Universities Are Starting to Crack Down on Graduation Selfies

Posted by Dimitrie Cantemir on April 23, 2014 in High School, University Application |

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In the name of dignity, the University of South Florida has issued a notice to graduates asking them to refrain from selfies and other teen-like behavior, including strolling(?), while picking up their diplomas.

A simple handshake is preferred, says USF Student Affairs. Selfies are punishable by disciplinary action including "the withholding of your degree."

Perhaps the school doesn’t want to slow down the ceremony by allowing each student to whip a smartphone out of his or her gown and snap a photo with the school president. Maybe President Genshaft doesn’t enjoy having her photo taken. Or maybe the university would prefer students follow the age-old tradition of paying an arm and a leg for graduation photos to the company it’s contracted with.

It’s probably one or more of those things.

USF joins Bryant University in Rhode Island, which recently grabbed regional headlines with a graduation selfie crackdown of its own, at the forefront of a collegiate trend.

But are schools acting too hastily to preempt a problem that might not exist? Will kids really holding up the diploma line to pose for the perfect Instagram duckface shot?

It’s the first round of commencement ceremonies since America reached peak selfie, so we’re about to find out.

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Cop Trips High School Kids Rushing Field To Celebrate State Title …

Posted by Dimitrie Cantemir on April 22, 2014 in General, High School |

At the eight second mark of this video, you can see a dude in pink shorts and a visor in the lower right corner go sprawling to the ground. He was clearly tripped and when he turned around he saw Georgetown police officer George Bermudez staring down at him.

Students at Vandegrift High School in Austin, Texas rushed the field because the girls soccer team won its first state title ever. It all seems pretty harmless and goodnatured, certainly nothing that required the degree of force used by Bermudez. But Burmedez didn’t stop with pink shorts guy (who limped off the field), he would go on to try and trip another female student, bear hug another and shoved another girl down for good measure.

"We’ve been inundated all day with not only media but concerned parents, not only from Central Texas/Georgetown but actually across the nation," said Georgetown Police Captain Roland Waits.

Capt. Waits said last year they named Officer Bermudez Officer of the Year, now he’s under investigation for misconduct.

"So naturally this is very alarming and concerning to us," he explained.

Bermudez has been placed on leave.

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Michelle Obama: High school diploma is not enough – Education Week

Posted by Dimitrie Cantemir on April 18, 2014 in General, High School |

Published Online: April 18, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — It may be a few years before the first daughters head to college, but Michelle Obama is already brainstorming a dorm room checklist while encouraging high school students to dream big about their education beyond graduation.

The first lady told a group of students Thursday that a high school diploma is not enough in today’s global economy.

“No longer is high school the bar. That is not enough,” Mrs. Obama told the crowd. “You have got to go to college or get some kind of professional training.”

Before her remarks, the first lady toured a Howard University residence hall with high school juniors and seniors from her hometown of Chicago. “How do you get a single room,” Mrs. Obama asked the tour guide, as the students chuckled. He replied: “There is a slight price difference.”

The campus visit is a part of Mrs. Obama’s push to promote higher education, especially President Barack Obama’s “North Star” goal. By 2020, America would once again have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world.

After the tour, the first lady led a discussion moderated by rapper and TV host Bow Wow in a university cafeteria, the Punch Out. Mrs. Obama shared her own college experience and said she wanted to support the high school students because “this transition— for some of you— may be a little scary.”

“The only reason I saw a dorm was because I visited my brother once when he was in college,” she said. “That was the only exposure.”

Mrs. Obama added that she had applied to Howard, “one of the finest universities in the country,” along with Northwestern University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison when she was considering higher education. She went on to attend Princeton University and Harvard Law School.

“We have to have a hunger for education like we had when our parents and grandparents were fighting for us to have a right to come to these schools and get the education,” she said. “So now it’s up to you all to take that baton and do the very best you can with it.”

The high school students will also attend classes with their hosts and meet with university officials as part of their four-day visit.

