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Facebook is for more than just fun and games now. According to a
study done by researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
and the University of Washington, Seattle, Facebook is also useful
as a tool for screening people for drinking problems. In the study,
researchers divided 300 undergraduate Facebook profiles into three
groups — those whose profiles contained no references to alcohol,
those whose profiles reference alcohol, but not drunkenness and
those whose profiles referenced phrases like “being drunk” and
Washington became the first state to offer a minimum wage above
$9 per hour. Starting Jan. 1, 2011, the state’s minimum wage will
be $9.04. That’s $1.79 higher than the measly federal minimum of
$7.25. Unlike that federal minimum wage, Washington’s minimum has
been keeping pace with inflation and increasing costs of living.
Opponents of raising the minimum wage usually argue that doing so
will force companies to offer fewer jobs, since they would be
required to pay their workers more.
This semester marks the beginning of Project Civility’s second
year. For those of you who may not be aware of what it is — either
because you’re new to the school, or because you spent last year
actively avoiding the project — it is a University-wide initiative
to foster kindness and respect. What makes Project Civility
noteworthy is the fact that it is much more than just lip
The Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education
(RIBGHE) made a huge step forward for education reform on Monday
when they passed a policy that lets undocumented students pay
in-state tuition at public colleges. Such a policy sends a laudable
message to the public: If America is to be a land of opportunity,
those opportunities should be open to as many people as
It is tough for anyone to find a job in the current economic
climate, but it is even tougher than normal for veterans who, upon
returning from war, face challenges assimilating back to normal
life. That’s why The New Jersey State Building & Construction
Trades Council’s Helmets to Hardhats (NJ H2H) is such a great idea:
The program helps place veterans of war into positions in the
construction industry in order to give them a smoother transition
back into the society they served.
There may never come a day when everyone at the University is
completely satisfied with the bus service. In all likelihood, there
will always remain a vocal portion of the population who finds
reasons to be disgruntled over the University’s public transit
system. For those naysayers, however, there is a new,
little-advertised program that may help them avoid the buses all
together. This year, the University launched a bike rental
No one is immune from money troubles in this economy, least of
all the University. Thankfully, however, there are people in the
world who are willing to help our school out in its time of need.
Take, for a very good example, the anonymous donor who gave the
University the larges donation it has ever received: A staggering
$27 million to help create 18 endowed chairs.
Libertarianism, while not necessarily a dangerous political
philosophy, can easily lead its more extreme adherents to draw
dubious conclusions. For an example of this, one needs to look no
further than Monday’s debate on CNN, during which Wolf Blitzer
asked Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), “What do you tell a guy who is sick,
goes into a coma and doesn’t have health insurance?
I.B.M.’s supercomputer Watson was famous last spring for
appearing on Jeopardy and besting its human competition. Now,
however, Watson’s sights have been shifted from fun and games to
the real world — namely, health care.
The NFL is pretty much the epitome of the term “boys’ club” — a
bunch of muscular guys roughhousing and showing off their
impressive athletic talents. But that does not have to mean it’s a
discriminatory organization, as NFL officials demonstrated in the
new 2011 Collective Bargaining agreement. This agreement is the
first time discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is
explicitly banned in the NFL.