Discussion Post: Week 4

We’re done with Presentation I! How did you feel about the way in which your efforts came together? Did your initial impressions change upon viewing the video of your presentation? What will you do differently or try to maintain from this point forward?

Let’s start by touching upon the September 11th attacks one last time. A memorial revealed last week seemed to be just fine, at least until viewers noticed that the name of victim Jeffrey Schreier was misspelled. The architects are now scrambling to correct the embarrassing error. This comes after a furious debate over the simple question of how to display victims’ names; ultimately, the plan changed from a random ordering (“because of the random nature of the way the victims died”) to grouping them based on family and colleague associations. What can we learn from these detail debacles, both in terms of public relations as well as for our own presentations? How does the impression that viewers of this memorial received relate to the sense that our audiences will have when we speak to them?

Any student-athletes here may be interested in a new report by the National College Players Association (NCPA), an advocacy group supporting the payment of student-athletes. The authors of the report, entitled “The Price of Poverty in Big Time College Sport,” argue that the majority of college athletes receive scholarships which cover only a portion of their tuition costs, leaving them below the poverty line. More prominently, consider the following summary:

A national college athletes’ advocacy group and a sports management professor calculate in the report that if college sports shared their revenues the way pro sports do, the average Football Bowl Subdivision player would be worth $121,000 per year, while the average basketball player at that level would be worth $265,000.

As others have noted, those whopping six-figure incomes would only be the averages in their respective sports. Texas football players would be worth over a half-million dollars each, while Duke basketball players would each rake in over $1 million a year. South Carolina football coach Steve Spurrier added that “20 years ago, 50 years ago, athletes got full scholarships. Television income was what, maybe $50,000? And now everybody’s getting 14, 15 million bucks and they’re still getting a scholarship.” Furthermore, student-athletes who accept money or gifts from outside sources for their athletic efforts risk suspensions or expulsion from their positions as student-athletes; in recent years, such illegal compensation violations have set off scandals that led to prominent boosters, national champion coaches, and entire college programs being ousted from college sports.

Given that NCAA rules don’t permit any compensation for student-athletes aside from scholarships, what do you think of the sums to which they would be entitled under a different payment scheme? Do you think that the NCPA report has a valid argument to make, or is it a flawed case from a biased source? How about the NCAA’s position that “paying student-athletes a salary is in no way on the table”? What would happen if student-athletes were able to (legally) make a salary beyond their scholarships, and should such a change be enacted?

Keeping with the athletic theme for the moment, professional basketball, one of the biggest entertainment industries in the U.S., may be absent from America next year. Just like the NFL labor standoff a few months ago, the NBA now faces the distinct possibility of missing the start of its season or, worse yet, cancelling the entire year. The league’s collective bargaining agreement expired after last season, and negotiations that started years ago kicked into high gear during the offseason. After making a slew of concessions, Billy Hunter, executive director of the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA), expected that NBA commissioner David Stern and the 29 team owners would return with a favorable counteroffer. That offer did not come, leaving the anticipated November start for this season in serious jeopardy. With training camps scheduled to begin in three weeks — which cannot happen without a new agreement — time is running short. Many agents and some players are now pushing to have Hunter removed from his position or even to completely decertify the union. What are your thoughts on the negotiations? What positive moves has each side made, and what errors do you think are at play? Do you think that either side has done an effective job of winning public support throughout the process? What do you think will happen from this point onward?

On the political side of things, last Tuesday New York held a special election to replace former House Rep. Anthony Weiner, who resigned in the wake of a scandal earlier this year. In a tremendous upset, Republican political newcomer Bob Turner defeated Democratic state Assemblyman David Weprin, taking the seat Weiner held for seven terms in a heavily Democratic district. The district hadn’t sent a Republican to the House of Representatives since 1923. The same day, a Nevada special election resulted in Republicans holding a spot in the House — Dan Heller moved from that House seat to the Senate after Sen. John Ensign’s scandal-related resignation last spring. Republicans touted their wins as reflections of voter dissatisfaction with President Obama’s performance, and even some Democrats expressed their disappointment in the president. It should be noted, though, that this particular district’s record has changed quite a bit in recent years: even Obama only earned 55% of its votes in 2008 despite the 3-to-1 ratio of Democrats to Republicans among registered voters.

In the meantime, Obama has proposed a new jobs initiative that could ultimately revolutionize the welfare system by extending unemployment benefits to individuals training with potential employers. A key portion of his newly devised bill which attempts to replicate a successful Georgia program is similar to a proposal that Republican Eric Cantor pushed in 2009; naturally, Cantor was quick to claim the provision in Obama’s bill as his own. Of course, Obama had hoped to use the plan much differently than the GOP: while Obama has couched it in his speeches as a short-term unemployment fix, many Republicans would rather use it as a permanent overhaul of the welfare system. Still, a range of Republicans and Democrats alike have voiced hesitation at the full bill; Republicans have largely criticized the spending increases necessary for its provisions and calling its provisions “short-term gimmicks,” while some (but certainly not all) Democrats are divided across a range of objections.

What do you think about all these political developments? Who looks strong moving forward, and who will have the edge a year from now when election season returns? For that matter, what will the various parties and candidates do over the next 14 months, and how will everything come to a head on November 6, 2012?

That’s probably enough for this week. Have at it!

Other articles of interest:
Dying man has new lease on life after his immune system is trained to kill cancer
Insulin nasal spray may slow Alzheimer’s
Taste Test: Is Mexican Coke Better?
Qualcomm Stadium server trips, loses $1,000 … and Chargers fans give it all back
ESPN analyst curses on ‘Monday Night Football,’ apologizes
Eliezer Alfonzo suspended 100 games
Video: Foul tip causes sparks to literally fly from Avila’s facemask
Almost 75% of Active American Social Networkers Shop Online
Facebook rolls out “Subscribe” button
Is Facebook losing its identity?
Price Hike Sends Netflix’s Stock Downward
For Idaho and the Internet, Life in the Slow Lane
Superfast broadband rollout is too slow, warns culture secretary
Solar-Powered Chip, Google Phone Partnership Kick Off IDF
Google Flights lumbers down the runway
Google Goggles 1.6 for Android now scans photos in the background
Microsoft Reports 500,000 Downloads of New Windows Preview
Rogue trader suspected in $2 billion loss at UBS
Twit for tat as NATO and Taliban take battle to internet
How Games Saved My Life offers stories of hope from gamers
Sony Sets PlayStation Vita Debut
Luxury retailer introduces solid gold phone with a $60,000 price tag
‘Super Earth’: 50 New Planets Discovered, One May Support Life
Arctic sea ice melting faster than predicted: scientists
Climate Change: Global Warming May be Beneficial
Economists say sea level rise would be costly
An Inconvenient Day? Al Gore Preps 24-Hour Global Warming Broadcast
E-Book Prices Prop Up Print Siblings
Arkansas courthouse gunman walked into building unopposed
Lawmakers Probe How Solar Company Got $528M Loan
Confirmed! Scientists Tally Over 600 Alien Planets
Can NASA Afford Massive New Deep Space Rocket?
Obama Administration Accused of Sabotaging Space Launch System
Dead Satellite Will Fall to Earth By September’s End, NASA Says
Fears Over Soyuz Again Delay Space Launch
SLS: The rocket in need of a destination
Feathers Trapped in Amber Reveal a More Colorful Dinosaur Age
Is Thorium the Biggest Energy Breakthrough Since Fire? Possibly.


