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It’s Really Very Simple…

Posted by Christian Barton on Nov 4, 2012 0 comments

This is almost among the Sky Blue, Article Says department, but this point bears repeating, perhaps over and over again.

Legislators used to set tuition rates and also budgeted what the schools would get from the state. That had a certain political balance to it, because they were directly on the hook for the cost of education to parents and students, on one hand, and to taxpayers, on the other.

They gave that up a decade ago. Legislators still decide how much taxpayers should pay to keep state colleges and universities running, but the schools set their own tuition rates. If the state does not give them as much money as they need, they raise tuition. Legislators, no longer on that hook, can stand with their constituents and holler at the schools for making it so expensive to go to college.

In 1984 Texas taxpayers provided half of all support for public colleges. Today, Ramsey explains, the legislature makes up only 22 percent of the budget at Texas A&M University.

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St. Thomas outlasts Plantation, controls playoff destiny

Posted by Christian Barton on Oct 28, 2012 0 comments


FORT LAUDERDALE For the second consecutive year, St. Thomas Aquinas faced a harsh reality.

Another team had the opportunity to come on the Raiders’ home field and win the district title.

This time, though, St. Thomas answered, forcing two late turnovers and rallying behind running back Fred Coppet to earn a hard-fought 24-20 win over Plantation in a District 15-7A showdown on Saturday.

With the win, St. Thomas (6-2, 4-0) remains in control of its own postseason destiny.The Raiders can either clinch the district title with a Cooper City loss on Monday, or by beating the Cowboys on Friday.

“This was a big game for us,” said Coppet, who finished with 24 carries for a game-high 209 yards and touchdown runs of 80 yards, 8 yards and a 23-yard touchdown reception. “Last year, we came up short in the district with a loss to Cooper City. This year, we worked so much harder. Now we have to come back and earn a win against Cooper City.”

For much of the game, St. Thomas an

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Hosting a Presidential Debate Is Really Expensive

Posted by Christian Barton on Oct 21, 2012 0 comments

In the early days of presidential debates, the candidates came together in television studios. Over time, however, the college campus became a popular debate spot.

But its a big sacrifice to host a presidential debate. According to an article by Tyler Kingkade in the Huffington Post:

The cost of playing host for Lynn University, the Boca Raton, Fla. site of Mondays third and final presidential debate is $5 million.

Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., which last week hosted the second presidential debate, shelled out $4.5 million. Thats the same amount Hofstra spent in 2009 on its now disbanded football team. Centre College in Kentucky spent $3.3 million getting ready to be the host this years vice-presidential debate.

Theres no quantifiable benefit to hosting a presidential debate but apparently some colleges still think its worth it. Denver, which hosted the first presidential debate this year, also had one of the 2008 events.

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St. Thomas sweeps boys, girls swim titles

Posted by Christian Barton on Oct 9, 2012 0 comments

Plantation By Gary Curreri,Sun Sentinel Correspondent

— St. Thomas Aquinas senior Brandon Goldman is right where he wants to be heading into the final stage of the swim season: ahead of pace.

Goldman, who had two seventh-place individual finishes at state in the 200-yard IM and 100-yard backstroke, broke the county record for the 100-yard backstroke (52.03) at the Broward County Athletic Association Swimming and Diving Championships at Plantation Central Park on Saturday night.

“It was cool to break the record,” said Goldman, who also won the 200 IM (1:54.81) at the meet. His time in the 200 IM was a full 5 seconds better than the time he swam at state last year. He was also on the winning 200 medley and 400-free relays.

“I think the team did really good tonight,” he said. I definitely want to go faster than I did tonight. I wasn’t rested, and I swam in a practice suit.”

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How Colleges Use Social Media

Posted by Christian Barton on Oct 3, 2012 0 comments

Some college admissions officers indicate that theyre totally willing to reject applicants due to something they put on Facebook.

Kaplan Test Prep indicated that it recently surveyed admissions officers and discovered that,

While the percentage of admissions officers who took to Google (27%) and checked Facebook (26%) as part of the applicant review process increased slightly (20% for Google and 26% for Facebook in 2011) from last year, the percentage that said they discovered something that negatively impacted an applicants chances of getting into the school nearly tripled – from 12% last year to 35% this year.

Apparently offenses cited included essay plagiarism, vulgarities in blogs, alcohol consumption in photos, things that made them wonder and illegal activities.

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McBride’s three TDs lift Dillard over Boca Raton 40-17

Posted by Christian Barton on Sep 29, 2012 0 comments

FORT LAUDERDALE — LaDarion McBride scored his first three touchdowns of the season and Dre’Sean Nelson rushed for 131 yards and a touchdown as Dillard dominated Boca Raton in a 40-17 win at home Friday night.

“The guys are starting believe in the program,” Dillard coach Lorenzo Davis said. “Believing in one team, one dream, one goal.”

“That’s a great win for us. It’s just another step. We still have a long way to go,” Nelson said. “We’re gonna make a statement this year.”

The Panthers (3-2) scored the game’s first 19 points, and then the first two touchdowns of the second half as the Bobcats (2-2) struggled to do much offensively without standout quarterback Kevin Anderson.

Anderson, who has orally committed to Marshall University, left the stadium at halftime to be further evaluated after injuring his shoulder while running the ball late in the first half, according to Coach Lewis Burnham.

Dillard jumped all over Boca Raton from the start. O

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