Boise, Idaho – Still Racist?

Boise, Idaho has a long lived, storied history of perceived racism from United States citizens throughout our great country. I personally, am originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan the home of our late President Gerald R. Ford. I grew up in a place where my mother was pitcher for our neighborhood softball team referred to as the ghetto all-stars. I am African-American and graduated from Mountain Home High School in Idaho where I played for former Olympic Basketball great Ed Palubinskas.

Boise, Idaho…well, let’s start by saying its definitely a territory of very few African-Americans, but oh man, are there a lot of Hispanics, well just speaking with regards to any other race besides Caucasians throughout the state of Idaho. Cheering abruptly for the Boise State University Broncos, these days, is what it’ all about, as far as the Boiseans are concerned. Revenue, revenue, revenue!

Lots of dollars are generated for the community of Boise and the “White Collar” guys of Boise’s corporate world, of which I get “stares and glares” from at the local Boise Family YMCA on a daily basis. Go figure, I look like the very same kids at the skilled positions of Boise State Football and Boise State University Basketball, that they (whites) cheer for on a weekly basis. Oh, forbid the cheering is due to money being wagered or won after victories, or influenced by the alcoholic stimulation of a few cans of Coors Light!

Regardless, it goes without saying, I spend my fair share of time at Boise State University and I personally, do not see congratulatory hand shakes or appreciative gestures being given by community citizens to African-American players ever. I cannot remember the last time I heard former Boise State University and NBA players, Chris Child’s name on the radio or news, and he’s a multi-millionaire! I guess no one in Boise, has ever gotten a hand-out from him…even just a little…say, $500,000 to $1,000,000!

The fact that community melting pots of visitors and local traffic like the Boise Public Library, Boise’s Main Post Office, and even get this…the local media, including television (KTVB Channel 7, KIVI Channel 6, and KBCI Channel 2), radio and print, do not employ African-Americans on a consistent basis, worries me to some extent. The reason being, one would conclude, that African-Americans are either turning down job offers from these organizations (a means of earning a living) or simply not being offered the positions in the first place (that’s so 1960-ish)! I would be willing to bet $11,000,000 that job offers made to African American kids in college during their internships or after, would be received with welcome arms as a way to provide for themselves and their families, regardless of whether the position is located in predominantly “white” Boise, Idaho. In other words, the jobs are not being offered and definitely not interviews. The last time I saw an African-American reporting the news in Boise, I think Milli Vanilli was still perceived as REAL!

Either way Racism …

Australian University Students Are in Need of Better Funding

It’s over 40 years since the Federal Whitlam Government made university education free. This was something many were pushing for at the time. My arguments for it included the point that without educated professional people this country could not function. As others also thought this way we considered that by lifting the burden of fees we should actually be paying people to undertake higher education.

Every department of government and business life requires people holding degrees and doctorates in fields relevant to their positions. The need to maintain a stream of graduates has to compete with sacrifices made on the part of students. They often surrender life-styles and other things to undertake courses.

Our hospitals need doctors, nurses and scientists. Our cities run with the help of educated graduates in law, economics, and a long list of other subjects. In a growing community that is expanding as rapidly as Australia there is no end to the number of graduates we require.

The next government that arrived a few months later quickly replaced university fees and since then they have been on the incline. The country is now in the situation of having to import qualified people from overseas to do the jobs for which Australians have been prevented from qualifying because of the cost.

The fees now are extremely high and going up by the year. Overall the cost of doing a medical degree may soon be up to $100,000. The books alone are often too expensive for students to own and they either borrow or hire them. Add to that the other equipment and costs and it is quite substantial.

While the government offers students loans it has now put a time limit on them that means the repayments may exceed one’s income when first starting out. The question is what do the politicians expect to happen. Most of the current ones got a free education or paid very little for it in the past but they are now making it not only impossible for many Australians but putting us behind the rest of the world in the education stakes.

