The Most Beautiful College Campuses in America



The Most Beautiful College Campuses in America

College campuses are an important point of pride for most universities, often representing decades of planning and construction. A college campus’s design can be an opportunity to display different architectural styles and a chance to blend libraries, lecture halls, and student living quarters with the natural surroundings. Here are some of the most beautiful college campuses in America that demonstrate both modes.

St. Olaf College

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Location: Northfield, Minnesota

St. Olaf College sits on a 300-acre campus known as “The Hill,” which is adjacent to a restored wetland and woods and is surrounded by native tall prairie grass. The campus itself is home to many magnificent maple trees and a wind turbine that provides about a third of the university’s power needs. The campus consists of over 50 buildings, 20 of which were designed to complement one another by Edward Sovik, an architect who also taught as a professor of arts at St. Olaf until his death in 2014.

The most famous building on campus, the Old Main, was designed over a century ago, in 1877. Both the Old Main and the nearby Steensland Library are gothic-style buildings and are on the National Register of Historic Places.

Florida Southern College

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Location: Lakeland, Florida

The highlight of Florida Southern College’s 110-acre campus is the extensive collection of Frank Lloyd Wright buildings spread across the grounds. There are 10 Frank Lloyd Wright-designed structures in total, giving Florida Southern College the largest collection of the architect’s work in the world.

The first building constructed, Annie Pfeiffer Chapel, was dedicated in 1941. The concrete, geometric exterior of the building is complemented by striking colored glass that allows beautiful shades of light to enter the building. The collection has been deemed so significant that the entire campus was named a historic district on the National Register of Historic places.

University of Washington

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Location: Seattle, Washington

The University of Washington’s 703-acre campus is located within the city limits of Seattle. Despite its urban setting, however, the university features some of the most striking natural backdrops of any college in the country. The snow capped peaks of both the Cascade and Olympic Mountains are visible from campus, and on the best days, Mount Rainier sits framed by the magnificent Drumheller Fountain.

Mountains are not the only element that make the campus so visually appealing. Douglas firs are omnipresent across the campus, and the central quad is flanked by cherry blossoms in the spring. Landmark buildings are also in no short supply, such as Suzzallo Library, which features a 35-foot stained glass window, and Denny Hall, a French Revival style building that served as the center of campus when the university moved to its current location in 1895.

Berry College

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Location: Mount Berry, Georgia

Berry College in Mount Berry has the largest contiguous campus in the world. The college is spread over 27,000 acres of lawns, fields, forests, and all of Lavender Mountain. The massive campus is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream and includes over 80 miles of trails that students and guests can hike, bike or horseback ride on. Don’t expect to be alone, however. The campus is also home to an estimated 2,500 deer and a migratory population of swans.

The college itself consists of stately English gothic-style buildings alongside decorative fountains and pools that are designed to reflect the structures.

Scripps College

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Location: Claremont, California

In contrast, the Scripps College campus covers only 37 acres, but the school handles that small space masterfully. Scripps is in Claremont and was designed in a beautiful Spanish Revival style according to a master plan devised in 1926 by English born architect Gordon Kaufman. The wonderful architecture is complemented by grapefruit, kumquat, and orange trees throughout campus, and a blooming rose garden adds even more color. These unique elements helped put Scripps College on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.

6 classic books you didn’t read in high school



6 classic books you didn’t read in high school

Classic novels are par for the course when it comes to required reading in high school. To Kill a Mockingbird, Of Mice and Men, The Great Gatsby, The Grapes of Wrath, and almost anything by William Shakespeare come to mind when most people imagine “the classics.” But hidden gems—books penned by renowned authors and recognizable names—often slip through the cracks.

Here are a handful of classic books worth your time that you likely didn’t read in high school.

Crome Yellow by Aldous Huxley

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Author Aldous Huxley is most famous for his oft-quoted, forever-relevant novel Brave New World. Although that book’s praise and dissection are hard to ignore, it’s Huxley’s first novel, Crome Yellow, that often slips past readers.

Crome Yellow was first published in 1921 and serves as a timely satire following a number of characters and stereotypes of the era. A synopsis from Goodreads:

On vacation from school, Denis goes to stay at Crome, an English country house inhabited by several of Huxley’s most outlandish characters — from Mr. Barbecue-Smith, who writes 1,500 publishable words an hour by “getting in touch” with his “subconscious,” to Henry Wimbush, who is obsessed with writing the definitive “History of Crome.” Denis’s stay proves to be a disaster amid his weak attempts to attract the girl of his dreams and the ridicule he endures regarding his plan to write a novel about love and art.

Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

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Becoming unstuck in time has turned into a modern pop-culture trope, but the concept is often traced back to Billy Pilgrim’s conundrum from the Kurt Vonnegut novel Slaughterhouse-Five. First published in 1969, the book is etched in history as an essential read, but it’s not a novel that likely made every high school required reading list. A synopsis from Amazon:

Centering on the infamous firebombing of Dresden, Billy Pilgrim’s odyssey through time reflects the mythic journey of our own fractured lives as we search for meaning in what we fear most.

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

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Now a critically-acclaimed television seriesThe Handmaid’s Tale is Margaret Atwood’s novel of a dystopian world in which women are forced to live as concubines within a fundamentalist dictatorship. A synopsis from Goodreads:

Offred is a handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable. Offred can remember the years before, when she lived and made love with her husband, Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now…

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostyoevski

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Fyodor Dostyoevski’s novel Crime and Punishment was first published in 12 monthly parts in 1886 and later collected into a single volume. The author’s second full-length novel after his exile to SiberiaCrime and Punishment is an examination of troubled human psychology in the face of moral dilemma. The book is considered a classic by any definition, but the dense, deep dive into the human psyche likely wasn’t part of primary and high school reading lists. A synopsis from Goodreads:

Raskolnikov, an impoverished student living in the St. Petersburg of the tsars, is determined to overreach his humanity and assert his untrammeled individual will. When he commits an act of murder and theft, he sets into motion a story that, for its excruciating suspense, its atmospheric vividness, and its depth of characterization and vision is almost unequaled in the literatures of the world.

Hell’s Angels by Hunter S. Thompson

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Hunter S. Thompson made famous the gonzo style of journalism—subjective, biased reporting in which the reporter is often part of the story. Thompson’s novel Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas sits on many bookshelves alongside authors like Jack Kerouac or Ken Kesey, but it’s Hell’s Angels that stands apart as something uniquely gonzo-esque.

Hell’s Angels was Thompson’s first published novel, going to print in 1966, and it’s often cited as the work that defined the author’s style as well as his infamous persona. A synopsis from Goodreads:

In the mid-60s, Thompson spent almost two years living with the controversial Angels, cycling up & down the coast, reveling in the anarchic spirit of their clan, and, as befits their name, raising hell. His book successfully captures a singular moment in American history when the biker lifestyle was first defined and when such countercultural movements were electrifying and horrifying America.

Gravity’s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon

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Thomas Pynchon’s novel Gravity’s Rainbow made TIME Magazine’s list of the All-Time 100 Novels published since 1923, and it’s a book that often defies succinct definition. A synopsis from Amazon:

Winner of the 1973 National Book Award, “Gravity’s Rainbow” is a postmodern epic, a work as significant to the second half of the 20th century as Joyce’s “Ulysses” was to the first. Its sprawling, encyclopedic narrative and penetrating analysis of the impact of technology on society make it an intellectual tour de force.

School reading lists always skirt hidden gem classics

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It seems like every year a new tally of banned books from school reading lists makes the news. The Catcher in the Rye is still praised and hated. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer gets edited and re-edited over and over. Fahrenheit 451 continues to turn up the heat in and out of classrooms. Skirting around classics for one reason or another is a timeless practice, and the novels listed above are only a few of the classics you may have missed during your high school literature class.

Eastern Kentucky University Researchers Studying Copperhead Snakes In Their Area



EKU researchers studying copperheads in the Gorge


RICHMOND, Ky. (WKYT) — They’re a common snake found throughout the state. The copperhead snake is one that shows up quite often, especially across eastern Kentucky. Their habitat is best suited in these areas.

“The forest, the plateau, and mountains provide underground retreats. The forest has lots of organisms for them to eat and cover, and leaf litter that they blend in with,” said Dr. Stephen Richter, an EKU biology professor.

Richter is heading a research study in the Gorge area that’s aimed at learning more about copperhead snakes, their habitat, and how to minimize human-snake interaction. The group captures these snakes, insert a microchip, track their movements and collect data. Then, the snakes are recaptured.

“We learn about population size, body, growth-rates, sex ratios, just basic biology,” said Richter.

It’s this information that researchers can make areas of high human activity less attractive for copperheads. Richter says we just have to be more alert with our surroundings.

