For the first time in decades, the promise of a profitable law career for top students is uncertain, as law schools report significantly reduced hiring rates. (11/26/09 ABC News on Campus, Emily Watkins) … Read Article
1. Discuss some of the alternative ways law school graduates are considering to find jobs.
2. Discuss the efforts by University of Texas and N.Y.U to bolster students’ hiring prospect.
Parents hoping to curtail teenage drug abuse are flocking to a new program, now in two New York counties, that offers free drug testing kits. (11/25/09 ABC News on Campus, Matt Markham) … Read Article
1. How are the drug kits project in Suffolk County funded?
2. How would the drug testing kits work as a deterrent, according to Jenny Anderson?
University of North Carolina seniors Henry Spelman and Libby Longino are both heading to Oxford next year, joining 30 other students from the U.S. who were selected as Rhodes Scholars. Besides being students at UNC, Spelman and Longino have another thing in common — they have been dating for nine months. (11/24/09 ABC News on Campus, Adam Yosim) … Read Article
1. Describe Longino’s experience in international social justice and human rights that may have helped her candidacy for the Rhodes Scholarship.
2. What is the student think tank referred to in the article?
At a news conference, President Obama announced that he will announce his decision on a troop surge in Afghanistan after Thanksgiving. (11/24/09 CBSNewsOnline)
1. When does the President intend to make an announcement to the American people regarding his decision on Afghanistan?
2. The President indicates that it is important to the whole world to tackle the type of extremism emanating from Afghanistan. How does he propose to achieve his goal?
While most US war veterans tend to be supportive of their country’s military operations abroad, some have been voicing their opposition to any escalation. (11/28/09 AlJazeeraEnglish)
1. Pete Hegseth lobby for the surge in Afghanistan because of what he calls the perception of the US by the world. What is this so called perception?
2. What is Congressman Rohrabacher’s reason for opposing the surge in Afghanistan?
Democrats united Saturday night to push historic health care legislation past a key Senate hurdle over the opposition of Republicans eager to inflict a punishing defeat on President Obama. The 60-39 vote clears the way for a full-scale debate. (11/22/09 Associated Press)
1. Discuss the significance of the vote by the senators?
2. “Democrats united Saturday night to push historic health care legislation past a key Senate hurdle…” What is the specific “key hurdle” referred to in the video?
About 60 protesters occupy Wheeler Hall. The picketers rally around Wheeler Hall as the strike against the fee increase escalates. (11/20/09 TheDailyCal)
1. In spite of state-wide students protest, the UC Regents voted to pass a 32% increase in fee. What is the significance of the students protest?
2. What do the students mean by the slogan “this is what democracy looks like?”
Conditions are ripe for a fresh surge in food prices as the global economy recovers, says the senior United Nations agriculture official. (11/15/09 Financial Times, Javier Blas and Vincent Boland) … Read Article
1. What, according to Jacques Diouf, are the structural problems threatening for prices?
2. “Executives attending the Milan meeting said the issue of food security made it more important to use new technologies to boost yields and productivity.” What are the new technology referred to in this statement?
You might have seen them in your local convenience store, with colorful packaging and catchy names: iChill, Mary Jane’s Relaxing Soda, Drank, Vacation in a Bottle, and Blue Cow. They’re “relaxation” drinks, the newest addition to the beverage industry, but do they really work? (11/16/09 ABC News on Campus, Lindsey Reiser) … Read Article
1. Discuss the opinion of William Sullivan, Scott Basinger and Keith-Thomas Ayoob regarding “relaxation” drinks.
2. What is Scott Basinger’s prescription for “managing your emotions?”