TikTok for fun or fashion: Two Columbia students explore the app | Higher Education

Jessica Wong

Connor Clary gets his best ideas in the shower. Back in April 2020, he was mid-shampoo when the idea for his soon-to-be-viral TikTok struck him. With suds in his hair, he found himself thinking, “I will rank the Christian decor in my parents’ home.”

After he posted the video, which he set to classical music, Clary’s phone began to buzz.

“I was just sitting at home, and the video started getting thousands of likes,” he recalled. “It’s so random and personal. I didn’t think it was relatable or interesting.”






Connor Clary, a junior at MU, first joined TikTok in March

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Researchers explore effects of reduced gravity on mouse skeletal muscles

Jessica Wong

Most of us have imagined how free it would feel to float around, like an astronaut, in conditions of reduced gravity. But have you ever considered what the effects of reduced gravity might have on muscles?

Gravity is a constant force on Earth which all living creatures have evolved to rely on and adapt to. Space exploration has brought about many scientific and technological advances, yet manned spaceflights come at a cost to astronauts, including reduced skeletal muscle mass and strength.

Conventional studies investigating the effects of reduced gravity on muscle mass and function have used a ground control group

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Caesar Creek State Park and Waynesville, Ohio

Jessica Wong

For those feeling a little landlocked, Caesar Creek State Park in Waynesville, Ohio, may fill those waterfront daydreams. The village of Waynesville was founded in 1779 and is known as The Antiquing Capital of the World. Shoppers can wander in and out of stores to discover custom-made tables, chairs, jukeboxes and even metal Big Foots greeting them at the door.Digging deeper into the history of Waynesville is its role in the Underground Railroad.The head caretaker of the museum at the Friends Home, James Prickett, told WLWT that Quakers were among the earlier settlers in Waynesville. Quakers fiercely opposed slavery. Prickett … Read the rest

Discussion to explore news literacy

Jessica Wong

CARLINVILLE — Blackburn College is having its final monthly installment of its “Raise the Bar” speaker series at 10 a.m. May 22 about news literacy.

The virtual speaker series is free. The discussions offer opportunities to learn from Blackburn College professors and administrators as they discuss topics and share some of their life experiences.

The topic, “How to Fight Fake News,” will feature Natasha Casey, professor of communications at Blackburn. Casey has a doctorate in communication studies from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. Her research interests include critical race theory and media and information literacy, the latter of which is

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Free phone app aims to help beer fans explore Texas cities’ breweries and taprooms

Jessica Wong

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  • American Craft Beer Week runs May 10-16.

Today marks the start of American Craft Beer Week, and a newish brewery-focused app could help San Antonio imbibers navigate the craft beer scene right from their cell phones.

Launched by the Texas Craft Brewers Guild in August of last year, the Texas Brewery Passport app is designed to help beer enthusiasts find and visit the association’s small and independent brewery members across the state.

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