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Jodie Foster’s Education Background

Jodie Foster is an American actress who was born on November 19, 1962. Her parents are Brandy and Lucius Foster; she is the youngest of four children. Before Foster was born, her father left her mother. Her mother had to support the family by working as a film producer, so Foster has been exposed to the film industry from a very young age. EDUinReview will now take a look at the education background of this intelligent actress.

Foster first began acting in commercials for Coppertone suntan lotion when she was only three years old. She first performed on television when she appeared on The Doris Day Show, in the same year that her first movie, Menace on the Mountain, was released in 1970. In 1976, she made her claim to fame when she appeared in Taxi Driver with Robert DeNiro.

Foster did not let her early acting successes distract her from her education. She was the valedictorian of her French-language prep-school, Lycée Francais de Los Angeles, in 1980. Foster is fluent in French, due to her education and the fact that she lived in France several times during her youth. In addition to French, Foster speaks English, Italian, and understands German.

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Jeopardy Winner to Use Prize Money for Student Loans

A Boston University student defeated her two opponents, one student from Yale University and another from Southern Adventist University, in the “Jeopardy! College Championship,” which aired last Saturday.

This is the first time a BU student has won the college championship, and Erin McLean, a sophomore, couldn’t be more elated. “I couldn’t even believe it,” she said in an interview.

Her victory got her a trophy, which she proudly displays on her desk and a $100,000 cash prize. She plans to use the cash to pay off her student loans. “I’ll be able to graduate debt free from BU, which is pretty amazing,” McLean said.

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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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Rape Chant Shouted by Yale Frat Pledges [VIDEO]

yale-logoIt seems that a contingent of Yale‘s male population forgot their school’s motto “Lux et Veritas,” or “Light and Truth,” while participating in fraternity activities last Wednesday. Pledges of Yale’s Delta Kappa Epsilon chapter paraded in front of The Yale Women’s Center shouting an offensive and rape-trivializing chant. The fraternity’s potential new recruits chanted “no means yes” and “yes means anal,” mocking common anti-rape campaigns.  A viral video of the chant has garnered more attention.

CNN reports that the international board of Delta Kappa Epsilon has condemned the Yale chapter’s actions and affirmed that the chant is offensive. Yale has not commented on whether or not they will be taking disciplinary actions against those participating or those organizing the pledging activities. The dean of the college, Mary Miller, stated that “any and all disciplinary processes are confidential at Yale.” Members of Yale’s chapter of Delta Kappa Epsilon declined to comment.

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Yale to Open College in Singapore

yale-logoOn Monday, Yale University announced its plans to create a liberal arts college in Singapore. The Yale National University of Singapore will be funded entirely by the Singaporean government, and will adopt Yale’s residential college format.

The new college should open its doors to about 1,000 students in the year 2013, reports The New York Times. Yale will be responsible for vetting and hiring 100 professors to teach courses. If Yale chooses to continue the partnership, it would control half the board seats. The university hopes to set a new precedent for higher education in Asia.

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Are Best Value Schools Really a Good Bargain?

yale universityI recently posted a blog about the Top 10 Best Value Colleges in the U.S. It made sense to me why these were good schools. They have reasonable tuitions, are respectable schools, and the average student debt is lower at these schools than the national average student debt upon graduation. But according to an article in CBS’ Moneywatch, maybe I should rethink my opinion of these schools.

Evidently the people at the Princeton Review who ranked the top public and private  best value schools forgot to take something very important into account: Scholarships.

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Set of Quadruplets Accepted to Yale University

yale universityRay Crouch applied for early admission to Yale University. One day in mid-December, he learned he had been accepted to the Class of 2014 when he logged on to the school’s website. Ray’s twin brother, Kenny, had also applied for early admission, and he was also accepted the same day. Imagine the boys’ parents’ surprise when their sister, Carol, was also accepted to Yale.

Ray, Kenny, and Carol are three-quarters of a set of quadruplets who all applied to Yale. The last quadruplet, Martina, was nervous she wouldn’t be accepted, but upon checking, she learned she had also been accepted. This is the first time that anyone can remember a set of quadruplets was accepted to Yale University.

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Binge Drinking is on the Rise with College Students

More and more college students are binge drinking, and then getting behind the wheel.

More and more college students are binge drinking today than in the past, according to U.S. health officials. Along with the increase in binge drinking comes an increase in drunk driving and drinking-related deaths.

Drinking-related deaths among students age 18-24 has increased from 1,440 a year in 1998 to 1,825 in 2005, according to the U.S. national Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. The percentage of college students who say they have participated in binge drinking within the past month has also increased, from 42 percent to 45 percent.

“There’s a whole culture that needs to be changed around drinking and driving under the influence among young people in the United States,” said Ralph Hingson, director of the institute’s division of epidemiology and prevention research. Hingson also said that since alcohol is cheap and many alcoholic beverage makers target high school and college students, it is very appealing to teens and young adults. Read the rest of this entry »

Yale Dean Leaves to Head Mysterious “Apple University”

Apple, Inc. has created quite a stir at Yale University. They’ve managed to snatch away the dean of the prestigious business school, Joel Podolny, to become an executive at a new mysterious endeavor called Apple University.  Podolny will become the first vice president and dean of this new institution.

So what is Apple University?  Here’s the thing: nobody knows. Apple won’t give anyone the specifics — which is either a great ploy to get lots of buzz, or just plain creepy, depending on how you look at it. Read the rest of this entry »


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