Harvard poll shows trouble for health care, frustration with politics among millennials (via PBS News Hour)
By: Aileen Graef Students have a discussion about the Affordable Care Act with a supporter of the law at an awareness event at Santa Monica City College in Santa Monica, Calif. Photo by Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images Young people enrolling in health care…
Ron Burgundy, the legendary newsman played by Will Ferrell in the upcoming Anchorman sequel, was welcomed in character into an Emerson College theater Wednesday by the applause of more than 150 students and a few dozen professional journalists and news teams.
The faux celebrity journalist was there for a press conference, honoring him, in the words of Emerson President Lee Pelton, for “one day and not a minute more,” at a ceremony temporarily renaming of the college’s School of Communication as the Ron Burgundy School of Communication.
Pelton may have been but a measured fan of the school’s 24-hour name change, but the Massachusetts House of Representatives expressed its approval in a written message.
Massachusetts Rep. Kathi-Anne Reinstein (CQ), an Emerson alumna, congratulated the college for “always staying classy” and presented the college with the state’s official memento, signed by House Speaker Robert DeLeo, congratulating Emerson for changing the school’ name.
Next came a commemorative plaque with a picture of Burgundy’s likeness and an inscription describing his achievements such as “playing the jazz flute” and “having good hair.”
Feigning tears and a muffled sob, Burgundy accepted the plaque, thanked Pelton and then turned to Interim Dean of Communication Phil Glenn.
Apparently confusing him (for just a day, of course) with astronaut and later Sen. John Glenn, Burgundy then proceeded to reminisce about covering Glenn’s lunar orbit, saying, “Around and around you went. No one thought you could do it. You’re a real American hero.”
Glenn played along, twirling a finger in the air.
In his acceptance speech, Burgundy also honored his late father’s memory – sort of -- by saying, “Dad, you can bite me… Because Ron Burgundy has his own school of communication.”
Burgundy was not yet done. He also took questions from professional journalists.
His biggest piece of advice to aspiring journalists, he said, is to “keep a $20 bill in your shoe. You never know. You’re on a field report. You’re in a jail in Peru… You need some cash to get you out of a situation, and you have that $20 sewed into the sole of your shoe.”
When asked what he would be doing with the remainder of his time in Boston, Burgundy said, among other things, he planned to deep fry and eat a piece of sod from Fenway Park and go clubbing with Big Papi.
NECN’s Jackie Bruno approached Burgundy onstage for an autograph and asked, “How do I become a great anchorwoman like you’re a great anchorman?”
To which Burgundy replied, “You’re already hogging the stage. You’re doing a really good job.” He added, “Maybe you should wear a shorter skirt.”
When asked how he, as a news anchor from the ‘70s, maintains his looks, Burgundy said, “I pamper myself and do a lot of yoga,” pronouncing it with a soft “g.”
Though his rein as head of the school was to be limited to a day, Burgundy promised to act swiftly to “make every grade pass fail,” with the stipulation that “if you fail and bring your teacher a nice steak sandwich, you get a pass.”
He also promised to install a swimming pool, bowling alley and a Jacuzzi that would be filled with baked beans once a week.
The press conference came to a close with Burgundy saying, “On behalf of President Pelton, this is the best decision he’s ever made in his career.”
Pelton answered diplomatically. “It’s a memorable decision,” he said.
This article is being published under an arrangement between the Boston Globe and Emerson College.
2014 American Rhodes Scholars By School (via http://www.fiestafrog.com)
Thirty -two students from the United States were named Rhodes Scholars, the winners are selected on the basis of high academic achievement, personal integrity, leadership potential and physical vigor, among other attributes. These students will receive…
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A portrait was unveiled in the UMass Boston campus center recently of former student Krystle Campbell, who was killed in the Boston Marathon bombings.
Campus leaders and family members held a ceremony Thursday to mark the completion of the work done by UK-based painter Cameron Bennett, who based the portrait off photos of Campbell.
“It’s just beautiful,” her father, William Campbell Jr., said with tears in his eyes, according to school officials.
He thanked the university community and others for their outpouring of support since he lost his daughter seven months ago.
“There really are good people in the world,” he said.
Krystle’s mother, Patricia Campbell, also attended the unveiling, as did campus Chancellor J. Keith Motley and UMass trustee Dick Campbell, who is not related to Krystle’s family but is from the same town, Medford, and helped the family commission the painting, officials said.
