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Weighing the options on reselling textbooks By KAT OLDREY News Editor K.E.Oldrey@iup.edu
When looking to resell textbooks, students have several options. The Co-op Store will begin buying used textbooks back beginning Monday. They offer convenience and familiarity to many students; also, books sold to the Co-op Store will be sold to other IUP students in the spring semester. If you are concerned about keeping textbook circulation local, the Co-op Store certainly has that advantage. Another, albeit more work-intensive, option, is to sell the books within the department. Ask around among friends and classmates to find out what classes are being offered in upcoming semesters, which students are taking what classes, and if the same books are being required from one semester to the next. Then, sell directly to other students.
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Consider posting flyers, recruiting the help of professors, and looking for websites and Facebook groups. For students less concerned with keeping their books local, there are many websites that buy and sell used textbooks, with the multi-faceted Amazon.com as one of the most prominent. Advantages of online buying and selling include a larger market, higher demand and fewer limitations on what will and will not be bought. One disadvantage is having to take care of shipping arrangements yourself; while eliminating the middleman can allow greater profit, or at least less of a financial loss, the middleman certainly can make the process easier and more convenient. It is the responsibility of each student to decide for him- or herself whether guaranteed convenience or potential more money is more important, and to choose their method of textbook-selling accordingly.
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Among the best things about reaching the end of fall semester are the approaching holidays, the month-long break and the prospect of catching up on months’ worth of sleep. Another plus is the cash in hand from selling back your textbooks. But even though reselling textbooks can get at least some of your money back, and class notes make fantastic open fires for chestnutroasting, it might be worth it to consider keeping them. For one thing, the notes are the record of classes you or your parents paid thousands of dollars for you to take. If they’re notes for classes in your major, keeping them is worthwhile. Going back to check a detail or refresh a concept can make later classes easier. Earlier classes are building blocks for later ones; take advantage of the natural progression of the curriculum. Textbooks are a similar case. Textbooks for your major can be handy and beneficial long after the class they were required for has ended. This is less the case in majors pertaining to rapidly-changing fields, where the information is constantly being updated, but the concepts remain similar enough that the book could be useful in the future. There are also cases where it is hardly worth your time to sell the book back. Textbook resale prices are often notoriously low, wherever and however you decide to sell. It may be better to keep a book, if you
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think it might ever be useful again, than to sell it back for a fraction of what you paid. Keeping graded work and papers can be another good idea. Having a hard copy of returned work can come in handy if there is any discrepancy between the grade you expected and the grade you got.
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How to not waste your winter break By KAT OLDREY News Editor K.E.Oldrey@iup.edu
Students don’t have to take winter session courses to have an enriching winter break. There are countless other options for spending a fulfilling month. Students looking to continue their academic work over break can take one or more of several courses of action. If you are taking sequential courses, with a spring class building on skills and knowledge from a fall class, make sure you’re ready to dive back into the subject when January arrives; review notes to stay sharp. Foreign languages in particular need consistent practice to stay at the same level of proficiency. Students can also think of improving their career prospects. Winter break, a reprieve from homework, can give students an opportunity to put together a resume or cover letter. The month-long break can also be a handy opportunity to squeeze in a quick internship or job-shadowing experience. Another option is spending some time on volunteer work or community service. Local charities and other organizations are often looking for extra hands. Volunteer work lets you have a direct and positive impact on your community, can be a great personal experience, and looks great
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The U.S. Department of Agriculture is moving to a cloud-based system for e-mail, with its data being stored in Microsoft’s data center in suburban Chicago. Cloud computing moves applications to the Internet, cutting costs and facilitating easier access to information. The USDA said it awarded a contract in May to Dell for Microsoft Online Services, aiming to move all of its e-mail, instant messaging and collaboration applications to the cloud. The USDA said it is the first Cabinet-level agency to make such a move, and that it has been working with Dell and Microsoft during the past six months to migrate more than 120,000 users to the common system. Previously, employees were on 21 different e-mail systems. Companies such as Microsoft and Google are competing to be the leading provider of cloud-based services to government agencies and other businesses. Last week, the General Services Administration announced it is the first federal agency to move its entire e-mail system to the cloud, using Google products. The agency said it expects to cut its e-mail costs in half over the next five years. Microsoft’s data center in Northlake, Ill., opened in September 2009 and is home to thousands of servers that provide processing power and storage for the company’s cloud services.
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Erroneous grades can be corrected through appeal, review By megan Guza Managing Editor M.S.Guza@iup.edu
For students who feel that their final grades may be incorrect, IUP provides the opportunity for grade appeals. The process is in place for students who feel that their grades are not what were anticipated due to reasons of error or other issues. It is an avenue through which to have the grade reviewed and possibly changed, according to Lynnan Mocek, executive staff assistant in the Provost’s office. Grades can be appealed for three reasons: discrimination, capriciousness or error. “A student may feel that the faculty discriminated against them for various reasons,” Mocek said. The review process of grades for the claim of discrimination is two-fold: the grade is reviewed as per the normal appeal policies, and it also looked at by the Office of Social Equity. Capricious evaluation is the most common reason for grade appeals, she said. Capricious evaluation, according to IUP’s grade review policy, is the “significant and unwarranted deviation from grading procedures and course outlines set at the beginning of the course […] or grade assigned arbitrarily of whim or impulse.” “When we talk about capricious evaluation, [the faculty] did not follow what they said they were going to follow,” Mocek said, “or something else was added that was not originally agreed to. That’s why the syllabus is so important.” The last reason for an appeal is a grading error, which is simply when a student’s calculations do not match up with the calculations used to determine the grade. There are three levels of the grade appeal process as well. The first level is informal grade appeal. “Ninety-nine percent are handled at that level,” she said. This involves the student and faculty member discussing the issue in an informal matter. “A good example is in the case of error in calculation. A student says, ‘Look, this is what all my papers say, these are the grades I have on my papers. This is the grade you gave me. What’s the difference?’” If things cannot be solved on the informal level, a student has the right to go to level two, which involves following through with the chair and the dean. “It is unlikely that the chair and dean would overrule the faculty, because the faculty are the final determiners of their course,” she said. “It’s more of a processing issue to make sure that we’ve gone through the correct processes.” Level two is documentation only,
meaning the student does not appear before the appeal committee. The committee reviews only documentation by the student and faculty that presents their argument for and rebuttal against the grade appeal. “Faculty don’t see the student’s documents, and students don’t see the faculty’s documents. We try to maintain as much equity as possible.” The university’s Grade Appeal Committee then reviews the documentation and decides whether the appeal has merit based on the documentation provided. If the committee decides there is merit, it moves on to level three. If it is decided there is not merit, the appeal is done. “It’s done, and there is no appeal of level two’s decision,” Mocek said. “And believe me, we have students trying to appeal the level two decision, and they aren’t permitted to talk to the level two committee. You tried to prove your case; it didn’t happen, and it’s done.” Level three is the face-to-face meeting. It, too, involves a committee, though this one is different than the first. The committee is called at random from across the university at random and includes one administrator and four tenure/tenure-track faculty members. The student appealing his or her grade may request a member of the Student Congress Executive Committee advise the panel as well. The student and faculty both have the opportunity to present their respective cases to the committee. The committee then decides whether the appeal will be granted or not. Students have up until 60 days into the next semester to appeal a final grade, giving them the opportunity to go through the appeal process. The level two committee is only called together once a semester, so students may have to wait in order to have their case heard at that level. “It can be quite laborious,” Mocek said in regard to the process. “Quite laborious.” “I’m very upfront with students when I see them. I say, ‘Look, this is not something that’s going to be resolved by the next semester.’ “The reason is, we’re trying to be as equitable as possible to members of the university, both student and faculty.” Students can find more information regarding the appeal process and an appeal application on the Provost’s office website. Questions can also be directed to Mocek in the Provost’s office. Mocek said that she wants students to know that, yes, the process is laborious, but it is important to seek out an application and go through the process if he or she feels their grade may be incorrect. “It may be time well spent,” she said.
