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Hydroponic gardening is a method of cultivation that uses nutrient based aeration and water rather than soil. It lets plants to grow in perfect growing surroundings without reducing quality plant yield. This kind of farming can be performed at home. You can easily purchase hydroponics supplies online.

One of the most popular hydroponics system is Ebb and flow, which is also known as “ebb and flood” and “flood drain”. This type of system works by temporarily flooding the grow tray with nutritious solution and then draining the solution back into the water tank, which is handled by a submersed pump on a timer.

Another type is hydroponic drip growing system; a timer handles a submersed pump that lets out a nutritional solution onto the base of every plant. In a recovery drip system, the excess nutrient solution is collected and reused while in non recovery drip system, it does not collect the excess solution.

One of the most high tech hydroponics system is aeroponic growing system. The roots are being hanged in the air and misted with nutritional solutions every minute. Timer is being used to make sure that roots are receiving enough nutrients.
The easiest hydroponics system is wick system. Nutritional solution is being released into the grow tray through wick. It is actually a passing system.

Water culture growing system is a very basic hydroponics system. It is a styrofoam that supports the plants and floats on the nutritional solution. Air pump is being used to supply air to a bubbling stone which release the nutritional solutions and supplies oxygen to the roots of the plants.

Nutrient film technique is a kind of hydroponics systems that do not need a timer for the submersed pump because it has a continuous flow of nutrients. The nutritional solution is put into the grow tray over the roots of the plants and is being drained into the reservoir. Usually, it is supported in small plastic baskets, with the roots hanging into the nutrient solution.

In our daily lives today, the common method of agriculture, which consists of watering, sowing, cultivating and attending to the plant every day, is less popular because many people discovered organic hydroponics.

Anyone can now grow their plants fast and can create more production by applying the techniques of organic hydroponics.
A lot of greenhouses nowadays are making use of natural hydroponics fertilizers to their plants because it much healthier compares to other.

Read below the benefits of utilizing natural and hydroponics gardening:

A.) Organic hydroponics can develops larger and healthier crops because of the natural fertilizer supplied on plants root.

B.) Hydroponics gardening saves effort and time. There is no need to attend to the different wants of the soil.

C.) Vegetation can grows close to every other. Not like in traditional agriculture, the plants need more room because the soil creates bigger roots for the plants. In hydroponics gardening, the roots of the vegetation develops smaller in distinction to a larger plant or crop.

D.) You don’t have to worry if the water you fed to the crops are less or more for the roots.

E.) You don’t need to worry on the chemical solution or fertilizer utilized to the plants as a result of the amount may not matter as long as the vegetation is able to sustain its fast development and production.

These days, hydroponics supplies can be purchase online. The presence of many natural hydroponic greenhouses is a proof that many people are interested in organic hydroponics.

January 1st, 2014 New Year none Comments

Happy New Year EveryOne!


Here are 10 reasons to kiss 2013 goodbye from the couch.

1. All real-life fireworks pale in comparison to Gandalf’s.

2. There is glitter literally everywhere.

3. Everywhere you go is packed with drunk partygoers.

4. Having to wear a diaper to stand for 10 hours in Times Square should be enough to keep you home for the night.

5. If you’re the only person with no one to kiss at midnight, you’ll feel like a leper.

6. And if you do have someone, there’s a ton of pressure surrounding your midnight kiss.

7. No one is a good kisser after three cranberry vodkas and a shot of Goldschläger.

8. Even the night’s biggest musical performers are too burnt out on Christmas cookies to put on a good show.

9. Dragging your hungover self out of bed to head to New Year’s day brunch is a hellish nightmare.

10. You could be wrapped in a blanket watching this instead.

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December 26th, 2013 college dating none Comments

According to source: Here are his three tips to approach women, things that he recommends you do immediately upon seeing her:

Tease her

When you first meet a woman, tease her about something. It doesn’t matter what it is, just as long as you do it early on to get her attention. And as long as it’s not offensive.

