TRENTON — Running a new college wasn’t really supposed to be a lifetime thing. Not just a new college, a new idea of college: one designed for adults, often people who had left college years earlier or never gone, mostly self-directing their own studies at their own pace, often never stepping foot on campus. When Thomas Edison State College was formed in 1972, the idea was, well, nontraditional. The students, the courses, the school itself — nontraditional.
These Gloucester County students didn’t set out to earn a college degree at the same time as their high school diploma. Not at first, anyway. They started out taking a few credits -- maybe a high school course that counted for college credit, or an elective college course that wasn’t offered at the high school. As they racked up the credits, they began to realize how close they were to an extraordinary goal: Graduating from high school and community college at the same time.
If you act quickly, Drexel University has a three-foot disco ball it’s selling for $77. There are other deals out there, too, courtesy of your local college or university. You really can buy anything on the internet. You could outfit your man cave, as some buyers did when Pennsylvania State University sold its old wooden lockers a few years ago during renovations. (Some went to nostalgic former players.) If you need bar stools, Temple University has a set of 15 for $150.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".