The Washburn Review

Deepfakes strip dignity

Andrew Shermoen

February 18, 2018

A new artificial intelligence program allows people to digitally impose another person’s face onto someone else in a video. The way it is being used could lead to disaster. This AI faceswapping technology has been avai...

Opinion: VR is not all it’s cracked up to be

Matt Boland

February 7, 2018

Virtual reality has been touted as the next big thing that will change the landscape of technology.  Even one of the biggest companies in the world, Facebook, bought into the hype by buying Oculus, a company based in VR tech...

Art Department Presents Work in Augmented Reality

Whitney Clum

February 4, 2018

Even homework looks appealing when it’s in 3D. A combined effort from the Graphic Design 1 class, C-TEL, and 712 Innovations demonstrated that despite its sci-fi sensibilities, Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality are no longe...

Saudi student enjoys technological opportunities

Andrew Shermoen

April 17, 2017

For Meaad Aldarbi, a student pursuing her masters in educational technology, time in America has been all about new experiences. The Saudi Arabian student has had a huge amount of support from friends and faculty members who have helped her get the most from her time in America.Aldarbi is from Jazan, Saudi Arabia and attended and received her bachelor’s degree in history and civilization while attending Jazan University. After traveling to America she went to school at Kansas University but transferred to Washburn in 2014. When she first arrived Aldarbi had the usual struggles of a new person visiting America. “I spoke very little English,” Aldarbi said. “Thankfully the community I came into was very helpful and I joined a group that helped me improve my English.”School and life in Jazan was very different compared to America. Technology isn’t as widespread, the schools are separated according to gender, and alcohol consumption is incredibly taboo. Aldarbi came to America for school because she knew it had the education she was looking for. “There is very little education in Saudi Arabia that is based on teaching people how to use technology,” Aldarbi said. “It is slowly being integrated into the classroom though, and I want to learn how to better use technology and how to teach people it should be used.”Aldarbi has said the greatest thing Washburn has provided her is the multitude of experiences she’s had. In 2015 she and a few other Saudi Arabian women participated in a culture group. She also learned archery, took Zumba classes, and learned how to drive. Many of these experiences are something not easily available for her before Washburn and she is thankful for the opportunity to participate in them at Washburn.Aldarbi has many people to thank for her Washburn experience. Her advisor David Pownell is a faculty member Aldarbi has credited as having a huge impact on her educational experience. “He really pushed me to keep working hard,” Aldarbi said. “When I had a question, instead of just telling me he would often encourage me to use the resources around me to search for the answers.” Through Pownell’s encouragement Aldarbi developed the phrase “Google it” as her new mantra in life for whenever she is looking for answers.Aldarbi has also cited her friend Andrea Velez as someone who has encouraged her and helped her feel welcome at Washburn. “She was swimming teacher and she taught me so much,” Aldarbi said. “She was a great friend and helped increase my understanding of different cultures.”Aldarbi also spent her years at Washburn making new friends, attending weddings, and visiting a favorite ranch destination over three times. Aldarbi graduates in May and is very thankful for her time at Washburn and all that it has taught her.

Popular social media app Vine discontinued by Twitter (old)

Andrew Shermoen

October 31, 2016

The famous social network service Twitter announced last Thursday, Oct. 27 that it would be discontinuing popular video sharing app Vine. The announcement came as a shock to both fans and content creators alike responding quick...

Augmented reality headset begins development

Andrew Shermoen

March 11, 2016

The Meta 2 is a new augmented reality headset that just recently became available to pre-order for $949. This headset differs from others by simply adding virtual images into the real world. In that way it is similar to the ...

Google Nexus 6P by Huawei

Sarbottam Bhagat

November 7, 2015

Google unveiled two new Nexus flagship smartphones as part of an event in San Francisco, the 5X from LG and the 6P from Huawei. Nexus 6P is the first nexus device from Google that is made of metal, the first made by Chinese ve...