By Habiba Alcindor

Along with our new look, we’re introducing a new blog for StudentNation.

Extra Credit will offer a variety of news gleaned from mainstream media, campus papers and the internet. It is also designed with a DIY component, allowing student activists and journalists to give readers an up-close and personal look at what’s taking place on their campus.

Whether it’s political campaigning, demonstrating for a cause, organizing a music festival or pushing for better environmental standards, young progressives deserve extra credit for their hard work and creative ideas.

In the coming weeks, we’ll be using this space to post blogs by Hooman Hedayati, president of Texas Students Against the Death Penalty; Matt Cronheim, who is fighting to reform Appalachia State University’s support of sweatshops and Bryan Axelrod, an Iraq war veteran and student at the University of Minnesota who thinks that the student anti-war movement has suffered from an exclusion of veterans’ perspective and involvement.

In the meantime, we’d like to use this post to get a feel for what kinds of campus news stories or issues visitors to StudentNation miss seeing in the news, or would like to blog about for Extra Credit.