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Energy company to pay $2.5 million, replace wind turbines to reduce raptor deaths By denis cuff Contra Costa Times MCT
The largest wind energy producer in the Altamont Pass area in California’s Alameda and Contra Costa counties has agreed to replace 2,400 wind turbines within four years and pay $2.5 million in a legal settlement to reduce deaths of eagles, hawks and other raptors hacked by turbine blades. The settlement between NextEra Energy Resources, the state and several environmental groups was announced Monday by state Attorney General Jerry Brown. One environmental leader praised the deal a model for producing wind energy while minimizing the heavy toll the whirling turbine blades take on hundreds of raptors each year. “We think that is a landmark agreement that balances the need for clean energy with protections for wildlife,” said Michael Lynes, conservation director for the Golden Gate Audubon Society. “This is an aggressive schedule for replacing turbines with new ones. It will go a long way toward reducing the kills in the Altamont area.” The settlement resolves a debate about whether the company was making sufficient progress toward a previous legal pledge to reduce
bird kills by 50 percent from 2007 to 2010. “Rather than focus on the 50 percent debate, we agreed to get something in place that uses modern technology to increase protections for the birds,” Lynes said. “This does not resolve all the problems with avian mortalities, but it is a big step forward toward reducing them.” New wind turbines are much larger and produce much more energy than old ones, reducing the number of blades that birds can fly into. Under the deal, NextEra agreed to replace 2,400 of its turbines within four years. If it falls behind schedule, the company also pledges to shut down all its existing turbines no later than 2015. The company also pledged to put the new turbines in environmentally friendly locations. Many turbines installed in the Altamont Pass in the 1970s and 1980s were placed in swales between ridges where golden eagles like to soar when looking for prey, wild biologists say. The wind company said it would contribute
$1.25 million to the California Energy Commission for research on reducing bird kills at Altamont Pass. The wind company will give another $1.25 million to the East Bay Regional Park District and the Livermore Area Recreation and Park to improve and protect raptor habitat. According to a 2004 state study, wind turbines at Altamont Pass kill an estimated 1,766 to 4,271 birds annually, including between 881 and 1330 raptors such as golden eagles, hawks, falcons and owls. The Altamont Pass is a prime breeding and migratory area for raptors.
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WikiLeaks founder arrested in sex case By HENRY CHU Los Angeles Times MCT
Julian Assange, founder of the controversial WikiLeaks website, was arrested Tuesday morning at the request of Swedish authorities who want to question him about allegations of sexual assault, Scotland Yard said. Assange, 39, voluntarily surrendered to police and was put under arrest, police said. He is expected to appear in a London court later Tuesday. Sweden has asked that Assange be extradited so that it can investigate allegations by two women who had sexual encounters with him in that country earlier this year. Swedish prosecutors say the encounters may have involved “unlawful coercion” and
even rape, but Assange has insisted that the liaisons were consensual. The accusations have stalked Assange since the summer, before his website began publishing portions of the huge cache of U.S. State Department diplomatic cables that have dismayed American officials and other governments around the world in recent days. But Assange, who is Australian, and his lawyers and supporters believe that the U.S. has pushed the sexual assault case behind the scenes as a way of embarrassing, harassing and silencing him. Assange is believed to have been in southern England for much of the past few weeks as the State Department cables have been released. Swedish prosecutors last month issued an international warrant for his arrest, but British authorities did not move to
arrest him until this week, apparently because of a technical mistake on the warrant. At his court hearing, Assange’s lawyers are expected to ask for him to be released on bail while he fights the attempt to extradite him. That legal battle could take weeks or even months. Assange’s attorneys fear that a successful extradition to Sweden on the sexual assault allegations could also make it easier for him to be extradited to the United States if prosecutors there charge him with various offenses relating to the WikiLeaks disclosures. In the past few days, the net has been closing around Assange and his organization. Amazon.com booted WikiLeaks from its Internet server, and on Monday, a Swiss bank froze an account Assange had opened to raise funds.
Enrollment up for Arabic, Korean, Chinese By LARRY GORDON Los Angeles Times MCT
Student enrollment in Arabic, Korean and Chinese classes is showing the fastest growth among foreign language courses at U.S. colleges, even though Spanish remains the most popular by a huge margin, a new study shows. The survey of more than 2,500 colleges and universities by the Modern Language Association, or MLA, found that enrollment in Arabic surged by 46 percent between 2006 and 2009. More U.S. college students are studying Arabic than Russian, a change that officials say reflects a shift of interest from Cold War concerns to current issues involving the Middle East and terrorism. The study of Arabic by young Americans started to show significant growth immediately after the Sept. 11 attacks in 2001, and its enrollment has tripled since then, said Rosemary G. Feal, the MLA’s executive director. “It’s a response to what’s going on in the world,” she said, noting that the same holds true for a recent increase in Chinese and Korean courses and such lesser studied languages as
Hindi and Punjabi. Last year, 865,000 U.S. college students were enrolled in Spanish, about four times as many as in French, its nearest rival, and nine times the number in German, the next highest-ranked, the report said. American Sign Language, an increasingly popular way for students to fulfill their language requirements, was next, followed by Italian, Japanese, Chinese, Arabic, Latin, Russian, Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew, Portuguese, Korean and Modern Hebrew. Korean and Chinese grew by the highest percentage after Arabic, with about 61,000 U.S. students studying Chinese, up 18 percent since 2006, and 8,511 enrolled in Korean classes, up 19 percent, the report shows. Enrollment in all foreign language classes on college and university campuses increased 6.6 percent over those three years, generally matching overall enrollment growth at all levels of higher education. But there are some troubling signs involving budget-related cutbacks in language classes and a tight job market for faculty. Particularly worrisome was a 6.7 percent drop in the number of graduate students studying foreign
languages since 2006, a decline that could affect the pool of future language teachers, MLA officials said. Feal attributed that decrease to a trend of colleges relying more on part-time language instructors rather than hiring for full-time and permanent faculty jobs. “I think potential graduate students are not entering fields in which the probabilities of getting a tenure-track position are bleak,” said Feal, a Spanish professor who is on leave from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Nationwide, German and Italian programs are among those most affected by cutbacks, MLA officials said. For example, the University of Southern California announced two years ago that it would phase out the study of German as a major, although it still offers some classes in the language. In recent years, many colleges also have reduced foreign language graduation requirements in response to budget pressures. When adjusted for overall college populations, enrollment in foreign languages is about half what it was in the mid1960s, before an earlier loosening of curriculum rules, the study showed.
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acknowledge that, well, yes, maybe he smoked a little of it himself.) In November, a court in Rochefort fined him the equivalent of about $700 â€” even though he insisted, proudly, that his ducks are, indeed, worm-free. â€” Lame: (1) Former Groveland, Mass., police officer Aaron Yeo, who was fired in 2009 for sleeping on the job and lying to dispatchers about his locations, challenged the termination in October 2010, claiming through his lawyer that he had declined to reveal his locations only because he was â€œwatching for terrorists.â€? (2) Body armor company CEO David H. Brooks, charged with tax fraud and insider trading, argued at his trial in August in New York City that his companyâ€™s hiring of prostitutes for staff and board members was a legitimate corporate expense because it could â€œmake [employees] more productive.â€?
