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UC Berkeley Administrator Gets Slap on the Wrist for Inappropriate Relations

They say that it pays to know people in the right places, but I didn’t think they meant it quite as literally as a recent scandal at Berkeley is proving. A senior administrator, Diane Leite, was recently demoted after a disciplinary investigation showed that she was giving her lover unfair and undeserved rewards.

A supervising manager at the school reported Leite and her lover, Jonathan Caniezo, a purchasing manager at Berkeley, after the manager noticed that Caniezo’s salary continued to increase for no apparent reason. In fact, between 2007 and 2010, Leite authorized five salary increases for Caniezo that increased his pay from $70,000 to $110,000. After the school heard about this and began an investigation, it was determined that Leite would be demoted to “Director of Research Development” and have her own annual salary reduced by $13,531. However, she will still be making $175,000 each year.

Despite the moral problems that someone might have with this situation, there is also the issue of financial problems that Berkeley University has been dealing with recently. For the past few years, Berkeley has been dealing with budget cuts and has had to increase tuition. Berkeley is already one of the most expensive public schools in the nation, but just last year, they approved a tuition increase that raised the amount of money that students pay each semester by almost $2,000 each year.

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University of California Bans Tobacco Products from All Campuses

eight cigarettes unlitFor students who attend any of the 10 different University of California schools, quitting smoking will soon become much easier. Why? Because the schools’ president, Mark Yudof, recently announced that all tobacco products will soon be banned from school campuses.

“As a national leader in healthcare and environmental practices, the University of California is ready to demonstrate leadership in reducing tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke,” Yudof wrote in a letter. “Offering a smoke-free environment will contribute positively to the health and well-being of all U.C. students, faculty, staff, and our patients and visitors.”

There are not any known specifics concerning the ban yet, except that it will apply to everyone who is on a University of California campus. In addition to banning the products, advertisements and the sale of tobacco products will also no longer be allowed.

“This is a very important milestone in California,” said Colleen Stevens. Stevens is the chief of the tobacco control branch of the California Public Health Department. “In other states, most young people start smoking in their teens, but in California, that start date is getting older. This policy will help protect the next generation from suffering the horrible impacts of tobacco.”

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UC Students Live in Mansions for Cheap Rent

University of California Merced LogoIf your dorm lacks the space and the amenities that you desire, perhaps you should consider moving into a mansion. If you think you can’t afford it, you’re wrong, that is if you attend the University of California in Merced.

Amid all of the foreclosures in Merced, students are reaping all of the benefits. Since dorms are crowded at UC, and luxurious homes are empty, they can move into these lavish mansions and pay dirt-cheap rent (like less-than-$400-dirt-cheap.)

This unique opportunity brought on by a city that is one of the country’s hardest hit by home foreclosures can be described in a single sentence:

“I mean, I have it all!” said Patricia Dugan, a senior majoring in management.

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Disruptive Protests Have No Long-Term Effects on UC Irvine Campus

University of California Irvine SealEarly last year, 11 Muslim students at the University of California, Irvine, interrupted a speech that was being given by Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren. The students started yelling at Oren during his speech, calling him a “mass murderer” and a “war criminal.” Last week, 10 of these students were brought before an Orange County jury, facing misdemeanor charges. They were found to be guilty for conspiring to disrupt a meeting and disrupting the speech, and were sentenced to community service and probation. Although it is sad that these students are now labeled as criminals, the worst part is that freedom of speech is now being called into question on college campuses across the country.

“When you talk to students across college campuses, now they are pondering what is legal and what is not (concerning public speech),” said Kifah Shah, a spokeswoman for Stand with the Eleven, a group that supports the guilty students.”This has a chilling effect.”

However, the prosecutor, Dan Wagner, feels that these students were not merely exercising their freedom of speech. instead, they were acting as “censors” who used the “heckler’s veto” to keep the Israeli Ambassador from delivering his speech.

Evidently, these types of protests are becoming more common as pro-Palestinian activists try to disrupt Israeli speakers. In 2009, people at the University of Chicago interrupted a speech that the former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was giving. It happened again in November 2010 when activists shouted and raised banners during a speech that current Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu game in New Orleans. On September 1, 2011, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra was interrupted during their performance at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

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Jack Black’s Education Background

Jack Black is an American actor, comedian, and musician who is possibly best known for being part of the band Tenacious D and his slap stick comedies. His most recent movie to hit the big screens was Kung Fu Panda 2 and he has several other movies that are scheduled to be released in 2011. EDUinReview will now take a look at this funny man’s education background.

