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Yesterday, the Yale undergraduate community received an email from Yale College Dean Mary Miller in which she announced the suspension of the Delta Kappa Epsilon (DKE) fraternity for a period of five years. This is Yale’s official disciplinary response to boorish chanting that received national attention earlier in October. The suspension comes at the same time that the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR) led by Assistant Secretary Russlynn Ali investigates the University as the result of a Title IX suit. The suit claims that the DKE incident (among other similar initiation pranks by a variety of groups) created a hostile environment at Yale that prevents female students from
Perhaps the single travel plan in all of 2011 that I am most excited about is the Ultimate Train Challenge that I will be participating in this September. It is going to be a chance to combine a lot of my personal highlights: lots of train travel, meeting and hanging out with some great travel writers, raising money for charity, and doing something a bit crazy that hopefully people will like reading about.
Here are the details. I invited a number of great travel writers to join me in Lisbon, Portugal, for a one-month train journey that starts on September 1st and ends in Saigon, Vietnam.
Everyone is free to take whatever route they want to get to the finish line. The variations of train routes in Europe are likely to be dramatic between all of us — then hopefully we will all meet up in Moscow to take the same Trans-Mongolian to Beijing and split up again in
When Newt Gingrich suggested that America impose a poll test in U.S. history as a requirement for native-born citizens to vote, it was too much even for black Tea Party Congressman Allen West (R-FL). “That’s going back to some times that my parents had to contend with,” West said of the notion of a Jim Crow-style literacy test. “I think that we need to do a better job educating our young men and women in school, but we don’t need to have a litmus test, no.”
For Gingrich, who recently called Obama a “food stamp president,” this is part of a pattern of racially offensive remarks, policy positions and affiliations — against African-Americans, Latinos, Muslims and
Marjan Vayghan is a 26-year-old performance artist who’s turned a harrowing detention by Iranian police into a cathartic work of experiential art.
On August 5, 2009, during the Green Revolution, she was with a friend, driving toward a gallery in Tehran, when they pulled onto a street populated entirely by police on foot, in vans and in buses. She grabbed her camera and started to shoot.
“A man started yelling at us — he was foaming at the mouth,” she said. “The door opened and I got pulled out. And it just got worse after that.”
She was arrested, blindfolded, hooded and interrogated into the early hours of August
Our generation’s future is headed on a one-way trip down the toilet — that is, unless we do something fast.
This year’s graduating class faces the most college debt in history, mass layoffs on a regular basis, and, let us not forget that only 1 out of 4 college seniors will have jobs upon graduation this year. And, perhaps the biggest kick in the teeth, members of this year’s graduating class have been bestowed with the title “boomerangs”: a group so poor, jobless, and in debt that 85% of them are expected to move back into their parents’ homes after college in record numbers.
So much for following the “work hard, get good grades, and go to college” mantra to the letter. That worked out real well for us, didn’t it?
The fact is, our “traditional” options are shrinking by the day, and they aren’t coming back anytime soon. Was this the way we were told it was supposed to be for us? No, of course
I’ve been producing reality television since before it had a name and the one thing I’ve learned is that if I’m not excited about the show I’m making, I’d be pretty cynical to expect the viewers to be.
I don’t care about ordinary people trying to win cash or get famous for no reason. I want to watch talented people engaged in a process or activity that is authentic to them, and that they are passionate about. The chefs who compete on Top Chef are skilled, creative and naturally competitive because this is their life, their career and their dream. On Undercover Boss, we see high-flying bosses publicly exploring the sometimes mortifying goings on in their own companies — it doesn’t get more real or more high stakes than
Happy Thursday everyone, here’s my Top 5 for May 19, 2011 from Len Berman at www.ThatsSports.com.
1. Quick Hits
* In the NBA playoffs, Miami beat Chicago 85-75 to even their series at one game apiece.
* In the NHL playoffs, Vancouver crushed San Jose 7-3 to lead two games to zero.
* A full field of 14 horses will race in Saturday’s Preakness. Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom, the morning line favorite, will break from the #11 post.
* Tiger Woods will drop out of the top 10 rankings next week for the first time in 14 years. But according to Forbes, he’s the sixth most powerful celebrity.
One of the most important ideas of world religion is freedom of choice and personal accountability. This idea, that all of us are responsible for our actions and cannot offer excuses when we act immorally, is one of the most important contributions of religion to society. It is a fundamentally empowering belief. It says that each of us has the capacity to control our actions and be the people we want to be notwithstanding the society into which we are
Jon Siskel and Greg Jacobs’ Louder Than a Bomb, just out in limited release, knocks you out with its passion and strength, even as it leaves you feeling hopeful about a younger generation that, from all media depictions, is obsessed with Internet first-person-shooter video games, YouTube and celebrity news.
Oh yeah, and it’s a movie about poetry.
