. However, one aspect that cannot be ignored is social and communal impact. Iron Man provided many social commentaries, cleverly mixed in to the film. As you were watching Tony Stark live a wealthy lifestyle and fight crime as Iron Man, you were also actively digesting strong opinions on terrorism, weapons trading, the mixing of man with technology, and the need for clean energy. Think of this film experience like taking your vitamins, but the cool flavored Flintstone kind that you used to take when you were little. They tasted good and were from your favorite cartoon, and yet they still provided you with all of the important nutritional values that growing boys and girls need. Iron Man delivers quality filmmaking in many aspects, blending relevance with entertainment.
But what does The Avengers mean to the viewers? What kind of impact will the film leave on the people leaving the theater when the last scene plays after the credits? Absolutely nothing.
As soon as you walk out of the theater, you may excitedly remember that one really funny line, or that cool fighting sequence. But eventually, as your memory of the film fades, so will the relevance of how cool it was when you were there.
I cannot deny that when you are in the theater, actively watching the film unfold before you on that giant screen, the movie seems perfect.
However, upon departure, it leaves you with a hollow feeling reminiscent of a dementor gliding past and sucking the fun out of your very soul.
Besides the fact that the film essentially stood for nothing, there was also no weight in the exciting or tense parts of the story.
When Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) was about to transform in to the Hulk and threaten everyone on board the ship, or when the aliens were storming New York City, I felt no sense of peril for our heroes. This sad fact is a result of my biggest apprehension on going in to this film: the inability to create one movie with so many super heroes and have it work as a believable narrative. I was never convinced that this was a real team, working together to save the human race. I felt concern for the individual hero when he was in an immediate sense of danger. But knowing that it is in the nature of the bad guys to lose, my fears were instantly alleviated.
This gathering of individuals, not group, spends most of the movie bickering between each other. When they do come together to fight as a team, at least in terms of vicinity, they end up separating to fight different battles of the same war. There is one brief shot (which is done to death in the trailer) that shows them all standing together waiting to fight.
Despite this attempt at visual unity, since interpersonal unity was never reached, they all end up having their backs to one another further proving that they are not one in many.
If the team can’t come together for the sake of the story, then what is the point of making a team film?
Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and even Edward Norton’s The Incredible Hulk were all better stand alone films than The Avengers. Some people complain that these types of origin stories get redundant and boring after a while, but at least they have a narrative purpose for their actions. In this way, The Avengers has become cinema’s high-end prostitute. You pay an outrageous amount of money for some entertainment that will only last you one night. Sure the prostitute is pretty to look at and you have one hell of a good time during. But after you pay, and the fun is done, what have you really gained?
Title: The Avengers
Director: Joss Whedon
Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Pine, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Clark Gregg, Cobie Smulders, Stellan Skarsgard, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Samuel L. Jackson
Release Date: May 4th, 2012
Run Time: 142 mins.
Obviously, there will be people who don’t agree with this review. If you’re one of those people, raise your hand and tell us what you think by posting a comment below.
Alex Dodson: Bright Futura
Posted on May 2, 2012
Ok, so basically making flash cards takes time, and time doesn’t grow on trees, right? Of course it doesn’t idiot. You might know that apples are the things that grow on tree’s if you used StudyBlue. What is StudyBlue you ask? Ahh lemme tell you young honey child.
What is it?
StudyBlue is a cute widdle webapp that lets you create bad ass muthaf***ing digital flash cards directly from notes you take in class or anywhere else. You can also take the cards you create just about anywhere with mobile apps for iPhone and Android. Even to Space! Provided you get service in space. I know, total nerd boner.
Best of all, StudyBlue is absolutely free. (Notice how I said absolutely free, and not just free. There isn’t really a difference but ya know it sounds more free in a way.)
However, there is a catch.
There always is. If your college hasn’t been added to their list of schools you’ll have to wait a bit for it to be approved. This seems to be to your benefit because StudyBlue lets you add specific classes, but it’s kind of annoying as you have to wait a day if your school isn’t on the list. Nonetheless, once you’re in you can start taking notes and making flash cards from those notes.
