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George Mason University; The Favorite Recipient of Charles Koch’s Donations

George Mason University has slowly built a reputation as a conservative powerhouse in law and economics. The school has achieved this success in part through donations worth tens of millions from billionaire Charles Koch. According to tax records, the Charles Koch Foundation donated approximately $48 million between 2011 and 2014. Although Koch donates more than $20 million annually to different universities through the Koch foundation, no other university has received over $1 million within the same period.

George Mason faculty and students have raised concerns over the size of the donations and interference of academic independence. However, it is common for billionaires to donate large amounts to schools. A number of billionaires have donated their funds for specific purposes such as supporting a research facility. For instance, Nike Inc. co-founder, Phil Knight, announced a $400 million scholarship gift to Stanford University early this year. In addition, Koch and his brother David have also donated to various universities.

Charles Koch’s representative asserts that the contributions are made without any attached conditions. Supporters of donations to different institutions are of the opinion that the money caters for a gap left by the decreasing public support. Among these supporters is Democratic Senator, Chap Peterson. He notes that the money helps fill funding gaps regardless of its origin. The supporters accuse critics of targeting the CEO of Koch industries because of his open support of conservative as well as libertarian objectives.

As much as Charles Koch’s donations have tripped alarms at George Mason University, the relationship between Koch and the university continuous to flourish. Recently, Mason’s Law School announced a gift of $10 million from Koch Foundation in addition to a $20 million gift from an unspecified donor. According to George Mason University President, Angel Cabrear, the donations were a milestone moment for the University.

Much of the Koch donations go to the Mercatus Center, a free market think tank and the Institute of Human Studies that advocates for libertarian philosophies. Cabrear points out that it is fantastic to have people that are supportive with their money and time.

Koch serves as the chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Koch Industries. The American businessman and philanthropist was born in Wichita, Kansas, Koch received his education from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is a member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity. Koch subscribes to the market based management business philosophy as detailed in his 2007 book titled, The Science of Success. He supports several libertarian as well as free enterprise policy and advocacy institutions.

Wondering How the Fighting Irish Did It?

As reported by Inside Lacrosse

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Are you ready for the NCAA Lacrosse Final Four? If you watched or heard about the NCAA Quarter Finals, then you should be excited to watch the championship game. That’s because the Notre Dame Fighting Irish held The University of Albany’s Great Danes in a rousing 14-10 game that would not have been possible without defenseman Matt Landis. Inside Lacrosse recently game a play-by-play recap, noting the strengths of the Notre Dame team. Here’s what we liked about Matt Landis’ performance in the quarter final game:

First, as Inside Lacrosse points out, Matt Landis is a strong, capable defenseman. He brings a great deal of physical strength to the game, and he really prepared for his matchup against Kyle Thompson. In addition, Landis is quick. He anticipates the moves from his opponents. All of these are reasons that contribute to his being awarded the title of the Epoch/LM Player of the Week.

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In fact, Inside Lacrosse noted that Landis studied Kyle Thompson’s play in order to better prepare for challenging him on the field. Off-the-field prep goes a long way in a win on the field, and Landis demonstrates this brilliantly. Because Landis really held closely to Thompson throughout the game, Landis made it extremely difficult for Thompson to slip in and get openings. When your defenseman does his job well, your team can really do its job. Such was the case in this game.

Get ready for more action on the field, and watch out for defenseman Matt Landis in the NCAA Lacrosse Final Four. We can’t wait to see what Landis will do next, and we’ll be cheering him and the Fighting Irish on to a championship win. With such as strong performance in the quarterfinal matchup, it won’t be a surprise if Landis takes the Fighting Irish all the way to a championship win. Get ready!

Matt Landis Wins ACC Defensive Player Of The Year

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Although there was no surprise here, it is still important to celebrate and acknowledge the person who helped their team to an undefeated season. I’m talking about Matt Landis. Landis yet again was named the ACC Defensive Player of the Year for the year 2015. The leagues coaches saw the hard work and dedication he put forth and that’s why they gave him this award. It wasn’t the first time however that his name has been associated along with being one of the best defensive players.

