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rivalsHIGH and the Top 100 High School Football Teams

Football on Friday nights is one of my favorite things to take place during the school year! The stadium lights, playing with the marching band, screaming and cheering with friends and schoolmates, and nachos make for one fun night! But have you ever wondered how your team is doing, not only in your region, but on a national level?

RivalsHigh will take High School Football Lovers within the United States to a list that ranks high school football teams. Each Monday during the football season a network of high school site publishers, recruiting analysts, and the AMP team publishe the rivalHIGH 100- the top 100 High School Football Teams in the nation.

friday night football

As I looked through the top 100 teams, I was disappointed to see that no Kansas schools made it onto the list. At the bottom of a recent list though, it does mention that Hutchinson, KS was ranked number 92. Although it is no where near the top of the list, I thought it was just awesome to see a Kansas town even mentioned. When I reviewed the “Heartland” list to look at schools in the Midwest, Hutchinson is ranked number 20. So even though it’s not a Wichita School, at least a Kansas school is mentioned!

If you are ever curious as to how your school’s football team is doing on a national level, stop by rivalHigh and check out their rankings! You never know when you might come across your school or a school in your area.

euless trinity high school

This week, the top 10 are:
1. Trinity – Euless, TX

2. Armwood – Seffner, FL

3. Byrnes – Duncan, SC

4. Bastrop – Bastrop, LA

5. St. Thomas Aquinas – Ft. Lauderdale, FL

6. Gateway – Monroeville, PA

7. Plano – Plano, TX

8. Poly – Long Beach, CA

9. De La Salle – Concord, CA

10. Lownds – Valdosta, GA

McCain Takes Issue with ROTC Ban at Columbia University

UPDATE [1/27/11]: After commenting on the repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell,” President Obama addressed the issue of the ROTC on college campuses in the State of the Union speech on January 25th. “With that change, I call on all our college campuses to open their doors to our military recruiter and ROTC. It is time to leave behind the divisive battles of the past. It is time to move forward as one nation.”

While speaking at Columbia University on September 11, Republican presidential candidate John McCain criticized the school’s ban on the ROTC program — a program (which stands for Reserve Officer’s Training Corp), which trains college students to be military officers while they are still in school.  Although McCain offered lots of accolades to Columbia — where, in fact, one of his daughters attended — he argued that the ROTC ban excluded students from an opportunity that many would find rewarding.


So why does Columbia — along with a number of other schools across the U.S. — ban the ROTC program, which is a staple on many college and university campuses across America?  Columbia’s ban is in protest of the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell policy” regarding homosexuality.  Established under the Clinton administration, the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy basically says that it’s OK for gays to be in the military, as long as they don’t openly identify themselves as gay.  In turn, officers are not supposed to inquire about anyone’s homosexuality, therefore allowing gays the opportunity to serve in the military as long as they remain silent. Open homosexuals are barred from serving in the military, so if they identify themselves as gay, they get thrown out.

Columbia University, along with many gay rights supporters, feel this policy is blatantly discriminatory and inhumane to people who are willing to put their lives on the line for America, so they’ve banned the ROTC from campus in protest.

Is Columbia right to do so, even though this prevents students on its campus from choosing the ROTC option?  What do you think?

Barack Obama’s Education Background

He’s probably one of the more worldly candidates running for President this year. Barack Obama has traveled the world, and his travels took him to a few well-known universities. Find out if you share an alma mater with Obama, or just get more information about this candidate before you vote.

barack obama

High School:
Punahou School
Honolulu, HI
Graduated in 1979

Occidental College, 2 years, no degree

Columbia University
Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations
Graduated in 1983

Harvard Law
Juris Doctorate (J.D.)
Graduated in 1991
Magna Cum Laude

Joe Biden’s University Background

Joe Biden is the Democratic nominee for vice president, alongside running mate Barack Obama. He’s well-known for his commitment to his homestate of Delaware, and most of his educational background doesn’t venture too far outside those borders either. Take a look at his high school and college alma maters and see if you share any with him.

joe biden

High School:
Archmere Academy (private)
Claymont, DE
Graduated 1961

University of Delaware at Newark
Double-major Bachelor’s Degree in History and Political Science
Graduated 1965

Syracuse University College of Law
Juris Doctorate (J.D.)
Graduated 1968

John McCain’s University Background

John McCain is the Republican nominee for President. His educational background isn’t quite as “mainstream” as his peers- attending private high school and college. Do you share an alma mater with McCain?

john mccain

High School:
Episcopal High School
Alexandria, VA
Graduated in 1954

U.S. Naval Academy
Annapolis, MD
Graduated in 1958

Sarah Palin’s University Background

Sarah Palin, the current governor of Alaska, is John McCain’s running mate for Vice President. Whether you’re on a fact-finding mission to educate your vote, or just curious if you share an alma mater. Here is Sarah Palin’s educational background.

sarah palin

High School:
Wasilla High School in Wasilla, AK
Graduated 1982

Pursued a bachelor’s degree in Communication/Journalism from several schools. Finally graduated from the University of Idaho in 1987.
Other schools attended: Hawaii Pacific University (one semester), North Idaho College.