Well, not completely. This documentary follows four teams of teens as they gear up for an annual poetry-slam competition in Chicago called “Louder Than a Bomb.” But the film is really about the power of creativity and collaboration; it looks at the creation of a self-supporting teen community, which lifts kids who may have little or none of that kind of support at home.
Siskel and Jacobs start a year before the 2008 competition, introducing us to a handful of young poets whose lives provide them with plenty of fodder for inspiration. There’s Nate Marshall, a charismatic teen who grew up in a tough neighborhood where his love of learning – and writing – made him a target. Nova Venerable, by contrast, uses her poetry as a release, an outlet to express the barely contained rage that comes from living in a household where her father is absent and her younger brother is profoundly
Arnold is taking full responsibility for his cheating now, but just wait until he realizes you’re serious about the divorce — I bet he’ll become furious and nasty with you!
Why do I say this? Because I’ve seen it and lived through it. Arnold is one of those men who felt “entitled” to have his affairs AND to have a wife and family.
“He didn’t think he had a problem. He’s the kind of guy who only thinks he has a problem when he gets caught,” explains Dr. Gilda Carle, author of How to Win When Your Mate Cheats.
Arnold truly believed that he could have and was entitled to have both his beautiful and politically connected wife AND a bevy of mistresses — Mildred Baene, Gigi Goyette Jeffers and allegedly Tammy Tousignant — to satisfy his needs for “dangerous sex.”
He thought he was above everyday people because he was so famous and he didn’t think he had the same consequences as everyone else,” says relationship expert Rhonda Findling, author of The Commitment Cure: What to do When You Fall For an Ambivalent Man.
But it’s because he felt so entitled and so free of guilt about the situation, that he will soon become very angry when it sinks in that you are deadly serious about a divorce now.
He didn’t want you to
There was a pretty amazing moment Tuesday during the JPMorgan Chase shareholders meeting. A woman from the group Illinois People’s Action, Dawn Dannenbring, who as a shareholder had the right to speak at the meeting, said to CEO Jamie Dimon: “As a person of faith, my God believes you shouldn’t take advantage of people when they are down. Do you believe in the same God I believe in?” Dimon was apparently a little taken aback, answering, “That’s a hard one to answer.”
Well, I’m sure on one level it was. He wouldn’t have known what religion the woman was, or what she truly thought about
Call him what you want (some critics have pegged him a nanny and a zealot), but Thomas Frieden, M.D., M.P.H., director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is a man on a healthy mission. The former New York City Health Commissioner led successful campaigns to eliminate trans-fats from restaurant foods and post calories on restaurant menus. As CDC chief he’s tackling obesity and nutrition as one of his six public health priorities—nicknamed “winnable battles”—which also include smoking and AIDS. We talked with him about his
Mark, a long-time friend and candidate, sat across the desk from me, looked at me
and said, “Alan, is this the last full-time job I will have in my life?”
My heart started to thump and I clearly had difficulty making eye contact with
him, and I said, “Hopefully not,” but inside, I said to myself, “He is probably correct.”
The sad part is at 56, he just completed 10 years; in his mind, the best 10 years of
his career, and his company was sold.
Every day, I receive calls from one of my many clients or friends, who ask me to
see someone who is having difficulty finding a new position.
Of course I see them, but few assignments in this economy call for the wealth of
experience these experienced, mature individuals brings to the table.
The first things these individuals say to me is, “Alan, don’t worry about the
compensation level, I’m flexible.”
With the government statistics continuing to show high unemployment, I would
guess if you took a mean age of these business professionals, who are still
unemployed, it would be higher than you can imagine.
Why are these people, who have the knowledge, industry expertise, strong work
ethic and ability to transfer their skills to younger people, cast aside in favor of
younger people? Is it more for the ability to offer lower compensation for less
experienced people, is it because older people have more medical problems or is it
a fit factor in these young, entrepreneurial companies?
I recently had a client seeking a CFO for a small apparel distributor. When we
came to discuss compensation and future growth, it was apparent to me that with
very slow growth, this company would not be able to compensate this individual at
a fast enough pace. Perfect opportunity to bring in a pro, someone who can help
them grow quicker, but mature enough and understanding enough to accept a
position with slow salary growth, but with benefits and challenges ahead.
He is still there five years later and things are still slow, but improving.
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US President Barack Obama is to deliver a major speech setting out his vision of a new Middle East, after months of pro-democracy unrest in the region.
He is expected to announce aid packages to Egypt and Tunisia – countries that are embracing democratic reforms.
But Mr Obama is widely expected to defend new sanctions on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad over Damascus's crackdown on protesters.
He is also due to touch on the stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
However, the BBC's Kim Ghattas in Washington says that after two years of failing to restart talks, no-one expects Mr Obama to announce a new push for negotiations.
‘Carrot and stick’
President Obama is scheduled to deliver his long-awaited speech at the state department in Washington at 1540 GMT.
It will be his first comprehensive response to the upheavals that have swept many Arabic countries this year.