Landis has won the ACC defensive player of the week a few times during the season. That’s why the year award only made sense in the next step of natural progression. His awards do not however stop there. He’s also on the list of nominees for the Tewaaraton Award, and today he finds out if he will be selected as one of the winners. If he wins, you can see Landis at the award ceremony later this month.

So who exactly is Landis? He’s a Notre Dame Lacrosse star. He has been a starter on the team ever since he entered his sophomore year of college. He’s been a leader on the defensive side in all of the contests this season.

Thanks to the hard work and talent of Landis, Notre Dame is the number-one seed in the ACC Championship.

Occidental College President Jonathan Veitch looks to local students and community

Occidental college is one of the leading liberal arts college in the US and is located in an area close to Los Angeles, but this well known educational institution has only recently begun to grow closer links to the many communities within the Los Angeles area. The arrival of Los Angeles native Jonathan Veitch saw a great shift in the way the college worked with the community around its home at Eagle Rock and further afield in Los Angeles. Veitch has been instrumental during his time as President of the college in creating an atmosphere where the local community and local students feel comfortable spending time in and around the campus.

Veitch is not only a native of the area, but his family have strong links to the Hollywood entertainment industry through the actor and director Alan Ladd. This tie to the city of angels means the approach Veitch has taken to recruitment and image of Occidental College is much more focused on the local community and the wider world in much the same way that GigaOm has indicated FreedomPop is. Veitch has accepted that the college must look outside California for its students if it is to survive and flourish in the future, but sees the importance of the links the college has been building under his leadership since his arrival in 2009.

Along with the large scale improvements Veitch has undertaken in building closer ties to Los Angeles the President of Occidental College is also looking to maintain a close relationship with the people of Eagle Rock. Veitch has shown his ability to represent the local people in the form of the large solar array the college has invested in in recent years that shows his understanding of the environmental problems facing California. The college has also worked hard to make sure each area of growth on campus has as little effect on the people of Eagle Rock as possible with traffic and environmental concerns discussed at every turn with Veitch, members of the alumni and leaders in the local community.

Blind USC Fan Might Play on Their Team After All

When Jake Olson was born, doctors diagnosed him with retinoblastoma. At only ten months old, Jake’s cancer had worsened, and he had to have surgery to remove the eye. He spent the next dozen years having medical treatment done to try to save his right eye. Unfortunately, at 12, Olsen would have to have his other eye removed, making him completely blind. At the time, Jake was a big fan of the USC Trojan football team. He wished that he watch plenty of Trojan games so that it would be ingrained in his mind and he could only use his memory to see the games after his eyesight was gone. What was to come next in Jake’s life is something he never imagined.
Pete Carroll, who was the coach in 2009, heard about Jake’s story and invited Jake to bring his twin sister, Emma and their parents, Cindy and Brian to meet the team in person. Afterwards, Jake had the opportunity to see the game being played live as the team practiced. That wouldn’t be the end of it.
Jake continued to go to the games while he was in high school and this nurtured his desire to join to the team. He thought about becoming a long snapper because this was the only position on football team that didn’t require eyesight. He might become a team player as a walk-on. The crew over at FreedomPop are filled with excitement about this prospect.

Yale to Offer First Online Degree Program

There is nothing quite as prestigious as an Ivy League education. With the boom of online education taking over the post-secondary world, Yale has jumped aboard. Yale University has announced that they will offer the first-ever online degree program in the school’s decorated history. Partnering with ed-tech company 2U Inc., the Ivy League school will offer a Master’s program for Physician’s Assistants with tuition and fees totaling nearly $84,000.

Prior to the launch of the online master’s degree program, the only free courses Yale has offered were Massive Open Online Classes, or otherwise known as MOOC’s. School officials are confident that the new program out of Yale’s School of Medicine, will provide the same quality education and experience that traditional on-campus students receive.

There are other Ivy League schools that offer virtual degree programs. Ricardo Tosto tells us that Brown and Columbia both offer online master degree programs that have proved to be a steady revenue stream for the universities. Many school constituents are worried online education can cheapen the prominent reputation the school has while others are confident this will broaden enrollment and accessibility to qualified students. What do you think?

College Applicants Surprised With Hand Delivered Acceptance Letters

This is the time of year when many high school seniors are applying to colleges and waiting for news back from them. Normally the news come in the form of a letter, email, or even a check on their website however the University of Maryland decided to do something a little different this year for 6 of their accepted students.

