How to increase the growth of the forum?

i think i might do some paid advertising at facebook to gain some college students.

sleepless, have you done paid advertising for something before or is that just a random suggestsion?
this is really cool. i like how the news is instantaneous.

I'll try getting some friends to join, it's exciitng if this gets realy big.

I can try getting my teachers involved too. awesome site!
You should keep the articles away from the actual discussion centers, its hard to hold topical discussions on something when someone replies to it and it gets pushed all the way to the bottom where it will never be seen again.
If you're gonna go the facebook route, instead of paying just start a group. i'd join.
One way to get new members is to post the site on other external sites, tie it back to this one.