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Southeastern U.S. Crawling with Chlamydia and Gonorrhea with Highest STD Rates

Someone might want to go check on the southeastern United States, they’re not doing so hot lately. The Top Masters in Health Care recently released an interactive infographic detailing various health statistics and ranking them on a state-by-state basis, and the Bible Belt is trending in an unholy way. Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana have the most obese populations, the highest amount of cancer deaths, and the fewest teeth. Along with South Carolina, those states also have the most cases of Gonorrhea and Chlamydia. In the southeast, the gonorrhea rate per 100,000 people is over 100, and the chlamydia rate per 100,000 people is 400 plus.

Translation: the STD numbers in the respective states are high enough to be classified as epidemic.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that there are 820,000 new cases of gonorrhea—a curable STD—per year in America. Chlamydia is also a curable STD that infects an estimated one million Americans, according to the CDC. Poverty helped explain the obesity, cancer deaths, and lack of teeth in the South, and I’m sure that has some bearing on the STD numbers, but there might be a bigger factor at play for this category: amorous college students. Read the rest of this entry »



University of Alabama Student Receives College Credit for Occupying Wall Street

occupy wall street hashtagThere are many students who are participating in Occupy Wall Street in New York City. There are also many more students who are participating in local versions of the demonstration in cities across the country. But Henry Perkins is the only student I have heard of who is earning college credit for participating in this event.

Perkins is a 21-year old junior at the University of Alabama. Recently, he approached his professors with a plan for an immersion research project that would allow him to earn credit while living in the open-air “frat house” that is Zuccotti Park in New York City.

“I asked my professors and they said to go for it,” said Perkins. “They’re living vicariously through me.”

Perkins is taking full advantage of his current situation. He took a train from Alabama to New York City. His only possessions are a cell phone, a computer, a toothbrush, a tarp, and a few books.

“I learned a lot here,” he said. “I realized that I never want to be in any system, and you can make it work.”

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College Football 2011 Week 10: Championship Caliber

LSU and Alabama football logo

By Cabrone D. Brewer

If you’re an avid sports fan, chances are you haven’t been able to escape from the hype surrounding two of college football’s most dominating forces in recent weeks.

Now, you’ll finally get the chance to witness the outcome of their acquaintance.

For only the fifth time in BCS history, No. 1 and No. 2 will meet each other in the regular season as No. 1 LSU travels to Tuscaloosa to face SEC West rival No. 2 Alabama in a high-stakes positioning battle of championship importance.

Both teams have been on a collision course towards this highly anticipated matchup since the first BCS rankings were released Oct. 16, boasting heavy offensive and defensive arsenals that have allowed them to thoroughly decimate opponents in the process. Alabama ranks at the top of the FBS in rush defense, yards per game and points per game, while LSU lingers close behind in all categories.

Saturday will mark the first time that two SEC teams have met before the conference title game ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the nation — not to mention the winner of the LSU-Alabama contest has played in the SEC championship game four of the past six years.

It may be hard to believe, but there other games of note this weekend in the SEC as well.

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College Football 2011: Sooners Bumped from Top Spot in AP Poll Despite Win

Lousiana State University

By Cabrone D. Brewer

Since the beginning of the season over four weeks ago in Dallas, the LSU Tigers have been steadily on the prowl toward the top.

Saturday they finally reached the summit.

After spending the first three weeks of the season rotating with Alabama for the second and third position in the Associated Press college football poll, LSU finally decided that it was time to breakaway from the pack and leapfrogged Oklahoma for the nation’s top honors with a stunning 47-21 win over then-No.16 West Virginia in Morgantown.

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BCS Standings Reaction: Tide Rolls Out

The biggest shakeup in the BCS standings this week didn’t even occur in the Top 5. Sure, TCU embarrassed Utah (more on that later), but the major event was #6 Alabama losing to #10 LSU.