Be “cool”

“After you start talking to her, look around at other things; try to seem kind of preoccupied. In other words, be cool, loose and relaxed, always making your funny remarks with a totally carefree, detached tone,” says the expert dater. Basically, you want to sound as comfortable as when you’re talking to your best friend. This confident, in-control attitude is very attractive to all women — especially when it’s perfectly combined with humor.

Take control

“The fastest way to do this is by never asking (or answering) any direct questions,” DeAngelo sayd. “ To keep the suspense and intrigue building, let her do all the asking — and be prepared with answers.”

Odds are she’ll hit you with something simple like: “What do you do?” or, “Where do you live?” or even, “Tell me about your family,” so have witty answers in your back pocket — answers that never give her exactly the information she wants.

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December 20th, 2013 college dating none Comments

According to source: Online dating is booming. The industry has doubled since 2007, currently boasting 40 million users and $1.9 billion in annual revenue, according

But does online dating really work for the lovelorn? Or does it just help companies rake in heaps of cash?

Some 17% of married couples say they met online, compared to 27% who say they met through a mutual friend and 38% who say they met at work or school. People who meet on dating sites are also quicker to tie the knot than those who meet in the real world — dating for an average of just over 18 months before getting hitched, compared to 42 months for those who meet offline.

But be skeptical when browsing potential love interests; 81% of people online lie about their height, weight or age on dating profiles. Women typically trim about 8 pounds from their weight, while men typically add half an inch to their height.

The infographic below paints a fuller picture of just what the online dating landscape looks like and who its big winners are. pulled research and reporting from a variety of sources to put the pieces together. Check it out and see if it matches your own experiences and assumptions.

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December 18th, 2013 Uncategorized none Comments

The NCAA on Tuesday revealed something that fans of Kansas University basketball have believed to be true for a long time.

Allen Fieldhouse was named as the loudest, most intimidating arena in college basketball in a High-Five feature on, the website announced Tuesday.

Duke’s Cameron Indoor Stadium was ranked second followed by the Carrier Dome at Syracuse, Gallagher-Iba Arena at Oklahoma State and The Pit at New Mexico.

Here’s the video feature on the loudest and most intimidating arenas in college basketball.

KU’s home hoops venue, which opened on March 1, 1955, with a 77-67 win against rival Kansas State, has a long, prestigious list of notable facts. Here are a few:

• Allen Fieldhouse has sold out each of its last 200 games back to the 2001-02 season.

• Kansas won its 700th regular-season game in Allen Fieldhouse with an 80-63 victory against ULM on Nov. 18, 2013. KU is 703-168 all-time in the venue.

• Five of the eight KU head coaches have coached in Allen Fieldhouse. Ted Owens has the most victories with 206, followed by Roy Williams (201), Bill Self (164), Larry Brown (71), Dick Harp (51) and Phog Allen (9).

• Current head coach Bill Self is 164-8 in Allen Fieldhouse and has won more conference titles (9) than lost games in AFH.

• Starting with Wilt Chamberlain in 1957, 12 of KU’s NCAA-leading 28 Consensus All-American First Team selections played in Allen Fieldhouse.

• Kansas has led its league in home attendance each of the last 27 seasons dating back to 1986-87 and 32 times in the last 36 years.

• Kansas is second all-time with 2,108 wins and the Jayhawks won victories 1,000, 1,100, 1,200, 1,300, 1,400 and 1,900 in Allen Fieldhouse. The 1,900th all-time win also won the 2007 Big 12 regular-season title outright.

• Kansas has won 30-straight home season finales in Allen Fieldhouse, including 29 consecutive Senior Nights. In 2006-07, Kansas did not have a senior on its roster.

• Entering Saturday’s 11 a.m. game against Georgetown, Kansas has won 66-straight games against non-conference competition in Allen Fieldhouse.

Here’s more on the Jayhawks returning home to their beloved fieldhouse for the first time in a month.

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December 16th, 2013 college dating none Comments

Everyone loves one-word answers

Trust me on this. If you get a well-typed, thoughtful paragraph about her bad day or his dinner suggestions, the most impactful response is a nice “k.” Or “cool.” Or how about “ha.” That one always works.

