USA Today reports that more than two hundred high school students remain missing and are feared dead after a South Korean ferry sank in the seas of the country’s southwest coast:
Rescue teams, fighting strong currents, have finally gotten into the upturned vessel and managed to pump air inside in hopes of reaching possible survivors.
Meanwhile, the vice principal of the school that arranged the overnight trip was found hanging from a tree, police said, in an apparent suicide. The school official, identified only by his surname, Kang, was on the island of Jindo, where rescued passengers have taken shelter.
Some 268 people, mostly high-school students, are still missing, as rescue teams report finding more bodies floating in waters off South Korea’s southwest coast, pushing the death toll to 28, the Yonyhap news agency reports.
Of the 475 original passengers, 179 have been rescued, but 268 others, mostly high-school students on a school trip, remain missing…
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Liberty Voice reports that a massive party, populated largely by students from the University of California Santa Barbara, got out of control, turned into a riot, and resulted in more than 100 arrests:
Police officers who responded to the scene were forced to use tear gas and what “foam projectiles,” according to the police department, in order to subdue the unruly and drunken participants who were using bottles and rocks to fight the police from shutting their party down…
Chemical agents were also used to break up the gathering as one police officer was struck in the face with a brick and two more were hit in the head with beer bottles…
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UCSB is notorious for its wild student parties. This latest incident will do nothing to alter that reputation.
The Washington Post reports:
Dartmouth College’s president lamented Wednesday that the Ivy League school’s promising future “is being hijacked by extreme behavior,” including sex assaults, parties with “racist and sexist undertones,” and a campus culture in which “dangerous drinking has become the rule and not the exception.”
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National Review Online reports:
Paul Krugman announced a couple months ago that he’s leaving his Princeton professorship to become a professor in the economics Ph.D. program at the City University of New York and a scholar the Luxembourg Income Study Center, which is based at CUNY. It turns out he’s going to be quite nicely compensated for his professorship. According to a freedom-of-information requestby Gawker, he’ll be paid $225,000 a year for the gig.
In the first year, the job won’t involve any teaching at all. CUNY’s words told him for the first year he’ll be “asked to contribute to the buildup of [the Luxembourg Income Study Center] and our inequality project…
That’s right. $225,000 per year for a part time job to study “inequality.”
These people have no sense of irony, do they?
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Music mogul P. Diddy has been tapped to receive an honorary degree and give the graduation speech at Howard University this May.
“We are honored to have Mr. Combs serve as our speaker,” the historically black college’s officials said in a statement. “He sat in classrooms where our students sit, walked ‘The Yard,’ and like many students, his entrepreneurial spirit was sparked at Howard.”
Unlike many students at Howard, however – Diddy never did earn that degree. He dropped out to pursue his music career, a fact that has some people confused as to why he was selected for the honor.
“We know he will inspire our class to work hard and to always strive for excellence,” campus officials added.
Diddy took to Twitter to gush about the honor, saying he was speechless and thanking administrators.
No word yet on whether he’ll give a performance while he’s up on stage.
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Mrs. Christ? Scholars at several elite universities have come forward to validate the ancient age of a document that seems to claim Jesus had a wife. Meanwhile, others say the document is a clear case of forgery.
The New York Times reports:
The “Jesus’s Wife” papyrus was analyzed at Columbia University using micro-Raman spectroscopy to determine the chemical composition of the ink. James T. Yardley, a professor of electrical engineering, said in an interview that the carbon black ink on this fragment was “perfectly consistent with another 35 or 40 manuscripts that we’ve looked at,” that date from 400 B.C. to A.D. 700 or 800.
Critics say the document is phony. And even the carbon dating has been inconclusive. A team of researchers at the University of Arizaon dated the document to centuries before Christ, a result that team dismissed as erroneous. Others say the lettering and grammar are highly suspicious:
Dr. Depuydt, [an] Egyptologist at Brown University, said that testing the fragment was irrelevant and that he saw “no need to inspect it.” He said he decided based on the first newspaper photograph that the fragment was forged because it contained “gross grammatical errors,” and each word in it matched writing in the Gospel of Thomas, an early Christian text discovered in Nag Hammadi, Egypt, in 1945. “It couldn’t possibly be coincidence,” he said.
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