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62 responses to “Discussion Post: Week 4”

  1. James He (@He42) says :

    Wow, I just read another article of interest titled “Dying man has new lease on life after his immune system is trained to kill cancer.” I have to say it reminds me of a movie. The movie was about one man in an apocalyptic world that is desperately searching for other survivors. This movie was called I am legend and although it takes this idea of “cancer killing cells gone wrong” it does bring up questions such as “should we be altering humans to save lives” and “is it right to force evolution of perfect people through creating artificial genetics ?”
    So I wonder what will be the next step after curing cancer?

    • cengland42 says :

      The ethical decisions that come to play in all fields of science are incredibly interesting and deserve constant scrutiny. What may be wrong in the public opinion today may be completely different 500 years from now; however these new developments certainly shed light on new areas of scientific progress. Doctors of the 19 century were offended when Ignaz Semmelweis suggested that they should wash their hands before operating, without scientific evidence for his claims that this would reduce mortality rates. Such a strange idea that infections could be prevented by simply washing your hands. I am not suggesting that we start creating super humans in laboratories, but the science behind it is fascinating. I’m happy to be living in a time where we get to see these events unfold with the scrutiny of the scientific method so deeply rooted in all our observations.

  2. falkhali says :

    The Student Athlete Salary problem is an interesting issue. It’s shocking to learn just how much a student athlete at a high ranking team can make. It seems that when the rules were first established by the NCAA regarding this issue, revenue from TV broadcasts and other sales figures only brought in a small amount. So as a result universities only gave their students a full-scholarship, which even today is still a great deal given the amount of tuition increases every year. But nowadays as college sports become more and more popular, universities bring in a much larger revenue and they still continue to offer students with only scholarships. In my opinion however, I don’t think we should be offering our student athletes “salaries” every season. In the end they are still just like any other college student, and salaries of up to 1 million dollars a year could really have an effect on their minds. To be offered that much money every year just for playing in college could really bring down their motivation to continue playing, what college sports are great for is that they set you up for the pros, which is where fame and fortune will come for many of these players. Offering full scholarships should be the bear minimum, these students should not have to worry about any financial stress and just focus on their game so that one day they can make it to the pros, and get the money they might deserve.

  3. tsamadif says :

    I believe that overall Presentation 1 went really well. Especially for me, I felt very confident going into the speech and coming out of it. However, for my next speech I plan on taking a close look at my evaluations from my peers, my video evaluation, and the evaluation that Becky gave us. All of these things will help my second presentation to become better than the first.

  4. gregalles says :

    I think the NCAA should allow athletes to receive a small amount of money for the work they do for their teams. I believe the huge salaries given would be absolutely ridiculous for a college athlete to make, but a little extra on the side for food and small purchases would probably be an added benefit for these athletes and would prevent most of these investigation cases from happening.

  5. bcozza says :

    Recalling the patriotism that united America in the wake of September 11, 2001, the unceasing debate over whether Democrats or Republicans look weaker or stronger on this issue or that is disappointing, divisive, and detrimentally distracting. While Americans continue soldiering through these challenging economic times, politicians have become so enamored with bolstering their political image at the expense of their opponents’ that they have become distracted at a pivotal time in our country’s history. Rather than uniting as we did on September 11, 2001, to defend America against a new enemy – a weak economy, Democrats and Republicans have retreated to their ideological corners and seem content never to agree on anything, big or small. Unfortunately, political reporters and the American people have exacerbated this future-defining stalemate by relentlessly reporting on who favored better or worse when this or that happened and remaining ambivalent and uninvolved in our nation’s politics, respectively. Despite all of the talk from Washington and Main Street about concern for our children and grandchildren, we sit by as a nation, leaving our country’s future hanging in the balance and tipping closer towards a reality unsatisfactory to Democrats, Republicans, and everyone in between.

    • meshiach0machshevi says :

      “never to agree on anything, big or small”? I can’t possibly imagine what you mean by that. The presidency and control of congress and flipped back and forth countless times in the last decades, and governmental policy has progressed continuously along a straight course driven by a united agenda: more and more government in every way possible.

      I’m not interested in political rhetoric, I’m more interested in actions. Can you describe one concrete way in which Republicans and Democrats have enacted substantially different policies?

      He who votes for a Republican or a Democrat truly wastes his vote, for it doesn’t matter one wit which of them wins the election.

  6. jamoliah says :

    Welfare always seems to be a sticky subject… I personally believe its a good idea in theory, but it fails to consider human psychology. Helping someone get back on to their feet and continue to benefit society helps everyone. But, on a basic psychological level it is a system taking money from those working and placing it in the hands of those who don’t. This new change sounds good though! By allowing those in training to benefit from welfare it encourages citizens who might be afraid of earning less money once they obtain a job to reenter the work force.

    What do you all think about welfare? Should it exist? Is there a way to improve it’s short comings? Or do the benefits the system provides to those in need outweigh the negatives of the economic drain created by those who leech off of the system?

  7. macupp says :

    I feel good about my first presentation. Being able to pick your own topic is always nice, instead of having to research some ridiculous topic that I know nothing about, and sometimes don’t even care about. All in all I am happy with the way my speech went.

  8. kingkyle35 says :

    I did very well with my first presentation. I tried to take an interesting take on it and make mine an infomercial for selling the Power Band. Without trying to sell the band I just informed my audience on it’s intrinsic powers.
    From feedback of the class, the infomercial style of selling them on the power band wasn’t the best style to use. But they felt the upbeat tempo i kept and passion for my topic made my presentation very good.

  9. Emma says :

    I did well for my first presentation, but my voice clearly was not loud enough. My topic may not have been interesting to everybody, but at least my energy came off well. As long as I keep that passion and increase my voice volume, my speeches should get better! And, hopefully, I’ll find a way to shake my nerves before each presentation.