In short, if you’re studying for finals and need some help, StudyBlue is a great (absolutely free) option.
by Maximillian Garland
Posted on April 21, 2012
There was once a time when only college students with an .edu email address could have a Facebook account. I know crazy right? However, now that your mom spends all her spare time playing Words With Friends and Farmville through Facebook, it’s hard to recall that it used to be the place to connect with your college community.
Lucky for us the social media behemoth is headed back to its campus roots with the launch of Groups for Schools.
Groups For Schools is an exclusive group that is open only to students and faculty at specific colleges.
Why is Facebook trying to re-establish itself as an educational resource for the college crowd?
Perhaps because you are tired of things like this happening
or perhaps its because over the past few years colleges have stepped up their presence on Facebook, and we’ve even seen the creation of Facebook-specific education apps designed to make it easier for students to study together.
It’s not clear whether we as students will use this new channel for good or for evil. But one thing is certain at least Facebook Moms wont be cluttering up our feeds with Words With Friends requests.
Inspired by Good
Posted on April 5, 2012
If you are looking for a job, or have recently, it’s likely that you’ve utilized social media to search and apply for jobs. In addition to keeping in touch with friends, social media is a great way to sift through the various job listings and learn more about the companies you are interested in. In some instances, you can even use social media to submit your job application and resume.
However, has it ever occurred to you that employers are using the web to search for you? It’s true. There are a number of ways you can use this to your advantage and increase your chances of getting hired.
Social Networks Employers Use
Job recruiters scour social networks such as Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter to find candidates. If you apply for a job, it’s very likely that someone in human resources will be checking out your online presence. But before you run off and delete those spring break photos from your Facebook page, read on.
A recent survey by Reppler, an online presence monitoring service, found that employers tend to look at Facebook and Twitter the most of all social networking sites. What’s more, they visit these sites early in the vetting process.
Almost half of the recruiters said that they look at social networking sites after receiving the application while only 15% visit the sites after having a conversation with the applicant.
Reppler interprets this activity to mean that employers are using these sites to get an idea of who you are as a person.
What Recruiters Are Looking For
Generally speaking, recruiters and employers examine your personality traits and use what they learn about you to predict how well you will fit in to their organization, as well as how you will perform your job.
According to Reppler, 60% of recruiters have rejected a candidate because of what they learned about them online.
The main reason for rejection is if the applicant lies about their qualifications. Apparently, some candidates put one thing on their resume while their online profiles indicate something entirely different. This is a major resume mistake to avoid.
Other reasons for rejection include:
- The candidate posts inappropriate photos. A photo of yourself with a glass of wine in your hand isn’t going to hurt you, but if you’re falling down drunk or are clearly using illegal drugs, then your image suffers.
- The candidate posts inappropriate comments. Avoid making statements that would be considered inappropriate in the workplace.
- The candidate posts negative comments about employers. If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.
- The candidate demonstrates poor communications skills. Employers are looking for people who can be understood in both verbal and written communication, so spelling and grammar count, even on social media sites.
Manage Your Online Presence
To ensure that you present yourself in the best possible way, public relations job recruiters suggest you do the following:
- Use Facebook privacy settings to control who can see posts on your page.
- Control the settings for what others can post on your Facebook wall. This prevents your wild friends from posting about your wild weekend.
- Make your Twitter account public so that it can be seen, but keep it professional.
- Make sure that information about you is consistent with what is on your resume.
- Google yourself occasionally to see what is out there about you.
How To Clean It Up
Take a look at all of your social media profiles as if you were a job recruiter.
What would you think of this person?
Would you hire him or her?
Maybe your posts are fine, but what about your friends? Are they posting inappropriate pictures and comments on your sites? You may have to change your settings or ask your friends to stop.
Social Job Hunting Apps
If you’re looking to be hired, there’s an app for that. Employers are beginning to use apps on their jobs sites to learn more about you during the application process. Some of the most popular apps are:
- Apply with LinkedIn. To use Apply with LinkedIn, simply click on the button to apply for the job using the information in your LinkedIn profile. When you do, you will see who in your network already works there.
- Pooldip. The Pooldip app allows companies to manage and hire their Facebook fans. Become a fan of the page of a company that you want to work for, and you then have the opportunity to transfer your professional information from your LinkedIn account. Your personal information and photos on Facebook will remain private and cannot be seen by the company.