“Watch where you’re walking. If there is a downed tree over the trail which happens quite a bit, do not step directly over it, step on it. Look on the other side before you do. Just not putting your hands and feet where you cannot see and stepping too closely to an object where they might be hiding for cover,” said Richter.

Richter sais this is a joint research effort that involves EKU, the U.S. Forest Service, The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources and the Louisville Zoo.

Black Sea Adventurers Plan Reed Boat Trip to Egypt



Black Sea Adventurers Plan Reed Boat Trip to Egypt

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A team, led by German explorer Dominique Goertlitz, assembles a 14-meter long reed boat in the town of Beloslav, Bulgaria, July 3, 2019. Picture taken July 3, 2019. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov
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Adventurers are getting ready to set off on a 3,000-km voyage in a reed boat to test a theory that ancient Egyptian merchants used such as vessels to travel as far as the Black Sea, Reuters reported.

A crew led by German explorer Dominique Goеrlitz is planning to leave the Black Sea port of Varna next month, then try to island-hop around the Aegean and cross the Mediterranean to Alexandria.

The boat Abora IV is still being built in the nearby town of Beloslav, with the help of two members of the Aymara ethnic group from Bolivia – Fermin Limachi and his son Yuri who have flown in to share their expertise using the fragile material.

According to Reuters, Goеrlitz said the Ancient Greek historian Herodotus had cited even older sources suggesting Egyptians “sailed into the Black Sea, to get precious materials they could not find in the Eastern Mediterranean”.

The accounts were supported, he said, by the discovery of Egyptian remains around the Black Sea.

Other members of the Aymara group, who live on Lake Titicaca high in the Andes, were involved in earlier Abora expeditions to other destinations and helped Norwegian writer Thor Heyerdahl, who crossed the Pacific in the “Kon-Tiki” balsa-reed raft in 1947.

The (Five) Most Popular Destinations for Studying Abroad in 2020



The Most Popular Destinations for Studying Abroad in 2020

College is a time of self-discovery and exploration, and nothing quite ticks off that latter category like studying abroad. Many American college students jump at the chance to see another country while completing their higher education, and of the countries they are most likely to visit, all are in Europe. The ease with which students can travel to other nearby destinations, alongside their accommodations to English speakers and long-standing romanticism surrounding many of these countries, explains their popularity. The following are the top five most popular destinations to study abroad.

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The powerhouse of the European Union is also one of the most popular destinations for international students. Of all students studying abroad, 4 percent attend universities in Germany. The country houses several world-renowned institutions of higher learning and offers many courses in English, making it a popular choice for American students. As of 2016, the country also passed a law to waive normal tuition fees for international students in lieu of nominal administrative fees totaling only a few hundred euros per semester – a far cry from American tuition fees. Add all of that to the rumpus of Oktoberfest, and it’s no wonder that so many Americans choose Germany as the locale of their semester(s) abroad.


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With a world-famous reputation for art, history, and fine cuisine, it comes as no surprise that many young Americans jump at the chance to study in France. Six percent of all students studying abroad attend their classes in France. In addition to its long history of art, food and fashion, France also has an extensive number of universities—around 100. In other words, there are plenty of choices for students looking to visit La République. The world-renowned reputation of the country draws in countless students looking to add the backdrop of France to their college of experience.


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Siestas in the afternoon and fiestas in the evening more or less sum up the dream of a college experience for countless students, and in these regards, Spain is more than accommodating. Nine percent of international students attend universities in Spain. With the chance to work on a valuable American second language, enjoy the year-long procession of different festivals, and the many beaches of Spain, countless students flock to the nation to continue their studies.


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Art, history, and food are a recurring theme in this list, and Italy delivers in all three of these categories. There is nothing sufficient to scare off students with wanderlust as 11 percent of students choose Italy for their destination to study abroad. Many college programs in Italy allow for students to complete their courses in mostly English, though students will inevitably wish to brush up on their Italian if they intend to venture out to the major cities to take in a breath of the local culture.

United Kingdom

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Our friends on the other side of the pond are no stranger to young Americans looking to continue their studies. With English as the national language, the U.K. offers an easy option for American students eager to see the world but are less than fluent in a second language. However, the ease stops there, as English university programs are notoriously challenging. Nonetheless, students tend to adapt to the grading curve and cost of living, as student satisfaction rates in the U.K. are ranked at 90 percent. With that in mind, many students jump at the chance to add “a semester at Cambridge” to their CV—and maybe enjoy a pint with some bangers and mash.

