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Racist Cupcakes Promote Discussion on UC Berkeley Campus

red velvet cupcakes with vanilla frostingAffirmative action is a policy that many institutions use to benefit underrepresented groups and is usually based on race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation. Many people see this as a good policy because it can, for example, help groups of student who do not attend college get a scholarship or some other form of aid.

However, when students at UC Berkeley heard that Governor Jerry Brown was going to sign an Affirmative Action-life bill, they were not so pleased about it. In order to make their opinions known, the students organized a satirical Increase Diversity Bake Sale. The pastries that were sold in the bake sale were price-adjusted, based on the race of the buyer. For example, white men would have to pay $2.00 for a cupcake, while Native Americans would pay only $0.25 for the same cupcake. Women also received a price break of $0.25 off.

“Just like the CA Senate Bills 185 and 387 the phone bank supports, we will be considering race, gender, ethnicity, national/geographical origin, and other relevant factors to ensure the equitable distribution of baked goods to our diverse student body,” the group announced on a Facebook post advertising the bake sale. They finished the announcement with this: “Hope to see you all there! If you don’t come, you’re a racist!”

The group claims that its actions are purely satirical. Sadly, some students do not find the bake sale at all humorous or entertaining.

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Herman Cain’s Education Background

Herman Cain HeadshotHerman Cain is a businessman, politician, and radio host who is a candidate for the Republican nomination. He is the CEO of Godfather’s Pizza and was the chairman of the board of directors for the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansaas City. He currently serves as a minister at the Antioch Baptist Church North in Atlanta, Georgia. EDUinReview will now take a look at his education background.

Cain was born on December 13, 1945, in Memphis Tennessee. His parents are Lenora and Luther Cain, Jr. In 1967, Cain graduated from Morehouse College, where he studied mathematics. Four years later, he earned a Master of Science degree from Purdue University, where he studied computer science. Cain earned his master’s degree while he was working as a full-time ballistics employee for the U.S. Department of the Navy. Cain has received eight honorary degrees from Creighton, Johnson & Wales, Morehouse College, University of Nebraska, New York City Technical College, Purdue, Suffolk University, and Tougaloo College.

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Jon Huntsman Jr’s Education Background

Jon Huntsman Jr on black backgroundJon Huntsman Jr. is an American diplomat, politician, and former governor of Utah. He is currently receiving attention for being a candidate for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination. He has also served as the CEO of the Huntsman Corporation, which is a family-owned company. EDUinReview will now take a look at Huntsman’s education background.

Huntsman was born on March 26, 1960 in Palo Alto, California. His parents are Karen and Jon Huntsman, Sr. The couple have eight other children. Huntsman is also a third cousin of another presidential hopeful, Mitt Romney. When Huntsman was fifteen-years old, he earned the highest rank in the Boy Scouts of America, the Eagle Scout. Huntsman dropped out of high school in order to pursue a musical career with the band, Wizard. He later earned a G.E.D. and enrolled at the University of Utah, where he joined the Sigma Chi fraternity. Huntsman took two years off from his education to serve as a Mormon missionary in Taiwan. After serving in Taiwan, he returned to the USA and earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania in international politics.

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Rick Perry’s Education Background

Rick Perry Headshot with American FlagRick Perry has been the Governor of Texas since George W. Bush resigned in 2000 to become the president of the USA. Perry has been re-elected to the position three times since then, making him the longest-running current U.S. governor. He is currently a candidate for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination. EDUinReview will now take a look at his education background.

Perry was born on March 4, 1950, in Paint Creek, Texas. His parents are Amelia and Joseph Perry. Perry first heard his calling to become involved in politics when he was 11-years old and his father took him to the funeral of U.S. Representative Sam Rayburn. As a youth, Perry was involved in the Boy Scouts of America and became an Eagle Scout. He graduated from Paint Creek High School in 1968, and then moved to College Station to attend Texas A&M University. He graduated with a 2.5 GPA and a bachelor’s degree in animal science in 1972.

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What the Republican Presidential Hopefuls Really Think About Education

If you’re like me, then keeping up with school work, my job, and my social life keeps me pretty busy. As much as I hate to admit it, sometimes I tend to fall behind on political issues and, most recently, the Republican candidates who are hoping to run in the Presidential Election 2012. So, if you are like me, here’s a quick rundown of the political candidates and their views on education.

Michele Bachmann
Bachmann has served in Minnesota’s State Senate and the USA Congress. She is an avid supporter of the Tea Party Movement and founded the House Tea Party Caucus in July 2010. She has said that she does not believe in global warming.

