Posts Tagged ‘college’

You Won’t Have Mitt Romney to Kick Around Anymore

January 30, 2015

You Won't Have Mitt Romney to Kick Around Anymore
To paraphrase Richard Nixon, you won’t have Mitt Romney to kick around anymore.

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Republican Recycling

January 13, 2015

Republican Recycling

Tan, rested and ready: Willard Mitt Romney, failed Republican presidential candidate, one-term Massachusetts Governor, dancing horse ownercorporate looter and job-destroying private equity exec. What’s not to like? Get ready America, the 2016 presidential election starts now.

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College Sports

April 25, 2014

College Sports

“When the Texas Wesleyan Rams arrived here this month to defend their 10 straight national titles, the 14 players and coaches wore navy blue and gold track suits and carried matching bags. The walkie-talkies worn on the hips of tournament personnel crackled to life: ‘Texas Wesleyan has entered the building.’

The opposing teams,—most of whom brought only a handful of players, some in a mishmash of college sweatshirts,—stopped to watch in awe and dread.

‘We are the New York Yankees of table tennis,’ said Texas Wesleyan University Coach Jasna Rather. ‘Everybody hates our guts.'”

— “Don’t Call It Ping Pong: College Sports Rivalry Expands to Table Tennis,” Douglas Belkin, Wall Street Journal

So are college table tennis teams unionized yet?

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Free College for the Rich

December 7, 2013

Free College for the Rich

“Most people taking free online courses worldwide are among the best-educated and wealthiest of the population, casting doubt on the idea that the classes will benefit the disenfranchised, a survey showed.

More than half of those taking massive open online courses, or MOOCs, were men and the majority were already employed, according to Ezekiel Emanuel, vice provost for Global Initiatives at the University of Pennsylvania and one of the authors of the correspondence piece in today’s journal Nature.”

— “Survey: Rich kids reap benefits of online courses,” Nicole Ostrow, Bloomberg via Salon [link added]

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Spring Break

March 30, 2013

Spring Break

“Like Western democracy, Socratic philosophy, written histories, epic poetry, and every other foundational pillar of high culture, spring break began in ancient Greece.

Called ‘Anthestreria’ by the local teens, and their parents, it was a festival dedicated to Dionysus, the god of wine and whoopee and just about every excuse to party. For three days, people would dance, singers would perform, women would deck themselves with flowers, and Greek men would compete to see who could be the fastest to drain a cup of red wine.”

— “2,000 Years of Partying: The Brief History and Economics of Spring Break,” Derek Thompson, The Atlantic

No wonder Greek letter societies are so keen on Spring Break.

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Newt: Every Student Must Work, Like I Didn’t

February 3, 2012

Newt: Every Student Must Work, Like I Didn't

Newt Gingrich, disgraced former Speaker of the House, is running for U.S. President, and he has a unique education platform. After poor children finish cleaning school toilets and graduate from high school, they can work their way through college, too. If the nation repealed those pesky child labor laws, it could rid itself of over-paid unionized school janitors and government-subsidized loans for coddled, lazy college students, too. right?

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Two Hummus Solution

December 11, 2010

Two Hummus Solution

Princeton University students recently rejected a proposal to stock an additional brand of hummus dip besides Sabra hummus. Pro-Palestinian students favor adding a new hummus choice, saying their only chickpea dip option is Israeli-owned Sabra, a company they accuse of having ties to the Golani Brigade, a troubled and violent Israeli military unit.

Some facts:

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Semester Abroad. Fries with That?

December 10, 2010

 Semester Abroad. Fries With That?

At first we thought McDonald’s had opened a UK franchise of famed Hamburger University. The Oak Brook, Illinois campus flips out 5,000 students a year (over 80,000 served), but doesn’t have much of a football team.

Britain’s Manchester Metropolitan University has it’s own McDonald’s degree program, though. The university’s Business School also runs degree programs for Tesco supermarkets and Booth’s. The latter is either for Booth’s supermarkets or Booth’s Gin.

Attention U.S. exchange students: “Chips” means “fries” in Blighty, “chips” are “crisps,” and the drive-thru window is on the wrong side of the building. Start studying  now.

 

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For This I Went to College?

November 13, 2010

 For This I Went To College?

In today’s America, 317,000 waiters and waitresses have college degrees. So do 80,000 bartenders and over 18,000 parking lot attendants. 17 million Americans with college degrees now have jobs the Bureau of Labor Statistics describes as requiring less than the skill levels of a bachelor’s degree.

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Legacy Admissions

October 18, 2010

Legacy Admissions

Colleges call them “legacy admissions,” high school students who get admission preference because their parents are rich alumni. A new publication edited by Richard D. Kahlenberg calls them what they are: Affirmative Action for the Rich.

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