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How to Get off the College Wait List

important-letterJust because April 1 has slipped by on the calendar, does not mean that you are necessarily stuck.

If you did not get accepted to your choice college, one possibility to consider is the wait list. If you got wait listed at a school you would love to go to, there is still a chance! Be sure to send in the notice you get with your decision letter and also try to send something in that will set you apart. Send in a picture of yourself doing something you love, send multiple pictures, or have another teacher write you a recommendation letter. Another great way to show interest, is by writing the school a letter yourself explaining why you are still interested in the school and why you should be considered to be taken off the wait list. Just don’t be too pleading or whining in this letter, because it may come across badly. (more…)

Journalism School Enrollment is Booming

I don’t know about you, but I was actually kind of surprised to read this. Forbes announced this week that enrollment in journalism schools is up, a surprising statistic when most everything in this economy is down, including newspapers. I was especially caught by this news when just a week ago CBS Sunday Morning ran a story called “Stop the Presses,” in which they talked about how crippled the newspaper business has become. The story lamented the end of an era for print journalism, citing bankruptcies, layoffs and even closed doors for many large and small newspapers. Print circulations are down, as is ad spending in newspapers.newspaper

So it makes sense that the degree program to land you one of these jobs is filling classroom seats… right? Newspaper journalism might be mourning its twilight, but journalism is most certainly not dead. While the Internet can be primarily blamed for the downward turn for print, it can also be heralded for creating an almost romantic resurgence in journalism. Computers and Web publishing don’t come with that hardened, musty newsroom feel, but it does open more doors, allow for more creative approaches to reporting, and reach more of the people we want to have hear our stories anyway.

According to the Forbes report, enrollment in journalism programs at Columbia are up 38%, 20% at Stanford and 6% at NYU. Even state schools are enjoying the surge, with an increased enrollment of 25% at the University of Maryland. They aren’t doing it for the love of the money, just the game, according to Nicholas Lemann, dean of the Columbia School of Journalism. “I’ve never met a single person in 35 years who went into journalism out of pure economic reason,” Lemann says. (more…)

Detroit Announces School Closings and Teacher Layoffs

detroit-public-schoolsThe times just keep getting tougher for Detroit. In a statement released Thursday, the district announced it planned to close 23 schools and layoff 600 teachers in an effort to close the gap on a more than $300 million defecit. The 195-school district is struggling. Enrollment is down by about half since the 1990s, probably in part due to a struggling auto industry forcing families out of the city. The district has been deemed to be in a state of financial emergency by Robert Bobb, a financial overseer put in place by the governor after the superintendent was let go in December.

What does this mean for the students? About 7,500 students will be re-organized to different schools. (more…)

Historically Black University Accused of Racism

benedict-collegeBenedict College in South Carolina, one of the Historically Black Universities, has been accused of racism by three former Caucasian professors. They claim race was the reason they were either let go or didn’t receive promotions. A settlement has been reached between the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and Benedict – each teacher would receive $55,000 and the school will remind its staff about its non-discrimination policy.

The allegations include a 2004 report that art instructor Argiri Aggelopoulou applied for the position of art history professor, but that instead went to a black professor; and a 2008 report in which contracts were not renewed for Aggelopoulou, art professor Michael Hale and associate English professor Katherine Mille. (more…)

What’s a Good SAT Score?

Updated August 2018

The results are in and high school students everywhere are scrambling to know how they did on the SATs. They’re that first real step toward college and one of the more determining factors in where a student will go. According to the College Board data, a good SAT score is above 1060 points. A bad SAT score is below 910 points.

The new SAT scoring benchmark contains two different scores: Reading/Writing & Math. In 2018, the average scores for the sections were:

  • 530 – Math
  • 480 Reading/Writing

Scores accepted at the top liberal arts colleges are usually in the 700s. At Harvard University, those scores skim closer to 800 for both Reading/Writing & Math. At public universities, scores for each section of the SAT range from 540-740.

If you do plan on attending a public university, you might not need to even worry yourself with the SAT score. There are currently more than 800 schools that have eliminated SAT and ACT scores as criteria for admission, saying that a student’s high school record is a better indication of their qualifications. These include Oklahoma State University, Texas A&M, Wake Forest and George Mason. Even if you’ve already taken the exams, don’t fret, including your scores is optional.

Source: College Board

North Carolina Wins Fifth NCAA Basketball Championship

North Carolina took it all the way this season, making it clear to Michigan State that they were number one for a reason. North Carolina beat Michigan State 89-72, securing their fifth NCAA basketball title. They were the obvious number one choice since the season began, and carried that position well all the way to the last buzzer. (more…)

OU’s Blake Griffin Takes Naismith Award

blake-griffin-naismith-awardBlake Griffin has been burning up the hardwood in Norman, Oklahoma for two seasons, and this week his hard work was recognized as he was awarded the Naismith Trophy. It’s one of the highest honors a college basketball player can receive, along with the Wooden Award he’s already earned. Think Heisman for basketball.

It’s the first time a University of Oklahoma player has received the Naismith, and it’s also the first time any college has received the Heisman and Naismith in the same academic year (Quarterback Sam Bradford in December 2008). The trophy shelf is definitely getting crowded, when you add the State Farm/National Association of Basketball Coaches player of the year award, his total tally for these honors is now up to ten. And Griffin is only a sophomore.

“I really don’t know what to say,” he said. “This has been an incredible past four days, and the Naismith award is the perfect way to cap off the trip.” (more…)

College Grads Facing Worst Job Market

hiring-statisticsA fresh batch of college grads are ready to leave campus next month, but they won’t find many ‘now hiring’ signs in office windows. In a survey from the NACE, employers are hiring 22 percent less graduates this Spring, news that won’t be comforting for those with fresh diplomas.

Students are nevertheless hitting the job trail, selling themselves as best they can, but more and more turning to their plans B, C or D. Some are saying this forces college grads to wake-up to reality and learn that there is no job entitlement just because you spent the past four years studying. Another striking statistic is that most grads will have three jobs in five years, so the voracious job hunting skills they develop now only stand to benefit them down the road. (more…)

Dallas High School Uses Cage Fighting to Settle Brawls

If detention, suspension or even corporal punishment won’t work, lock the students in a cage and let them fight it out. Seriously? A report about Dallas-area South Oak Cliff High School alleges that’s what the principal allowed to take place between teen boys who had disagreements to settle.

No Porn for Students at University of Maryland

pirates-ii-stagnettis-revengeAllow students to watch a XXX porn movie in the student union or risk budget cuts by the state. That was the dilemna facing University of Maryland this week after they’d elected to screen “Pirates II: Stagnetti’s Revenge” in its student union. Students across the country have been attending screenings of the big-budget porn flick on campuses, but when Maryland State Senator Andy Harris heard about the busty event, he made moves to have it stopped, by threatening to suspend state funding (about $424 million).

“I am pleased to know that the university did the right thing and canceled this movie,” said Harris. “Students can’t light up a cigarette in the student union but can watch a hardcore XXX porn film. Occasional viewing of porn is more dangerous than occasionally lighting up a cigarette.”

No surprise that the film and the recent move at U of M are stirring debate, talks of the First Amendment, and whether or not colleges should be an advertising medium for such films. Following the movie at the university, a representative from Planned Parenthood was scheduled to discuss safe sex. In December, the movie was shown at UCLA, after which students held a Q&A with the filmmakers and grilled them about porn’s role in the exploitation of women. (more…)


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