Wait hours to respond

The worst thing that could ever happen is to give her a whiff of how desperate you are for this date. When she sends you a text like “What are you doing today?”, wait an hour to respond so it seems like you’re accomplishing something really impressive instead of sitting on the couch. She’ll immediately conjure images of you practicing your latest ballad on your guitar or volunteering at a soup kitchen — you know, something super fly.

If she waits an hour to respond to your text, then she’s obviously really important. You should wait two hours to prove you’re more important and busy than she is. Apply this ratio to every text. If simple conversations take days, you’re doing it right.

This is also particularly effective in situations where the other person might be concerned for your emotional or physical well-being. Sending messages like “we need to talk” with no follow-up for hours is a good way to keep her anticipating your next move.

Text a lot so you’re sure they’re okay

Every couple is different, and the waiting game doesn’t always pay off as planned. If your boo isn’t responding as quickly as you’d like, send him three or four more messages to make sure he’s for sure getting your messages/hasn’t died in a car crash. The longer he doesn’t respond, assume the worst. Then make sure to communicate panic in your responses. Obviously something is wrong. Why wouldn’t he respond to you right away? There’s no possible explanation.

Never. Text. First

Ever. This is imperative. What, do you want to be the one who is always putting the most effort into the relationship? Do you want to always give 100% and only get 50% back? Of course you don’t. You deserve better. You deserve a partner who cares. You deserve the first text every day.

Cut out unnecessary characters

Remove unnecessary letters and words from your post. Vowels in particular are easy to cut. The key is to look as illiterate as possible, while still appearing to have some semblance of how words work.

Don’t call them. Why would you call them?

This is important: Don’t call someone you’re just casually texting, and don’t ever call someone who first texted you. What are you going to do next, propose marriage? It’s way too soon for voice-to-voice communication.

Laugh at their jokes

Just like real life, people like it when you validate their good sense of humor, so give a hearty hahaha each time he says something mildly amusing. Alternate by throwing in a few “lols” or a “rofl” just to prove you’re an equal opportunity acronym user.

You know what? Forget we said all this. Respond to all of his jokes and your own with a solid “he he.” It says, “I’m playful and mischievous and not creepy at all.”

Punctuation is key. Emoticons work, too

Punctuation signifies the difference between nice texting and rude texting. You should always, always, always include multiple exclamation points at the end of positive responses. How else can you ensure the recipient knows you really are excited about her choice of restaurant?

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December 12th, 2013 relationships none Comments

Flirty singles and couples are sexting their way to fiery intimacy in their relationships. How about you?

In April, U.K.-based mobile news site Recombu polled 2,000 adults, who revealed many were sexting. According to the survey, 48% of women and 45% of men sent provocative images, videos and sexually suggestive messages electronically.

Aside from the great benefits to sexting, there are also cases of flirty texts gone very wrong (for example, former representative Anthony Weiner’s Twitter scandal). The Recombu survey reveals 1 in 10 have sent sext texts to the wrong person. Like everything else in the game of tech-aided romance, there are rules. Heed this warning: Being flirty on your phone could easily be considered lewd, creepy or even criminal if you and the recipient aren’t on the same page.

On tonight’s episode of Love in the Time of Robots,’s resident sex blogger Sandra Daugherty will share her wisdom about the do’s and don’ts of sexting. If done well, sexting could transform your romantic relationship for the better. Sex Nerd Sandra will reveal how to turn sexting into something fun and pressure-free, if that’s something you’re comfortable with in your relationship.

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December 9th, 2013 NCAA none Comments

NCAA Football Predictions, BCS Bowl Predictions, NCAA Bowl Predictions, NCAA Bowl Projections, BCS Bowl Projections, College Football Bowls, College Football Bowl Schedule, College Football Bowl Games, NCAA Bowl Schedule, BCS Bowl Schedule, Florida State Seminoles, Ohio State Buckeyes, Auburn Tigers

The college football season is coming to a fast close and the means it’s time to go bowling and after Auburn beat Alabama in the Iron Bowl and sent everything flying, teams are positioning themselves to make bowl runs and BCS game appearances and with Florida State and Ohio State looking like locks, spots in the Rose Bowl and Orange Bowl are up for grabs and here are some projections and predictions for the games and Auburn.