  10. mporter7 says :

    I think my first presentation went pretty well. I have yet to watch the recording of it so that might change my opinions a bit. But overall I think that I had good volume and eye contact. I could have been a bit more prepared and put more time into memorizing what I was going to say. There was a couple parts that I skipped, mixed around, or that just didn’t come out the way I had intended. I think my visual aid went over well and was constructive to my presentation as a whole. Next time I will be sure to prepare my speech sooner so that I have more time to prepare.

  11. melvinallen says :

    Overall I think the first presentations went well. I feel it was a chance for those who were a little rusty on the public speaking side to build their skills back up. Personally, I think my speech was okay. There is definitely somethings I could improve upon for future speeches, but all in all I was happy with the results.

    As far as classroom feedback, I recieved some helpful hints on things to be mindful of for the future. I say the biggest thing for me was nerves! They caused me to do somethings that were distracting, some in which I wasn’t even mindful of doing until I saw the presentation. As long as I remember to pace myself and pause, I should be good for future speeches.

  12. usernamesuck says :

    Ron Jaworski from ESPN said an expletive on National television. He said it in a casual manner. The world continued to spin. I am sure that the pass that was being described of Henne’s was deserving of such expletive. When all is said and done human’s make mistakes. Somebody obviously came and told “Jaws” of his mess up and he apologized accordingly. This was not blown out of proportion like I thought that it might. I saw the footage and apology live and feared the worse. Kyle’s mom came to mind from South Park when she became hell bent on Canada. Congratulations to our country for not going crazy over nothing.

  13. jordanthielker12345 says :

    Personally, I’m bored with the NBA so I vote in favor of the players not reaching a collective agreement and going at least a season without it. When I turn on a game all I see is one freakishly tall guy dribbling the ball by himself, making a lay-up by himself, or potentially shooting a three-pointer by himself. It’s all solo play now and there’s no team-work or elaborate plays like in college basketball. Players are paid to do something that they love. If they are going to argue for a few extra bucks then I say let them. Other players like Shaq who do endorsements like the Icy-hot pad get paid a lot on the side. Hooray for alternatives. I just don’t see the excitement or fiery spirit for the game anymore on the professional level.

  14. kylejnewton says :

    I read the article about Netflix’s stock dropping due to their recent price hikes.

    Personally, I don’t understand a business decision (raising prices) that results in a loss of customers, angry customers that end up staying, bad publicity, dropping stock price, bad company image, and upset shareholders.

    I understand needing to raise prices — things can’t stay the same forever, but it seems like their prices JUMPED up instead of creeping up a dollar or two…what used to be $10 is now $16/month and that’s just not OK in my book. The least they could have done was grandfather in the prior subscribers and not just reach into their wallets and take more money all of a sudden.

    Now, if Netflix had some valuable extras subscribers got that were tied to the price jump, that would be more reasonable, but this wasn’t the case — they could downgrade to DVD mailing only or streaming only and lower their monthly bill, but they would be downgrading their service.

    In my opinion, if Netflix is going to survive and flourish, they need to step up their game on their streaming service selection of movies. They might have a lot of good TV shows, but when I plop down on the couch I sometimes want to watch a movie…and if I’m paying for a subscription based streaming service, I don’t want to have to go out and pay for a rental if I want to watch a movie that has come out in the past 10 years (seriously…have you seen the Netflix movie selection?!).

    To wrap it up: don’t hike up your prices by 60% and not offer anything for it — you’ll lose business and people won’t like it. Simple as that.

  15. paulglab says :

    I think that the new proposed system of unemployment benefits has potential. I do also think that employers might choose to exploit this. Right now we have too many people collecting welfare. I personally have a friend who’s mom collects a welfare check/ food stamps every month. Has she looked for a job? No. Has she shown any effort? No. I know that some people do really need help, monetarily speaking. Because of that, I am glad we have a welfare system in place. The bad part is that people exploit it. With the proposed system, if it were to replace the current welfare system, I think that it wouldn’t be the “people” exploiting it. It would be employers exploiting it. Would employers be easier to control than each and every person who accepts benefits?

  16. Chris Gerber says :

    I feel all of us did well on presentation number one. I went in very confident and went first because I was comfortable with my topic and it was just fun to talk about my summer and my flying. You need to take every presentation you do and treat it like you are talking comfortably to you parents or your friends or a business partner. Confidence is what always helps me do well in a speech and I continue to believe that. I might have had a little too many words up on the slides but other than that I kept it interesting. Move around the stage to keep your audience tuned in and make things interesting. Presentation number two will be interesting.

  17. Chris Reed says :

    I am going to talk about the 500,000 downloads of windows 8. Being in cit i like new technology and cool features. From what I’ve seen windows 8 is a great new operating system, but I dont know how well people are going to like it. With the new interface and the “background” desktop feature it will really only cater to those who do not know how to use a computer, which means our computer skills as humanity will go down. I guess because I know how to do many things with a computer that I don’t like the idea that in the future I’ll have to help people figure out how to get to the desktop. Anyway, just a little rant. Have a good day.

  18. begardner says :

    In regards to the NBA labor issue…who cares! The NFL got their labor issues worked out, which is what truly matters to most of us sports fans. Of course as a colts fan, losing this NFL season probably would have been less painful! But really, NBA players make gobs of money and their lack of effort is hugely apparent at times. In the NFL, they have to fine people because they play TOO HARD (which I am also opposed to). It would be in the best interest of the NBA to get their labor deal done, because an entire season without basketball might make people realize they actually don’t care one bit about the league. Give me college basketball any day.

  19. moormanja says :

    I believe that NCAA athletes should not be paid by the university atleast. I actually believe that the only way that they should be allowed to make money outside of college scholarships, I would say it would have to be from endorsements from doing commercials or making special appearances. I do not think that there is any reason that they should be paid to play football for their school and also get a free college ride because they came here to play football. When you think about things, who would actually be the one paying that athlete? I believe that it will be the current students at the university while the hundreds of athletes here will be sitting pretty while the other 38,000 of us have to sit back and struggle while they just get everything handed to them. In my opinion playing sports is not a job until you get out of school. If you are playing it in school it is a privilege that you should be happy to have. If this would be the case then why wouldn’t we have to pay our high school players because aren’t they doing the same thing?