  • Voted against a bill that would designate $40 billion for green measures in public schools
  • Supports teaching intelligent design in public schools
  • Opposed the College Cost Reduction and Access Act in July 2007

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Newt Gingrich’s Education Background

Newt Gingrich is an American politician and former member of the US House of Representatives. He has also had careers as a professor, historian, and author. He is now a candidate for the Republican party’s nominee for the 2012 Presidential race. EDUinReview will now take a look at Gingrich’s education background.

Gingrich was born on June 17, 1943, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. His name at birth was Newton Leroy McPherson. His parents are Kathleen and Newton Searies McPherson. The couple’s marriage did not last long and in 1946, his mother remarried an Army officer, Robert Gingrich, who then adopted Newt and gave him his last name. Kathleen and Robert had three daughters: Candace, Susan, and Roberta.

Since Robert was in the military, the family moved often and Newt attended many military academies, but graduated from Baker High School in Columbus, Georgia, in 1961. Gingrich attended Emory University, where he earned his B.A. in history in 1965. He then attended Tulane University, where he earned a PhD in modern European history in 1971. The year before, he accepted a position as an Assistant History Professor at the University of West Georgia. In 1974, he switched departments and began teaching in the geography department. He left the University of West Georgia in 1978 because the university could no longer keep as a faculty member without making him a tenured professor. In 1993, Gingrich again became a teacher when he taught Renewing American Civilization at Kennesaw State University.

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Tim Pawlenty’s Education Background

Tim Pawlenty is an American politician. Most recently, Pawlenty has served as the Governor of Minnesota from 2003 to 2011. He also served in the Minnesota House of Representatives from 1993 to 2003 and is a possible candidate for the Republican Party’s nominee for President of the USA in the 2012 election. EDUinReview will now take a look at his education background.

Pawlenty was born on November 27, 1960, in Saint Paul, Minnesota. His parents are Virginia and Eugene Pawlenty. His mother died from cancer when he was only 16-years old. He attended South St. Paul High School and played ice hockey for the school’s junior varsity team.

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Ron Paul’s Education Background

Ron Paul is an American doctor and politician. He is currently a Republican Congressman for the state of Texas. He was a flight surgeon in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War, and then worked as an obstetrician and gynecologist during the 1960s and 1970s. He has been credited with being the “intellectual godfather” of the Tea Party movement and for clashing with both Republican and Democratic party leaders. EDUinReview will now take a look at Paul’s education background.

Paul was born on August 20, 1935 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His parents are Margaret and Howard Paul. He attended Dormont High School, where he was the 220-yard dash state champion during his junior year. After high school, Paul attended Gettysburg College and earned his bachelor’s degree in biology in 1957. During his undergraduate studies, he was also an active member of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. Four years later, Paul earned his M.D. degree from Duke University‘s School of Medicine. In 1963, he joined the United States Air Force and served as a flight surgeon until 1965. Later that year, he joined the United States Air National Guard. After finishing his career in the military service, Paul moved to Texas with his wife in order to pursue a medical career.

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Rick Santorum’s Education Background

Rick Santorum is an American politician and lawyer. He has served in both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate. Recently, he announced plans to run for the Republican candidate for President of the United States in the 2012 election. EDUinReview will now take a look at Santorum’s education background.

Santorum was born on May 10, 1958, in Winchester, Virginia. His parents are Aldo and Catherine Santorum. Both of Santorum parents worked at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Butler, Pennsylvania. Santorum graduated fromĀ  Carmel High School in Mundlein, Illinois, after his father’s career forced the family to relocate.

In 1980, Santorum graduated from Pennsylvania State University, where he earned a B.A. in political science; he was also an active member of the Tau Epsilon Phi fraternity. The next year he earned his MBA from the University of Pittsburgh. Santorum then attended the Dickinson School of Law, where he earned a Juris Doctor. After law school, he joined the Kirkpatrick & Lockhart law firm. He worked in private practice until 1990, when he was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Michele Bachmann’s Education Background

Michele Bachmann is an American politician and a member of the United States House of Representatives. She represents the state of Minnesota and was previously a member of the Minnesota State Senate. She is currently in the public eye for being one of the contenders for the 2012 Republican nominee for President of the USA. EDUinReview will now take a look at her education background.

Bachmann was born on April 6, 1956, in Waterloo, Iowa, but the family moved to Minnesota when she was young. She was raised by her mother, Jean, after her parents divorced and her father, David, moved to California. When Bachmann was a teenager, her mother remarried and the family grew to include nine children.

Bachmann attended Anoka High School and graduated in 1974. She then moved to Israel and worked on a kibbutz. She then returned from Israel and attended Winona State University, where she earned a B.A. She attended Oral Roberts University‘s law school, where she received a J.D. degree in 1986. Two years later, she received a L.L.M. degree from William & Mary School of Law in tax law.

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