- BeKnown. Once you install BeKnown to your Facebook page, the app will share with your connections the companies you worked at, schools you attended, and other professional information. You can also use the app to search and apply for jobs without leaving Facebook. BeKnown will help match you to jobs based on the information in your profile.
The Future of Hiring
It is predicted that companies will doing more screening and recruiting of job candidates on social media sites, so don’t be surprised if you’re expected to engage in a preliminary interview via an instant message chat on Facebook or Twitter. Because of this, we may see fewer career expos and job fairs where those in need of a job can meet with recruiters and shop resumes.
If you are seeking a job, you should also consider creating an online portfolio to showcase your work and accomplishments. Furthermore, artists and designers should consider joining a site like BigBlackBag.com or DeviantArt.com.
Because social media recruiting offers so many advantages to both employers and job seekers, it’s here to stay. Even if you’re not looking for work now, you’ll be ahead of the game if you start monitoring your online presence and crafting your image to appeal to those for whom you would like to work in the future.
Have you found or applied for a job using a social media site or app? How was the experience?
Posted on April 4, 2012
Can former students help solve the student loan crisis? That’s the reasoning behind a new loan initiative launched last year at Stanford University, one of the nation’s most elite and expensive colleges, where undergraduate tuition is now $40,050.
A handful of Stanford alumni created SoFi, a company that funds student loans with investments from alumni.
The company is based on the peer-to-peer lending model popularized by microfinance organizations and websites like Kickstarter.com.
SoFi grew out of a recognition that the student loan market is “unsustainable,” said SoFi CEO Mike Cagney in an interview with The Huffington Post. “You’ve got the government, the school, the students, and nobody is invested in another’s success … If you take the government out of the equation and introduce alumni, you create those connections and that investment.”
Student loan debt today totals more than $1 trillion, a 14-fold increase from 15 years ago. It dwarfs the amount of the nation’s credit card debt, which is just shy of $800 million. Those in the class of 2010 graduated with an average of more than $25,000 in student loan debt, according to the Project on Student Loan Debt. In 2009, nearly 9 percent of student loan holders defaulted on their government loans, according to the U.S. Department of Education.
Last fall, SoFi piloted its loan product at Stanford’s graduate school of business (where tuition runs $108,000 for its two-year program); a hundred students borrowed a total of $2 million from 40 alumni investors.
Ben Kessler, 27, a second-year MBA student at Stanford, borrowed roughly $150,000 to finance his education. While the majority of his loans are through Citibank and the federal government, about $35,000 came from SoFi.
Through SoFi, students not only receive loans but are also introduced to participating alumni who serve as mentors.
For Kessler, that networking opportunity was one of the main attractions of the SoFi loan, whose 6.24 percent interest rate is comparable to those of his Citibank and government loans.
“I’ve sat down with three or four SoFi staff members [who] introduced me to a lot of different people in the alumni network, and to their own lenders and investors,” said Kessler in an interview with The Huffington Post.
The fact that alumni are funding some of his loans does not increase pressure to repay them, Kessler said. “I feel the same pressure to repay my Citibank loan as compared to my SoFi loan. But what I do feel is that there’s a relationship that stands to benefit if I do pay back the loan over time and if I do reach out and build a relationship with the people I’ve met through SoFi.”
“There’s no difference in what I stand to lose, but there’s a lot more to gain,” he added.
All the 100 Stanford MBA students who borrowed money from SoFi last year have kept up with their payments, Cagney said. That success, combined with eager alumni and enthusiastic investors, has enabled the company to expand. This year SoFi is planning to lend as much as $150 million to students at 40 schools, including some of country’s most elite institutions, such as Columbia, Harvard, Princeton, Duke and Georgetown universities.
The SoFi model has not affected Stanford alumnis’ contributions to other scholarships and grants, said Cagney. He pointed out that none of the 40 Stanford alumni who funded SoFi loans changed their contributions to scholarship programs as a result of their investment. SoFi investors receive a 5 percent to 8 percent return on their loans and view it as a socially responsible investment, as opposed to a charitable donation, Cagney said.
Kessler is excited to put his SoFi contacts into action when he moves to the Midwest this summer. “I want to create a family business for my wife and future children to have as a stable source of cash flow and a stable source of income,” he said. “Growing up in southern Wisconsin, I saw a number of small business that were doing well and people had a nice lifestyle, and that appeals to me.”