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2011 Major League Baseball Rookies: Where Are They From?

Brandon Belt, San Fransisco Giants First Baseman

It’s that time of year again, when the sun comes out (OK, not in New York) and you can ditch school, grab your glove and head out to a baseball game. Each year, there’s an exciting class of rookies coming in from the college ranks, ready to make an impact. Here’s a few to watch out for:

Brandon Belt, San Fransisco Giants First Baseman

The Giants’ top prospect, Belt played his college ball at the University of Texas, and hit .320 over his final two seasons. He showed an ability to take a walk as well, posting a .416 on-base percentage his last year in Austin. Even better, it doesn’t look like San Fransisco is going to go all Buster Posey on Belt and stash him in the minors for two months. He went 1-for-3 with a walk on opening day, and is a strong contender for Rookie of the Year.

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Rebecca Black Should Spend Her “Friday” at a Music School

Rebecca Black, music artist?

When I first heard Rebecca Black’s cult favorite song, Friday, on my favorite radio station last weekend, I was slightly confused: “Is this a real song? OMG! It is. Wow… Not sure if that’s a good thing or not.”

Her hit definitely has some catchy lyrics, such as “Yesterday was Thursday, today it is Friday…Tomorrow is Saturday and Sunday comes afterwards.” However, when I first heard this song, I wondered who had accidentally put her song on auto-tune-steroids. Rebecca could have a future as a hit pop sensation, but maybe she should check out some of these famous music schools before she launches her next song on YouTube.

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College Presidents with Million-Dollar Salaries

Thirty college presidents earned over $1 million in the 2008 fiscal year, according to a salary report by The Chronicle of Higher Education.  That’s quite a jump from the previous year’s 23.

On the other hand, 78 percent of college chiefs’ salaries were under $600,000 in 2008 and roughly half of them received less than $400,000. In 2007, 82 percent of the presidents’ compensation packages were under $600,000, and 58 percent received less than $400,000.

“As usual, there are a few outliers,” Jeffrey Selingo said, editor of The Chronicle. “When looking at the very big numbers, there’s always a lot of reasons why those people got such high compensation packages.”

With kickbacks of more than $50 million, Selingo gathered salary data from the tax filings of 448 private colleges. The Chronicle’s survey comes at a time of increased tuition rates amid an economic crisis, and it’s likely that this report will spark debates on whether or not college presidents are paid too much.

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Adderall to Blame for College Suicide

To over-achieving college students, the crazed study-drug Adderall may seem like the perfect solution to succeed, but recent reports say that Adderall may have been the cause of Kyle Craig’s suicide.

Kyle, who attended Vanderbilt University, took his life in May, when he stepped out in front of a passenger train. He was 21.

His family said they didn’t know he was suicidal. His father, Walter Craig, held back tears as he said these affectionate words:

“Kyle was confident, not arrogant,” he said. “He was bright, beautiful — a thrill a minute, focused, happy, achieving and social.” Read the rest of this entry »


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