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Navy Recruit Graduation: April 18, 2014 – Navy Live

Posted by Dimitrie Cantemir on April 18, 2014 in Graduation Cerimonies, High School |

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Welcome to Navy Live blog coverage of . It is a formal military ceremony that honors a Sailor’s hard work and dedication to a new way of life. Pass-In-Review also ties together the future of the Navy with our long-held naval traditions and customs.

The live video from the Navy’s only boot camp at Great Lakes, Ill., is to begin 8:45 a.m. CDT April 18.

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Thomas Sargent Shortest Graduation Speech – Business Insider

Posted by Dimitrie Cantemir on April 17, 2014 in Graduation Cerimonies, University Application |

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Students from the class of 2014 have begun graduating.

To mark the occasion, economist and blogger Craig Newmark and AEI’s Mark Perry dug up a speech given by Nobel economist Thomas Sargent to graduates of Cal-Berkeley in 2007. 

It’s only 335 words long, but it’s really great. It breaks down the 12 economic concepts that every graduate should know.

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I remember how happy I felt when I graduated from Berkeley many years ago. But I thought the graduation speeches were long. I will economize on words.

Economics is organized common sense. Here is a short list of valuable lessons that our beautiful subject teaches.

1. Many things that are desirable are not feasible.

2. Individuals and communities face trade-offs.

3. Other people have more information about their abilities, their efforts, and their preferences than you do.

4. Everyone responds to incentives, including people you want to help. That is why social safety nets don’t always end up working as intended.

5. There are tradeoffs between equality and efficiency.

6. In an equilibrium of a game or an economy, people are satisfied with their choices. That is why it is difficult for well-meaning outsiders to change things for better or worse.

7. In the future, you too will respond to incentives. That is why there are some promises that you’d like to make but can’t. No one will believe those promises because they know that later it will not be in your interest to deliver. The lesson here is this: before you make a promise, think about whether you will want to keep it if and when your circumstances change. This is how you earn a reputation.

8. Governments and voters respond to incentives too. That is why governments sometimes default on loans and other promises that they have made.

9. It is feasible for one generation to shift costs to subsequent ones. That is what national government debts and the U.S. social security system do (but not the social security system of Singapore).

10. When a government spends, its citizens eventually pay, either today or tomorrow, either through explicit taxes or implicit ones like inflation.

11. Most people want other people to pay for public goods and government transfers (especially transfers to themselves).

12. Because market prices aggregate traders’ information, it is difficult to forecast stock prices and interest rates and exchange rates.

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L.I. High School Students Suspended For Displaying Confederate …

Posted by Dimitrie Cantemir on April 15, 2014 in General, High School |

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SOUTH HUNTINGTON, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – Two Long Island high school students have been suspended for allegedly bringing a Confederate flag to school.

Brother Gary Cregan, principal of St. Anthony’s High School in South Huntington, said the two seniors walked in with a Confederate flag draped around their shoulders during an after-hours sporting event at the school.

As CBS 2′s Kathryn Brown reported, there is outrage and disgust on Long Island.

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“The African-American students who immediately saw it really exercised heroic restraint and fortunately a teacher immediately confiscated the flag and took the students out of the gym,” Cregan said.

The students were initially suspended for 10 days, but Cregan decided Tuesday they won’t be allowed back, Brown reported.

Cregan wrote a letter to parents saying the use of any symbols “designed to revive past injustices or to inflame discrimination or racial intolerance, is completely unacceptable and profoundly offensive,” Newsday reported.

Cregan said he sees the flag as a symbol of hate.

“I find it just very hard to even imagine why any student in 2014 would even consider or think that a Confederate flag would be anything other than a symbol of hate,” Cregan said.

“It’s absolutely absurd, I don’t understand why you would bring up things from the past that are hateful,” student Jessica Flynn said.

“It represents slavery to us. It represents racism and prejudice to us,” parent JuJu Quinnonez added. “Believe me, I am all for freedom of speech but to have someone come in to school with that flag draped around their shoulder – I’m not really sure what the intent was.”

