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Quarter of UC population had bad experiences on campus, survey finds

Quarter of UC population had bad experiences on campus, survey finds | Current Event | Scoop.it
SAN FRANCISCO — About a quarter of UC students, faculty and staff reported that they had experienced some exclusionary, intimidating or offensive situations on campus and 9% said that had interfered with their abilities to study or work, according to a survey by the university system released Wednesday.
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It does not surprise me at all that UC's are finding their students to have a uncomfortable experience through their attendance at such big institutions. It's easy to find big disputes, different opinions, and both of them strongly expressed in such a multitude of people. The article accounts for the small percentage of students and staff who responded to the survey as encountering uncomfortable and isolating situations throughout their years in the university system. It has credible sources from real life incidents that have occurred in the UC's campus such as swastika sign spray painted on the UC Davis campus.

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SAT to drop essay requirement as part of overhaul

SAT to drop essay requirement as part of overhaul | Current Event | Scoop.it
In a redesign aimed at improving college access, the test also will return to a top score of 1600.
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My interest for this article stems from my own experience and opinion against measuring abilities of students through a single test. The new scoring guide and elements that have been withdrawn from the SAT seem to be improvements that will allow students a fair chance in being  accepted to highly credited universities. The article is written for an audience of middle class and parents of current or future high school students. The article does a good job in embracing the changes for equal opportunity and rebuttals the argument of creating lazy students. The article holds credibility through annotated information given by first hand admission staff of universities  and college board employees. 

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Venezuela: What's the crisis about?

Venezuela: What's the crisis about? | Current Event | Scoop.it
Venezuelans have taken to the streets recently, leading to gruesome clashes between protesters and police. Their demands are varied, from economical to social.
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This article has captured my attention for many of reasons and the most important of them all would be the love the Venezuelan people genuinely have for their country. The protestors are fighting against a communistic government but the protests have led to extremely violent circumstances involving the Venezuelan authority. The only problem I have with this current event is the government covering up some of the truth behind the matters. It feels as though we will know the full truth of the situation. President Barack Obama told CNN reporters, he was not amused at comments made from Venezuelan officials accusing the U.S to have rallied up the protests

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8-year-old boy rescues 6 relatives from fire, dies trying to save 7th

8-year-old boy rescues 6 relatives from fire, dies trying to save 7th | Current Event | Scoop.it
An 8-year-old boy, Tyler Doohan, was killed in a mobile-home fire in upstate New York early Monday while attempting to rescue his disabled grandfather inside.
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At times I can feel like the world is such a horrible place with evil people in it but coming across articles such as the one above give me hope for the world. This 8 year old boy who had no pressure in saving six lives and dying trying to rescue his last is praised as a hero in my eyes. Choosing to give his own life to save six is in its own a controversial topic on philosophy due to the ability of some humans to be able to do so. I believe this in its own should be a light for many people in this age to take a step back and reevaiuate their situation. This article was taken from CNN news that broadcasts worldwide reliable information. Their goal is to inform.

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New Jersey student who sued parents returns home

New Jersey student who sued parents returns home | Current Event | Scoop.it
A high school senior who filed suit against her mother and father for financial support and college tuition has returned home to her family.
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This whole case really boils my blood. Its cases such as a teen believing she can sue her parents because of a sense of title she has that creates a stigma for my generation. I was following this case very lightly and found the judge's decision to be one of the most enlightening forms he could deny her claim. He very well stated that if he was to pass the verdict similar cases such as "I'm suing my parents for not buying me the latest iPhone" or "I'm suing my parents for not buying me a new car" would rise. This was a case where a mother should have looked into counseling to avoid this event.

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How to Get Fit in a Few Minutes a Week

How to Get Fit in a Few Minutes a Week | Current Event | Scoop.it
A few sessions per week of 30- or 60-second intervals so strenuous you moan, followed by a minute or so of blessed recovery, and a painful repetition or four, may be all it takes to keep fit.
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HIIT has become a new way for busy people to attain a strenuous work out in a short amount of time. As Americans we are so accustomed to a fast paced life and this includes fast and easy meals and no time to work out. We have become out of shape and easily dismiss the case because we simply have no time. The scientists at McMaster University have discovered that change between intense work out and recovery stages we are able to burn sufficient amounts of calories in a short amount of time. This can now be the answer to our epidemic problem of obesity in the United States with just a couple of minutes of strenuous effort accompanied with easy strolls to recover.

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Kendrick Johnson's family sues funeral home

Kendrick Johnson's family sues funeral home | Current Event | Scoop.it
Family of Kendrick Johnson -- the teen found dead in his high school gym a year ago -- has filed a lawsuit against the funeral home that handled his remains.
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The first autopsy stated his death was just an accident while reaching for his shoes. But the Johnson family was not buying this ruling and they demanded for a second autopsy. A year later they are finally granted a second autopsy at their own expense, but this time the family faces missing organs and damages that show proof of possible murder, but the clothing he was wearing at the time of the incident are also missing and leaving no possible traces for a suspect. I could only imagine the grief and pain this family is going through now knowing their first instinct is most likely the truth but all the missing evidence will make this difficult for them to ever reach a conclusion. The family seems to have accepted the loss of their son but they are pushing for reforms that will prevent cases like these to occur again. I stand behind the Johnson family and hope to see the changes in funeral homes take place and justice to finally prevail. I found this source on the website CNN under justice. This could all just be a coincidence but we have seen cases similar to this like that of Emmett Till. This is said to be history repeating itself with no justice served yet again.

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