4 Excellent Films Commemorating the Battle of Little Big Horn

In honor of June 26, we would like to recommend the following historically “accurate” films: Son of the Morning Star, Little Big Man, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, and American Experience’s Emmy award winning documentary Last Stand at Little Big Horn

Between June 25 and 26, 1876, a combined force of Lakota and Northern Cheyenne led the United States 7th Cavalry into a battle near the Little Bighorn River in what was then the eastern edge of the Montana Territory. The engagement is known by several names: the Battle of Greasy Grass, the Battle of Little Big Horn, and Custer’s Last Stand. Perhaps the most famous action of the Indian Wars, it was a remarkable victory for Sitting Bull and his forces. They defeated a column of seven hundred men led by George Armstrong Custer; five of the Seventh’s companies were annihilated and Custer himself was killed in the engagement along with two of his brothers and a brother-in-law. Known as the battle that left no white survivors, Little Big Horn has inspired more than 1,000 works of art, including over 40 films. Here are four of the best…

Son of the Morning Star

Based on the 1984 best selling historical novel by Evan S, Connell, Son of the Morning Star won five Emmys when it first aired in 1991. Focusing on the life and times of General George Armstrong Custer, it takes up Custer’s life near the end of the American Civil War, follows him through his involvement in famous Indian wars, and culminates with the battle of Little Big Horne. I particularly like this version because it attempts to get beyond the stereotypes and introduce you to the real man; it provides an excellent introduction to the personalities involved and the events leading up to and following the battle.

Little Big Man,

The 1970 film Little Big Man, directed by Arthur Penn and starring Dustin Hoffman, was based on Thomas Berger’s 1964 fictionalized “historical” novel by the same name. Admittedly adjusted history, it tells the satirical, fictional and picaresque story of Jack Crabb; a white boy orphaned in a Pawnee raid and adopted by a Cheyenne warrior, he eventually becomes the only white survivor of the Battle of Little Big Horn. It is considered a “Revisionist Western” because Native Americans receive a sympathetic treatment that was uncommon for Western films in previous decades. Revisionist or not, I simply adore this wickedly humorous film about one man’s life revolving through the kaleidoscope of cultures that made up the American “Wild” West, and I recommend it with all my heart.

Bury My heart at Wounded Knee,

HBO’s 2007 adaptation of Bury My heart at Wounded Knee, a 1970 classic of Native American history by Dee Alexander Brown, recounts the struggle of the Indian Wars from the perspectives of three people: Charles Eastman, a young Sioux doctor who received his medical degree from Boston University in 1889; Sitting Bull, who led the combined forces at Little Big Horn and refused …

The University Cafeteria

Cafeterias and restaurants are important in university campuses. The largest Cafeteria of the university designed for use by staff, students and visitors is generally the most visited component of a university. It is also a place where students and faculty can take their visitors for a brief coffee break or a lunch hour visit. A well-designed Central cafeteria, housed perhaps in the student center adds to functional efficiency of the university. For here, the lunch hour can be combined with a visit to the bank, post office and the book store along with a friendly exchange of words with colleagues, fellow students, visitors, staff and faculty who may be visiting the same building at the same time. Universities where such centers are not common would do well to plan for it on their campuses.

As mentioned, the ideal location for the central cafeteria of a university is the student center. The student center building containing the cafeteria, along with the administration building can easily be designed as the two largest buildings on a university campus because of their central and essential functions. Both of these buildings need to be accessed from the academic departments as well as by outsiders and vehicles. Therefore, their placement in the university in conjunction with parking areas and the university boulevard has to be incorporated in the master plan. The best location for a student center on a campus is a location close to the administration building but towards the student residential area. It must also be close to the University Boulevard and Visitors Parking area. The building needs to be surrounded by lawns and gardens containing benches for sitting.