By chuck shepherd Better Late Than Never? Britainâ€™s National Health Service acknowledged in November that, because of a shortage of healthy lungs and other organs available for transplant, it was offering those on waiting lists the option of receiving them from former smokers, drug addicts, cancer patients and the elderly. â€œYou have to say,â€? said an official with the NHSâ€™s Blood and Transplant unit, â€œdo you get a lung with more risk, or do you get no lung [at all]?â€? Compelling Explanations â€” French farmer Michele Rouyer, who was discovered by police with about 11 pounds of packaged marijuana and a dozen plants, said the weed was not for himself but for the 150 ducks he raises â€” in that a specialist had suggested that marijuana is an effective dewormer and fever-preventer. (Rouyer did
Human Rights Watch â€” In recent years frisky Britons have popularized â€œdoggingâ€? â€”
strangers meeting for outdoor sex in remote public parks â€” and U.K. government agencies appear to be of two minds about it. Local councils want to see it stopped, but the police chiefsâ€™ association in Scotland recognizes that doggers have rights. (The Surrey County Council, for example, recently considered bringing wild bulls into one park to discourage doggers, although one critic said romping bulls â€œwill probably make [doggers] even more excited.â€? The chiefsâ€™ association issued a 60-page â€œhate crimesâ€? manual in October that urged officers to be sensitive to â€œoutdoor sexâ€? practitioners, in that they are vulnerable to hate crimes just as are other disadvantaged minorities.) â€” In November, the California Supreme Court ruled unanimously that some illegal immigrants are entitled to enroll in the stateâ€™s universities at the in-state residentsâ€™ rate (saving as much as $23,000 a year) even though U.S. citizens at the same schools may have to pay higher fees
as non-California residents. Though federal law prevents special benefits to illegal immigrants, Californiaâ€™s law grants anyone who has attended the stateâ€™s high schools for at least three years, and graduated, to pay resident rates â€” irrespective of their parentsâ€™ legal residency. â€” Chadwick St.-OHarra, 59, and Steve Righetti, 59, filed lawsuits in small claims court in San Rafael, Calif., in November against the Seafood Peddler restaurant for â€œinjuries.â€? Cutting into the escargot at dinner in June, both men were squirted in the face by streams of hot garlic butter. Still, the men finished the meal and admitted that only later did they grow to resent the restaurant staffâ€™s insufficient remorse. Said St.-OHarra, â€œIt was the frigginâ€™ rudenessâ€? that provoked them to sue. Least Competent People â€” (1) Police in Gumperda, Germany, arrested a 64-year-old retired do-it-yourselfer in November after
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Poor opportunities at career colleges By Lynne K. Varner The SeattleTimes MCT
Reserve space in the annals of marketplace greed on behalf of forprofit colleges managing to rake in record profits while turning out unsuccessful students burdened by heavy debt. Education Trust, a nonpartisan D.C. think tank, used public data including graduation rates and student loan trends to argue convincingly that the for-profit sector of higher education has taken a page from mortgage industry. They are profiting from a business model based on student failure, rather than student success. Federally bankrolled Pell Grants and student loans provide healthy revenue streams, injecting $24 billion into the mushrooming careercollege industry. Taxpayers’ return on investment is a six-year graduation rate for bachelor’s degrees of 22 percent. For comparison, the sixyear graduation rate at public colleges is 55 percent and 65 percent for private, nonprofit colleges. And the one in 10 who manage to graduate from for-profit schools has nearly twice the debt load of students at private, nonprofit
colleges and nearly quadruple the debt carried by students at public schools. No surprise, these debt-laden graduates default on their loans at twice the rate of students at traditional schools. The poster child for this perverse education business model is the University of Phoenix — the nation’s largest for-profit university with more than 200,000 students at campuses nationwide. U of Phoenix took in more than $1 billion in federal Pell Grant aid last year and this year could exceed a federal cap preventing schools from deriving more than 90 percent of their revenues from federal financial aid. Oh, and the school’s six-year graduation rate? Nine percent. Our tax dollars barely at work. This is what happens when unchecked federal education spending teams up with lax regulatory oversight. For-profit schools hide their poor showing behind an open admissions policy. Indeed, these schools have helped broaden educational access. A greater proportion of minority students and those from low-income backgrounds start out at for-profit schools. Nice try, but academic failure is not a function of demographics.
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The students are holding up their end of the bargain. They’re striving for a college education, often under tough circumstances at poorly resourced urban and rural K-12 school systems. We’ve asked more young people to aspire to college and they have. Federal government statistics report 86 percent of African-American highschool seniors and 80 percent of Hispanics see college in their future. Profiting from the business of education isn’t the problem; a lack of return on the public’s investment is. And at stake is the goal of equal educational access. But the industry overall must do better, particularly as it absorbs an increasing share of students. In the past decade, enrollment shot up by 236 percent, compared with 20 percent at our public and private nonprofit colleges. New rules on financial aid from the Obama administration and ongoing hearings in Congress signal a willingness to tackle these issues. Efforts have spawned heavy lobbying and even television ads exhorting government to keep its mitts off free markets and individual choice. How well did a hands-off regulatory approach work with lending institutions? Just asking.
Some prices are just too high to pay By Marc Gruber Staff Writer M.W.Gruber@iup.edu
During finals week, students turn into zombies, forcing some to make the dangerous decision of using stimulants not prescribed to them to keep them going during those “all nighters” that are synonymous with this particular week. It’s true, a lot of pressure accompanies finals week for many students for many different reasons, whether it be future job prospects or just for personal fulfillment at the moment. However, students must be aware of the risks associated with these practices. Adderall, which is the primary stimulant of choice among college students, is an amphetamine prescribed to people with Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It is mainly designed to improve mood and decrease user-fatigue. Many students admit to falsifying symptoms to gain access to the pills. According to adrugrecall.com, students are popping prescription pills such as Adderall and Ritalin to increase academic performance, and for some, finals week is the time they need a performance boost the most. In a study by the journal Addiction ,11,000 college students were surveyed about their prescription drug use. As many as one in four students from schools with rigorous admissions standards reported using Adderall or a similar stimulant to boost performance. An average of 7 percent of college students have used a stimulant without prescription.
While these stimulants may help performance on the big exam, is it really worth the health risks? Many students believe there are no risks, because users of Adderall and Ritalin do not face the same stigma as those associated with street drugs. Not so fast. Adderall in particular, can cause side effects such as dry mouth, paranoia, and loss of appetite, which can lead to serious malnourishment, stomach problems and sleeping difficulties. Those with heart problems, anxiety and high blood-pressure should also be aware, as these risks pose even bigger problems to them because stimulants can cause irregular heartbeats and breathing. The liver, in many cases, can also be affected by stimulant use, according to an article on kykernel.com – an Kentucky newspaper. Most college populations don’t need help destroying their livers, as a higher number of college students continue to drink like fish, unaware of the damage they are doing to their bodies and, if caught in the act, their careers. The one disturbing thought that was etched in my mind through researching this was that many students are securing these drugs from various rogue online pharmacies, which usually don’t require any sort of prescription, according to campushealthandsafety.org. It’s just appalling that internet sites and providers will continue to promote something that is so unhealthy, as long as the student is willing to pay the price. Which they do, sometimes very dearly.