Black as born on August 28, 1969, in Santa Monica, California. His parents are Judith and Thomas Black, both of whom are satellite engineers. When Black was 10-years old, his parents divorced and Black moved to Culver City, California with his father. Black attended Poseidon School, a private school designed for students who were struggling in the traditional school system. He also attended Crossroads School, where he discover his love of acting and excelled in the school’s drama department. Black attended UCLA for two years but then dropped out in order to pursue a career in the entertainment industry.

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Colleges Becoming More Aware of Prescription Drug Abuse

Drug and alcohol use have been synonymous with the college experience for decades. Binge drinking and recreational drug use are the behaviors that typically come to mind with college students but recent studies suggest prescription drug abuse is a rising problem on most college campuses.

Health surveys administered by colleges to their students are showing evidence regarding a rising trend of students using prescription drugs for non-medical reasons. The problem facing intervention efforts is the classification of drug use, according to students. The majority of students using prescription drugs such as Adderall and Ritalin report using the drugs not as social stimulants but as study aids for academic success.

Many students wanting to stay up and cram all night have been turning to stimulant drugs like Adderall. Students report a more effective level of focus when taking Adderall and feel more work is accomplished when on the drug. Surprisingly, no correlations have been found between taking Adderall and increased academic success. In fact, students who turn to stimulant drugs have lower grade point averages than other students and are more likely to skip college classes.

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Schools Encourage Students to Nap for Success

I don’t know about you, but every day around 2:00 p.m., I hit a brick wall. Figuratively, not literally, of course. At this time, every single day, I start getting sleepy. My eyes droop, I have to constantly stifle yawns, and I cannot focus on anything more mentally stimulating than a game of Angry Birds on my phone.

Evidently, I am not alone. For the past four years, the University of California in Davis has been promoting the benefits of enough sleep to its students. The school has actually been promoting napping as a way to boost academic performance, while also boosting focus and productivity.

According to much research, humans need approximately 7-9 hours of sleep; if you do not get this amount of sleep at night, you can supplement it with power naps that last 20-30 minutes. Also, many humans have natural energy slumps between 10-11 a.m. and 2-4 p.m., (which explains why I need a nap at this time on most days).

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Maya Rudolph’s Education Background

Maya Rudolph is an American actress and comedian who first gained acclaim for her work on Saturday Night Live. She has also appeared in movies such as Away We Go, Grown Ups, and Idiocracy. Her next film to hit the big screen will be Bridesmaids, in which she co-stars with her SNL partner, Kristen Wiig. EDUinReview will now take a look at this funny woman’s education background.

Rudolph was born on July 27, 1972, in Gainesville, Florida. Her parents are Richard Rudolph and Minne Riperton, an R&B and soul singer. Her mother died when she was only seven-years old from cancer. She graduated high school from Crossroads School in Santa Monica, California. After high school, Rudolph furthered her education by attending the University of California, Santa Cruz. Rudolph earned her B.A. in photography in 1995.

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Aaron Rodgers’ Education Background

Aaron Rodgers is an American quarterback who plays football for the NFL’s Green Bay Packers. He has played for the Packers since 2005, when he was selected in the first round of the NFL draft. On February 6, 2011, Rodgers and the Packers will face the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV. EDUinReview will now take a look at the education background of this gifted athlete.

Rodgers was born in Chico, California, on December 2, 1983. He grew up in Chico and attended Pleasant Valley High School. During high school, he played football and started as quarterback for two years. He had several recording-making games while in high school, including one game when he scored six touchdowns for his team. He graduated from high school in 2002.

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The 10 Most Diverse Colleges in the U.S.

America is a melting pot of many races and cultures, and there is no better example of that than today’s schools. Diversity means you are more likely to find a group of people who are similar to you in one way or another. Imagine going to a school where everyone wore Converse shoes, black jeans, and red t-shirts, and you were the only one who wanted to wear boots, blue jeans, and a green shirt. You would stick out like a sore-thumb.

Of course, attending a diverse school is important for more than just fashion- or even finding people who are similar to you. Attending a diverse university will broaden your knowledge and appreciation for other cultures and their influence, and will open you up to knew experiences and ways of thinking. Read the rest of this entry »





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