“Krystle Campbell’s cheerful spirit will continue to brighten life at UMass Boston,” Motley said of the painting.
Motley described her as having an upbeat personality and being devoted to her friends, officials said.
Jesse Wright, former student body president said: “How fitting that it is Krystle’s smile that will be left behind.”
(Image courtesy UMass Boston)
The University of Massachusetts Boston women’s volleyball team claimed the NCAA Division III New England Regional title over the weekend and will now head off to Michigan for the first round of the NCAA National Tournament.
The Beacons clenched the title, their third in four years, Sunday against Williams College, with a 3-1 record in the regional tournament, according to the university.
"I think we do focus a lot on defense as a team and we focus on never giving up. We're all willing to go to the floor and dive in order to get the ball up and work for each other. If one person gets it up, we're going to make an effort to get it over, so I think it's a big team effort that we're all working collectively because we have the same goal to get the ball up and over," Elizabeth Glavan, a freshman who was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player, said in a statement.
The girls will now travel to Hope College in Holland, MI, to face-off against Calvin College Thursday.
The school, however, made sure to send its athletes off in style, with a rally at the Clark Gymnasium Tuesday morning.
Many college presidents across the country are negotiating huge exit packages when they step down. Schools and public records say:
Lawrence S. Bacow, president emeritus of Tufts, received $1.7 million in 2011 for “end of service compensation.” At Harvard, president Lawrence Summers kept his presidential salary of $580,000 for several years after he stepped down in 2006. And Wellesley College had two former presidents on its payroll in the last six years, including one who received $430,000 a year for two years after she retired and her duties ended.
Former Brandeis president Jehuda Reinharz has received at least $1.2 million more from Brandeis since his 2010 retirement and is in line to receive hundreds of thousands more in coming years.
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When Does College Spring Break 2014 Start? (via http://www.fiestafrog.com)
Here’s a list of the dates that different colleges start their Spring Break 2014, just in case you haven’t started making plans yet. Let us know where you plan to go for Spring Break 2014 in the comments section below!
The following is a press release from TEDxRoxburyWomen:
TEDxRoxburyWomen will host itsr second annual TEDx Talk at the University of Massachusetts Boston on Friday, December 6, 2013 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The theme for this year is "Invented Here: Big Ideas by Local Women," which will highlight the innovations of women of color.
Confirmed speakers include Tamika Mason, Director of Organization Training at Year Up; Nurse Practitioner Doctoral Candidate Leah Gordon; Associate Professor of American Studies Shirley Tang; justice activist Natasha Vianna; and City Councilor-at-Large Ayanna Pressley.
Admission is “pay what you think it’s worth” and no one will be turned away for inability to pay. Space is limited, so register quickly to ensure your participation in what promises to be a thought provoking and entertaining evening.
In the spirit of “ideas worth spreading,” TEDxRoxburyWomen is a local, self-organized, intimate event that brings people together to share a TED-like experience. Diverse talks are designed to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group of people. TEDxRoxburyWomen will feature TEDWomen videos, local speakers and music performances. Be ready to hear a few ideas worth sharing and to share your ideas with others.
The event will be held in the Snowden Auditorium on the UMass Boston campus on the first floor of Wheatley Hall. Please visit umb.edu for driving directions, parking instructions and public transportation options.
To register for the event, visit www.tedxroxburywomen.com/registration. For additional information about TEDxRoxburyWomen, email event organizer Jamara “London Bridgez” Wakefield at email@example.com.
TEDxRoxburyWomen is licensed by TEDx, where x=independently organized TED event. This event is one of many TEDx events happening around the globe as part of the TEDWomen conference and live webcast.
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Rank And File: American Universities Search For New Ranking Systems (via www.wiredacademic.com)
A sample “dashboard” from the Voluntary Institutional Metrics Project. By Jon Marcus, The Hechinger Report He may be the leader of the free world, but when President Barack Obama proposed that the government grade universities based on their cost…
Everyone has heard of parents who do their grade schooler’s science project or are overly involved in their kids’ social lives. But the infamous helicopter parents, hovering over their younger children, are now transitioning into so-called snowplow parents, trying to smooth a path for their kids even after they’ve started college.
A growing number can’t seem to let go. Blame it on technology or anxiety or habit — some parents remain so involved that they are leaving their college-age kids anxious, depressed, and ill-equipped to deal with matters both small and large, according to experts.