Monthly Archives: July 2015

Fewer and fewer cities in democratic nations interested in the Olympics

TIME magazine explores what’s going on. But what does Beijing’s win say about the Olympics? Winter wonderlands like Oslo and Stockholm dropped out of the 2022 bidding, concerned about the costs. The Sochi Olympics, whose tab ran to over $50 … Continue reading

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The University of Akron has a press, but…

…no staff to run it. How can it have a press? Inside Higher Ed takes a look at this conundrum. Thomas Bacher, director of the press, said in an interview that the university’s statements were “spin,” and that no discussions … Continue reading

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Beijing to host 2022 Winter Olympics, even though there is…

…no snow. The New York Times has the details. It’s a sad day when the International Olympic Committee cannot even clear one of the lowest bars for choosing the host city for the Winter Games: snow. Yes, snow — the … Continue reading

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The Best Damn (anti-Semitic) Band in the Land?

Let the Associated Press explain. An unofficial marching band song that made fun of Holocaust victims is the type of thing Ohio State University has pledged to eradicate from the band program, the university said Thursday. The lyrics were contained … Continue reading

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Big Ten conference sends clear message to lesser football programs: Get lost

USA Today has the details. In the most stringent scheduling criteria among all Power Five conferences, Big Tenteams have committed to play nine league games, one mandated nonconference game against a fellow power league and no longer schedule Football Championship … Continue reading

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YUCK! Associated Press reports waters around Rio could make Olympians “violently ill”

Here’s the AP report, and remember that the athletes already know about this problem. Over 10,000 athletes from 205 nations are expected to compete in next year’s Olympics. Nearly 1,400 of them will be sailing in the waters near Marina … Continue reading

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Italy most likely to ditch euro. Wait…what? ITALY? MAMA MIA!

The Washington Post makes the case for Italy leaving the Eurozone. It wouldn’t be quite so large, though, if Italy would actually start growing again. More income would mean less of a debt burden, and, in turn, less need for … Continue reading

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