The national championship game should be matched up with Florida State and Ohio State in the Rose Bowl for the final matchup and that will leave open a BCS spot for a team for the ACC tie in and the Big Ten tie in games. The SEC championship game should be an exciting game and if Auburn wins the SEC championship game over Missouri, there is a chance they could sneak into the national championship if either Florida State or Ohio State falls in the ACC and Big 12 championship games. Those games are on Saturday night and the Seminoles are the heavy favorites over Duke, while Ohio State has a tough matchup with Michigan State.

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December 5th, 2013 college football none Comments

Two interesting and season-defining coaching decisions occurred Saturday during two of college football’s most intense rivalry games:

• Michigan, down 42-41 against Ohio State, went for a two-point conversion with 32 seconds to go.

• Alabama, with possession of the ball in a tie game against Auburn, attempted a 57-yard field goal to win as time expired.

Both teams attempting to score the decisive points made the “right” choices—and yet they both lost. Let’s take a closer look at this apparent paradox.

1. Statistically speaking, the right choice for Michigan was to go for the two-point conversion. Consider the options:

As the underdog team with a bad defense and an injured kicker, the right choice would be to end the game as soon as possible. Attempting this so-called gamble is the right move when you are at a disadvantage. Consider how casinos make money: The more bets people make over time, the more money the casino wins. The best strategy for the average gambler is to stop betting as soon as you’re ahead because you will inevitably lose money.

2. More bizarre was the Alabama field-goal attempt at the end of regulation on Saturday. The game was tied, and so Alabama shouldpresumably have had nothing to lose when attempting a 57-yard field goal. Make it and win, miss it and go to overtime. Presumably.

According to NCAA stats (PDF) from 1993 to 2009, field goals from 50-59 yards have been successful 36 percent of the time. And in the known history of NCAA football, prior to this weekend, only four missed field goals have been returned for touchdowns in the past 50 years. In that time span, there have been over 60,000 field-goal attempts: Four out of 60,000 is only 0.007 percent.

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1. Don’t go crazy over the pictures.

On the Internet, it’s easy to feel nitpicky and maintain high expectations.

2. Don’t obsess about the details.

Don’t worry too much about the particulars: which restaurants, bars, movies or books a potential date likes. (“Oh, he lives in Queens” or “She prefers Six Feet Under to The Sopranos.”)

3. Evaluate the tone of the profile.

What’s actually important in evaluating a profile is its tone. You want to try and get a sense of what the person is like, which can be truly difficult.

It’s a challenge as a novelist to convey characters in meaningful ways — it’s no less demanding for a person writing, or reading, dating profiles. It’s key to read between the lines to get a sense of whether the person seems well-adjusted — pleasant, friendly and reasonable, someone you would be drawn to if you met him or her in person, even if you didn’t know her top five favorite movies.

4. Ignore claims about personality.

Ignore most of the person’s explicit claims about his or her personality — for example, “I have a sense of humor about myself” or “I’m an optimist.” People are very unreliable self-reporters.

5. Don’t get attached based on a profile.

No matter how much of an expert you’ve become at reading profiles, and no matter how well this girl or guy corresponds to your dream match, there’s still a lot you won’t be able to glean until you sit across from him or her at a coffee shop.

It doesn’t matter how many delightfully winning asides he has included in profile about his cute devotion to his 96-year-old grandmother. Think her passion for hot dogs and minor league baseball suggests just the kind of chill, fun-loving girl you’ve fantasized about dating?

You learn so much more from a person’s manner and demeanor — whether he makes eye contact, her tone when she speaks, how often she smiles. You also recognize social niceties; that is, what sort of effort he makes to ask you questions, whether she is constantly checking her phone, etc.

So much vital information is only disclosed in person. The goal shouldn’t be to find your perfect match but merely to winnow down the possibilities to a reasonable number, and then to meet those people IRL.

6. Don’t construct a fantasy after two dates.

You shouldn’t do this offline either, of course, but the temptation to fantasize can be even greater when you’ve met someone online. After all, in his profile he claimed to be looking for a relationship (and why would he be online unless he really wanted to meet someone?) What more do you need? Answer: a lot.