  20. rachkennedy says :

    I’ve always had a strong opinion in whether college athletes should be paid. I am strongly against it. Collegiate athletes get the benefit of a free college degree in return for their athletic ability, and in my opinion that is more than enough. Even though that is an added benefit, college players are still playing their sports because they love the game. Once a salary or incentives are involved, I feel that the athletes would be playing specifically for those benefits and their love of the game they play will fade. I’ve also lost respect for college players who leave school early to enter the draft in their respective professional leagues. These players would rather be on a professional payroll than finish their free degrees, which bothers me because of how much I pay to earn my degree. Also, if college athletes were paid, they would expect such a high pay after their eligibility is up and ultimately be disappointed. Hardly any college football players make it to the pros. The ones who don’t quite make it but truly love the game of football look into coaching and non-professional leagues, but they have college degrees to fall back on. There is also the issue of where a collegiate athletes salary would come from but that is a whole different debate.

  21. dparkerr says :

    On the top of NCAA athletes getting paid, my stance on the topic is that they should NOT be paid. I think that one; they are getting scholarships, more than the regular student. I also think that it would be too complicated to work out a pay scale for the student athlete, given the sport and the athlete’s ability with the revenue coming in. I mean Big Ten Football brings in more revenue then Big Ten Tennis. Then there would be too many arguments over the way the athletes get paid. My stance is that the athletes are given a chance to get a higher education and get an education that will last a lifetime.

  22. jlauuu says :

    I liked this article, it provided some good solid information about NCAA athletes. In today’s sports world this topic is becoming ever popular amongst athletes and universities. In my opinion they should never get paid, and i do not think it should ever be considered. Student athletes do bring in a lot of money for unniversities. So many people follow NCAA sports so religiously that it is literally just as big as such leagues as the NFL, MLB, NBA, and the NHL. I think a lot of people forget that all athletes do get more then average students. They recieve a lot of money for scholarships, room and board, and free health care through the unniversity. I think paying college athletes will just eventually ruin the sports they are involved in and passionate about.

  23. jmbalser says :

    Presentation 1 went a lot more smooth than what I pictured going in. Most of us haven’t had much experience with speaking in front of an audience since the Freshman COM114 course. I feel like everyone did a fabulous job with delivery, eye-contact, tone, volume, and etc. I am also very impressed by the usage of visual aids, such as PowerPoint Presentations. I feel like everyone incorporated their slides in a very professional way. My initial impressions of my presentation was that I look a little nervous. I sway back and forth from foot to foot and I definitely need to correct that. I think that I can correct this and move on to becoming a better speaker and presenter.

  24. jhockersmith13 says :

    I believe I did very well on my first presentation and have improved a lot since COM 114. However, there is still plenty of room for improvement and I am anxious to see what my classmates have to say.

  25. kaileenkraemer says :

    I read the articles about the new features on Facebook, as I had just logged onto Facebook and saw a section on the sidebar titled “People to subsribe to.” I did not think much about it right when I saw it, but I’m glad I read these articles to clear things up. It seems Facebook is trying to make itself the best of both worlds in the social networking universe, while they should just stick to what they do best and to what people are used to. The subscribing feature is too similar to Twitter, which is a service that does not appeal to as many people as Facebook does as it is more specialized and users feel more comfortable speaking their minds. Facebook should realize that if its users want this service, they would have made a Twitter account by now.

    The other update, the new friends lists feature, really does sound a lot similar to what Google+ has to offer, but I don’t think this update is as much of a problem as the subscribing because Facebook was bound to implement this feature at some point. I am not a Google+ advocate and have not tried it, but I appreciate the lists feature. However, as the second article said, who has time to sit down and make these lists? Someone who is very bored. I would not think about making these lists in my spare time and therefore will most likely not use this feature. Overall, these are not the biggest changes Facebook has ever went through and in a few months they will probably be updated yet again.

  26. Derek Stewart says :

    I like the idea of pilots using Ipads as means of reading approach charts and various other important information if needed during the duration of a flight. I recently flew to Martha’s Vineyard with the use of an Ipad and let’s just say it was great! In response to the NCAA, I think it is ridiculous they are even titling the report, “the price of poverty”, because they receive a plethora of benefits than the average college student does. I recently started grad school which isn’t cheap, so I don’t want to hear talk about playeres being below the poverty line. I agree with jlauuu, in that players do receive much more benefits than any of us in college , including scholarships and free room and board. I would lose much repsect for college athletes if they were to start receiving compensation in addition to scholarships; isn’t a scholarship enough? It’s hard enough for the rest of us to find scholarships out there let alone free room and board, unless you are an R.A. Maybe they should start receiving compensation for their efforts. Switching topics, i read an interesting article for one of my statistics class and thought I’d share it with you all interested in going for your Master’s or PH.D .In an article from the U.S Department off Labor, The Chronicle of Higher education 2008-2009, the average person drawing unemployment for a year is $21,000 and the average graduate student stipened is $18,000. This proves is pays more to do nothing!

  27. rotosteckel says :

    The Price of Poverty in Big Time Sport. I won’t claim to know how the benefits thing works for current Purdue athletes, but if they started paying them those million dollar figures, I would not be happy. I understand that sports is a huge aspect for the colleges and that a good team will bring the university more prestige…the UNIVERSITY. You know, that place of higher education where thousands of students (athletes and non-athletes both) go to learn how to succeed in their career AFTER college? I suppose that I feel if student athletes were being paid in this manner, then it would be more of a career than a student hobby. If they’re so worried about their athletes, pay their tuition and waive any sports fees. Let them get a job/leech off their parents a little while longer to support themselves. I shake my head when it says “….argue that the majority of college athletes receive scholarships which cover only a portion of their tuition costs, leaving them below the poverty line”. Uhm, what about non-student athletes? What about the ones who couldn’t get a scholarship? What about those people from out-of-state who pay around 10K more a year than in-state students? Oh, right. We’re not athletes, we’re not as important.

    On a happier note, YEAH! GO SCIENCE! Fixing our immune system to attack the baddies! (You can tell how excited I am for this by how quickly trying to write professionally went out the window).

  28. weissapurdue says :

    I also wanted to touch upon the topic that Chris brought up with Windows 8. Lately, I have spent quite a bit of time working with the recently released Developer Preview. While the operating system is over a year away from a public release, Microsoft has done an excellent job with their latest revision of Windows. For those of you unfamiliar with Windows 8, the user interface is essentially a reincarnation of the Windows Phone UI that has been available for a couple of years. Microsoft, however, takes their “tiles UI” to a whole new level and implements it in to a completely redesigned “Start Menu”. I really like where Microsoft is heading with this interface and I am very interested to see what new developments they will come up with over the next few Alpha and Beta releases.

    The new operating system will also be a much more “cloud friendly” solution. With “cloud friendly” I am referring to the massive shift from thick computing to a mobile computing and Internet-based platform. We will probably see quite a few 3rd-part cloud providers play key roles in the continued development of Windows 8. Companies such as Facebook and Dropbox, just to name a few, will be integrated much more seamlessly into the OS. I am really excited to see where Microsoft takes Windows 8.

