Thursday, May 31, 2012

Should rich kids be ineligible for college scholarships?


UPDATE May 31, 2012

Hip-hop mogul Diddy is worth $500 million, and his son just landed a full-ride, merit-based scholarship to UCLA. Where's the justice?


Among the graduating high school class of 2012 is one Justin Combs, who finished his senior year with an impressive 3.75 GPA and an equally impressive record on the football field. UCLA rewarded Justin's accomplishments with a full, $54,000 merit-based scholarship and a spot in the school's storied football program. The twist: Justin is the son of hip-hop mogul Sean "Diddy" Combs, recently named the wealthiest man in hip-hop by Forbes. With California's state schools facing deep cuts, UCLA's decision to offer Justin a chunk of its scarce resources is being widely criticized. Should the Combs clan give back the money? Or should the size of Justin's dad's bank account even matter?

Justin shouldn't keep this money: Here's the bottom line, says Dennis Romero in LA Weekly: "The son of a guy worth nearly half a billion dollars" doesn't need a free ride to college, especially to "a school where student tuition and fees have nearly tripled in the last 10 years." I mean, this is a kid who poses in front of "a $300,000-plus Maybach," likely the car his dad got him on his 16th birthday. Now that's "a free ride that could pay for half dozen full-ride scholarships to UCLA."
"Combs gets full scholarship to UCLA as many students struggle"
The kids of millionaires deserve recognition, too: "I'll cop to a little jealousy" about Diddy's fortune,says Jeanne Sager in The Stir. But Justin earned this scholarship through hard work in the classroom and on the field, and if we take it away because of Diddy's cash surplus, we're sending a message to all kids: "There is no reason to have a work ethic." That's a failure of parenting.
"Kids of rich parents deserve college scholarships too"
It's Justin's decision: It does seem like, in a world of spoiled Kardashians and "Sweet Sixteen" reality TV brats, we should reward a hardworking scion, says Amber Doty at Babble. But I have to say, "my knee jerk reaction was that the Combs' and families like them should absolutely refuse the scholarship." It's inarguable that some other kid could use the $54,000 scholarship more than Justin Combs. But in the end, it's his scholarship to keep or give up, and I'm "not sure what the right or wrong answer is."

By The Week's Editorial Staff | The Week

Serena Williams upset in the first-round



UPDATED May 31, 2012


PARIS (AP)

Serena Williams lost in the first round of a major tournament for the first time in her career, falling to Virginie Razzano of France 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-3 Tuesday at the French Open.


The fifth-seeded Williams was two points from victory nine times in the second set, including leading 5-1 in the tiebreaker. But Razzano won six straight points to force a third set, then took control of the match.
''I made so many errors today, which isn't the game I was playing in the past,'' Williams said. ''That's life.''
Williams entered the day with a 46-0 record in first-round matches at Grand Slam tournaments. She had been looking for her 14th major title and second at Roland Garros.
On clay this year, Williams was 17-0 heading into the match with two titles, but she pulled out of her last match in the semifinals of the Italian Open with a bad back.
''I didn't feel anything abnormal,'' Williams said Tuesday when asked about the injury. ''I was 100 percent healthy.''
Razzano jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the third set, but Williams won two straight games before what turned out to be an epic 23-minute eighth game.
Williams had five break points in that final game.
''I was just thinking, 'If I can break here we'll be back on serve,''' Williams said. ''You know, those are the kind of things that are going through your head.''
Razzano saved all five, however, then converted her eighth match point to eliminate one of the tournament favorites.
''I had to dig deep against a great champion, and you could see until the end that she gave away nothing,'' Razzano said. ''I had to go and get the victory. I had to be mentally strong, and I gave my everything.''
Razzano's coach and fiance, Stephane Vidal, died about a week before last year's French Open. Razzano played anyway, losing in the first round.