The university cafeteria needs to be spacious not just because of the large number of its visitors but also because spacing between tables should ideally be much more than the spacing between tables in an ordinary restaurant. Students often use these tables to read or complete an assignment along with a snack, lunch or dinner. The acoustic design of a university cafeteria should be such as to minimize noise level. Using non-reflecting wall coverings and providing sections of the cafeteria that can be opened to surroundings during busy hours takes care of this need. Music may never be permitted inside a university cafeteria for the same reason. Other sound proof sections of the student center can be designed to permit music.

It may be mentioned that a university cafeteria needs to serve nutritious food at subsidized rates. Its primary clients are students, who are not earning members of society. Two different models for running such cafeterias are prevalent. In the first one, the university gives out a contract to a private caterer. In the second, the university runs its own food services department and runs the cafeteria by hiring the required staff. Both models have inherent limitations. When services are contracted out to a private caterer he gets an assured and captive clientele without having to face competition of the open market. This can, and …

Relying on Faith – Believing That It's Possible to Find a Career Outside of the Law

It can be so disabling to realize that you do not want to practice law anymore. You think, "I've got a prestigious, steady job making six figures. And that makes you feel guilty and ungrateful. So you try to go back to your work and ignore the dissatisfaction. But the feelings will not go away.

You realize that for some people, work is about having money to support a family or prestige or intellectual challenge. But that's not all you want from your work. You've always wanted work that makes you look forward to Monday mornings. You've tried pretending you're one of those this-job-is-just-a-job people, but you still feel those little stirrings of unrest in your soul. You think, "There has to be more to life than this."

I know these doubts are frightening but they serve another important purpose: they bring hope. Hope that there is more out there than going to a job that makes you miserable. That hope will help you begin your journey of figuring out what's important to you and make the choice to go after it, no matter what. You begin acting as if you know the life and work you want are out there. And hope becomes faith that the life and work you want are out there. You begin to rely on that faith.

What is it like to rely on faith? It's watching other people settle and thinking, "That's not for me anymore." It's knowing that God put you here on earth for a purpose and that He wants you to use the talents that He gave you. It's the random moments of joy when you experience some clarity. It's believing that your small steps are always going to snowball into you walking out of the firm into a life and work that fulfill you.

It's not easy. There are some hard moments when you think, "Nothing's happening, nothing's changing." But you do not really believe that. Otherwise, you would have given up. That little flicker of hope is hard to snuff out.

Feel that little flicker. Whisper to yourself, "I do not know where I'm going with this, but I know it's going to take me some place magical." Keep saying it to yourself as you have a new idea about what would fulfill you, as you reach out to someone new who can show you the way, as you try something new. Rely on faith.

© 2008 Monica R. Parker …

The Ultimate Combination of Education and Technology – The Distance MBA Degree

Due to the incessant and ever-increasing demand of many companies and corporations for the most talented and skilled people to hold their tops posts, the need for a comprehensive and detailed system of training these select individuals has risen over the years. And the best way to get a scientific approach to management is through the perfect balance of theory and practice that is offered by an MBA degree. Very few other programs, if any, offer better training in all the aspects and nuances of management and running every aspect of a business like the MBA program. So it's not surprising that more and more people are turning to it to enrich their knowledge and to significantly bolster their resumes.

It's a very common fact that those who have received the benefit of an MBA degree are usually entrusted with higher posts, greater responsibilities, and higher pay than those who attempt to climb the corporate ladder without them. But it's also true that there are several people who are not able due to time, schedule or distance to enroll themselves in traditional MBA classes. Many of these classes would require students to attend classes like regular university students or to attend night classes. And for those who live far away from institutions of learning or are engaged with their jobs or families far too much too much time or energy to spare, this poses serious problems. Many just have to accept the fact that a regular MBA degree is not for them. But should this stop gifted individuals from learning advanced management skills? Of course not!

The perfect solution for this problem would be the distance MBA degree. Distance education, as its name implies, is perfect for educating students that are not physically 'on-site'. And because of significant advances in technology, such as the Internet and all the powers of communication that come with it (such as web chat, e-mails, online modules etc.) students are assured that they get their lectures in real time and that their reading materials are received complete and with as little delay as possible.