Sometimes we get so tired of dating that we just want to be done with it, rush into the next thing: the relationship. But getting too attached too soon is often the worst thing that can happen to a budding connection. It tends to dampen flirtation or scares off your counterpart. After a few dates, you are still getting to know each other, no matter how perfect he or she seems. To become too attached suggests that you are projecting a fantasy onto the other person.

It can be hard, when you so badly want to find “the one,” but getting to know another person, truly, takes time and patience.

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December 1st, 2013 college football none Comments

According to source: That crazy tipped pass for a long game-winning touchdown is now the second-most stunning and improbable play of Auburn’s wild season.

Yes, the Tigers found a way to top “The Immaculate Deflection.”

Chris Davis returned a missed field-goal attempt more than 100 yards for a touchdown on the final play to lift No. 4 Auburn to a 34-28 victory against No. 1 Alabama on Saturday, upending the two-time defending national champions’ BCS hopes and preserving the Tigers’ own.
“We’re a team of destiny,” Davis said. “We won’t take no for an answer.”

He delivered a play that deserves its own nickname. Say the Happiest Return. Or the saddest, depending on which side of the Iron Bowl you sit.

Davis caught the ball about 9 yards deep in the end zone after freshman Adam Griffith’s 57-yard attempt fell short. He then sprinted down the left sideline and cut back with nothing but teammates around him in a second successive hard-to-fathom finish for the Tigers (11-1, 7-1 Southeastern Conference).

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November 26th, 2013 NCAA none Comments

Boston College’s Andre Williams wasn’t regarded among the top running backs in the Atlantic Coast Conference, let alone the nation, when the season started.

Williams is beginning to receive mention as a Heisman Trophy candidate after he followed a 339-yard outburst against North Carolina State with 263 yards against Maryland on Saturday.

The 6-foot, 227-pound senior has gone for more than 250 yards three straight weeks and is the 16th player in NCAA history to surpass 2,000 yards in a season.

His 188.5 yards a game leads the nation. Ka’Deem Carey of Arizona is next at 155.9 a game.

Williams finishes the regular season against Syracuse, which held Pittsburgh to 21 yards on 27 rushes in a 17-16 loss Saturday. That’s not to say Williams won’t put up big numbers this week. Florida State averaged almost 12 yards a carry while running for 225 yards against Syracuse on Nov. 16, and Georgia Tech ran for 394 yards against the Orange a month ago.

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The ESPN college football analyst says that the Knights have greatly benefitted from national exposure and should do well in the future.

The phenomenal success of UCF football this season as done a lot to expand the program’s national exposure, but one analyst believes that success won’t stop after this season.

“In the big picture, I really think UCF’s a program that is on the rise,” said ESPN college football analyst Jesse Palmer. Palmer, along with Rece Davis and David Pollack, were in town Thursday to broadcast the Knights game against Rutgers at Bright House Networks Stadium.

The Knights have been enjoying the spoils of moving from Conference USA to the American Athletic Conference this season. Part of that relocation package has included an increased marketability thanks to a television deal that has featured UCF football on ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC five times this season.

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Last week the world’s greatest simulator went 4-1 picking games. It predicted that USC would upset Stanford by a field goal—which it did—and it also called that Michigan State would score 42 points. Sparty came one point short of this aggressive forecast, although its effort was noted.

Not bad, video game. Not bad at all.

For those new to this strange routine, here’s the rundown: Using NCAA Football 14, all games from the college football weekend are simulated. These results are not altered whatsoever, and the games are recorded accordingly.

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November 20th, 2013 ESPN Reports none Comments

Last night’s Monday Night Football telecast – a Carolina Panthers’ 24-20 victory over the New England Patriots – helped ESPN win the night among all networks (broadcast or cable) among households and viewers as well as in all key male and adult demos. The MNF game ranked as the top telecast of the night across cable and broadcast in those same categories.

The Patriots-Panthers telecast earned a 9.9 US rating, representing an average of 11,480,000 households and 15,772,000 viewers (P2+), according to Nielsen. Coverage peaked from 11:15-11:30 p.m. with a 11.6 US rating.