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Take it from us: What NOT to do In honor of upcoming finals and the prime of procrastination season, we at The Penn would like to provide a list of things you should not do when you should be studying. Do not: Check your Facebook. Check who else is checking Facebook. IM your friends. IM people who are not your friends. Creep on passers-by from your window. Organize your sock drawer. Clean your keyboard, especially with Q-tips. Clean the fridge. Do laundry. Vaccuum, especially at midnight. Make your bed. Look for books you’ll have time to read over winter break on Amazon. Make cookies. Have a preemptively celebratory drink. Have several preemptively celebratory drinks. Play Tetris, minesweeper, Snake or Robot Unicorn Attack. Alphabetize your bookshelf. Color-code your closet. Color-code your roommate’s closet. Go get coffee. Take a nap. Lurk on Chat Roulette. Do other homework. Shop for what you’ll wear to New Year’s parties. Think about grilled cheese sandwiches. Make grilled cheese sandwiches. Make paper snowflakes. Have a rave. Have another. Buy glowsticks. Watch Disney movies and think about when you didn’t have to worry about more classwork than a long division worksheet. Watch ‘Glee’ reruns on Hulu. Watch ‘Jersey Shore.’ Watch ‘Jersey Shore’ and feel better about your life. Watch ‘Jersey Shore’ and feel jealous. Neaten your desk. Neaten your roommate’s desk. Neaten your roommate. Call your parents. Call your siblings. Call relatives you don’t actually care about. Make the perfect studying playlist. Untangle all of your charger cords. Organize your computer desktop. Play Xbox 360. Play ‘The Sims’ and ruin lives that are not yours. Practice your trolling technique. Practice a musical instrument. Practice being a conscientious objector to final exams. Cry. Read “War and Peace.” Write a poem. Write a sonnet. Write a cinquaine. Take up pottery. Reread “Harry Potter.” Reread “Harry Potter” and be jealous of how often the characters did not have to take finals. Write “Harry Potter” fanfiction. Knit a scarf. Sort your recycling. Archive your emails. Empty your inbox. Have a snowball fight. Make snow angels. Get a Twitter account. Have a psychotic break. Film yourself having a psychotic break. Dance.
Letters to the editor
The holidays, xenophobia and ale Every year around the Holidays people come out of the wood work with claims that there is a “War On Christmas” taking place in our country. In retaliation to this, other folks of other backgrounds claim that it is offensive and xenophobic to say “Merry Christmas” to those who are not Christians, or do not celebrate Christmas. There are citations of folks who have been fired from their jobs for saying “Merry Christmas” instead of “Happy Holidays.” In addition there is the arguing over whether or not it is a “Holiday Tree” or a “Christmas Tree.” It is generally accepted amongst most Christian scholars that Christ was not born on Dec. 25. It is also generally accepted amongst most
Christian and non-Christian scholars that the celebration of Christ’s birth was transposed to Dec. 25 to help convert Germanic Pagans into being baptized. It was a strategic and effective move by the early church before and during the Crusades to help wipe out evidence of old world religions, acquire more church members and spread the influence of Christianity throughout the world. Some oral historians believe that the Christmas Tree originated when St. Boniface was in Geismar, a small village in Germany circa 700 AD. St. Boniface allegedly cut down the Tree of Thor (the Christian Equivalent of toppling a cross) and saw a fir tree going in the roots of it. He took this as a sign from God and told the locals
to put fir trees in their houses, which would show they had let Christ into their homes. He also told them all to drink ale for several consecutive hours before he baptized them, but hey, converts are converts right? So in closing, this holiday season, instead of fighting over what your celebrating, or why you’re celebrating it, try hoping on Google and figuring out the origins of your specific holiday and its customs. Often times it’s more interesting (and involves more ale) than one would expect. Peter Glovas-Kurtz (junior, English) firstname.lastname@example.org
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Spirituality finds home at colleges By Rick Rojas Los Angeles Times MCT
Sandwiched between a time of squirming under parental control and the tethers of a career, college often means freedom for young people to begin a search for who they are and what they believe. For some, that may be just a quest for the nearest party. Yet for many students, college is a time to develop spiritually in ways that can endure after they’ve finished school, a new long-term study has found. “It kind of opens the student’s mind,” Alexander Astin, one of the study’s authors and a professor emeritus of higher education at UCLA, said of the college experience. He called it a period “stimulated by exposure to new people and new ideas.” Astin said young people often enter college knowing only what they were brought up to believe. They may never have been faced with opposing views. College is a safe haven in which they can explore their spirituality and challenge it. The spirituality study, launched in 2003, was based on an initial survey of 112,000 American college freshmen, then a follow-up survey of more than 14,000 of the students after they completed their junior year at scores of colleges and universities nationwide. The researchers published their findings in a book released last month, “Cultivating the Spirit: How College Can Enhance Students’ Inner Lives.” Astin’s co-authors were his wife, Helen S. Astin, who is also a professor of higher education at UCLA, and Jennifer A. Lindholm, director of the university’s Spirituality in
Higher Education project. The study found that many students struggled with their religious beliefs and became less certain of them during their college years. It also found that many young people eschewed the rituals of organized religion but embraced what the researchers defined as the cornerstones of spirituality: asking the big, existential questions; working to improve one’s community; and showing empathy toward other people. “These spiritual qualities are critical and vital to many things a student does in college and after,” Astin said. The researchers also found that students who were more spiritual typically performed better academically, had stronger leadership skills, were more amiable and were generally more satisfied with college. Students engaged with the liberal arts were more likely to become spiritual; those in math and science fields were less likely. Partying and overexposure to television and video games tended to inhibit spiritual growth. Community service and taking time to reflect — as well as class assignments that encouraged those endeavors — encouraged spirituality. The Rev. Jim Burklo, associate dean of the Office of Religious Life at the University of Southern California, said that his 30 years of working with students through faith ministries reflects the researchers’ findings. “The job of higher education is to activate the imagination,” he said. “The moral imagination is a part of that.” College courses on religious subjects help teach students how to read sacred texts with an intellectually curious eye. But Burklo said that experience
can be a “shattering blow to the doctrine under which they grew up and becomes a spiritual crisis. It’s very awkward for them, confusing and frightening. They’re questioning their own faith and salvation.” Katelyn Endow, a senior at USC, said she has seen herself transform into a more spiritual and more religiously devout person in the time she’s been in college. “I grew up in a Christian family, but I didn’t take my faith too seriously,” said Endow, 21, of Redwood City, Calif., near San Francisco. She joined a Christian student group at USC, where she made friends who pushed her to attend Bible studies and to examine her beliefs more deeply. She lets the discussions in her Bible study sessions marinate. “It takes a while to process it,” Endow said. “I think about it while I’m walking home, doing chores, going about life, (and) I talk to friends who will challenge me.” Sylvia Charles, a medical student at USC, said she had a spiritual awakening through yoga. That came when she was a Duke University junior and studying in Spain. Studying abroad is another opportunity for spirituality to blossom, researchers found. Yoga, Charles said, led her to a greater spiritual awareness, despite the hectic pace of college life. It’s often a flurry of technology and text books and the melding of personal history with future goals, yet Charles managed to find a measure of calm. “I think the really important message is the idea of being in the present moment,” said Charles, 24, of Melbourne, Fla. “As students, we lose so much energy dwelling on the past or looking to the future... It’s a stressful time, trying to manage a busy and ambitious life.”