  29. Chelsea Berryman says :


    Mexican Coke tastes better than American Coke?

    After reading this article and then finding out that 7 out of 8 people prefer American Coke over Mexican Coke was shocking to me. I hate the coke here in the states because it doesn’t taste fresh nor does the sweeteners taste as good as Coke from other countries. My family and I use to buy packs of Coke in Mozambique, and the taste and freshness of the Coke there, incomparable. Also- when you begin to compare Diet Coke and other types of Coke’s, it’s all about the ingredients – and side affects of the drink.

  30. ndirenzo19 says :

    Confirmed! Scientists Tally Over 600 Alien Planets

    After reading this article I found that recently we have been discovering new planets in space at a very fast rate. The list scientist have compiled has now reached 600 and they say 1,000 is a realistic goal in the near future. With the discovery of all these new things in space I think now is not the time to scale back out space program as Americans.

  31. robpingry says :

    I was transported last Sunday. I time traveled to 10 years ago. The day replayed in my mind so many times, I was glued to the TV again not to watch the Towers fall again and again like I did for countless hours when I was in the 5th grade. I was glued to Front-line documentaries that were being played on repeated on public access channels. They put me in a reflective mood. I though about how that day changed my entire childhood. That day was the reason why my friends are over seas in 2 different countries fighting gorilla warfare. It changed my whole view of religion as well. I think that ever since then I have really question the motives of religion. Islam caused those plans to be flown into those towers. Region is a great thing for millions of people and it does lots of good for lots of people, but it also has a scary dark side that is manipulated into doing harm against others.

  32. Jake Gebuhr says :

    Looking forward, I do not see either of the two major parties, Republican or Democrat, solving any of the problems in our country. This is because both are responsible for the majority of these problems. Take for example, Obama recently got a loan approved for solar panel company Solyndra. A couple of months later, they have gone bankrupt, so that taxpayer money will never come back. With the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, Bush did the same sort of thing by helping out his vice President’s former company, Halliburton, to receive many government contracts. Do not get me wrong, I still believe that at least the Afghanistan war was necessary, but using them as a profit-making tool is not ethical.

    Take a look at the current Republican frontrunners. Mitt Romney is simply an actor, who has done the same sort of acts as Obama when he was a governor of Massachusetts. Rick Perry is a huge flip-flop – he was Al Gore’s campaign manager in Texas. Michelle Bachmann is a theocrat who would love to see this country turned into a Christian version of Iran, with religious doctrine turned into laws that violate our constitutional rights. The only one of them that supports the US Constitution is Ron Paul, who stands no chance of winning the primary. I am no fan of Obama either, as he has continued to hurt our economy with massive stimulus plans and much more government regulation of private industry. I watched his presentation of the new “job bill” and noticed that it sounded great, but only because he gave his idea of how it would work, not how it would be funded. How are we going to afford this massive spending plan and keep our deficit from expanding further? I know he plans to just increase taxes on millionaires, but that is really probably false. Our tax system puts the highest bracket on anyone earning over $250,000 per year, so unless they change the tax laws this tax increase would be on the upper middle class as well as the rich.

    Our current political system has one major complication – both parties attempt to use Hollywood-style appeal to the people. They show off, support unconstitutional ideas that simply meet certain people’s values, and seem to act as if all American citizens are ignorant. The federal government in this country currently has far more power and control than the founders ever intended for it to have. Much of this started as a result of the Great Depression and New Deal, which was intended to be temporary yet lasts today, leaving too many people dependent upon the federal government. This fact gives them great power to tell all of us what we can and cannot do, which was supposed to be a power relegated to the state and local governments.

  33. Shelby Foster says :

    I completely disagree with the idea of paying NCAA athletes. Many schools barely have enough funding to give their athletes a scholarship, let alone pay them. A full ride scholarship is already a huge deal, and I know that the majority of us who will be in debt for years and years to come paying off our ridiculous schooling costs would love to go for free. Paying students will just keep the smaller schools from having decent sports teams.

  34. rudyv12 says :

    I felt very good about my first presentation. Being able to pick the first topic and just inform people about it was fairly easy and straightforward. It was a great introduction to the course as well as a great “icebreaker” if you will. I found it extremely helpful personally since i will need to explain my topic more and more as the school year progresses since it is in regards to my senior design project. Overall good first round of presentations went well. Good job everyone.

  35. Logan Byers says :

    There are a couple of issues that come out of paying student-athletes, especially in the two major sports, football and men’s basketball.
    As mentioned in the article, teams like Texas and Alabama in football and North Carolina and Duke in basketball will be able to pay more to their football and basketball players than Purdue or other college teams would. The imbalance in student-athlete pay would ruin the competitive balance of the sports. The better athletes would most likely go to whatever college promised to pay them more during the student’s recruiting process. Bottom line, paying athletes in this way would make the richer sports programs richer, and the poorer would be worse off.
    Next, I don’t think paying student-athletes will deter some of the student-athletes from still taking gifts, money and other contributions that are against NCAA rules. The greedier student-athletes will most likely still want to get paid more than what they would be paid from the university. Also, some student-athletes just don’t understand (or sometimes care about) the NCAA’s amateur-eligibility rules, and they will continue to accept the gifts, money, and contributions from boosters, agents, and other sources.
    Finally, there’s a maturity factor that goes into paying some student-athletes. For example, how would the NCAA approach paying college freshman? Are you really going to pay a 18 or 19 year old, straight out of high school, thousands of dollars for performing well on a field/court and expect him to make wise decisions while at the university? I understand that for most student-athletes, this wouldn’t be a problem. But for that one student who goes out and does something extremely wrong (buying drugs, alcohol, etc.), it would ruin the public opinion of paying student-athletes, the reputation of the university/NCAA, and the sport in general.
    I will, however, agree that student-athletes should be paid a fair income (regardless of what university they are attending). Student-athletes already have practices for their respective sports to worry about in addition to their class load at the university/college. For them to try and juggle a job on top of the sport and class work would require a miracle on their part. Also, they are making the university money by performing and representing the university on the sports fields, and in some cases (mostly football), they are risking their health to play that sport for the university. So why not pay them for the job they are doing for the university?

  36. aheeb says :

    I do not believe that the NCAA should pay a salary to student-athletes. I think part of being a student-athlete is to enjoy the opportunity to be able to continue a passion for another few years, which is why I think collegiate athletics are so much more fun to watch, because it means more. I definitely think there should be some sort of stipend for the amount of time the athletes spend practicing during the season, but only the months that they actually have scheduled competitions. A salary is a little over-board though.