Associated Press

Hornets land top pick in NBA Lottery




UPDATE May 31, 2012
New owner, and now a new star player. The future suddenly looks bright for the New Orleans Hornets.
Meanwhile, it was yet another loss - in a historic season full of them - for Michael Jordan and the Charlotte Bobcats.
The Hornets, recently sold by the NBA to Saints owner Tom Benson, won the NBA's draft lottery Wednesday and the No. 1 pick overall - which they almost certainly will use to pick Kentucky star Anthony Davis.
At least that's what the consensus college player of the year is expecting. Moments after the Hornets won the lottery, Davis said he was looking forward to playing professionally in the place where he led the Wildcats to a national championship in April.
The good news for the Hornets comes after a difficult season in which they traded All-Star Chris Paul and a couple of years in limbo where they couldn't do much to upgrade the roster while the league was looking for a buyer.
''Just a first step for us to winning it all,'' Benson said in a TV interview after the lottery.
The Hornets moved up from the fourth spot, where they had a 13.7 percent chance, to earn the pick.
''Everything was surreal once they announced the fourth pick,'' said Hornets coach Monty Williams, who represented the team on stage. ''I said `This is pretty cool.' I knew my wife and kids were home praying that things would go well and they did.''
The Bobcats, after going 7-59 for the worst winning percentage in NBA history, fell to the No. 2 pick. Washington will pick third and Cleveland fell one spot to fourth

Associated Press.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Career Edge for HBCU Grads




May 29, 2012 - 3:00am 

By Scott Jaschik 

  In 2007, economists at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology released a study that captured considerable public attention and infuriated many educators at historically black colleges. Their finding was that black graduates of historically black colleges had a wage advantage over black graduates of other institutions in the 1970s, but that the advantage had been reversed by the 1990s.

 A new study on the topic -- by economists at Morehouse College and Howard University -- has received much less attention. The research, published in The Review of Black Political Economy (abstract available here), finds that black graduates of black colleges continue to have a career advantage over black graduates of other colleges. The new study covers the same time frame as the previous one, and so extends well into the era of desegregation. That's crucial because much of the speculation about the previous study was that predominantly white institutions have become better at recruiting and graduating black students, and at attracting top black students who had far fewer options in the Jim Crow era.

 The new study used a different database and a different methodology, and one author says that those approaches lead to a more accurate reflection of where black Americans are in their careers and lives. Previous studies have used national longitudinal databases, while the new study is based on the National Survey of Black Americans, which the authors argue is a better tool for studying black Americans. Further, the new study employs the Duncan Socioeconomic Index, which gives credit not only for wages, but for working in high-prestige professions.

 Using this approach, the new study finds that the career advantage has remained with black graduates of black colleges, not with black graduates of other institutions.

 Gregory N. Price, chair of economics at Morehouse and one of the authors of the paper, said that the database he and his colleagues used was "more robust" than any of the national ones, such as College and Beyond.

 Further, he said that the broader definition of career success (going beyond salary alone) was also appropriate. For "a whole array of fields," he said, career success for black Americans may not have the same impact on wages as does career success for others. For instance, black doctors and lawyers who opt to work in low-income urban communities are in fact successes, he said, even if they may earn less than if they sought the best-paying jobs available for those in the medical and legal fields. Many black colleges in fact encourage graduates to think about careers that serve African American communities, and to define career success beyond money alone. (The other authors of the paper are William Spriggs and Omari H. Swinton of Howard University.)

 At the same time, he acknowledged that "different databases can yield different results." He said it was important that these findings be added to the discussion when people discuss the impact of attending a black college. Price agreed that the study from the Cambridge-based scholars had received much more attention than the one he and his colleges did. "MIT and Harvard are nice addresses to get a lot of attention," he said.

 Asked why he thought black colleges continue to have a greater impact on graduates' career success than other institutions, Price cited mission and history. "We have a historical comparative advantage," he said. "Some of us have been doing this since emancipation."



Inside Higher Ed

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Atlanta Mayor Endorses HBCUs...



Please click on the above interview link "The Mayor..." where the honorable Kasim Reed, Mayor of Atlanta Georgia, gives HBCUs his endorsement for future activities and efforts toward better education and making leaders.

Since taking office, Reed has worked to improve public safety, create new opportunities for youth and restore financial stability. Prior to his election, he served for 11 years as member of the Georgia General Assembly. He was first elected in 1998 as a State Representative and served two terms. He also served in the Georgia State Senate, where he was vice chairman of the Senate Democratic Caucus. As an undergraduate member of Howard University's Board of Trustees, he created a fundraising program that has contributed more than $10 million to the school's endowment. Reed was appointed Howard University's youngest General Trustee in June 2002 and remains a member of the Board of Trustees. Reed grew up in the Cascade community of Atlanta. Six other distinguished alumni, including Academy Award-nominated actress Taraji P. Henson, will be recognized at the Charter Day Convocation and awarded Distinguished Postgraduate Achievement Honors at the 87th Gala Dinner on Saturday, March 12. The special awards honor graduates who have achieved distinction in their respective professional fields.

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