As I wrote last week, Alabama was the prime one-loss candidate to jump the best non-automatic qualifier TCU in the BCS Standings, but the Tide’s second loss eliminated them from the discussion, and the closest one-loss team to the Horned Frogs is LSU. The difference between the Tigers and TCU is so vast (.9259 to .8170) and LSU is unlikely to get into the SEC Title Game. With a mediocre remaining schedule, it would be next to impossible for them to vault an unbeaten TCU. Read the rest of this entry »



Have-Nots Take Center Stage in Week 10 of College Football

TCUFor one week at least, the roles in college football are switched. Instead of the non-BCS teams having an easy game while the teams from power conferences navigate a tough opponent, the traditional powers have a relaxing week while the party-crashers may struggle. Highlighting week 10:

#3 TCU at #5 Utah— If TCU wins this game, it may be in the driver’s seat for the top BCS buster. They already rank ahead of Boise in the computers, and that edge will only increase this week. A solid win might push them past the Broncos in the human polls as well- but Utah’s been down this road before. It was just two years ago the Utes knocked off TCU at home while running the table and beating Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. A win by Utah probably won’t get them pass Boise, but it would help. Read the rest of this entry »



College Football BCS Standings Reaction

Auburn UniversityBoise State, Utah and TCU should be cursing Missouri and Michigan State right about now. The Spartans and Tigers both lost, putting Alabama directly behind the three BCS busters in the most recent BCS standings, and that could kill the trio’s hopes of a Championship Game appearance.

More on that in a second. For now, let’s start at the top, where Auburn and Oregon have a massive lead in the top two spots. There’s no point in debating Oregon’s mostly awful schedule; if they and Auburn run the table, there will be no BCS-busting this season. Read the rest of this entry »



Oregon Blowout Highlights Week 5 of College Football Season

oregon ducksFive weeks into the college football season and for those of us holding out hope for a BCS-busting team, the picture got a little darker. Here were the highlights from the week:

1) Oregon runs past Boise Down 21-3 to Stanford in the first quarter is not a place many teams want to be, but the Oregon Ducks took the setback in stride, turned their high-octane offense up a notch, and blew past the ninth-ranked Cardinal 52-31. As a result, the Ducks moved up to third in the coaches poll, passing Boise State, which overwhelmed New Mexico State 59-0. Even as WAC mate Nevada continues to rise (#23) in the polls, Boise likely now needs a second unbeaten team to lose to make the national title game. Read the rest of this entry »



OU/Texas Rivalry Leads College Football Excitement This Weekend

texas longhornsConference play enters full swing, and there’s a spate of great games as we enter Week 5. So many in fact, that this week will highlight four games:

1. #13 Stanford at #4 Oregon Eugene will be rocking when the Cardinals come into town. Oregon leads the nation in scoring at nearly 58 points per game, but their performance against Arizona State last week raises some significant questions about the defense. The Ducks allowed a staggering 597 yards against the Sun Devils but escaped thanks to seven turnovers. Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck is much better than Steven Threet of ASU, so don’t expect the Cardinal to be quite so giving. Luck threw for 251 and no picks in last year’s contest, won 51-42 by Stanford. On the road, this would be a massive statement win for the Stanford. Read the rest of this entry »



College Football Week 4 Review: Boise Passes Test, But Can They Get Help?

Sugar Ray LeonardWith the fourth week of college football behind us, here are the biggest stories from the weekend:

1. Boise Still Rolling: Boise State got their first taste of the ESPN College Gameday crew and did not disappoint, surviving several special teams mistakes and beating Oregon State 37-24. The Broncos remain third in the coaches’ poll, and closed their gap with #2 Ohio State ever so slightly. They still need either the Buckeyes or Alabama to lose at least once, but if those teams trip up, Boise could slide into one of the top two spots.

However, the biggest boost to the Broncos may be the emergence of the Nevada Wolfpack in the Top 25. Nevada is 4-0, ranked for the first time since 1948, and Colin Kapernick’s squad has a good shot at being 11-0 when they host Boise on November 26.

2. Tide Survives: Alabama almost relinquished the top spot in the polls against Arkansas, but down 20-7 in the third quarter at SEC rival Arkansas, the Crimson Tide showed why they’re the defending national champions, scoring the final 17 points, including the game-winning touchdown run by Mark Ingram with 3:18 to go. The Alabama defense also made a big statement, allowing just three points in the second half and intercepting Razorback quarterback Ryan Mallett three times. Read the rest of this entry »





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