  37. Merry Hetzer says :

    In regards to Kyle Newton’s post about Netflix. I think I would have to agree with pretty much everything you said. After the price jump, my parents were contemplating dropping it, but me and brothers and sisters talked them into keeping it. I use it a lot here at school by watching stuff online and we have it hooked up though the ps3 back home. I like the idea of Netflix, but I disagree with their recent business move. Also, as for the movie selection, I’m just going to say it sucks. The selection is horrible and their advertising of available shows is wrong. I have seen at least two instances where they promote having seasons 1-6 of certain TV shows but when I look further into it, they only have 5. So then I have to look other places for the 6th season. I would just like to see an upgrade in the selection with more recent media and then more “bang for your buck.” I’m still a Netflix fan, but they need to make some changes to keep me.

  38. Cody Maus says :

    I believe that student athlete salaries are a terrible Idea. I understand that they put in a great deal of time and effort into their sports and representing their respective schools, but like Aaron was saying they still have a passion for the sport. I love to watch college sports because it seems to be more competitive than professional sports. I also believe that student athlete salaries would throw a huge wrench in the recruitment process. Teams that give their students higher salaries would obviously recruit the best players, And this aspect of the game takes all of the fun out of watching sports when tournament or bowl season comes around.

  39. vsabatel says :

    With all the allegations going around now adays about money and greed in college sports, I thought it would be appropriate to express my opinion on the current state of the NCAA as far as student athlete payments are concerned. Also my younger brother is a college athlete so my family is somewhat affected by what is going on (and by going on, I mean spinning out of control). First, The NCAA comes downs so hard on students that receive any type of benefits, even cream cheese on a bagel. That is not a joke, I recently talked to a University of Miami (FL) women’s soccer player who said the school literally had to say “There are bagels available and the Cream cheese is the added benefit”. Also earlier this week, Syracuse and Pittsburgh moved from the Big East conference the ACC. Now this is rather hypocritical considering that this move was mainly motivated by greed and money. The only people not involved in banking off this “cash cow” of NCAA sports are the student athletes. Now I’m not saying that students should be paid, because I don’t believe that they should, however the NCAA committee needs to worry about a lot more important financial decisions in the NCAA aside from the students. As the penalties get harsher for these students accepting benefits, the schools, conferences and everyone else involved are getting greedier. That financial figure of how much money student athletes are worth is staggering. I believe they should be compensated somehow for bringing in all that money. I don’t thing they should be getting paid those large salaries of worth but I also think they deserve to see some of that success that they bring to the school and the NCAA. There has to be a middle ground somewhere that both the student athletes and NCAA committee can agree on and both benefit from. “It’s all about money aint a damn thing funny, you got to have a con in this land of milk and honey” – The Message, Grandmaster Flash

  40. spkuo says :

    This week was really busy for me so I didn’t check my facebook until yesterday, I noticed there were major changes to it so I was interested in reading the ‘Is Facebook losing its identity?’ article. I admit, I do not use facebook that much. I guess I was never into these things or maybe I’m just too old? I remember my friends back in high school always trying to get me to get myspace (when it was still popular back then), but I felt it was pointless (maybe my parents influenced my opinion on that). Then during senior year in high school, this whole facebook thing became popular and they tried to get me to make an account for that. I finally did when I started college, but I don’t use it that often. I’ve been trying to get into a habit of checking it more often since even though everyone I know knows I don’t use facebook that much still likes to keep sending/posting/commenting on my wall. Anyways, back to the main point, I feel like facebook is indeed getting way too ‘messy’ (if you will). I mean, what is up with all these changes that are not really that great of a change. I can see how the new privacy setting thing is a good thing, but like I mentioned before, I don’t really use it that often so when I do use it to share stuff, I share it to people who are on my list. So wouldn’t it be a lot easier than having a group for this or a group for that? Why not just have people who you want to share things to on your ‘friends’ list and the people you don’t, don’t have as ‘friends’?

  41. fiddlestix22 says :

    I’m not a compulsive facebook user, nor do I shun it, but I do check it often enough to be annoyed at the amount of changes facebook feels it needs to make with its format. They seldom give us enough time to get used to their “improvements” before implementing something new. That being said, I do appreciate being able to have more control over my news feed. I have little interest in seeing game achievements or ads from things I’ve “liked”, so this functionality is nice. I also don’t mind being able to group friends. It makes it easier to share updates with certain groups and exclude those that don’t really care. I am not a fan of facebook being “public” or being able to subscribe to people I am not friends with. I use twitter for that. I use facebook to connect to people that I know. Overall, I think facebook is pushing new features faster than they should. They need to work on improving what they have now, and let users get used to a format, before moving on to the next thing. They don’t need to be everything.

  42. lwinters26 says :

    I was planning on writing about the satellite falling to earth before it happened, but I just missed it since it fell sometime in the last 12 hours. It is still unknown where it fell exactly, but at least no one got hurt that we know of. I dont know what to think exactly of the fact that things are falling out of the sky but I think it would be really neat to see something fall or at least see it once it did fall. I dont understand how this happens but it is still really awesome none the less.

    • abemccullough says :

      I went to file a flight plan on Friday to fly to Fort Wayne and Marion, and was warned to “be aware of falling satellite parts” and to “report any flaming objects in the upper atmosphere.” I was very disappointed when I did not see any fire balls…

      The likelihood of the satellite actually hitting anyone was calculated to be 1 in 21 trillion. Or, 1 in 21,000,000,000,000. That number does not make a lot of sense to me but what I can appreciate is that the earth is almost 70 percent water and roughly 15 percent mountains and deserts the chances of it hitting anyone is very, very small. Now take into account that North America as a whole is only 16 percent of the worlds landmass and you have roughly 2.3 percent chance of the satellite landing in America. I don’t think I have to keep going – but I did look for the satellite, hoping to see it anyways.

  43. brad5627 says :

    I’m surprised more people haven’t responded to the article about the guy being (effectively) cured of cancer! That is remarkable! Cancer has, in some form or another, touched the lives of every person on this planet. Sometimes it hits closer to home, but we all directly know someone who has had cancer. What’s so fantastic about creating this possible cure for leukemia is that… it’s going to give so many kids a chance to enjoy life… granted all the bugs are worked out of the treatment and hopefully it doesn’t turn into an I am Legend situation like someone mentioned in an earlier post… anyway, granted everything goes okay, this will give kids a chance to experience life. Leukemia is the most common type of cancer at birth. 40% of birth cancer cases are types of leukemia. It’s great that this happened, hopefully it can be perfected and we can have an actual cure for a cancer that can be used on a mass scale.

