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What students are talking about today (Aug. 27 edition)

Lingerie football, Snooki, Neil Armstrong and tuition


 

Members of the San Diego Seduction (Ian Clifton)

1. Canada’s Lingerie Football League kicks off its inaugural season on Sept. 1 when the Saskatoon Sirens will host the British Columbia Angels on home turf. The players wear lingerie uniforms that offer less protection than traditional football gear. Some think the league is sexist. Others don’t.

2. Golfer Lydia Ko, a 15-year-old New Zealander, beat heavyweights like Stacey Lewis and Michelle Wie at the CN Canadian Women’s Open in Vancouver. Yes, you read that right: 15.

3. You’ve already heard about the Octogenarian woman’s horrendous restoration of a 102-year-old church painting of Christ in Borja, Spain. It was a sad event, but there is an apparent silver lining. Hundreds of tourists flocked to the sleepy town to catch a glimpse this weekend.

4. Jersey Shore star Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi gave birth to a baby boy on Sunday. Lorenzo Dominic LaValle’s arrival was announced on MTV with the words: “The world just got another Guido!!!”

5. Students in Ottawa can get big discounts on tickets to its famous Folk Fest on Sept. 8 to 10. Carleton students get discounts on Great Big Sea and Bon Iver. U of O students can save on Bon Iver and Dan Mangan. Algonquin students will pay less for Bon Iver only. See the Citizen for more.

6. California legislators are trying to prohibit colleges from requiring students to hand over access to their social media accounts. The issue has exploded in the U.S. after multiple schools began requiring athletes to install software that alerts university officials to unprofessional Twitter posts.

7. More than $24,000 has been raised for the daughter of a G4S guard who was killed at HUB Mall on the University of Alberta Campus in June during an armed robbery by acolleague.

8. The Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance has come up with some startling projections. If tuition increases continue at five per cent per year, the average bill will hit $8,475 in 2016-17.

9. A 22-year-old Ontario man died on vacation in Cuba after falling from a hotel balcony in Varadero. Fellow travellers had seen him with young woman shortly before his 16-metre fall. His death is being treated suspiciously as the SIM card of his cell phone had been cleared.

10. Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon on July 21, 1969, died this weekend at the age of 82. In 2005, he offered this advice to graduates of the University of Southern California:

Students of my vintage did not have calculators, cell phones, credit cards, personal computers, the internet, or reality TV. Some might say they were very fortunate. At the time of my college graduation, airliners were propelled by – propellers.  A few military jets existed and rocket engines were primitive. Had a faculty member, at that time, suggested preparing for a career in spacecraft operations, he or she would have been ridiculed. The most serious proposals for space flight were found on a Sunday evening television program, The Wonderful World of Disney. But within just three years, the Soviet Union launched the first earth satellite and the Space Age was born. Within a decade, satellites were being used for a variety of scientific and commercial purposes, probes had been sent to nearby planets and humans were frequently flying into space. I suggest that you cannot imagine the change and related opportunity that will arise for you in the years ahead.


 

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