Monthly Archives: December 2009

Colleges Go Carbon Neutral

Just recently, Duke University joined more than 600 universities in releasing its Climate Action Plan, a comprehensive blueprint that includes a target date and interim milestones for achieving carbon neutrality. (12/1/09 ABC News On Campus, Adam Yosim) … Read Article

1. Discuss the potential relationship between a university’s colors and carbon neutrality.

2. Discuss how the University of Florida’s Gators is using athletics to promote low-impact lifestyle.


Cannabis Colleges Crop Up In The US

As states loosen their medical marijuana laws, institutions such as Med Grow are sprouting up, looking to educate potential caregivers about how to enter the cannabis industry the legal way. (11/30/09 ABC News On Campus, Katie Sanders) … Read Article

1. Discuss the potential relationship between cannabis and states’ economies according to the advocates of legalized marijuana.

2. Name the states that have legalized marijuana according to the article.

Man Arrested For Cocaine In Chicken

Wagner Mauricio Linares Aragon allegedly likes his chicken with coke, but it’s not what you may think. (12/5/09 ABC News, Huma Khan) … Read Article

1. Discuss how drug cartels use people as so called “mules.”

2. “… the smugglers that get caught don’t always fit the stereotype.” What, according to Steve Sapp, is the profile of a smuggler?

Amanda Knox Convicted, Family Disappointed

Amanda Knox is sitting in jail “extremely disappointed [and] upset” after being convicted of murdering her British roommate, Meredith Kercher, Knox’s mother said after her family’s jailhouse visit today. (12/5/09 ABC News, Sonia Gallegos, Nikki Batiste, and Ann Wise) … Read Article

1. According to the article, who was also found guilty along with Amanda Knox?

2. Discuss the Kercher’s family reaction to the verdict.

(video)What The World Expects From Copenhagen

Leaders from around the world, environmental activists and policy experts will meet in the Danish capital from Monday to thrash out a deal to rein in global warming and reduce the effects of climate change. (12/5/09 NTVKenya)

1. What, according to the video, does President Obama’s presence in Copenhagen signify?

2. What, according to the video, are the necessary elements the summit will focus on?


President Obama Goes To Capitol Hill

President Obama made a trip to Capitol Hill during a rare weekend legislative session to ask rank-and-file Democrats to work for compromise healthcare legislation and do it quickly. (12/6/09 Associated Press)

1. What are the issues dividing the Democrats?

2. What amendments were rejected by the Senate?

Polisci Students’ Opinion on Health Care Votes

In one of our recent polls we asked MPSL students their opinion on votes on health care bills in Congress. 60% believe the votes show a country divided by partisan/ideological politics; 22% don’t think the country is divided along partisan/ideological line; while 18% is not sure. Results were retrieved on 12/6/09, 8:00 PM PST.

Some critics believe that the country is divided by extreme partisan/ideological politics. What do you think?