  44. han39 says :

    These days whole world economy is in crisis. Even some countries declare default, dollar value shakes whole economies goes crazy. Also America has unemployment problems for long time. Government and politicians should have already taken the action but since they didn’t till now, at least better than nothing. We do not know that this action will be helpful in unemployment but still taking action as Government is more than a something. Fixing unemployment will help the America economy to circulate the money better and that will eventually help the whole world’s economy. That might bring this whole economy crisis down.

  45. bmonroe16 says :

    As a whole, I think that the class did very well for it being the first presentation. We certainly have some strong speech givers and I think everyone in the class does a good job of helping the spraker feel comfortable while they are up there. On a personal level, I thought I did well, before I looked at the video! I like having that to reflect back on because it helps me see things that I missed. During next presentations I plan to really work on body movements.

  46. stlbirds says :

    Some may say that they are sick of seeing all of the news on infractions of college sports programs providing benefits to athletes. Although, I do not support the topic on providing college athletes with a salary to play sports in college. I am not usually one to argue the topic of the amount of money put towards education vs. money put towards athletics, but I do think that allowing benefits to athletes could get out of hand rapidly. The big athletic colleges such as Texas, Oklahoma, USC, Alabama, Florida..etc would most likely devote a lot more money to the athletes salary than other weaker schools. Some examples that prove that recruiting illegally is beneficial to a team is the Miami University football program in the 90’s. This team had celebrity status higher than the Miami Dolphins and players were receiving benefits from many fans, boosters and coaches. You can look up the football programs records and accomplishments to understand how successful they were. Teams would essentially be buying a championship season. I am an avid sports fan and will say that I love sports way more than education, but I am also a student who is paying tuition to go to school. From paying this tuition I would like to see my sports team do well, but the reason I am going to college is to receive a superior education. Allowing college athletes to have a salary would take out the competitiveness out of sports. The team willing to drop the most money on their athletes would get more recruits attention and will have the upper hand on other programs.

  47. jykim315 says :

    I just could not resist reading the ‘Taste Test:Is Mexican Coke Better?’
    When I first started to study in US, one thing I found weird was bottles of coke in a Mexican food section of a grocery store. One of my friends told me that the coke in Mexican section is a Mexican coke. He explained that Mexican coke suppose to taste better. I tried the Mexican coke, and I tasted differences. However, they were about same to me. It was not anything magical. The conclusion of article states: there is difference, but test subject preferred the American coke.

    One thing I know for sure is the taste difference between Korean coke and American coke. Korean coke has little more citric sour taste than American one. Also, Korean coke has little lesser kick from carbonized water. I do not know how and why Coke Co. decided to change the formula for Korea. I guess it is based on the research and Korean preferences. To be honest, I like American coke better. I remember when there was Vanilla Coke in Korea almost about 12years ago. Now, Vanilla Coke is nowhere to be found in Korea.

    Additionally, it is very rare to see Dr.Pepper or Root Beer in Korea. One can find Dr.Pepper with extensive search, but it is impossible to find root beer except for US army bases. According to my mom, both Dr.Pepper and Root Beer tastes like tooth paste. It is also hard to see Dr.Pepper is Japan, but it is more popular in Japan than in Korea.

    What about me? I love Pepsi better than Coke, and love (Cherry) Dr.Pepper!!!

  48. bmasuoka says :

    I felt pretty good after my first speech and thought I did the best I could. However after seeing my video I did notice that I had a few specific things to work on for my next speech to make it as close to perfect as I can.

    As for the NBA possibly missing the whole season or part of the season I think is terrible! I am one of the biggest basketball fans there are! I’ll be pretty upset if they can’t get things resolved like the NFL did. I think both sides need to all bring a sleeping bag with them to a room and stay there until they resolve this problem. It would be really nice if some of them can make a few million less a year so that us fans can see our favorite players play. For example, I don’t know what I’ll do if I can’t see D rose play on the court and watch his explosiveness and insane moves.

    Go BULLS!

  49. mfbecks says :

    I think that we should let the NBA go for a year if they can’t agree on how much money they should be paid. I for one am not a huge NBA fan, I do follow the Bulls because I am a big Chicago fan but I feel the NBA has declined in recent years due to the fact that it has become more of a performance like a play than an athletic event. I think that they are trying more to show each other up in extravagant plays than rather winning the game. The team emphasis of the sport has declined so much in recent years. That’s why I am such an avid fan of NCAA basketball. I watch those games because there is so much passion and hard work in every game. They play their very hardest and give their all so that their team has the best chance to win the game, not so they get more money. I do think that something may have to change soon so that NCAA players receive some sort of compensation for the amount of revenue they bring to the school.

  50. davidjames1187 says :

    I am 100% against the thought of paying student athletes. For one, student athletes are mostly getting a free education, room and board, and payed tutors, which is way more than I am receiving. Honestly, why would they need to get payed? In my opinion if student athletes were to get payed it would cause more harm than good. We already know if they were payed they would just spend it on stupid crap they don’t need, as they really don’t have any necessities in the first place.

    Also, if this idea were enacted it would bring up so many complications to who to disperse the money, for example, would you pay purdue football players more than woman’s tennis players? What about non starters, walk-ons, etc.

    I really hope that the day never comes that student athletes get paid. I really believe that it would take away from the college sports feel. I believe paying students would just get in the way of what’s really important with college sports. And when it comes down to it, I would personally like to see less show-boating egotistical people on campus, not more.

  51. Teju Shyamsundar says :

    I do not believe that student athletes should get paid. Athletes already receive a scholarship which covers a good portion of their tuition, so they do not need additional compensation. This is especially true for student athletes who can afford university expenses but still get scholarships for being an athlete. Paying student athletes would be unfair to students who have trouble affording their education, and are not considered for scholarships just because they are not athletes. In addition to this, if student athletes did get paid, they would more than likely not know how to properly save their money especially because they have only a few expenses in the first place. If student athletes are really just in it to play the game, they should earn their salary based on performance. Also, since they are receiving a scholarship for their education, they should try and focus on academics or at least develop a good balance between their sport and academics.

  52. zjaw3150 says :

    I usually don’t pay too much attention to the medical field, but the article concerning the victories over cancer was great to hear about. It amazes me how our bodies can be modified in this day and age to overcome odds thought impossible in the recent past alone. However, I was also reminded by the article that these manipulations cannot come without some risk, and I would be interested in hearing how this story develops as time goes by.