There are many forms to this kind of education. These include: correspondence courses through snail or e-mail, non-interactive broadcast video, pre-recorded video, live teleconference or videoconference, and online / offline computer courses. With the variety of options, students can pick the one that is most convenient for their needs. …

5 Places to Look For Scholarships

Many people have made the mistake of thinking that the only way one can win a scholarship is to have a superstar athlete or have a 4.0 GPA. Although having these abilities help out a lot, they are not the only way to get a scholarship to assist in paying for college. In fact they only account for a small amount of money granted to a vast majority of students. There are many programs that award money to students based on their background, interest, abilities, financial status etc. When faced with the pressures of graduation, finding scholarships to help pay for college can be a daunting task, but here are a few sources one may look to acquire those funds.

The State Government

The federal government has many programs in place to assist students in paying for college. The first step that needs to be taken is to complete and submit a FASFA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form before your states deadline. By submitting the form by March 1 will have met all states deadlines except Michigan. Failure to have this submitted by the deadline will result in you not being able to obtain financial aid from the state for the entire academic school year.

The amount received varies from state to state. Some states provide a lot of information about resident requirements, scholarships, grants and other programs, while others offer very little information. It is suggested to go to their website and see what programs your state may offer.

Corporations

Many business and corporations offer various scholarship programs. You should ask your parents if their jobs offer any such benefits in helping students. If you are a working student, you should check with your employer and see if they have any programs of that nature. Also check with local businesses in the area. The Chamber of Commerce should be able to provide you with a list of potential places.

The Book Store or Library

There are those that have done extensive research on finding students money to help in paying for college and have compiled the information into various books. Many of these books offer advise on applying for scholarships from start to finish. Some even offer help with writing effective essays, resumes and filling out applications properly for the best chance to win the scholarship. In these books one can find thousands of scholarships, grants, and prizes, along with eligibility requirements, how and where to find the applications, listings of award amounts and key deadlines that needs to be kept in mind.

Military

Every military branch has some form of assistance to offer those wanting to attend college. Being the child of a military parent you may have different options than others. The Montgomery GI Bill is probably the more popular programs offered to members of the Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Coast Guard and Nation Guard. Right now, they are offering nearly $ 40,000 in educational benefits in return for a commitment of one …

Do College Grads Need More Training?

In an article published in the Deseret Morning News, Wendy Leonard says, “Colleges and universities dump a lot of graduates into the work force, and yet some in the work force still need additional, specialized training to perform well in the jobs they choose.”

Whether the college grads come from vocational training schools, career education programs or other traditional college or university programs, employers do often speak about the need for additional training.

Although qualified in the technical content on paper, some new grads need extra training on the soft skills required to be effective in their new jobs.

Employers and colleges are finding ways to collaborate to create custom training opportunities that will meet the need for this additional post graduation training.

Salt Lake Community College and Utah College of Applied Technology offer programs to help employers tailor training courses to meet their business needs.

One such employer, Stampin Up!, a supplier of craft products for the scrap booking marketplace, operates two state-of-the-art facilities in Utah. In partnership with Salt Lake Community College, they applied for grant money to facilitate a series of communication training seminars for their new employees.

New college grads should consider the availability of additional training as they evaluate the companies where they want to begin their careers. Consider asking about the availability of additional training in the following areas:

-Team building

-Leadership or supervisory training

-Customer service and client relations

-Interpersonal skills

-Project management

New employees should also consider working on professional certifications to enhance their professional development. Research professional associations in the career areas of interest and explore the certifications that these professional career organizations support.

Seriously consider companies that will pay for membership in professional associations, cover the cost of certification or additional training as needed.…

Why More Moms Are Going Back to College

Mothers today are looking for ways to earn extra money for their families in today's economy. They are also focusing on being better role models for their children. The recent economic downturn and the loss of jobs for women, including mothers, has affected the number of mothers going back to college. Whether women are married or if they are single mothers there are many reasons why they choose to return to school at any age.

