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10 College Athletes to Watch at the Olympics

Classes begin in just a few weeks for college students. For those who are returning from a summer break, the tricky transition of balancing classes, homework, a job, and a social life begins once more.

Imagine if you had to add “catching up” to the list because you’ll be missing the first few days of class due to the Olympics. Not from watching the games or even attending, but because you’ll be competing in the international event. Many of Team USA’s athletes will be missing class this semester while they go for the gold in London. In fact, 5/8 of the US men’s Olympic gymnasts are University of Oklahoma students!

USA Today recently compiled a list of 10 college Olympians to keep your eye on during these summer games. Read the rest of this entry »

40 Percent of Students Majoring in STEM Subjects Change Majors

blue printsIn an effort to encourage students to enjoy science, President Obama held the first White House Science Fair last fall in the State Dining Room. During this event, he tested and played with various projects that students had made. This was just one way that President Obama has been trying to increase the USA’s international competitiveness in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) industries.

For years, politicians and educators have been trying to think of ways to increase the level of interest that their students have in science. This is even more important today than it has been in the past, as Americans are competing with people from other countries for jobs in the international marketplace.

Sadly, it seems like most Americans are still losing interest in this fields shortly after their days of science fairs end. Why? According to David E. Goldberg, an emeritus engineering professor, it is because when they get to college, they face “the math-science death march.”

Recent studies show that 40 percent of college students who plan to pursue a major in the engineering or science fields change their majors or do not earn a degree at all. If you include pre-med students in this figure, the percentage jumps up to 60 percent. This is twice as much as the attrition rate of all other majors combined.

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College Football Weekly Wrap-Up: Big Night at the Big House

University of MichiganBy Cabrone D. Brewer

The Wolverine has a reputation for ferocity and strength — and after Saturday night’s performance against Notre Dame, University of Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson proved that he fits the mold perfectly.

With both teams donning retro-themed uniforms in front of a record-setting crowd of 114,804 for the first night game ever at Michigan Stadium, The Wolverines scored 28 points in the fourth quarter capped by Robinson’s 16-yard touchdown pass to Roy Roundtree with two seconds left to stun Notre Dame and lift Michigan to a thrilling 35-31 victory over the Irish.

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Michigan vs. Notre Dame Game to Make History in Week 2 of the 2011 Football Season

By Cabrone D. Brewer

Traditionally speaking, college football’s second week is monotonous. Many teams in the Associated Press Top 25 simply choose to rest and repair from strenuous summer two-a-days or play watered-down opponents to slide into the next week unscathed. But a couple of marque matches usually tend to find their way to the field — and this week is no exception.

With top-ranked Oklahoma taking the week off to prepare for a September 17 showdown with #5 Florida State and newly crowned #2 LSU playing in a sleeper against Northwestern State, recently leap-frogged #3 Alabama is left to search for more believers in the heart of Happy Valley. Taking on #23 Penn State in the second game of Joe Paterno’s 45th year, Alabama seeks to recover some of the ground they lost in the polls to LSU in always rowdy State College, PA.

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Notre Dame Death Tweeted Hours Before it Happened

The scene after the accident. Photo Credit: Joe Raymond Associated Press

The scene after the accident. Photo Credit: Joe Raymond Associated Press

Just a couple of days away from Halloween, the campus of the Catholic private college Notre Dame du Lac is being haunted by an eerie chill and tragic death that occurred last night.

Notre Dame is quite well known for their football team, immortalized in the movie Rudy, but now LaBar Practice Complex is sealed off with yellow police crime scene tape as students gather to extend their condolences to junior Declan Sullivan a member of the “team”.

While Sullivan wasn’t an actual player on the football team, he contributed to the sporting events by videotaping practices, and that unfortunately cost him his life when the scissors lift that he was filming from toppled down after 50 mph winds. Read the rest of this entry »

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 »

College Football Week 3 Recap

michigan stateSpecial teams and last-minute heroics were at the forefront of the three best college football games from the past weekend.

1) Sparty stuns Notre Dame: ESPN called it “The Call of the Year.” Certainly, it was the play of Week 3. Michigan State punter/holder Aaron Bates threw a 29-yard touchdown pass to Charlie Gantt on a fake field goal in overtime, as the Spartans shocked Notre Dame 34-31 to improve to 3-0 on the season. The euphoria was short-lived however, as MSU Head Coach Mark Dantonio suffered a mild heart attack after the game. He’s said to be recovering, but is out for the foreseeable future. The Spartans are #23 in the latest coaches poll.

2) Wisconsin blocks Arizona State: All the Sun Devils needed to tie the Badgers was an extra point–arguably the most high-percentage play in sports. But Wisconsin blocked Thomas Weber’s kick with 4:09 to go, and Arizona State never got the ball again, falling 20-19. Prior to that kick, Weber had made 106 of his previous 111 extra points. Weber also missed a 25-yard field goal, only his second miss in 29 tries from less than 30 yards. The kicking woes bailed out an atrocious Wisconsin kick coverage unit, which allowed two returns over 95 yards, one for a touchdown. Read the rest of this entry »

College Football Week #2 Recap

footballWith the second week of college football in the books, the BCS picture already seems to be forming, as Ohio State and Alabama have emerged as the clear favorites at this point. But did they make the list of the three biggest story lines of the weekend?

1. Better late than never. It took Virginia Tech a week longer than they wanted, but the Hokies may have destroyed Boise State‘s National Title hopes. With a 21-16 defeat at the hands of D-IAA James Madison, Virginia Tech not only dashed their crystal ball hopes, but took the Broncos’ with them. Now, Boise’s best regular-season victory in years looks, well, not so special. The Broncos stayed at #3 in the coaches’ poll, but the distance between them and #2 Ohio State grew.

2. The weekend was pretty much a disaster for the ACC as a whole. Their marquee programs were taken out one by one, and right now, the conference looks wide open. Read the rest of this entry »

University of Oklahoma Football Joins the 800 Wins Club

boomer soonerIf you have been paying attention to college football for the past few decades, you know that the University of Oklahoma has been considered a football powerhouse. On September 3, 2010, the Sooners changed this trend into a fact, when they won their 800th game as a school team against Utah State University. This makes the University of Oklahoma Sooners the seventh Division I team to become a member of the 800-Wins Club.

See when the other members, Michigan, Texas, Notre Dame, Nebraska, Ohio State and Penn State, earned their invitation to this elite club. Read the rest of this entry »

Fighting Irish Finding a Home in Yankee Stadium

notre_dameNowadays, college football is played not only in college football stadiums, but in professional ones as well. Taking a cue from the University of Oklahoma Sooners and the Brigham Young Cougars (they are scheduled to play their season opener in the new Dallas Cowboys’ stadium), the Notre Dame Fighting Irish have entered into talks to play one of their games in the new Yankee stadium.

Thus far, no date has been decided upon, but the Yankees are in fact open to college football being played within their stadium. The Fighting Irish have expressed an interest in playing their 2013 match-up against the Army Black Knights in the stadium.  Read the rest of this entry »


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