The 9.9 U.S. rating for the Patriots at Panthers game is up 25 percent from last season’s corresponding Monday Night Football – 7.9 US rating for Chicago at San Francisco on November 19, 2012.

In Boston, the game delivered a 12.0 rating on ESPN and a 24.1 on WCVB-WMUR-ABC, for a combined 36.1 rating in the market. In Charlotte, the game delivered a 17.5 rating on ESPN and a 20.3 on WSOC-ABC, for a combined 37.8 rating in the market.

The top 10 metered markets (in addition to the markets of the competing teams) were Providence, R.I., (25.9), Greensboro, N.C., (22.9), New Orleans (18.9), Las Vegas (17.0), Greenville, N.C., (16.8), San Diego (15.8), Raleigh-Durham (14.9), Tampa-St. Petersburg (14.8), Seattle-Tacoma (14.5), and Ft. Myers-Naples (14.4).

Through 11 weeks (12 games), ESPN’s MNF is averaging an 8.5 US rating, 9,795,000 households and 13,359,000 viewers in 2013, up in ratings and audience by two percent versus the same period in 2012.

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November 18th, 2013 Collge Guys none Comments

College is such a defining time a person’s life; but it can also be the most challenging. On one end of the spectrum you get to leave home, choose your own classes and finally feel like you are in control of your own destiny. On the flip side, you may become overwhelmed with the dynamics of college like balancing multiple roles, tracking academic progress and achieving that well-rounded university persona. This is where the College Girl’s Ultimate Guide to Survival steps in to save the day. This guide will serve as your personal university bible to not just everything you want to know, but everything you need to know.

Take invaluable advice from a student who’s survived higher education institutions and lived to tell the tale. Get all the steps and tips about saving money, utilizing campus resources to your benefit, embracing social interactions and tracking your own graduation requirements just to name a few.

The College Girl’s Ultimate Guide to Survival makes succeeding on campus that much easier with understandable concepts and relatable language; the perfect e-book to take with you on the go. Read the convenient guide during your morning commute, in between classes or during a lunch break for go-to advice on topics that really matter to you.

When it comes down to it, we all go to college for similar reasons. We want to get better jobs, enter the professional field of our choice and ultimately live better lives. But doing the bare minimum while in school just to get by may not cut it anymore. Do you really know what is on the other side of that degree? And are you prepared for it? The College Girl’s Ultimate Guide to Survival not only offers aid for making it through college it also guides you through various ways in which you can prepare yourself for your professional future.

Get started on the right foot. You’ve invested in your education, now it’s time invest in yourself.

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November 15th, 2013 NCAA none Comments

We’ve hit the nexus of the college football universe, standing in wait at the corner of you never know and you’ve got to be kidding me.

A month from now, the three biggest jobs in the sport could be open. And that’s just the beginning of what could be a wild offseason of coaching change.

USC needs a coach after firing Lane Kiffin in September. Mack Brown may have to win out and win the Big 12 to save his job at Texas, and Will Muschamp’s position at Florida gets shakier by the day/loss/injury.

Nebraska coach Bo Pelini needs a win this weekend at home against Michigan State, or the Huskers might just be done with a coach who produces four losses — and no conference championships — season after season.

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With Johnny Manziel having played possibly his last home game for Texas A&M and celebrating with fans accordingly, we decided totake a look back at some of the more memorable farewell games in recent memory.

From Tim Tebow to Peyton Manning, players have received emotional, memorable sendoffs from their fans and their teammates at the stadiums they’ve made so many memories

Tim Tebow, 2009: A Heisman Trophy winner and two-time national champion at Florida, Tebow stands as one of the greatest college football players ever. In his final game in The Swamp, the Gators mauled rival Florida State 37-10, setting an attendance record with 90,907 fans at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium to see the senior’s farewell. Tebow threw for three touchdowns and ran for two more.

Matt Leinart, 2005: Leinart’s final home game came against UCLA and while he didn’t have the best outing of his illustrious career, he threw three touchdown passes in a 66-19 win. Leinart improved to 37-1 as a starter with the win. With a big lead early in the fourth quarter, coach Pete Carroll called a timeout to take Leinart out of the game and give his quarterback the chance to receive one more ovation and hugs from his teammates.