The university students are protesting fiercely over the demonstrations that won’t stop until something better is produced. They require better financial aid and more government support for their sacrifice. The country will be better served if they get it.…

How to Find Money for College – A Brief Overview

You can find money for college in a variety of places; It's just a matter of knowing where to look. The three most common types of financial assistance offered include grants (which you do not have to pay back), scholarships (again, you do not have to pay back), and loans (which you DO have to pay back). Depending on the type of loan, you could pay back the interest while in school (unsubsidized) or wait until you either graduate or fall below half-time credits (typically 6 credits or less; subsidized). There is also the possibility of work-study; You would find a job on campus, and you would work off your loan debt. The money is actually awarded to you as a lump sum, but in order to get to that money you have to work a certain number of hours in a semester. Sometimes employers help foot the bill, so long as your grades remain at a C or higher and are applicable to your field of work.

LOANS

You'll need to sign up for the FAFSA (Federal Application for Financial Student Aid); When you do you'll be given a password. Treat this password like gold, because if it's lost or forgotten it tends to take a few days to re-retrieve or be reassigned a new password. When it comes to financial aid, the faster you move, the better!

The FAFSA application you filled out will be reviewed; If approved (which 99.9% of the time you will be) you can choose a lender from a variety of student lenders. You'll sign a contract, or agreement, known as a Master Promissory Note, which basically states that yes you will pay this money back once you graduate or certain other stipulations are met that are outlined in the contract. The funds will be sent to your college or university of choice once your Master Promissory Note has been signed and approved. Tuition is taken out first; Any remaining money is sent to you as a refund check. You have the option to either accept or reject this extra money, but trust me: you can use this for other costs, like books, housing, food, gas, etc.

GRANTS / SCHOLARSHIPS

Finding a scholarship could be as easy as walking in to a local store and asking at the service counter if they have applications for scholarships. Companies tend to use this money as tax write-offs; If the money never gets used, the companies do not get the tax credit. Other places to look include:

1) Your high school guidance office

2) Your employer's human resource office

3) Online (try search engines like Google)

4) Newspaper

5) TV ads

6) Radio ads

7) From family and friends.

When looking for grant and / or scholarship money, you should be aware of a few things:

1) If you can not find pertinent information within five minutes, such as how to go about applying for the scholarship or who to contact in case you have questions, do …

University of Southern Mississippi Mascot

The University of Southern Mississippi is located in the medium sized city of Hattiesburg, Mississippi. The university is commonly referred to as the Southern Miss Golden Eagles. The Golden Eagles is the current mascot and nickname of the University, but this was not always the case.

The school, founded in 1910, has a history of many different nicknames throughout its rich history. The first nickname was the Tigers. The Tigers is a common nickname in the southern part of the United States where neighboring schools Auburn (located in Alabama) and LSU (located in Louisiana) also have the common nickname and mascot of the Tigers.

Following the initial Tigers nickname the University of Southern Mississippi switched to the very unique nickname Normalites (derived from the early name for the university – Mississippi Normal College). From there the nickname changed several times as the school was represented with the names Yellow Jackets, Confederates, and Southerners in that order. It was an alumni/student vote in 1972 that selected the Golden Eagles name that is still used to this day.

The students and faculty at the university have gone as far as to give the golden eagle mascot a proper first and last name. It is not uncommon for colleges to give their mascots names, examples include: the University of Florida with Albert the Alligator and Michigan State with their Spartan mascot named Sparty. In the case of Southern Miss the full name of their mascot is Seymour d’Campus. The name Seymour d’Campus is a play on words intended to be read as “see more of the campus.” The modern name was influenced by the 1984 World’s Fair mascot by a similar name: Seymour d’Fair. The resourceful students and faculty of Southern Miss adapted the World’s Fair mascot name to suit their own agenda.

It should come as no surprise that Seymour attends Southern Mississippi sporting events year round and frequently makes appearances at university and community events. In addition to public appearances Seymour the Golden Eagle can often be found partaking in television promotions for local businesses. Over the last ten years Seymour has competed in numerous national mascot competitions that are designed to select America’s favorite collegiate mascots. During the first ten years of the twenty first century Seymour the Golden Eagle made numerous appearances in the top twenty results and even occasionally finished in the top ten with his best showing being a 7th place finish in the 2002 UCA Mascot National competition.

