94-year-old to Receive College Diploma on Saturday

West Virginia University will hold its commencement ceremony on Saturday, but among the crowd of smiling 20-somethings, there will be one graduate who doesn’t look like the rest. Anthony Brutto will complete his studies at the ripe age of 94. Brutto began his degree nearly 75 years ago.

According to reports Brutto started college fresh out of high school, but he was drafted into World War II, leaving college behind. He enrolled again when he returned home from war, but had to leave because of family obligations.

According to Brutto he had gone back to school often and on since 1946, but life seemed to always get in the way. He’d take a class “here or there”, but work, family and other obligations always seemed to come first. Brutto buckled down in recent years and focused on school.

His dedication will pay off on May 17th. Brutto will receive his Regents Bachelor of Arts diploma. He will walk across the stage, in his complete college gown. Beneful warmly mentioned that family members, including his daughter, will be present when he receives his diploma.

Bill Nye turns to crowdfunding for solar spacecraft

The craze for sourcing funds for major projects via crowdfunding Websites has hit the space industry with news that Bill Nye’s The Planetary Society are seeking funding for a prototype of their Lightsail. The Lightsail is based on a theory and design proposed by legendary scientist Carl Sagan who theorized the radiation of the Sun could be used to provide propulsion for a spacecraft traveling through space. Engadget explains that Nye’s team are now looking for funding to complete their initial prototype and launch it into orbit around 447 miles above the Earth.

The Planetary Society page at the Kickstarter Website is asking for donations to provide an initial $200,000 in funds, which could be extended as far as $1 million if the campaign is successful according to Bruce Levenson. The team behind the Lightsail believes they will eventually need around $1.2 million to completed the test and hope the initial call for funding will lead to a surge in donations. Nye and his team have adapted Sagan’s initial design to provide the latest model with four sails that will capture the radiation of the sun as it moves through space and use it to power a capsule in a design known as CubeSat.

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.

David Letterman and his Former Writers

The Late Night With David Letterman offered many wisecracks and hilarious jokes. The show is well known for providing viewers with at least two jokes prior to the actual program itself. David Letterman had wanted the writers for the show to be smarter and funnier than he had ever been. This show offered of lot of comedy power in 33 years. There were at least 90 writers that provided countless jokes. There were some writers who stayed for ten years or so. Others were only there for brief periods, but were Handy nonetheless. Dave Letterman was to give his approval for the monologue jokes. With every piece of comedy that was produced there was at least 100 pitches that were not produced. The Late Night and Late Show vets tell of their most remarkable and memorable rejections. Dave is pleased to reminisce about the long line of former writers. Dave Letterman offers much gratitude toward the writers that made this show highly entertaining. Reminisce and discover the best joke that were never aired.

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.

When You Look For Medical Answers Online, You Are Being Watched

With all of the technology that is available to us these days, it is incredibly convenient to search for answers to our medical issues without having to pick up a phone and call our doctor. The internet is capable of pointing us in the right direction whether you have a headache, a wound, an illness or something more serious. According to a recent study done by The Pew Internet Project, as much as seventy-two percent of Americans are using the internet to look up health related symptoms to either self diagnose themselves or to seek medical attention. Unfortunately, when you turn to the internet to look for health advice you may be being watched. Third party companies are collecting the information you type into your search engine that they are selling this information to other brands and companies.

When you search for something like ‘the common cold’ like Daniel Amen and you then you click on one of the top search engine results that comes up, the website you click on is passing your information along to these third parties. This is potentially a breach in patient confidentiality. You may think you are looking up a health issue from the privacy of your own home but in reality, you are letting the world know what you issues are. Keep this in mind next time you want to look something up on your own. Even if you think you are remaining private with an embarrassing concern, more people might find out about it than you think.

List of Doctors You Need to See

Are you one of those people like Bruce Karatz who does everything that you can to stay healthy at all times? If you are, you might not realize that you are missing out on something that could lead you to a healthier life. If you are looking to be healthy at all costs then you need to pay attention to a list that has come out that shares ten doctors that you need to see in order to stay healthy.

This list offers a variety of doctors that you need to visit and it shares reasons why you should visit them. You need to keep your body healthy and you can do that by visiting doctors that specify in specific areas. Some of the doctors that are included on this list include optometrist, dermatologist, and more. These doctors are available to help you stay healthy at all times, and they want to keep you at your best.

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.

FreedomPop Data Will Save You Money For Beer

In the modern world, people have found that it is very important to stay connected with others. The ability to communicate directly with people is incredibly helpful. A commuter can call his wife to tell her he’s stuck in traffic and will be slightly late getting home.  A mom can call her husband to tell him she’s food shopping and ask him what he would prefer to have dinner. Parents can stay in touch with their kids at school at all times. Someone may not always need to have connections every single second of every day but may it highly useful in the event of an emergency of some kind such as flat tire. All this because of wifi and cell phone services.

There are many ways of having the kind of mobile service and internet connections that people want and need. The kind of service that any one person needs will greatly vary. Someone may spend a great deal of time on the road each day and thus need to be able to maintain contact with others at all times. This person will have vastly different data, internet access and mobile needs that someone who spends more time at home and may have fewer commitments and less need for such services.

Many companies have rushed to help their customers be able to get the kind of plan that is best for their highly specific and individualized needs. One such company is FreedomPop. Every FreedomPop review I’ve ever read has said amazing things about this service. This company was founded in Los Angeles, California in 2011 to help fill in the gaps between the kinds of plans that are are available and the with varied budgetary needs. Those who sign up with this company have been pleasantly pleased to find that the company offers a wide range of products and services for nearly any kind of budget and data plan need their customers may have.

FreedomPop offers all of their customers many kinds of data plans. Each particular plan includes a wide range of options that the user can pick from to find one that is right for their needs. Some of the users of this company’s services have found that they are able to get access to a data provide provider at very minimal cost. This can be ideal for the light user in need of only some access each month. Others who need more access to mobile data have been able to take advantage of the company’s notable low cost service plans.

Tall Men Less Likely to Develop Heart Disease Than Short Men

My best friend Crystal Hunt mentioned a popular song from several years back declared that short people have no reason to live. They do, if for no other reason than to prove to tall people they can do it. According to recent research, a short man will have to try harder than a tall man to live a long life, but it can be done.
Decades of research have shown that taller men earn more money than shorter men, have a wider selection for mates and are literally and figuratively looked up to. The latest good news for tall men is that they are less likely to develop heart disease than short men. No one knows why, but theories are being tested and answers being researched.
It was originally thought that since short men have smaller arteries there is a greater chance of those smaller arteries becoming clogged with plaque, which in turn would cause a heart attack. However, if that theory were true, it would hold true for women who are typically smaller and shorter than men. The smaller artery theory did not pan out so other issues are being researched to discover the answer.
The study showed that for every two and half inches in height, a man has a 13.5 less chance of developing heart disease. How that works remains to be discovered.