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The morning light is beaming across campus, peeking around Ionic columns and awakening the young minds of higher education — and you already hate yourself. Your class starts in 10 minutes, you haven’t printed your paper and you can’t remember where you put your student I.D. — although you have a sneaking suspicion it’s at the bar with your fake I.D. Expletives are mumbled, just soft enough not to wake your roommate. Your mouth is pasty, your stomach is churning and your overstimulated mind has retreated to the clouds. Who could become this monster? Any of us who enter the four years of survival mode known as college. Even the most studious, organized, type-A high schooler will spend a morning as the frantic college student. It’s more or less a rite of passage. You’ll hate these moments now and miss them later, or wonder how in the world you made it out alive, with a diploma no less. The first frantic morning is no doubt the scariest, when you realize Mom’s not there to make your eggs and toast. You need fuel. Something to turn this morning monster into a functional student — awake, hydrated and nourished. Traditionally, you could take your choice of two remedies: coffee or Gatorade. One dehydrates and
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For the coffee addicts... By Kat Oldrey News Editor K.E.Oldrey@iup.edu
The semester is wrapping up. ‘Tis the season for more papers, finals, and projects than ever before, all falling due within two or three hectic, sleepless weeks. Members of the IUP community often turn to caffeine as a substitute for sleep, kicking Indiana’s coffee business into high gear. The Commonplace Coffeehouse has seen many students camping out to get down to some serious homework in the afternoons and evenings, according to manager Allyson Whitacre. “We see a lot of groups meeting,” she said. Whitacre commented that most morning traffic consisted of business commuters and professors, with a steady stream of professors continuing through the afternoon, joined by crowds of students. The coffee shop is at its most crowded between 9 and 10 a.m., and between 1 and 2 p.m. The Starbucks in Folger Hall has also seen more students staying to work. “In the wintertime, they’re camping out,” said barista Barb Bias. The Starbucks crowds have remained mostly consistent in
terms of timing. “We do get our hits right after class lets out,” Bias said. “Now it’s different because everyone’s starting to run out of Flex.” Each coffee shop has its most popular beverages. “Our drip coffee is probably No.1, and then our specialty drinks,” Whitacre said. “Our chais are huge.” Specialty lattes are next on the list. Starbucks showed a reversed theme. “[Most popular is] definitely the peppermint mocha,” Bias said. Bias also reported that they were selling more brewed coffee than ever. Whitacre explained that the caffeine content of coffee depends partly on the roasting process of the beans. A lighter roast, which takes less time, has more caffeine than a more timeconsuming dark roast. “Surprisingly, a shot of espresso has the same amount of caffeine as a cup of coffee,” Whitacre said. “A lot of students get extra shots of espresso.” Bias reported a similar trend at Starbucks. “Friday mornings, we sell quite a few double espresso shots. It’s wonderful, for the business, that these people are buying extra esperesso, but I keep telling students there’s health issues here.”
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“You may say that I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us and the world will live as one.” – John Lennon Thirty years ago, on Dec. 8, 1980, the world lost one of its most important, influential figures. John Winston Lennon, a peace advocate, was shot and killed by a crazed fan in front of his New York City apartment complex at the age of 40. Lennon had been returning home to see his son, Sean, who was only 5 at the time. After being rushed to the hospital, Lennon was pronounced dead on arrival. Lennon left behind an impressive legacy, having made his mark on the world in 1960 with the formation of The Beatles, the most iconic rock band to date. After their arrival in the United States in 1964, the band became immensely popular, and what is now known as “Beatlemania” became a global phenomenon. With the Beatles, Lennon became one-half of the most successful writing duo in popular music history alongside bassist Paul McCartney. Their songs, including “Come Together” and “A
Hard Day’s Night,” were known for frequently topping the Billboard charts. After the band’s rocky breakup in 1970, Lennon pursued a solo career alongside wife Yoko Ono. Ono and Lennon had become political activists and, in Lennon’s first solo years, formed “John Lennon and the Plastic Ono Band.” As a solo artist, Lennon released eight studio albums and, between 1973 and 1980, Lennon disappeared from the public eye. “John Lennon had fallen off the radar,” history professor Steven Schroeder said. “He would appear every now and then, but was mostly reclusive.” In 1980, Lennon returned to the public eye. He released one of his most successful solo records that year, recorded dually with Ono. Titled “Double Fantasy,” the record was released only weeks before his assassination and later became known for its eerie lyrics. Each track in “Double Fantasy,” seemed to providing the public and his family with a message of farewell. On the track, “Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy),” dedicated to his son, Lennon touchingly tells of immense affection he had toward his son. “Dear Yoko,” another song off the album, reads as a
romantic love letter towards his wife. Almost everyone who has ever considered themselves a fan of The Beatles or Lennon can recall precisely where they were or what they were doing when they discovered the terrible news of his death. His murder affected many, creating people to believe that the world had become a darker place without the peace-loving singer. “I remember it happened on a Monday night. I was watching football and Howard Cosell, one of the announcers, announced that Lennon had been shot and killed,” journalism professor Randy Jesick said. “Cosell became verbose and he continued talking about Lennon, his life and the tragedy. The game became very insignificant in comparison to someone’s senseless death.” On Wednesday, Lennon’s fans gathered at Central Park’s Strawberry Fields to commemorate the loss of an icon. Strawberry Fields is a section in the park that honors Lennon, located across from the apartment building he lived in. John Lennon will forever be remembered in the hearts of those who loved him, as well as those who were personally touched by the inspirational lyrics of a brilliant mind.
