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The 10 Best College Towns and Cities

Boston SquareI loved going to college in Norman, Oklahoma. The city is definitely a college-town and I think it is one of the best places in the world to go to college. However, Unigo.com had a different opinion.

According to them, Boston is the best city in the USA for students to go to college. Why?

“Often, friends and I would go around the city to eat in Boston’s ‘little Italy’ the North End, or catch a Red Sox game, or go to a local bar and shoot pool,” said Rachel, a theater major at Boston University. “The benefit, for me, of going to college within a city was there never seemed to be a shortage of anything to do.”

That makes sense to me. Although BU does not have a traditional campus, there are more than 50 other colleges in Boston, so you can have that academic environment or enjoy living and studying amidst the hustle and bustle of the city.

The next city that made the list is Charleston, South Carolina. This city is located close to a beach and is also a tourist hotspot.

“Charleston is a vacation destination for many people, so it is cool to live in a place other people are only lucky enough to visit,” said Andrea, a biology major at the College of Charleston.

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Guns are Now Legally Allowed on Some College Campuses

PistolThe argument has been going on for a while now: should students and teachers be able to carry concealed weapons on university campuses? Advocates say that by not allowing students to arm themselves, we are making college campuses a vulnerable target for deranged psychopaths. Those who oppose the policy think that campuses should be a safe-zone where there are no weapons allowed. For a long time, most colleges have not been allowing guns on their campuses. However, it seems that there might be an upcoming shift in this policy.

On Wednesday, the state of Oregon overturned a rule that prohibited guns on state campuses. This made it legal for those who have concealed carry permits to bring their guns onto college grounds. Colorado and Utah also have similar laws.

During the summer of 2011, Wisconsin and Mississippi both passed laws that allow anyone with a concealed weapons permit to bring their guns onto public campuses. Interestingly enough, the new law in Mississippi conflicts with a current law in the state that does not allow anyone to carry a weapon in a public or private school building.

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College Football 2011: Rude Welcomings

Arkansas and Wisconsin sports logosBy Cabrone D. Brewer

It was a weekend of welcoming conference newbies around the college football world, but for No.8 Nebraska it was a total Big Ten debut disaster.

Facing No. 7 Wisconsin in a much-anticipated conference showdown at Camp Randall Stadium, Nebraska proved they still have a lot to learn about their new rivals by succumbing to a 48-17 thumping in Madison.

Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez threw three interceptions, while Wisconsin running back Montee Ball ran for 151 yards and four touchdowns — keeping the Badgers’ outstanding scoring machine headed in the right direction as conference play begins to take center stage.

No. 18 Arkansas threw out the SEC welcome mat a year early for No. 14 Texas A&M, giving the Aggies a taste of Southeastern Conference hospitality in a wild 42-38 victory for the Razorbacks.

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College Football 2011: New Friends, Old Foes

Wisconsin and Nebraska College FootballBy Cabrone Brewer

The wait is finally over.

For 13 long months, both Wisconsin and Nebraska have patiently waited to meet each other on the field as Big Ten cohabitants — and Saturday’s inaugural conference grinder between the No. 7 Badgers and No. 8 Cornhuskers can’t arrive fast enough for players and fans alike.

Both teams enter the game undefeated and heavy favorites among their respective Big Ten divisions, with Wisconsin thoroughly demolishing teams by clinging to a soft nonconference schedule and Nebraska sailing through their opening matchups with relative ease.

The Huskers will look to send an early message to Big Ten opponents in the first game in Madison since 1962 to feature two teams ranked in the top ten.

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Cursive Writing Disappearing from Public Schools

When I was in third grade, my teacher informed us that we would be learning to write in cursive that year. At first, I was very discouraged about this. I had just learned to write in print a few years before and now they want me to learn something completely different?! However, I quickly discovered that I really like writing in cursive and now, I never write in print unless instructed to do so.

