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The old college try
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We hope you enjoy this year's edition of our annual College Student Guide. It's our way of welcoming new students to town as well as helping not-so-new students to get back into the groove of a typically busy Savannah fall season.

For those of you unfamiliar with our publication, Connect Savannah is what's known in the media biz as an "alternative newsweekly," or more typically, "alt-weekly."

All this means - with an echo to the alternative press of the ‘60s and ‘70s - is that one of our core missions is to serve as an alternative to the local mainstream media, mostly the local daily paper, the Savannah Morning News, which we aren't affiliated with.

The role of the alt-weekly has changed over the years, and arts, entertainment and culture have taken on greater importance. In addition to our college-themed stuff this issue, you'll find our usual assortment of local arts and events coverage, including some great bands in local clubs and the opening of Angels in America by The Collective Face.

So who are our typical readers? Well... that's where you come in, dear college students.

People will try to tell you that our typical reader votes a certain way or is a certain age. Actually, time and time again we've discovered - as have most other alt-weeklies around the country -that by far the main common denominator of our readership is a college education.

People with a college education have three key traits which tend to separate them from other people: They're more curious about the world around them, they're more apt to take action to change the world around them, and they're more likely to be avid readers in general.

Regardless of how you fit into that formula, we hope you'll continue to read Connect Savannah and go to each week.

You'll discover that we take great pains to provide reporting and commentary which don't necessarily fit into easy-to-label modes - because our readers also resist easy categorization.

Here are links to our college stuff this issue:

Get schooled on Savannah

Required reading for collegiate cyclists

Bands to watch

The sportin' life

If you're under 21

Cutting edge degrees

The Brain Train