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Three-year bachelor’s degrees start gaining in popularity By Larry Gordon Los Angeles Times MCT
Kayla Bortolazzo is about to finish college in just three years, a rare accomplishment that some educators around the country hope to make more common. A resident of Redding, Calif., Bortolazzo is enrolled in a special program at Southern Oregon University that waives some introductory classes for academically gifted students and gives them first dibs at course registration. So in the fall, the 20-year-old English education major will head to graduate school and then, she hopes, a teaching career — with a year’s worth of unspent tuition dollars still in her family’s pocket. Bortolazzo said she knows that finishing college in three years won’t work for most students and that many are not rushing to graduate into a depressed economy. But she recommends a fast track “to anybody who is really motivated, feels they have the
time to commit to it and really wants to get out in the job market.” Students like Bortolazzo are drawing attention these days as families look to reduce tuition bills and colleges try to stretch limited budgets and classroom space. About a dozen, mostly small, U.S. colleges and universities now offer formal routes to earning a degree in three years instead of the usual four or five. And many others, including the University of California, are studying ways to start such an option. “It’s really indefensible in the current environment for universities not to be exploring more efficient use of their facilities and how to save students time and money,” said Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), a former U.S. Education Department secretary who is a strong advocate of three-year degrees. Even if they make up a minority of college populations, he said, “some well-prepared students can do their work in three years, and colleges should create a track for them.” Not everyone agrees. Some educators worry that academic quality could
suffer in three-year programs, which usually waive some requirements or push students to take very heavy course loads. Others say that most college students just need the extra year to grow up — and to explore. Daniel Hurley of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities said it is misguided to focus on three-year degrees when most college students struggle to graduate in five or even six years. Many such students are under-prepared academically, have financial problems or can’t enroll in oversubscribed classes, he said. Hurley, the association’s director of state relations and policy analysis, also said it was unrealistic to assume that most students start with the fixed major and career choices that a threeyear degree requires. “Many students change majors, and thank God we did. Otherwise we would be miserable and underemployed,” he said. Some students have always managed to graduate in three years, often by earning college credits in high school by taking Advanced Placement
courses and attending summer school. UC reports that 2.9 percent of its students do so and the U.S. Department of Education says the national figure is 2.3 percent at four-year schools. (About 59 percent of University of California students graduate in four years, and that total rises to 78 percent and 82 percent, respectively, in five and six years. Nationally, 36 percent of students who start at fouryear schools finish in four years; 53 percent and 57 percent do so in five and six, federal figures show.) The formal three-year paths typically promise priority registration for classes and special counseling to get past bureaucratic roadblocks. Under the plan of Hartwick College, a 1,450-student liberal arts school in Oneonta, N.Y., students take an extra course each semester and an intensive class in the otherwise optional January term between semesters. An initial 23 students signed on, and Drugovich estimates that up to 15 percent of students eventually will participate. Not all majors are eligible; some performance and arts departments
say it takes four years to develop the necessary skills. As for criticism that students need time to grow up, Drugovich said: “Not every student is the same. To say you have to stay a fourth year just for the purpose of maturing is wrong.” Hartwick biology major Daniel Meier, 19, of Ellenville, N.Y., said he joined the program in order to start medical school a year early or take a year off to work or do community service before further education. Southern Oregon University in Ashland, where Bortolazzo attends, permits some students with excellent high school grades and test scores to skip some basic courses and go directly to those required for their majors, according to Curt Bacon, director of the school’s 12-year-old Accelerated Baccalaureate program. One of its goals, he said, is to “attract higher-quality students.” This year, about 40 of the university’s 4,400 undergraduates have signed up, a figure Bacon said is kept small by the reluctance of many first-year students to commit so quickly to a major.
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Google will roll out Chrome OS notebooks, opens Web store By mike swift
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Closer to rolling out its long-awaited operating system, on Tuesday Google said notebook computers running Chrome OS will be ready for consumers by the middle of next year. “We finally have a viable third choice for an operating system” in addition to Microsoft’s Windows and Apple’s Mac operating systems, Google CEO Eric Schmidt said at an announcement in San Francisco. Aiming to make your laptop feel more like your smartphone, Google also on Tuesday opened an online application store within its Chrome browser featuring a wide variety of games, media and other apps. The Google Chrome Webstore will open with about 500 applications, including rich versions of publications like The New York Times and Sports Illustrated, an Amazon.com application that will allow shoppers to visually browse items, and a large suite of games from Electronic Arts and other game developers. Apps will be available for free as well as for a fee, and the Web store will be available later today at chrome.
google.com/webstore. Google also said its first notebooks with the Chrome OS will be built by Acer and Samsung and powered by Intel chips. Google said no pricing information is available at this time. With Chrome OS, the most basic software element of a notebook will be the Web browser that is largely dependent on its links to the Internet, instead of an operating system that runs on the machine’s hard drive, like Microsoft’s Windows or Apple’s Mac operating systems. For now, a “very limited” number of consumers can apply to get an unbranded “Cr-48” prototype equipped with the new Chrome operating system, by going to YouTube and posting videos saying why they should be able to try one. A few selected companies, ranging from Kraft to Virgin America airline, will also get prototype notebooks to use on a beta basis. Google says the new Web-based operating system will be much more secure than standard operating systems, because of automatic updates, built-in data encryption and other features such as one that will block its software from being modified by outside sources.
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Disney makes an inspired move with old characters in ‘Epic Mickey’ By Billy O’Keefe McClatchy-Tribune MCT
The gift of your patience is requested in “Disney Epic Mickey,” which asks you to accept some baffling game design decisions in order to experience what might be the most ingenious merger ever between a studio’s icon and its dormant vault. “Mickey” begins with a slightly mischievous but very clumsy Mickey Mouse accidentally bringing untold destruction to a world, known as the Wasteland, where forgotten Disney cartoon characters reside in retirement. The Wasteland was something of a utopia in spite of its dispiriting premise, but Mickey’s screwup has reduced it to a grey, monster-drenched mess that finally earns its name. “Mickey” mostly plays like your typical 3-D platformer, with players (as Mickey) running and jumping through non-linear levels to complete various objectives, sometimes a few at a time. The hook here is that, while running and jumping, players also must hold the Wii remote like a pointer and shoot paint and/or paint thinner at enemies and other objects in the environment. As a tool for restoring and destroying the Wasteland, the paint/thinner idea works great. “Mickey’s” levels
are intricate and full of secrets, and Mickey can use paint and thinner to alter those levels on the fly and access areas that would otherwise be inaccessible. Most of the rewards are trivial, but the intuition and dexterity needed to find them makes for a fun elective challenge. The paint/thinner trick also lets “Mickey” take the story down two different paths without basing Mickey’s morality (or lack thereof) around boring good/evil answers. Mickey can complete objectives by using paint to turn enemies (even boss enemies) friendly, rescue allies and restore the environment, and he can use thinner to destroy everybody, ravage the environment and coerce a way to safety. “Mickey’s” opening levels make the means to each end plainly obvious, but the lines between hero and scoundrel increasingly blur as the levels and tasks develop complications. It’s too bad this isn’t all there is to “Mickey,” which has more than enough core game content to avoid depending on needless filler. But it leans on filler anyway, interrupting stretches of action with story-mandated fetch quests that, beyond the opportunity to meet additional discarded toons, offer nothing in the way of stimulation. The quests never challenge, not even intellectually, and when they ask players to backtrack between areas, they’re as time-consuming as they are dull.
“Mickey’s” other big issue _ a camera that regularly needs babysitting — is a bit more predictable given the demands placed on the Wii remote, and its inability to keep up will almost inevitably sabotage your progress in harder levels with heavy combat demands. It’s annoying, but it isn’t a deal-killer, and the quicker you master the auto-center button, the less harmful it is. The aggravations are worth it because, as stories go, this is the best one Disney’s iconic characters have told in ages. “Mickey” transforms Mickey Mouse back into the morally unpredictable rat he used to be before Disney neutered him, and the respect the game pays to Walt Disney’s past creations — Oswald the Rabbit, Horace Horsecollar, Big Bad Pete and so many more — is surprisingly moving. “Mickey’s” core levels are a similarly stirring mess of discarded theme park rides and toys, and the game connects these levels with short 2D levels that send Mickey running and jumping through scenes from old Disney filmstrips. The level of care in every drop of this celebration makes “Mickey’s” missteps even more puzzling than they would be in a more careless game. But if those missteps are the price one must pay to witness one of the most imaginative stories told in a game this year, so be it.