The most famous athlete that Seymour the Golden Eagle cheered on is the long time quarterback of the Green Bay Packers and current Minnesota Viking Brett Favre.…

Why Her Voice May Signal the Best Time to Conceive – TTC 101

Trying to have a baby is an important time between couples. The decision to have children is only the beginning, and in some cases, the ability get conceive may take several months, or even longer.

Tips on conceiving a child have been around for thousands of years and have spanned across all cultures. Science can also help in providing some of those tools that can be used to determine the best time to try for a new baby.

A study in done in October of 2008 at University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) may lend credence that women have a tendency to give off signals when their bodies are most fertile. For couples who are “Trying to Conceive”, this may be another tool to use to assist in starting a family.

The study was run with about 70 women that averaged about 20 years of age, with normal cycles and not currently using birth control. Researchers conducted tests to see if hormone changes affected the participant’s voices during their most fertile times of the month.

Researchers recorded each subject during the course of the month as a baseline for comparison and sampling. Each subject was to speak the following sentence “Hi, I’m a student at UCLA” during their peak and low end of their fertility cycles.

When these recordings were compared, researchers found a distinct difference in the level of pitch at the peak of their fertility cycle which was about 48 hours prior to ovulation. Researchers hypothesized that the change in hormones during that time might account for the change in their voices.

In summary, scientists are continually looking at ways to help couples in their quest to start a family. Having children can be a frustrating experience if the couple is ready, but the process does not produce expected results quickly enough. Conceiving tips like these may help couples in trying to get pregnant naturally.…

Free Fake MCSE Certificates

The MCSE certification is a hard-earned credential of the information technology specialist. Seven exams are passed to achieve this certification and there were many hours spent in the preparation for these exams. Colleges and universities offer preparatory courses to help you in study for the 70-290 exam. For those who cannot attend local class. there are university courses offered online to get the information needed to prepare for the exam. Books and other materials are sold to complement these internet courses.

To pass the 7-290 exam, there are seven separate tests that must be successfully passed. The preparation for this series of exams can be quite intense. Some test candidates attend camps where the immersion in the subject matter is more thorough than one can achieve in colleges or universities. In addition to the lectures and group discussions in class, there are books these programs provide to help the testing candidates be ready for the exam.

The participants in these camps or university programs are system engineers, system administrators or anyone in the information and technology department who will be responsible for keeping the internal networks secure and running smoothly.

The certified professional with the genuine MCSE certification will have the knowledge and experience gained from books, classes, college and or university coursework and real-world experience to successfully tackle all business computing needs, which can be quite diverse. Everything ranging from the individual workstation maintenance to the management of disaster recovery.

There have been some articles and postings that advertise “Free Fake MCSE Certificates”. The danger in these certificates is that the holder of the bogus MCSE is not a person who has necessarily read the books or attended the camps. They may not have spent the requisite time in college or university programs and they have a very large responsibility in the infrastructure management position to keep the corporation or business on a reliable and secure system. If a holder of a counterfeit MCSE Certificate is in a position of such vital importance, it threatens the well-being of that entire company. The genuine certified individual has passed the 7-290 exams, has the knowledge to support the varied and ever-changing needs of the Microsoft Windows 2003 server business environment, and it is well worth checking the credentials of all information technology professionals who claim to hold the MCSE.

Only by reading the books, passing the genuine 7-290 and having the knowledge gleaned from university and college classes or accredited camps can a person genuinely shoulder the responsibility of the certified Microsoft professional.…

Famous Accountant – John Grisham

John Ray Grisham was born in Jonesboro, Arkansas on 8th February. His father was a construction worker and mother was a homemaker. After moving to several places his family finally settled in Southaven, Mississippi, in 1967. During his childhood days, he had an ambition of becoming a proficient baseball player. He also struggled to get into the Delta State University team, but failed. He then realized that he didn’t have the perfect skills and eventually shifted gears into an accounting career. He attained a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Mississippi State University in 1977. He also earned his Juris Doctor degree in 1981 from the University of Mississippi School of Law.