School is a big decision to make for anyone, especially a mother. One of the reasons moms return to school is to have a better career. This in turn results in more money to support their families. Mothers who are married may have to be the sole provider due to the poor economy. Those who have husbands not affected by a job loss are able to add to their household income with going back to school. Any extra income that can be generated for a mother's family by returning to school adds to the stability of their family. They are not as worried about how to pay their bills or how to get groceries. At times the extra income can be used to upgrade vehicles and houses. Mothers who return to school have the chance to increase their family's income.

Mothers with one child or ten children are always trying to be the best role model they can be. Their lifestyle reflects upon their children and one of the best decisions that mothers can make is to return to school. Their children will see this and realize that an education is important. Children are looking at mothers from the time they are babies and they see everything they do. The decisions that single mothers make impact their children sometimes more than mothers who are married. When a mom goes back to college it tells her that child care about them and they love them. Going back to school as a mother also tells her children that if she can do it then they can after graduation from high school. Children often make many of the same lifestyle choices their parents, including their moms, make. Going back to college is one of the many right decisions that moms can do for their children.

There are times when the decision to go back to school is out of a mother's control. As companies have been laying off people more and more for the past two to three years, mothers have had to make the decision to go back to school to learn a new trade. The number of factories has been reduced drastically and moms are getting the opportunity to learn something that they can make a career out of. Older and younger mothers alike are at times going from one profession to a completely different one. Moms who have been in a manufacturing business find themselves getting a degree in nursing. Teaching careers have been changed to healthcare fields by many mothers who have lost their …

Five Tips For Teen Health, Teen Fitness, And College Health

Anyone who is concerned with teen health, teen fitness and college health, need to look no farther than your local gym floor to see why there is such a problem with teen fitness today.

Students don’t know the first thing about college health or teen health, and that is drastically affecting their expanding waistline. Students who are concerned with teen fitness need to alter their workout easier in order to become more fit.

College health is tough to regulate because of the late night parties, all you can eat buffets and drastically different lifestyle. Also, college students are much less likely to be as active as they were in high school, then teen health was much easier to come by (think 3-sport athlete).

Most teens, unfortunately, know nothing about teen health and teen fitness, and it shows in gyms across the country. Teens are showing up to the gym to workout, but we will not address the issues of teen health and teen fitness until we alter their workouts.

Here are quick tips to improve teen fitness, teen health and college fitness:

1- Rest less and workout more. It’s tough for teens to lose weight while they are resting five mintues between sets. You need to get up and workout more. Do a set of jumping jacks between sets, it’ll work! That’ll help out teen health and college health.

2- Lift weights to lose weight. Teen health is terrible because they, especially females, waste their time on the treadmills and elliptical. College health would greatly improve with shorter workouts with lifting more weights, and teen fitness wouldn’t be such an issue if teens lifted.

3- When doing cardio, do it right. Long distance running or walking will not improve teem health. In fact, there have been studies done to prove that adding aerobic training to a workout showed nothing that dieting alone wouldn’t help. Do a short run (less than a minute) followed by a shorter walk. That’ll greatly help teen fitness and college health. It’ll help lose weight!

4- Don’t isolate muscles. Teen health, teen fitness and college health will not improve unless they learn to workout right. Bicep curls will not improve teen health and teen fitness. Neither will triceps kickbacks or sit ups help out college health.

5- For college health, try to stay active. Easier said than done, but college health is just as big of a concern as teen health and teen fitness. Stay active. Go to the gym more. Remember, if you were an athlete last year, and now you do nothing, your college health will deteriorate.