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Hawks beat Presidents, 5-4 By Zach Graham Staff Writer Z.Graham@iup.edu
The IUP Crimson Hawks took a 5-4 victory over Washington & Jefferson last night at Iceoplex at Southpointe, improving their record to 10-11-1 overall and 6-2-0 in the CHMA conference. With the conference victory, the Hawks moved ahead of Slippery Rock to grab the first place spot in the conference. After the late 9:30 p.m. start, the Hawks took the lead in the first period. Phil Trombetta opened the scoring for the Hawks with a goal 3:35 in. Under five minutes in the period, Joe Ford added a mark to give the Hawks a 2-0 lead. But the Presidents battled back, scoring three consecutive goals. The first came from David Crockett 35 seconds into the second period. Mike Penrot and Tucker Mizhir followed up over the next 15 minutes to give the Presidents a 3-2 advantage. The Hawks answered when Chris Cloutier scored on the power play to even the score. Still in the second, Ford added another with 1:34 to play to break the tie. It did not hold though, as 20 seconds later, Cameron Chinnery scored for the Presidents to force another tie. The third period determined the game. The Presidents suffered from taking penalties. Two separate Presidents were called with 9:48 left, giving the Hawks a power play opportunity. Ford took advantage, scoring to
the floor during the game and were aided by the 63 percent that they shot in the second half. The Bobcats’ Marquis Weddle led all scorers with 26 points, which included The Crimson Hawks received their a three-pointer with 1:16 remaining in second loss of the season Tuesday the game, giving the Bobcats a 70-69 when they lost 73-71 to lead. West Virginia Wesleyan on With 41 seconds left in the road. the game, Ashton Smith West Virginia Wesleyan’s gave the Hawks their last Reggie Chambers hit a shot lead when he made a layup with 24 seconds left on the bringing the score to 71-70. clock. Then Chambers scored That shot capped a 17 seconds later, giving the 15-point second half rally Bobcats a 72-71 lead. that put the Bobcats ahead The Hawks were forced Webb late in the game. to foul Neven Zeravica with Darryl Webb led the Hawks .3 seconds left on the game with 22 points and became clock. the sixth player in school history to Zeravica went to the line and made reach 1,500 points in his career. the first shot to give the Bobcats the He should be able to two point lead, but intenclimb that list even higher tionally missed the last shot as the season goes on. so the Hawks couldn’t call He is only 10 points timeout and set up a play. behind Joe DeLise for The loss drops the Hawks fifth place, and he needs to 3-2. They host the Indiana 35 points to pass Derrick Regional Medical Center Freeman for fourth on the Classic again this coming list. weekend. Will Estreslla also The Hawks will play Estreslla against Central State Saturday pitched in 11 points and was tied with Webb for the team and play Urbana Sunday. lead with eight rebounds. Both games will be at 7:30 in the It wasn’t the boards that cost the Memorial Field House. Hawks the game, it was their inability The Hawks finish the year playing to stop the Bobcats from shooting a Holy Family on Dec. 18. high percentage. Holy Family is 2-6 after losing three The Bobcats shot 56.9 percent from straight games.
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complete his hat trick with 8:32 to play, giving the Hawks the 5-4 lead that held through the final minutes of play. The Hawks will close their winter schedule Friday when they host Pitt in a CHMA match-up that could further boost their conference lead. They will return to the ice on Jan. 12 when they visit Duquesne. When they return to the ice in January, the Hawks will finish the final nine games of their 2010-11 season. Five of those match-ups will be for the CHMA conference, leading up to the conference tournament in Wheeling, W. Va. in February. If the Hawks hope to earn a spot at the ACHA Division I Championships, to be held in Newark, Del., they will
most likely need to win the CHMA, earning the conference’s automatic bid to the 16-team tournament. Also on the Hawks’ horizon is a trip to New Jersey and a two-game series against Rutgers. Last season the Hawks defeated the Ice Knights twice. A late-season match-up with the Rock on Feb. 11 could be a critical battle for the Hawks to earn their first national tournament appearance since moving to the Division I level in 2006. The Hawks host 8-8-1 Pitt 8 p.m. Friday at S&T Bank Arena. This is the first match-up this season between the two conference opponents. The Hawks took both games against the Panthers last season.
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Gear up for winter break, IUP students. The Pens are headed to Heinz Field. The game against the Washington Capitals will be at 1 p.m. New Year’s Day. The teams have a rich rivalry. With Sidney Crosby, the leading scorer in the NHL, and Alex Ovechkin, ranked third in scoring, this game will be one for the ages. But what about that kid? Crosby has been tearing up the ice in every rink. He is riding a 17-game point streak. The last time he failed to record a point was more than a month ago Nov. 3, against Dallas. Since then he has had two hat tricks: one against Calgary Nov. 27 and the most recent one against Atlanta Dec. 2. Is it too early to talk about 50 goals for Sid? I don’t think so. Normally at this point in the season, Ovechkin is leading the scoring and on his way to another award. That’s just another reason why the Winter Classic will be so exciting to watch for fans. Ovechkin’s 12 goals
look tiny compared to Sid’s 26. While Crosby has two hat tricks, Ovechkin has none. Sid has had five two-goal games; Ovechkin, only two. Of course, this doesn’t mean that the Russian player can’t come out of the woodwork. He might turn up the heat right before the game. All the better. The game New Year’s Day is a must-see. Imagine watching two of the best players in the NHL. Crosby is arguably the best at the moment. One more stat for the road: Crosby has been held without a goal in 13 games this far. Ovechkin went goalless 19 times. In a preview of the game, Evgeni Malkin has missed a couple of games due to a knee injury. Pens Head Coach Dan Bylsma said Malkin wants to play, but needs to sit out so he can heal. The matchup of Ovechkin, Crosby and Malkin (if he is able to play) will be interesting. Malkin and Ovechkin are both natives of Russia and played for their country’s team. With all the history and personalities between the teams, the NHL could not have chosen two better teams to play in the Classic.
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Favre’s health still in question By Judd Zulgad Sta Tribune MCT
Logic says Brett Favre might have suffered the injury that will end his record streak of consecutive starts. A magnetic resonance imaging exam Monday confirmed Favre sprained the sternoclavicular joint in his throwing shoulder on his first pass attempt Sunday. He wasn’t able to return to the Vikings’ 38-14 victory over Buffalo and later admitted he couldn’t have even thrown a football. This type of damage to a quarterback’s throwing arm ordinarily would qualify as grim news. It looks even more bleak when that player is 41. But we learned long ago that logic does not apply when it comes to Favre and injuries. Perhaps that’s why Vikings interim coach Leslie Frazier did not hesitate to answer when he was asked if he expected that Favre would be able to make his 298th consecutive NFL start Sunday against the visiting Giants. Frazier said the injury is “not something that can surgically be attended to,” and added that doctors did not give him any type of degree on a sprain that affects Favre’s neck and sternum area. Favre made a brief appearance in the Vikings locker room Monday but declined to comment about how the shoulder was feeling. He then ducked into the
MCT Kyrie Irving averaged 17.4 points per game during his eight starts this season. MCT Brett Favre has thrown 18 interceptions and 10 touchdowns this season.
training room to receive treatment. Favre will spend much of this week receiving treatment, and Frazier acknowledged rest will be a key, so it’s likely Favre will do little to no work in practice. That means Tarvaris Jackson will get the majority of the reps with the first team after playing most of Sunday’s game. “It will probably be a day-today thing I would assume as we are going through this,” Frazier said. “Just to see how [Favre] responds on Wednesday and that will determine
what happens on Thursday. We will go through this week just seeing how his throwing motion is, and what he can and can’t tolerate.” Favre has sat out four of six Wednesday practices since Oct. 27 and been a full participant in only four of 18 sessions overall. All of those came in Friday practices, which are the lightest ones of the week. “The streak really doesn’t come into play,” Frazier said. “I really trust him in that regard. If he can play, he’ll tell us. If he can’t play, he’ll tell us.”