He started his law practice and continued this practice for almost 10 years in Southaven, specializing in personal injury litigation and criminal defense. During law practice, he came into politics when he was elected as a democrat to the Mississippi’s State House of Representatives in 1983 and handled his responsibility until 1990. In his second term, he was became vice-chairman of the Apportionment and Elections Committee, and was a member of the Judiciary A, Military Affairs Committees and Insurance. His political life was going absolutely fine, but after some time he felt boredom due to slow pace of state legislature. Soon, his life turned to a new path when Grisham witnessed the shocking evidence of a twelve-year-old rape sufferer. This incident inspired him to write a novel emphasizing on the subject – discover what would have occurred, just if the girl’s father had killed her attackers.

Starting a novel along with a responsible job was easy but he managed to do it and took three years to complete this novel named A Time to Kill. Grisham finished the novel in 1987 and got it published in June 1988 after number of rejections by publishers. The day Grisham completed his first novel ‘A Time to Kill’, he began to write a next novel named ‘The Firm’. It was about a young lawyer attracted to an actually law firm that was not actually what it seemed. By the time his ‘A Time to Kill’ was already a grand hit. Quickly, he came on the map after he sold the rights of ‘The Firm’ to Paramount amount to $600,000. Grisham’s writing profession took the fast pace and earned reputation as the master of the legal thriller.

The Pelican Brief, his next creation hit number one on the New York Times bestseller list. Grisham’s success took another gear when A Time to Kill was reprinted in the hardcover by Doubleday and then in paperback by Dell. Grisham and his wife Renee have two children Shea and Ty. Grisham and his family split their time between a plantation near Charlottesville in VA and their Victorian home on a farm in Mississippi. Apart from writing Grisham also devoted most of his time in different charitable causes. He contributed for Gulf Coast relief due to Hurricane Katrina. He is still in touch with his …

Indiana University Hoosier Nickname Explained

The flagship campus of the Indiana University system is the site located in Bloomington, Indiana where Indiana University with a student population of over 40,000 proudly go by the nickname the Indiana Hoosiers.

The official name for citizens of the state of Indiana is the Hoosiers. The name Hoosiers derives from the nickname officially adopted by the State of Indiana over 150 years ago when a group of state representatives chose to henceforth be known as the “Hoosier State.” While the exact origin of the now well-known term is not precisely known it is believed that the word has been around since at least 1830.

One of the most commonly recognized explanations for the derivation of the word Hoosiers is that it comes from the Cumberland dialect of old England where a similar sounding word (“hoozer”) was said to mean anything of substantial size, such as a hill. While Indiana topography is not traditionally thought of as being mountainous it can in fact be quite hilly. Based on geographical surroundings those who initially inhabited what is now the hilly Southern region of Indiana were often referred to as hill dwellers and subsequently adopted the Hoozer nickname which was later adapted to Hoosiers.

While the previously described explanation is still unsubstantiated conjecture there are other theories as to how the term Hoosiers was created and tied to the good people of Indiana. One of the more colorful explanations is based on the wide open spaces that dominated the Indiana landscape. In the early days of settling, cabin dwellers would have to yell out at approaching individuals to determine if they were friend or foe. A common message often shouted was one asking, “Who’s there?” When heard from a far enough distance and with a certain ascent the phrase “who’s there” can be jumbled into sounded akin to Hoosier.

Another tale dating back to the early settling days describes the scene as one with prevalent violence and common fighting in the streets. The settlers were said to be so vicious that it was near common place for missing teeth and bitten off ears to be left behind after intense brawls. The result of these fights relates to the Hoosier nickname because as legend has it hearing an onlooker quip “whose ear?” was a common occurrence. It is widely believed that this explanation relating the phonics of “whose ear” with “Hoosier” should be taken with at least a few grains of salt.

Regardless of which explanation you buy into it is clear that the state of Indiana has an interesting history and the memory of that past is preserved in both the state nickname (The Hoosier State) and in the flagship university: the Indiana University Hoosiers.…

11 Lesser Known Facts About Louis Pasteur

Louis Pasteur, born in 1822, was a French scientist. He went on to become a Chemistry professor and made quite a lot of discoveries. Popularly known as Chemist and Microbiologist, he is known for his tremendous contribution to the field of science. He is known for his work in Vaccination, Pasteurization and Fermentation processes. Here are some interesting facts which throw light on his work as a scientist:

1. Pasteurization

Louis Pasteur came up with one of the most important discoveries of the pasteurization process. He found that when we heat milk, all the germs inside it get killed and this way we can have a safer way to drink and use milk. This process saved people from getting sick.