Peyton Manning, 1997: Manning returned to Knoxville for his senior season, hoping to win an elusive national title. The Volunteers lost early in the season, but would win their last eight to finish the regular season, including Manning’s home finale against Vanderbilt. It was actually one of the worst games of his career, going just 12-for-27 with one touchdown. After the win, he led the Tennessee band in “Rocky Top.”

- Texas A&M players were asked who the coolest player on the team is. Johnny Manziel did not receive any votes.

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November 12th, 2013 NCAA none Comments

As university presidents from the five major conferences continue discussions in Washington D.C. this week on the NCAA’s impending overhaul, the future of the NCAA continues to gain clarity.

Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said in a phone interview last week that he considers three key tenets to NCAA reform — student-athlete welfare, governance changes and enforcement changes — to be established in the next few months.

Nebraska chancellor Harvey Perlman, who is the Big Ten’s representative on NCAA reform, said the main objectives of the Big 5 leagues — the ACC, SEC, Big Ten, Big 12 and Pac-12 — are to “embrace the NCAA” while still maintaining “control over our own destiny.”

Perlman said the discussions in Washington this week will revolve around a document outlining potential changes in the NCAA that have been agreed to in principle by representatives of the Big 5 conferences. “We’re not anxious to move outside the organization,” Perlman said.

It’s becoming clearer that pronounced changes to the NCAA’s much-maligned enforcement system are coming. NCAA enforcement has appeared to reach a nadir after multiple high-profile mistakes in the Miami case led to internal mass defections.

“The enforcement mechanism is flawed,” Perlman said. “I think some attention needs to be given to it. I don’t think it can continue in its current form.”

Scott said there needs to be “some hard questions” about the “jury of your peers” model, as the Committee on Infractions is currently structured. He added that outsourcing enforcement is something that’s been discussed.

Perlman said the timetable for NCAA changes is still on target for August. The key date on the calendar still appears to be the NCAA Convention in San Diego from Jan. 15-18. By that point, ideas will be formally presented.

“I think they’ll be some significant changes,” Scott said. “There’s certainly significant concerns. Now that conferences are engaged at different levels, I’d like to see more significant changes.”

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November 11th, 2013 College none Comments

More than 800,000 international students, nearly half of them from China, India and South Korea, were enrolled in a U.S. college or university last year, a 7.2% increase over the previous year.

The numbers of U.S. students earning academic credit abroad are on the rise, too, but at a slower rate and on a smaller scale.

Those are among findings of an annual report on international student enrollment, released Monday by the New York-based Institute of International Education, which publishes the data in partnership with the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Students are traveling in both directions at record levels: The 819,644 international students enrolled in U.S. institutions during the 2012-13 academic year pumped more than $24 billion into the economy, the report says. American students studying abroad increased 3.4%, to an all-time high of 283,332, in 2011-12, the latest year for which those data are available, the report says.

Even so, nearly 70% of international students are concentrated in just 200 of the nation’s 4,000 colleges and universities. And fewer than 10% of all U.S. undergraduates will study abroad by the time they graduate, the report shows.

“There is definitely still room for growth on both sides,” says Assistant Secretary of State Evan Ryan.

Colleges trying to build an international reputation view it as a way to increase diversity on their campuses — and boost revenue. Foreign students typically pay a higher non-resident tuition at public universities than U.S. students. Overseas, many middle- and upper-income families see a U.S. college degree as a ticket toward success for their child.

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November 8th, 2013 college dating none Comments

According to source: Traditional dating sites have always been a hard sell on college campuses, where the incredible density of young single people all living in the same buildings makes turning to the Internet to find love seem unnecessary and old-fashioned.

But now, a new breed of dating services is making headway with this younger and more carefree demographic. These apps are available first (or only) on smartphones; rely heavily on serendipity and the immediate proximity of fellow users; and deliver quick acceptance or dismissal, rather than courtships gamed out over lengthy questionnaires that are aimed at predicting longer-term compatibility. The apps are also more geared toward short-term hookups than the traditional dating sites.