In response to those who said the students were exercising their right to free speech, Cregan said there are limits.

“I certainly think this particular symbol of hate falls in the category of something that should be excised from our culture,” Cregan said.

The students haven’t explained why they did it. St. Anthony’s is a private Catholic school and isn’t bound by the First Amendment right to free speech.

Still, the New York Civil Liberties Union said all people should be able to express their views freely, even the offensive ones.

“Our motto is more speech, not censorship or punishment,” NYCLU director Donna Lieberman told Brown. “Helping children understand the impact of this patently offensive expressive activity.”

Tensions are so high among students at St. Anthony’s that the principal said he has security concerns once the suspension is over. He’s made the decision that the students involved aren’t coming back at all.

The teens involved did not respond to CBS 2′s calls for comment.

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BREAKING: Westboro Baptist Church to picket CSU graduation |

Posted by Dimitrie Cantemir on April 14, 2014 in College Search, High School |

The Westboro Baptist Church released a statement Sunday April 13 announcing a planned protest at Colorado State University.

In a press release sent Sunday, April 13, the Westboro Baptist Church announced it would picket Colorado State University’s graduation ceremonies on May 17.

Protesters will gather from 4:15 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the corner of W. Plum Street and Meridian Avenue. The Westboro Baptist Church became well-known after protesting military funerals.

The release stated that “God h8s Ram fan brats,” and wrote that students at graduation will “puff out their chests as though they’ve accomplished something, then go off and get stupid-drunk and rape and fornicate.”

According to Mike Hooker, director of public relations at CSU, the University recognizes the planned protest and said the protesters are within their rights to demonstrate on the public sidewalk.

“We respect their right to free speech,” Hooker said.

A student-run Facebook group plans on counter-protesting the church. More than 850 people have already planned on attending the event, according to the Facebook page.

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High school science teacher suspended for teaching … – Boing Boing

Posted by Dimitrie Cantemir on April 12, 2014 in General, High School |

— FEATURED — — FOLLOW US —   — POLICIES —   — FONTS — Kindle The LA Times reports that Greg Schiller, a popular high school science teacher, was suspended because two of his students made projects that “appeared dangerous to administrators.”

One project used compressed air to propel a small object but it was not connected to a source of air pressure, so it could not have been fired. (In 2012, President Obama tried out a more powerful air-pressure device at a White House Science Fair that could launch a marshmallow 175 feet.) Another project used the power from an AA battery to charge a tube surrounded by a coil. When the ninth-grader proposed it, Schiller told him to be more scientific, to construct and test different coils and to draw graphs and conduct additional analysis, said his parents, who also are Los Angeles teachers. A school employee saw the air-pressure project and raised concerns about what looked to her like a weapon, according to the teachers union and supporters. Schiller, who said he never saw the completed projects except in photos, was summoned and sent home. Both projects were confiscated as “evidence,” said Susan Ferguson, whose son did the coil project.

One of the most important lessons kids learn in public schools is that school administrators are usually autocratic imbeciles. Science teacher’s suspension spurs petition drive (Thanks, John!)

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Navy Recruit Graduation: April 11, 2014 – Navy Live

Posted by Dimitrie Cantemir on April 11, 2014 in College Search, High School, University Application |

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April 11, 2014

Welcome to Navy Live blog coverage of . It is a formal military ceremony that honors a Sailor’s hard work and dedication to a new way of life. Pass-In-Review also ties together the future of the Navy with our long-held naval traditions and customs.

The live video from the Navy’s only boot camp at Great Lakes, Ill., is to begin 8:45 a.m. CDT April 11.

Congratulations Sailors and welcome aboard to the newest members of our Navy family!

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Biden to speak at USC graduation next month

Posted by Dimitrie Cantemir on April 9, 2014 in College Search |

Biden to speak at USC graduation next month. April 9, 2014 by South Carolina Radio Network. Joe Biden last visited South Carolina in September, when he spoke at the Port of Charleston (File). Vice President Joe Biden will give the …

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