Celebrity College Graduates

Toss your graduation caps to these celebs. They are not only wildly talented, but have college degrees to fall back on should their careers ever go south. With so many celebs bypassing college, and even high school, educations to chase fortune and fame amidst the lights of Hollywood, it’s refreshing to see these individuals investing in themselves with education.ashton kutcher

Adam Sandler New York University – Fine Arts

Ashton KutcherUniversity of Iowa – Biochemical Engineering

Reese WitherspoonUniversity of Texas–  English

Renee ZellwegerUniversity of Texas–  English

Ashley OlsonNew York University – Currently attending

Jennifer GarnerDenison University – Chemistry

Natalie Portman
Harvard – Psychology

Getting Past the First Week Freshman Orientation Huddle

During the first few weeks on a college campus, you can always spot the freshmen.  They’re wandering over to the cafeteria together in a big huddle of 5 or 10 or 20 people from their dorm.  They don’t know anybody else, so for the time being, the people they met during orientation week are their lifelines and their best friends.

college campus

There’s nothing wrong with this.  I did it too.  It’s a normal human reaction to a stressful situation– find others and hold on for dear life, at least for awhile.  And don’t pay any attention to the upperclassmen who are making fun of you for traveling in a freshman pack.  They did it too.

Obviously, though, you’re not going to be wandering around with these massive collections of people until you graduate.  So what happens now?

Some students make the mistake of hanging on too closely to the students they meet on their floor during orientation week.  Perhaps the “clique” thing may feel like a comfortable transition from high school, and it’s easy to latch onto the first one that comes along.  Or perhaps they’re just shy and freaked about about going off to college, so looking for new friends seems like more than they can handle.

Don’t make this mistake.  Sure, for the sake of sanity,  you want to remain friendly with the folks on your floor, and it’s entirely likely you’ll find a lifelong buddy or two who just happened to get a room down the hall from you.  But one of the greatest parts about going to college is the opportunity to meet new people and to explore new interests.  To do this, you need to break free of the first week freshman orientation huddle.

U.S. College Cafeterias Saying Goodbye to the Tray

Here’s a new green trend in college education: cafeterias without trays.  Students at colleges and universities across the U.S. have come back to school to find their cafeterias trayless, and suddenly find themselves carrying their meals back to their tables sans a handy carrying device.

cafeteria tray

Here’s why.  Going trayless saves money and helps the environment.  At the University of Florida, officials estimate that going trayless will save close to half a million gallons of water annually, not to mention soap.  That’s quite a savings in the school’s water bill that also lightens the load on an area that’s been stricken by drought for multiple years.

In addition, getting rid of the trays means less wasted food.  Students tend to only take what they can eat because there’s only so much they can carry.  This means less food in the landfills, which also saves the school money and lightens the load on the environment (and perhaps takes a chunk out of the dreaded Freshman 15).

Some students are going to complain, of course.  In a crowded cafeteria, this might cause a bit of chaos, as people wander back and forth from the cafeteria line to bring back their food.  If it’s really a problem, though, perhaps students can bring their own trays.  They can wipe them down after each meal and wash them after every few. Or hey, if your hands are full, stick a few items in your backpack.

At any rate, this strikes me as an innovative idea, even if students are stuck balancing their food.

Top 10 Hottest College Football Match-Ups

Looking to score some tickets to your favorite team’s big game?  Get in line.  Sometimes, getting a seat at a hot football match-up is just about as hard as getting backstage passes to a sold out concert.  If you’re not among the lucky students, alumni, and other fans who are able to get tickets right away — often through a lottery system — then you may be looking at spending hundreds of dollars on Craigslist for your tickets of choice.

According to the Wall Street journal, here are the 10 hottest college match ups for the upcoming season– along with the current going rate for tickets as of September 2:

1. Michigan at Ohio State, 11/22/08 —$773

2. Ohio State at USC, 9/13/08 —$673

3. Georgia at LSU, 10/25/08 — $531

4. Notre Dame at USC, 11/29/08 — $447

5. Alabama at LSU, 11/8/08 — $431

6. Auburn at Alabama, 11/29/08—$428

7. Georgia at Florida, 11/01/08—$423

8. Virginia at Virginia Tech, 11/29/08—$421

9. Michigan at Notre Dame, 9/13/08—$418

10. South Carolina at Clemson, 11/29/08—$403

That Michigan-Ohio State game is the top ranked game for the second year in a row, so good luck getting tickets!


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