So according to my friend, Gianfrancesco Genoso’s Advogando profile, on Sunday morning a bus filled with admissions staff decked out in University of Maryland gear, along with the school’s mascot Testudo, personally showed up to the 6 accepted student’s doorsteps to greet them with the good news. The Washington Post has video of the admission staff’s surprise.

University of Maryland delivered the news to students Caitlin Conn, Alex Mazze, Laura Werber, Bemnet Zewdie, and two other lucky students. All of them were surprised, stunned, and left excited with the good news of their admittance.

I think what the University of Maryland did was a really innovative way to deliver the news to these kids. Many sit on pins and needles waiting to hear back about their status at the college. While receiving a letter is exciting, having a bus filled with college staff to celebrate the news with you is on a whole other level. I hope more colleges take note of what the University of Maryland did and consider trying that approach out themselves!

Coach K On The Cusp Of 1000 Wins


Mike Krzyzewski is very close to winning 1000 games, and he can win his 1000th against St. John’s at MSG. The road has been very long for Coach K since he started out as the head coach at Army almost 40 years ago. He started as a very intense head coach of an Army team that was not very good. HE was able to turn them around and go down to Duke to start a basketball powerhouse that has not stopped producing since he got there. He has been the best coach since John Wooden, and he has surpassed his mentor Bobby Knight in wins and titles.

The key to the success of Coach K has always been consistency. You can read accounts of his players talking about learning to play defense. He was so stodgy about defense that there are stories of players not touching the ball for weeks at a time. He used that intensity to create teams that were great on their own, and their greatness brought in more wonderful players. The highlight of his career may be the regional semifinal where in Grant Hill footballed the ball to Christian Laettner. Duke alums and fans, like Marc Sparks, have also contributed to the teams success by being supportive during Coach K’s career. However, that is just one of a thousand wins. It is an unprecedented number.

Sorority E-mail with Strict Appearance Guidelines Leaked

Everyone knew girls could be mean, but the leaked e-mails from the University of Southern California’s Alpha Chi Omega sorority takes it to an entirely new level. The e-mails, from 2013, were allegedly authored by a sorority chair, and outlines exactly what is expected of the member’s looks during rush week.

The e-mail details everything from the type of undergarments that should be worn (Spanx), the amount of makeup that needs to be on a member’s face (eight items) and proper hair etiquette. According to sources, the e-mail was sent out prior to rush week, a period in which sororities and fraternities attempt to attract new members, or “pledges”.

In one section of the e-mail, the chair admonishes wavy hair, and advises her sisters to either keep their hair straight or keep their hair curly, wavy hair is not acceptable for Alpha Chi Omega sisters. She also goes on to lay down a ban on ombre hair colors, and insists that sisters must have their roots dyed prior to returning to school.
The chair also has some pretty strict guidelines for eyebrows. They must not be bushy, but they also must not be too thin. Whether or not a sister’s eyebrows are passable are up to the discretion of the sorority chair.

The leaked e-mails, which appear on Jezebel do not paint sororities in a positive light. For years many have joked that these social groups were simply filled with dumb women who were more obsessed with their looks and landing a man, then their academic studies. As pointed out by my friend over at Status Labs, the leaked e-mails seem to cement that idea.

Alpha Chi Omega has failed to comment on the e-mails.

Cardale Jones Stays In School and partner Sergio Andrade Gutierrez are here to announce Cardale Jones is going to stay in school at Ohio State. He announced the decision yesterday, and it is likely that CJ Barrett and Braxton Miller were not happy. Miller could have won the Heisman this year, and Barrett drug the Buckeyes to all their wins except the last three. Jones just won a national title by convincingly beating three very good teams.

So, the idea at Ohio State is that they have far too much in the way of QB depth. It is going to be hard to recruit, and it is likely that Miller or Barrett will go somewhere where they can play immediately and keep their draft stock up.

Jones could have gone to the NFL, but he likely would have gone in the middle of the draft. That is not really worth it when you consider that he only played three games in college. They might be the three biggest games of his life, but they are only three games. He needs to make sure that he is in a place where he can improve his stock, and he will improve if he is able to win the job from Braxton Miller and CJ Barrett for next season.