  53. jkinnamo says :

    Continuing on about the student athletes getting paid, i am a strong believer that they should not get paid through the colleges. i feel that student athletes already get plenty of money through their scholarships and room and board payments. Many student athletes also have special privileges in which help them with their studies and allow them free tutors. All of these special privileges are more than enough for student athletes and should substitute for students athletes getting paid. As for other means of student athletes getting paid like companies advertising players names, i am a believer that they should be allowed to sign deals with company labels like Nike and what not to use college students as advertisement. I believe that if companies are gaining money through the use of advertisement through particular student athletes than these athletes should be compensated for by the companies gaining the profits. i feel that it is only fair if a company is using a student athletes name and image, that student should get paid for their contributions made to the company. This whole debate has several controversial topics behind it which make it difficult decision for the ncaa to make.

  54. jkambic says :

    Concerning the political developments, I find it incredibly interesting and unbelievable that Bob Turner got elected while running as a Republican. Truly shocking. Concerning Obama’s plan to extend welfare benefits in the manner proposed, I really think it’s a well-intentioned but horrible idea. The fact of the matter is that you cannot continue to pull money from an empty coffer, and what’s more cutting the wrong areas to do so (read NASA and Investment) is terrible. Government cannot stimulate the economic situation by creating jobs because those jobs are supported solely by taxes. everyone points to Roosevelt’s purported success by using this technique to help get us out of the Great Depression, but what he actually did was restore confidence, that and a War got us out of our economic despair, not the actual jobs. So when the first round of making jobs for people didn’t work, no subsequent extension will either. If you want to help remove unemployment, start balancing the budget by making appropriate and well thought out cuts led by economists and accountants and people who know what understand this, not by lobbyists.

    to truly correct the current issue, there can be no quick fixes–it isn’t a matter of republican vs. democrat, it’s a matter of taming the system. The government has become lethargic and bureaucratic state, and if you intend to get anywhere, you have to start with the underlying structure.

    If I had the ability, I would make the following changes:
    +Term Limits on Congresspersons, two 6 year terms for Senators, and bumping the house to 4 year terms and also giving them 2 terms, but staggering the elections so that half of the house is elected every 2 years instead of all at once.
    One of the most often used quotes that people like to throw around is “”The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots” and this is true — not through violence, but law. We need new, younger faces in congress–people that actually have a vested interest in the communities they are representing. There should be no such thing as a career politician. It is a public service to be done not for benefits, but for one’s community and country. It should be captains of industry and other successful and intelligent people from the area being represented that should sit in Congress.

    + Abolition of Lobbying. period. it is an unfair and often corrupt practice.

    +limit the amount of money that can be donated to a campaign fund by a corporation to the same limit as the one governing the amount can be made in a personal donation

    +Completely strike the current tax code and rewrite a simpler, fairer, more effective one. If you don’t pay taxes at all, then you don’t really have a stake in what they get used for (just a thought)

    +use experts when making decisions. if you are going to pass a bill on the energy, at least consult a scientist not on an energy company’s pay roll. (actually, consult several.)

    +a strong third party would be nice, but then again so would a Cubs’ World Series win

    I would like nothing more than for the current economic situation to improve drastically and for the US to continue to be a ‘Super Power’ but in order for their to be a brighter tomorrow, there has to be some sacrifices and hard work done today. You cannot simply attempt to appease the masses to placate them. This isn’t Rome — Bread an Circuses wont cut it, not anymore. You have to make the hard, maybe unpopular decisions now for the betterment of the country going forward.

    and now I’m off my soapbox! and probably sound crazy ^_^

  55. abemccullough says :

    Its interesting to find out just how much a student athlete is worth – a million bucks as a student is pretty impressive. I wouldn’t have a problem with some of it going back to the student as compensation for the profit that they make for the university. Big schools with good sports teams tend to attract students, not just the revenue from the games. Is there no reason that some of that revenue can’t be returned to the students as a ‘bonus’ of some sort?

    On a similar note, as a flight instructor I get payed to fly with students and log those hours as personal experience as well. This semester I will fly close to 70 hours, which would cost me just short of 13 thousand dollars in the planes we fly. Instead paying for it though, I am receiving a pay check. After putting in my time as a student its nice to see a change in the money flow. How is it any different for a student athlete?

  56. bkershey says :

    The paying of college athletes is simply not going to happen anytime soon. The major reason why is because the discussions are for paying football and basketball players. Those athletes are the ones playing the money sports. As much as people may appreciate the Olympic sports, those don’t make athletic departments any money. You can’t pay athletes in two sports and not all the others. And besides that major flaw, athletic departments simply don’t have the money to pay these players. There are very few schools who actually make money in their athletics. Sure people think about the athletic departments of Ohio State and Texas but schools like Northwestern and Vanderbilt certainly don’t come close, and they are in the majority.

  57. Shawn Farrington says :

    Obama’s Jobs Act, in my opinion, is not a way to fix our unemployment crisis. Giving small businesses incentives to hire more employees only works if you have a demand for the product you offer. Also, the money they would receive from the Federal government does not outweigh the revenue possibilities for any small business. Even so, if it does, it won’t be enough to keep the business alive.
    It’s merely a patch to get the unemployment rate below 10% that Obama said wouldn’t happen. Is it his fault? No, but if this is the best he can do it’s not going to work.
    On a side note, I would like to see every state pass the bill that standardizes drug tests when applying or receiving welfare. It’s just a really good idea in my opinion.

  58. greene4 says :

    Student athletes are getting paid to do the same thing we do and play there favorite sport. I am absolutely against them getting more money because everything else they are entitled to is paid for. To be honest, in the off season some of the athletes even get additional money for living off campus and other necessities. I understand some do get partial scholarships, but its some of us who don’t get money at all and I guarantee we deserve it. Its student athletes who don’t even play and still get paid for it. If performance determines your scholarship, than why aren’t you paying attention to the reason you brought these athletes to the school in the first place. Honestly student athletes good more perks than the students who graduate with academic honors, 4.0 cumulative grade point average, and was well rounded in school; Does that sound right? I didn’t think so.

  59. Mike Tuccori says :

    My initial impression of my presentation was similar to the impression I felt from the video. As I was presenting, I was aware of the positive and negative things that were shown in the video. Of course the video did address some details that I was not aware of. The footage I viewed of myself presenting is very valuable, and I never had anything like it. I will focus my efforts on fixing the negatives exhibited in the video for the next presentation. As for the student athlete situation, I do believe that the university should give more money to the students especially when that money is going towards their education. The dollar comparisons to the professional athletes are staggering, and I think the college athletes deserve to have their education paid for if the money is available. In terms of politics, I don’t like to get involved in those conversations or debates because it is an inevitable, never-ending evil yet it is necessary. Political systems are absolute chaos and calling it a system is becoming somewhat of an oxymoron.

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