2. Study Graph of Louis

Louis started with school where he was an average student. But instead he was a gifted artist. He loved to draw and paint. He went on to acquire a doctorate degree and later became a professor of Chemistry and teacher dean faculty at Lille University.

3. “Vaccination”

He was the one who came up with the word of “Vaccination” as we know it today. He worked tremendously to find cure for many of the diseases by providing vaccination for it.

4. Changed Medicine

He came up with vaccines for cholera, small pox, anthrax and rabies and saved many lives. His rabies vaccination in the year 1885 saved a life of a boy who was the first one to get it.

5. Left-Handed and Right-Handed people

In a rather fascinating theory, Louis discovered how people are either left handed or right handed because of the molecules present in each individual, which are twisted in either of that direction. Wow!!

6. He had OCD for germs

Louis was known for his OCD. In order to find out things about diseases, he never shook hands with anybody even with royalty. He was too scared to catch diseases and infections. Guess knowing too much makes you like this!

7. He was Responsible for happiness- Beer and Wine

The fermentation process was introduced and discovered by Louis, he was responsible for making beer. He said that juices can be converted into wines and beer. He truly is responsible for our happiness!

8. Paris Pasteur Institute

In the year 1887, he founded Pasteur Institute in Paris and he remained the director of the institute till his death. Also his mortals’ remains lie in the building and a tomb was built in his memory.

9. Brain Stroke didn’t stop him

In 1868, Louis suffered a really bad brain stroke which made him partly paralyzed. But his dedication and passion kept him going for his research nevertheless.

10. “Legion of Honor”

For all the great work, Louis did, he was honored with esteemed French order of “Legion of Honor”. The Grand Croix tittle was given to him, which recognized all his contribution to the world of science.

11. He found true reasons for diseases

Initially people believed that diseases get generated spontaneously but …

How to Become an Orthodontist in Ontario

Becoming an orthodontist in Ontario requires 10 years of post secondary education.

– 4 year Bachelor of Science

– 4 year Dentistry School

– 2 year Graduate School of Orthodontics

An aspiring orthodontist must first complete a four year Bachelor of Science degree ensuring that all pre-requisite courses for dental school are completed. Individual pre-requisite courses may vary by school but generally include the core sciences including biology, chemistry, physics, physiology, biochemistry and organic chemistry courses. Interested applicants are advised to check individual school websites for requirements as different schools may have different requirements.

After completion (or for some schools, while undertaking) a Bachelor of Science undergraduate degree, an individual may sit for a DAT test (Dental Aptitude Test) administered by the Canadian Dental Association and apply to a School of Dentistry.

Upon admission into a School of Dentistry in Ontario, the student must successfully complete four years of further education which would enable them to become a practicing dentist.

In Ontario, getting acceptance into a School of Dentistry is very competitive. As a result, it’s not uncommon for students to go abroad to the US or UK to peruse their dentistry degrees.

Upon completion of a four year dentistry program, students can choose to apply to the Graduate School of Orthodontics in a Canadian school (ex: University of Western Ontario). This application process is highly selective and only the best candidates are given acceptance into the program which entails a final two years of education.

As you can see, Orthodontists go through many years of education in order to have the qualifications and skills required to treat patients.

List of Canadian Dentistry School for Prospective Students:

– Dalhousie University, Faculty of Dentistry

– McGill University, Faculty of Dentistry

– University of Alberta, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry

– University of British Columbia, Faculty of Dentistry

– University of Manitoba, Faculty of Dentistry

– University of Saskatchewan, College of Dentistry

– University of Toronto, Faculty of Dentistry

– University of Western Ontario, School of Dentistry

– Université de Montréal, Faculté de médecine dentaire

– Université Laval, Faculté de médecine dentaire…