Indian students’ arrests puts focus on underbelly of China medical colleges



Indian students’ arrests puts focus on underbelly of China medical colleges

The agents often become incommunicado after extracting lakhs from the families and a commission from the college, leaving students confused and stranded in a foreign country with no grasp of the local language and without family or peer backup.

WORLD Updated: Jun 24, 2019 15:50 IST

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More than 21,000 Indian students are studying MBBS across 100 Chinese universities. And the number is increasing.(FILE PHOTO.)

The recent arrest, expulsion, and deportation of Indian students studying in medical colleges in China for drug abuse has raised dual concerns about the quality of campus life here and the lack of information available to foreign students about Chinese law.

It also puts the focus on the soft underbelly of Chinese medical colleges where a nexus of interests between a few India-based agents and some university officials has misled students, promising them top facilities but delivering less.

The agents often become incommunicado after extracting lakhs from the families and a commission from the college, leaving students confused and stranded in a foreign country with no grasp of the local language and without family or peer back-up.

It becomes more difficult for “first generational learners” who have moved to China from smaller cities in India and find themselves in a world that is entirely foreign in terms of lifestyle, language, culture and even teaching methodology in colleges.

Several cases of depression, in fact, have been reported among Indian students who have not been able to adjust to life in China.

More than 21,000 Indian students are studying MBBS across 100 Chinese universities. And the number is increasing.

On an average, at least 3000 to 3500 Indian students annually enroll at medical colleges, attracted by less rigorous admission procedures and cheaper tuition fees.

The facilities at some Chinese colleges are also said to be better than Indian universities.

Involvement in drug-related cases, however, is becoming the big worry for families as it attracts strict penalties from authorities here; the numbers aren’t big but the trend is worrying.

A few Indian students were recently deported for using drugs in one university; in another case, passports of a few more were seized by the police and they were expelled from the college.

In May, 15 foreign students were arrested on drug-related charges at the Dalian Medical University; three were Indian.

According to Chinese law, if deported, the student cannot return to China to finish the MBBS degree, adding a hefty financial loss to the mental anguish and stress on them and their families.

The Chinese education ministry didn’t respond to a list of questions sent by HT on the problems faced by Indian students in China.

The email to the ministry mentioned specific issues faced by them.

The ministry remained silent to the question whether its officials had ever looked into the problems faced by the large number of Indian students coming to China to study.

Sources told HT that for many students the world of a Chinese college could well be different from the one promised by agents in India.

Easy availability of drugs is just one of the problems.

The quality of teachers in certain colleges is questionable with many professors unable to teach in English. As a result, the quality of education suffers. Students complain that many professors teach only through power-point presentations, which aren’t backed by discussions and they, the students, are often left to fend for themselves.

At some places, the shocking practice of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) doctors teaching MBBS courses has been reported.

At some others, students get little clinical exposure and a few medical colleges don’t even have attached hospitals where they can complete their mandatory medical attachment or internship.

In one case, a batch of Indian students was flown to Moscow this year to complete their internship at a Russian medical college.

In certain cases, students were promised better facilities like single or double-room accommodation but later made to share one room with a number of students.

For many Indian students, sourcing vegetarian or Indian food becomes a chore though they are promised easy access to Indian food by agents.

Recently, the Indian embassy released an official notification from the Chinese education ministry, a list of 45 Universities in China that are authorized to give admission to foreign students (including Indian students) to undertake MBBS degree course (in the English language) in China for the year 2019.

These 45 colleges are different from the 214, which also offer MBBS but in the Chinese language.

Many Indian students, however, are grappling with some problem or the other at nearly all colleges, HT has learned.

Indian students in China (All-time high): 23198

Indian students studying medicine: 21000+

Number of Indian students in China is fourth after South Korea, Thailand, Pakistan.

Number of foreign students in China: 492185

Source: Education Ministry, the Indian Embassy.

First Published: Jun 23, 2019 17:32 IST

Egypt: Sisi Calls For Countering Extremism With Enlightened Thinking



Sisi Calls For Countering Extremism With Enlightened Thinking

Monday, 3 June, 2019 – 10:45
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Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi called for strengthening efforts to confront extremism through an enlightened religious and intellectual discourse.

Speaking during a celebration of the Night of Decree (Laylat al-Qadr), Sisi the people’s behaviors could affect the image of their religion negatively or positively in other nations’ views.

“Strong religion could be weakened by its believers’ behaviors,” the Egyptian president said, adding that Muslims should represent Islam in a good way through their practices.

