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This cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean sits in beautiful Del Mar, Calif., just a few miles north of San Diego. The shot, taken on a December morning, shows the fog that permeates the area early in the day. By midday, the fog yields to generally sunny skies. It was taken by Rob Douthit, the director of media relations in the Office of University Communications and Marketing. (In Focus features a photograph submitted by a UWG faculty or staff member. E-mail your photo and caption information to the Campus Chronicle photographer.)

 

flameDoes It Matter Where You Go to College? Will you have a better life if you graduate from an elite school? Students and their parents think the answer is yes, and competition for slots at top-ranked (and costly) schools seems higher than ever.The Times columnist Gail Collins says this national fixation makes little sense. Read more …

Who's teaching L.A.'s kids? The fifth-graders at Broadous Elementary School come from the same world — the poorest corner of the San Fernando Valley, a Pacoima neighborhood framed by two freeways where some have lost friends to the stray bullets of rival gangs.Yet year after year, one fifth-grade class learns far more than the other down the hall. The difference has almost nothing to do with the size of the class, the students or their parents. It’s their teachers. Read more …

flameWeb Site for Teenagers With Literary Leanings: When Jacob Lewis helped create the beta version of the Web site Figment with Dana Goodyear, a staff writer at The New Yorker, Mr. Lewis envisioned it as a sort of literary Facebook for the teenage set. The young people on the site weren’t much interested in “friending” one another. What they did want, he said, “was to read and write and discover new content, but around the content itself.” Read more …

Schools, lawmakers cut sabbaticals to trim costs: Under pressure to cut costs, state universities and lawmakers across the nation are going after one of the oldest traditions in the academic world: the professor’s cherished sabbatical. Read more …

flameThe Unknown Blogger Who Changed WikiLeaks Coverage: When historians look back at WikiLeaks and how the world’s pundits tried to make sense of what was happening, they’ll see a familiar list of sources: Foreign Policy’s Evgeny Morozov, The Guardian’s John Noughton, The New York Times’ David Carr, several people from the Berkman Center for the Internet and Society, and various long-time digital leaders like Geert Lovink and Larry Sanger. But among that list you’d also find Aaron Bady and his blog zunguzungu.wordpress.com. His probing analysis of Julian Assange’s personal philosophy and possible motivations became an oft-cited piece of the global conversation about what WikiLeaks might mean. Read more …

Read Bady’s original post: Julian Assange and the Computer Conspiracy: “To destroy this invisible government.”

flameWidow offers to pay fine for library book overdue 74 years: For 95-year-old Hazel Severson, the decision was straightforward. The book didn't belong to her, so she needed to return it. So what if the book – "Seaplane Solo," Sir Francis Chichester's autobiographical account of his 1930 solo flight across the Tasman Sea – was 74 years overdue from the public library in Amador County? To Severson, returning the book was the right thing to do, period. Read more ...

 

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