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Injury has Irving out, possibly for entire season By Phil Rogers Chicago Tribune MCT
Duke freshman point guard Kyrie Irving is suffering from a serious injury to the big toe on his right foot, and there is a chance it will keep him out for the entire season, coach Mike Krzyzewski said Wednesday night. Irving is scheduled for more evaluation from leading specialists this weekend, Krzyzewski said after topranked Duke’s 83-48 defeat of Bradley at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Duke had announced earlier in the day that Irving is out indefinitely with the injury, which he suffered during a
win at Butler on Saturday. “He could be out a long time,” Krzyzewski said. Krzyzewski hopes to know more about the injury and a prognosis for Irving’s recovery in a week to 10 days. Irving ranks third among the nation’s freshman at 17.4 points per game. He was named most valuable player of the CBE Classic after a win over No. 4 Kansas State, and scored 31 points in a victory over sixth-ranked Michigan State last week. “Hopefully we will get him back,” Krzyzewski said, “but we don’t know when, and we have to go on and make adjustments [to playing without him].”
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MCT Carl Crawford (13) had a .307 batting average and 19 homeruns in the 2010 season.
Crawford added to help Red Sox infield By Phil Rogers Chicago Tribune MCT
Out of the Northeast late Wednesday night came a haymaker that could affect the balance of the American League. Four days after agreeing to a trade for Adrian Gonzalez, the Red Sox reached an agreement to sign Carl Crawford, the top free-agent position player on the market. Crawford, whom the Angels had been pursued most heavily, reportedly will receive $142 million over seven years. He joins a lineup that includes 2009 AL MVP Dustin Pedroia, David Ortiz and Kevin Youkilis, in addition to Gonzalez. Crawford, 29, is likely to serve as the Red Sox’s left fielder, the range that helped him win a Gold Glove last season will be largely wasted at Fenway Park, and No. 2 hitter. A lifetime .296 hitter, he could score 125plus runs with Pedroia, Gonzalez, Youkilis and Ortiz behind him. The Red Sox’s decisive spending
comes at a time when the Yankees have been unwilling to force the action. They remain in a bidding war for left-hander Cliff Lee, who pitched the Rangers to the World Series. There was some thought in Texas the Rangers might pursue Crawford, a Houston native, if they lost Lee to the Yankees. He also was considered a backup plan of the Yankees, but the Red Sox stepped in to take him off the market while those teams were preoccupied with Lee. Crawford clearly benefited from the Nationals’ signing of Jayson Werth, who earlier this week got a deal worth $126 million over seven years. It’s a long-awaited financial bonanza for Crawford, who opted for security in his last contract, receiving $33.5 over six seasons from the Rays. The Red Sox now could decide to trade an outfielder. It is set with J.D. Drew in right field but has two center fielders in Jacoby Ellsbury and Mike Cameron, who was limited to only 41 games last year by surgery to repair an abdominal strain.
Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore is headed to New York City as the Broncos’ first-ever Heisman Trophy finalist. Auburn quarterback Cam Newton, who edged out Moore for the national lead in passing efficiency and carried the Tigers to an undefeated regular season despite season-long questions about his knowledge of a pay-forplay scheme, could be headed to the biggest win in the trophy’s 75-year history. “You can’t really question what he’s done on the field as far as production. It’s just amazing, really. It’s spectacular how he can dominate a game in the rushing phase and the passing phase,” Moore said. The 6-foot-6, 250-pound Newton has accounted for 49 touchdowns (20 rushing, 28 passing, one receiving) in 13 games. He ranks No. 1 in the country in pass efficiency, No. 10 in total offense and No. 15 in rushing for No. 1 Auburn, which will play for the national title on Jan. 10. The voters have taken notice. And, for the most part, blocked out questions about his recruitment. The NCAA ruled Newton eligible to play last week, though it concluded that his father tried to secure money from Mississippi State for his son’s commitment. StiffArmTrophy.com, which tracks the Heisman voters’ ballots, has Newton with 73 first-place votes. Among the other finalists invited to Saturday’s presentation, Stanford quarterback Luck has three first-place votes, while Oregon running back LaMichael James and Moore have one each. The site had tracked down 82 ballots of the roughly 900 as of Monday afternoon. Voters cast a ballot with first, second and third place. Moore’s first-place vote is from
MCT Cam Newton (2) ended the regular season with 2,589 yards passing and 28 touchdowns.
Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel. The website is projecting a 1,687point victory for Newton, which would be the second-largest margin of victory. USC running back O.J. Simpson won the 1968 award by a record 1,750 points over Leroy Keyes. Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith won the 2006 trophy by 1,662 points over Arkansas running back Darren McFadden. “If everybody got our game films and watched him with a fine-tooth comb, I think they’d be even more amazed,” Petersen said. “If (the voters) study, it should be a lot closer than everybody outside thinks it should be.” Moore is battling many of the same perceptions that the Boise State program has faced in recent years, especially a lack of competition from playing in the WAC. No player from a non-AQ conference has won the Heisman since BYU quarterback Ty Detmer captured the 1990 trophy. Moore threw for 3,506 yards and 33 touchdowns in leading the Broncos to
an 11-1 regular season. He is No. 2 in passing efficiency in the NCAA. “I haven’t been around a player that is more deserving than him,” said Petersen, who will accompany Moore to New York City this weekend. But it appears he will be competing for second place, along with two other stars from the West. James, the nation’s leading rusher at 152.9 yards per game, is the main cog in Oregon’s high-powered offense. The No. 2 Ducks will play in the BCS National Championship Game against Newton and Auburn. Luck, a sophomore quarterback, broke John Elway’s single-season touchdown record with 28 and guided Stanford to an 11-1 season and a spot in the Orange Bowl. “That guy deserves all the credit in the world for what he’s done to Stanford and what he’s meant to them and where he’s taken them in his two years,” said Moore. “He’s the heart and soul of that team and he really carries Stanford.”
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After some “deep family discussions” about his future in coaching, Florida football coach Urban Meyer stepped down on Wednesday following his worst season as the Gators’ head coach. Meyer, who resigned after Florida’s SEC Championship loss to Alabama last season and then later had a change of heart and returned, leaves the program after a 7-5 record and a 31-7 loss at Florida State. It was the first time Florida had lost five regular-season games since 1986. Meyer said in a press conference Wednesday evening that the decision to leave was for his family. He called his resignation last year a “knee-jerk reaction” to health issues he was having, adding that he is comfortable with this decision now. The Gators said Meyer will coach UF in the Outback Bowl on Jan. 1. He has a 64-15 record at UF,
for which he won two national championships, two SEC titles and three SEC East crowns. Overall, Meyer is 103-23 with the best winning percentage (.817) among active major-college coaches with 10 seasons behind them. “I know how fortunate I am to be in a position to make this choice and to have a family that is as loving and supportive as my amazing wife and children have always been,” Meyer said. “My family has shared both the commitment and the sacrifice required to coach at this level for so long and I would not have enjoyed the success I have had without their support.” Meyer, 46, first resigned as Gators coach a year ago after he was hospitalized following the loss to the Crimson Tide in the SEC Championship game. A medical condition was first thought to be related to his heart, but further tests showed he suffered from esophageal spasms, Meyer said. The condition made it feel as if he were having a heart attack, doctors said. “That was a knee-jerk reaction to a situation, and the timing was not right,” Meyer said of his choice to leave last December. “I don’t know if the timing’s ever perfect, but at least this way you get a new coach on board.” Meyer returned to coach during spring practice after taking a leave of absence. But the 2010 season proved to be a difficult one for him and for the Gators, who went 4-4 in SEC play, losing to Alabama, LSU, Mississippi State and South Carolina.
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