Sisi warned against the dangers of Islamophobia and called on religious scholars to raise the moderate religious awareness and combat extremism among the youth, adding that the enlightened religious discourse was the best way to fight extremist ideology.

Since his accession to power in 2014, Sisi has focused on the issue of “renewing religious discourse.” His official speeches and interventions at public events often include a call to religious scholars to use moderate rhetoric.

The president expressed his regret at the presence of some hardline and extremist intellectuals, who make Muslims feel insecure.

“We have been killed by our own people for years and we spent a huge amount of money on our security [to be protected] from this ideology,” he stated.

“Our main objective is to preserve the essence of religion and to educate young people to understand the dangers of radical thought on the one hand and the magnitude of challenges and risks on the other,” Sisi added.

Michigan teen graduates high school with two college degrees



Michigan teen graduates high school with two college degrees

DELTON, Mich. — A Michigan teen is graduating high school with two college degrees under her belt.

Lily Cooper is always on the go. Throughout her tenure at Delton High School, she’s taken multiple advanced placement classes, earned a 4.02 GPA, was executive president of the student council and was part of the robotics team, her favorite school activity.

When she wasn’t studying, she worked part-time at a local Arby’s.

“I don’t feel any different from anybody else,” Cooper said. “Like, I just feel, I don’t even know.”

Her parents, beaming with pride, said she’s graduating fifth in her class, has been accepted to 10 universities and has received multiple scholarships.

The Coopers said they’re proud of Lily, not only because she’s decided to go to the University of Michigan Ann Arbor next fall, but also because she’ll enter school with two college degrees already.

“I started dual-enrolling my sophomore year when I was 15,” Cooper said. “I’ve been doing it through the summers and taking two classes per semester.  Last summer I took six classes I think.”

For the last three years, Lily has been apart of the dual-enrollment program at Kellogg Community College. She took courses in accounting and business management, while maintaining at 4.0 GPA at Delton.

“It was very nerve-wracking,” she said. “I didn’t know what I was doing at first. So, you just gotta like jump in, and it turned out alright.”

She earned a 3.8 GPA at KCC and earned  an associate degree in each major.

“I learned that I can’t procrastinate everyday. That’s a bad strategy,” Cooper said. “I learned that you can’t turn in stuff late because otherwise they won’t take it. Then your grade drops.”

It’s a lesson she’ll take with her to Michigan where she’ll be studying statistics, Lily said. As nervous as she is about starting her freshman year, she’s feel better prepared to succeed because of her success at KCC.

“Even though I am spending four years at a university, now I have a fallback on accounting and business management,” she said. “I can work not as a waitress.”

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Colorado shooting suspect denounced ‘all these Christians who hate gays’



Colorado shooting suspect denounced ‘all these Christians who hate gays’


The social media posts by a suspect in the STEM School Highlands Ranch shooting in Colorado included opposition to “Christians who hate gays,” criticism of President Trump, and support for the left-wing Occupy Democrats.

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On his now-deleted Facebook account, Devon Erickson, 18, posted: “You know what I hate? All these Christians who hate gays, yet in the bible, it says in Deuteronomy 17:12-13, if someone doesn’t do what their priest tells them to do, they are supposed to die. It has plenty of crazy stuff like that. But all they get out of it is ‘ewwwwww gays.'”

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The other suspect in the shooting, which left one dead and seven wounded, has been identified as in court documents as Maya McKinney, a 16-year-old female who identifies as a transgender male and prefers to be called Alec.

[Read more: Transgender suspect asks court to use pronoun ‘he’ in Colorado school shooting case]

Erickson appeared in court with long, busy hair, half of which was dyed purple. The judges ordered that no images of McKinney could be used by the media.

In 2016, Erickson shared a video of late-night host Seth Meyers criticizing President Donald Trump prior to the 2016 election, and had shared an Occupy Democrats post that praised President Barack Obama.

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In a post on his Instagram, Erickson posted, “I’m covered in ink and addicted to pain.”

Far Left Youth, a group on Twitter using the handle @MarxFolks, tweeted that “one of our admins knew him personally” and that the shooter “had no love for socialism. What was done was evil and totally out of line with any leftist values.”

Denver 7 reported that because the suspects were under age they stole two handguns from one of their parents. Kendrick Castillo, 18, was killed after charging one of the shooters during the attack. Eight other students were wounded.

Brendan Bialy, a senior who enlisted into the Marine Corps Delayed Entry Program, also charged the shooter and has been credited with stopping the attack.

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