They listed seven matchmaking apps that college students are using now. Here’s where Cupid’s arrow is flying in 2013:

Tinder – Probably the buzziest dating app out there, Tinder is like a location-based “hot or not” for the iPhone or Android.

Pure – Pure is like Tinder’s seedy, steamy cousin: It only exists to set people up for the night.

Bang With Friends – No subtlety here, either: Connect your Facebook account to BWF and choose which of your friends you’d be interested in spending the night with.

Grindr – The app that started the geosocial dating craze, Grindr is a gay-only app for iPhone, Android and BlackBerry that displays, in grid form, all of the male users in close proximity who might be available.

Snapchat – Not technically for dating, but certainly an app that has been used to facilitate it, Snapchat is the megapopular photo-messaging service that allows Android and iPhone users to send each other pictures and videos that disappear forever after a designated amount of time (10 seconds is the maximum length).

Coffee Meets Bagel – Coffee Meets Bagel is like a more polite version of Bang With Friends.

Date My School – This app merges the experience of a traditional dating site with the new breed of apps’ focus on user location.

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November 6th, 2013 Basketball none Comments

The NBA is back in full force and began with one of the year’s most anticipated games in the 2013-14 season. In a rivalry deeper than Gryffindor and Slytherin’s, the Miami Heat and the Chicago Bulls came to the court to battle it out, with the Heat escaping the first battle with the win. The Miami Heat were still enveloped in their Championship title from last season with the team receiving their shiny new rings in a ceremony before the game.

The Heat couldn’t bask in the glory too long because it was game time and also the highly anticipated return of the incomparable Derrick Rose, who was out the duration of the end of last season due to a knee injury he attained back in April of 2012. Unfortunately, while his return was supposed to be accompanied with major fireworks, it barely made a bang. He ended the game with a 4 for 15 and completed a total of five turnovers, while racking up 12 points.

The real star on the Bulls’ side was Carlos Boozer who gained a total of 31 points during the game. The Heat’s superstar Lebron James, ended the game scoring a total of 17 points and completed eight assists and seven rebounds. Chris Bosh came away scoring 16 points for Miami, while Dwayne Wayde followed close behind with his numbers coming in at 14.

At half-time, the score was in Miami’s favor at 54-33. The Bulls put in an effort during the second half, but Miami ultimately cinched the game at end.

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November 4th, 2013 NCAA none Comments

According to source, On October 1, the Wall Street Journal published an article entitled “College Sports Goes on the Offensive: Colleges Push Pros to Change Their Draft Rules.”

The articleimplies that NCAAleaders do not believe college athletes should be paid,but theysupport star athletes turning pro directly from high school.

This article thus shifts the blame for the unfairness of amateurism away from the NCAA and to the pro sports leagues that maintain minimum age requirements.

Nevertheless, quotes provided in this recent Wall Street Journal articleare at best misleading, and at worst downright inaccurate.

The NCAA has never truly been an opponent of pro sports’ age requirements. To the contrary, the NCAAhas even gone into court to protect the NFL age requirement.

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October 25th, 2013 Uncategorized none Comments

Halloween is one of the most awaited event for almost everyone, especially for the students. The Trick or Treat and parties are always expected.

According to source, University of Colorado Boulder has advised its university students never to dress in “offensive” Halloween outfits like cowboys, Indians, sombreros, white trash or any item that indicates any culture as being “over-sexualized.”

Apart from the halloween costume censorship, the school is advising students to not have celebrations that will include ghettos, hillbillies, crime and sex work, notes The Telegraph.

The Dean of Students at the University of Colorado Boulder, Christina Gonzales, stated in an email to students: “Making the choice to dress up as someone from another culture, either with the intention of being humorous or without the intention of being disrespectful, can lead to inaccurate and hurtful portrayals of other people’s cultures.”

The Office of Student Affairs at the University of Minnesota also forwarded an email to its students asking that they “please keep in mind that certain Halloween costumes inappropriately perpetuate racial, cultural, and gender stereotypes.”

The Oct. 10 email additionally advised students never to select halloween costumes “that are offensive or hurtful to others.”

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