Mardell's America“Start QuoteHe will, presumably, try to set out a coherent narrative, an explanation of a strategy which hangs together”
End QuoteMark MardellBBC North America editor
Our correspondent says that following the death of al-Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden, President Obama wants a new start with the Muslim world, although polls show opinions of the US are
A cigar box once owned by the captain of the Titanic has been sold for £25,000 at an auction in Liverpool.
The walnut humidor was discovered gathering dust on a bedroom cabinet in the Merseyside home of Hilary Mee.
It was spotted by auctioneer John Crane when he was invited to value a number of antiques.
Ms Mee said she had no idea the item was connected to the ill-fated vessel, even though it had been lying around her home for 20
As a social worker who has worked in the area of child welfare and cofounded Coalition for Alcohol & Drug Free Pregnancies (CADFP) in Santa Clara County, CA, I have been dismayed by the popular press articles, including a recent one on the Huffington Post that minimize the need for alcohol abstinence during pregnancy.
Too often, I have seen the results of substance-exposed babies, and have been told by women that their Obstetrician or Primary Care Physician told them, “You can drink … as long as you are not one of those binge drinkers,” giving women a license to drink a glass or more per day because the doctor didn’t think that level of alcohol was a big deal. Some media writers, or readers, have taken up the cry against what they see as repressive government or “judgmental” health experts who promote abstinence during pregnancy
The announcer on the radio gave the news: Oil prices fell back below $100, as the dollar strengthened….
That the price of oil would be a newsworthy event was not new. Since the OPEC oil embargo and gas lines of the 1970s, periodic high oil prices have made news, as they crimped the American pocketbook, and caused cascading political consequences.
Last week, faced with the economic and political consequences of high gas prices, President Obama sidled up to the Drill, Baby, Drill camp and offered his support to measures to support domestic oil production. Increased domestic oil exploration and production is probably a good idea. After all, the
My father is a cardiologist. When I was little, he was first completing his training, then establishing himself in practice.
Under both of those “low man on the totem pole” scenarios, his work schedule was brutal; he was on call every other night and every other weekend for years, and while on call spent most of his time in the hospital. So much so, in fact, that, according to my Mom, I once mistook the Ice Cream Man for my father, because his white coat looked like a doctor’s lab
When parents protested this past March claiming that a Florida student needed to be home-schooled due to her intrusive peanut allergy, this question resurfaced: Should U.S. schools be “Nut Free?”
As the parent of an eight-year-old with multiple anaphylactic allergies, I wonder how much the label of “Nut-Free” school can secure the safety of any nut-allergic allergic child. I don’t question whether the awareness and effort taken when enforcing such a policy would be very helpful. It
In June 2009 the FDA cut corners and fast-tracked the approval of a new medical device without ascertaining its safety because it resembled other similar devices that had been approved in the past. That’s like saying … well this nuclear reactor looks like another one we approved last year, so it must be safe. This metaphor is not far off the mark because we are talking about a device that directs radiation at the incision of a cancerous breast immediately after the tumor is surgically
Budget numbers fly around Congress and the DC-media so fast they hardly alight to make sense of them. Meanwhile, the middle class shudders to think what further assaults against it may be in the offing under the guise of shrinking runaway deficits.
When Republicans are on the wrong side of an issue, their technique is to throw up smokescreens so what can be done straightforwardly seems overly vague and complex. Democrats often oblige by offering point-by-point rejoinders, and the public has difficulty making sense out of anything.
So, to provide harmony and clarity, I offer this simple “sane and easy” $4T deficit reduction program.
If deficit cuts must be massive to impress markets, here is what a sane government in our current position would choose among the options to do initially, without triggering honest policy disagreements. [Note the adjective "honest" modifying "policy disagreements"].
The IRS reports that there is ~$300B in uncollected taxes
When US President Barack Obama makes his scheduled speech today, he will have to deal with a totally different kind of Arab world than when he took office or when he made his famous Cairo speech.
Arab peoples led by youth, who constitute the vast majority of the population, have found their power and have been demanding a say in their future. No longer can the US or other Western countries simply depend on a few pro-Western dictators who obey the orders from Paris, London and Washington in return for those capitals ensuring that they stay in power.
America’s focus on the Middle East has and continues to be one dimensional. Oil and keeping it flowing at a cheap rate has been the West’s main interest in our part of the world. All other issues seem to take a distant second.
Oil will certainly continue to flow and its price will be controlled by the supply and demand mechanism.
But what those behind the newly found people power in the Arab world will be expecting from Washington is a much more equitable, just and logical foreign policy.
An equitable policy requires the US to treat the Arab region as it treats other
Arnold Schwarzenegger has admitted fathering a child out of wedlock with a member of his household staff ten years ago, while married to Maria Shriver… just before he ran to unseat Gov. Gray Davis.
Admittedly, this must have been a traumatic experience… finding out he’s going to be a father, arranging for the birth, keeping the birth-mother working in his household for the next ten or fourteen years or whatever it was, telling his wife, telling us…
Then again, this is a guy who should be used to