Teen health, teen fitness and college health are a growing concern. But staying fit during your student years can be very simple. Lift weights, rest less, and you will melt the fat away! Remember, college health isn’t all that hard.…

Where to Buy Investment Properties

So, you’ve decided to invest your money in property – good for you! There are a range of things you’ll have to consider, but one of the most important factors in your investment’s return potential is location, location, location! The area in which a property is situated is a major determining factor in that property’s value-a two-bedroom apartment in a good location can be worth three times as much as a four-bedroom house in a less desirable one. When it comes to choosing an area for your property investment there are several factors you must consider, and depending on your long-term plans for your investment, your location needs may vary considerably.

The quick sale

If you’re planning on playing the market and buying to quickly sell again, it’s a good idea to choose an area that you believe is on the verge of a boom. Of course, this is the holy grail of real-estate and everyone would like to catch something on the verge of a boom, but if your plans are to buy and sell your way to profit there are a few indicators which could lead you to a boom area. For example, there may be a mine or factory opening nearby-this would bring employment to the area and in a lucrative industry like mining, property prices would skyrocket for the time in which the mine was active.

The solid rent-generator

If your property investment goals are to generate a steady stream of rental income without ever having to search too hard for tenants, you need to consider buying somewhere near a university or close to the city. A university is a constant source of people who need to live nearby and are not in the position to buy, so if you choose property close by there will be no shortage of tenants.

The sure bet

If what you are looking for from your investment is a safe, steady asset that will retain its value and grow over time, there are several areas to choose from where this is the case, but be prepared to pay a big premium-and once you’re into the market in that area, STAY IN!

The Gamble

There are certain areas that begin as working class or rough areas that have the potential to become high-value areas over a longer period of time. Places close in to the city are usually good candidates for this, and just a little attention from the council in the form of a makeover can usually do the trick on these locations. On the other hand, sometimes areas stay ‘dives’ forever, in which case you’re stuck with a house at the dodgy end of town…

The decision of where to purchase property is never one to be entered into lightly, and the best way to prepare for it is to arm yourself with as much property investment advice as you can and hope that a combination of luck and good research leads you to the money.…

How to Analyze Stocks (For Beginners)

4 Tips for Analyzing Stocks

If you're ready to invest in individual stocks, then you need to know how to analyze stocks. Thinking that a company is going to do well is no reason to blindly invest in that company's stock. Once you've decided that you want to invest in a company, you need to take a look at how the company is doing, how it has done in the past, and most importantly, what it is planning to do in the future. You then need to decide if the stock is a good purchase based on the current price. Even if the company is going to grow at 25% a year for the foreseeable future, the stock price will not be a good purchase if it's valued like it will grow 50% a year!

The four steps to analyzing a stock are:

  1. Determine how the company makes its money
  2. Figure out the company's finances
  3. Analyze the future growth of the company
  4. Determine whether or not the current price is a good one

Actually, before you start analyzing a stock, you have to do is figure out which stock you want to research! Let's say that I am interested in the (imaginary) company Bill's Brews (BBREWS) after trying their signature Bill's Acorn Ale. I go to a finance website, such as Yahoo! Finance or CNN Money, and type their ticker symbol (in this case, BBREWS) into their stock price widget, and start to do research.

The first thing I want to find out is what all the company is all about. Many companies are diversified and do more than you may know. For example, people know that General Electric makes light bulbs, but they may not know that they also make airplane engines and have a powerful finance arm. In this case, BBREWS makes not only beer, but also a wide range of soda pop. In fact, 60% of revenue comes from soda pop, but only 10% of earnings come from soda pop. In other words, 60% of total sales money comes from sales of soda pop, but only 10% of profits. BBREWS makes much more money for every beer it sells than for every bottle of soda. This may make you more likely to invest in BBREWS, because you see that the product you like – the beer – is the one making money.

Secondly, now that you have a reliably qualative idea of ​​how the company makes money, you need to get a more quantitative idea. You should find out the price / earnings ratio (the ratio of the stock price to the annual earnings of a stock), the price / sales (the ratio of the stock price to the annual sales), the profit ratio of the company, and comparison numbers for other businesses in this industry. You will also want to get any other financial data from this company that you can get your hands on, but these are the most important numbers for proper analysis of …