Unfortunately, many public schools are no longer teaching cursive to their students. Recently, Hawaii announced that its schools will no longer be teaching cursive; Indiana and Illinois are two other states that are no longer requiring this education curriculum. Not surprisingly, this trend is causing some debate among American citizens and the line is usually drawn between those who write in cursive now and those who still use print. However, their reasons for their views differ. I talked to several recent college graduates and business owners about their opinions concerning this issue.
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NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Sweet 16 Preview

The Sweet 16 kicks off tonight, with a batch of four games that should all be compelling. So let’s take a look at the four games:

1. Butler vs. Wisconsin: Here we go again. A year removed from a surprising National Championship Game appearance, the Butler Bulldogs are a Cinderella story again. They upset the top-seeded Pitt Panthers in the second round (Really, who hasn’t at this point?) but will need some more help for Shelvin Mack, who probably won’t go 7-of-12 from three-point range again.

Wisconsin held off Kansas State last round and can shake their postseason demons with a solid win here. But star guard Jordan Taylor better not pull another 2-for-16 from the floor, or the Badgers will be in trouble.

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NCAA Basketball Tournament Player Profile: Wisconsin’s Jordan Taylor

Despite a lack of fanfare, the University of Wisconsin has quietly churned out another 20-win season under Head Coach Bo Ryan. One of the main reasons for that is the play of guard Jordan Taylor.

The 6-1 guard played in 33 games for the Badgers last season, but has really come into his own this year. He’s shooting 44% from the floor, 85% from the line (up from 71% last season) and an obscene 44% from three point range (up from 33% last season). When he’s on, few can stop him, or Wisconsin.

In the Badgers stunning comeback win over Ohio State, Taylor took over in the second half, scoring 21 of his 27 points, fifteen of which came from three point range. He buried seven three-pointers later in the season against Indiana.

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NCAA Basketball Tournament Preview

It’s time once again for The Big Dance! The 2011 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament seriously kicks into gear today–don’t try and sell me on play-in games–and we’re giving you a preview of the round, replete with upsets and sleepers.

Best shot for an upset/sleeper: Half the games in the Southeast bracket

The Southeast strikes me as a bracket loaded with red flags and teams that constantly underachieve, making it ripe for upsets and the chance of a low-seeded team making a run. Three seed BYU is a possibility for an early exit. Yes, Jimmer Fredette is amazing. But the suspension of Brandon Davies has turned the Cougars into a one man-show. Fredette has scored 80 of BYU’s 130 points over the last two games. He can’t do it alone.

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The Top 5 College Fight Songs

college band“Boomer Sooner, Boomer Sooner, Boomer Sooner, Boomer Sooner, Boomer Sooner, Boomer Sooner, Boomer Sooner, Boomer Sooner, OK U!”

Okay, so my school’s fight song isn’t really creative, but it sure does get the crowd ready for a football game, especially when there are 80,000 fans singing it. Sadly enough, it turns out that the University of Oklahoma‘s fight song was inspired by the songs that students sing at Yale University and the University of North Carolina, but hey, I still like it.

Almost every school has a fight song that students and fans sing at sporting events. These fight songs have two main purposes: get the home-team excited and intimidate the competition. Read the rest of this entry »



See Ya, Sooners: Oklahoma Loss Highlights Week 8 in College Football

missouri tigersFor the third straight week, the #1 team in college football went down, as Oklahoma fell to Missouri, making the BCS picture a little more cloudy.

Highlights from week eight:

1. Missouri gets past nemesis— The Missouri Tigers had been snakebit when it came to the Oklahoma Sooners, losing 19 of their past 20 games to their Big 12 rival. But for the second straight week, the country’s top team allowed the opening kickoff to be run back for a touchdown and Missouri ripped off 16 straight fourth-quarter points and took home a 36-27 win. The victory means the Tigers are in control of their own destiny in the conference, but they have to survive an upcoming trip to Lincoln, and a probable rematch with the Sooners in the Big 12 Title game. Read the rest of this entry »





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