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“I never thought I would do this ride, but it’s something I had to be a part of.”
“Doing good is really the point of our lives. If we can do well and do good, that’s certainly a goal that we would like to accomplish.” — Nick Henninger, Community Pipeline
How did Rube Goldberg’s name become synonymous with overcomplicated machines that do simple tasks? Because he made cartoon fun of complicated machines. He was so successful at his drawings that a hundred years after his birth, Purdue University decided to harness the obsession Americans have with his absurdly complex machines and founded a competition for people to design machines like Goldberg drew.
Katie Landgrebe from the Northwestern women’s soccer team traveled to Nicaragua for a week in May to work in one of OneSight’s (OneSight.org) five-day global clinics. Along with the in-depth community knowledge and relationships of Amigos for Christ (AmigosforChrist.org) based in Chinandega, Nicaragua, the OneSight team provided eyecare to almost 3,000 patients from the northern region of the country.
“How do people afford going to games?”
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Just last Thursday, President Obama admitted to having one as a child. Major League Baseball star Justin Morneau is making national headlines for recovering from one. More and more parents of kids in sports are becoming increasingly fearful of one.
Two former Maryland Terrapin soccer players, Omar Gonzalez and Graham Zusi, are headed to the World Cup in Brazil this month. A fellow Terrapin will join them as a form of entertainment, although she will not be on the pitch.
STREB, a dance troupe renowned for their extraordinary displays of daredevilry in unexpected places, brought their wizardry to the University of Nebraska. But they didn’t just come to perform. They came to engage students in a hands-on creation experience. The group from UNL included more than dancers; it included architectural students who helped design amazing staging for the Lied Center. The computer/engineering students designed flying robots that performed during the dance.
The American workspace epitomizes hard work.
Reverend Tracey (Truhlar) Bianchi graduated from Iowa (1995) with a BA in History and Political Science. She serves on pastoral staff at Christ Church of Oak Brook (a Chicago area congregation of 3000+). She’s the author of several books and numerous articles. You can find her at traceybianchi.com
One in four girls will be the victim of a crime of violence before she graduates high school, according to the Center for Disease Control. For girls in the worst neighborhoods of Chicago, they make up a disproportionately high part of that terrible statistic.
Based within a few miles of the nation’s capital, Washington D.C., it makes sense that the University of Maryland would have a pronounced program in international studies and a corresponding preponderance of students interested in foreign languages studies.
Katie Smith is a champion.
Happy Memorial Day! As we all take a day to consider the sacrifices made protecting our freedoms, let’s look back at some of the programs around the Big Ten that support our military members.
Students at Rutgers University are studying the relationship between humans and the buildings in which they live.
“When cancer touches someone that is a peer, it really changes your perspective,” Kelley Griesmer says.
“My guess is that most scientists would say that they got into science because they wanted to change the world,” Stephen DiMagno says.
Last October, Purdue University firefighter and paramedic Blair Blanch attended a program led by Bill Cannata of the Autism Law Enforcement Education Coalition (ALEC). For Blanch, the session was not just any old lecture. Blanch’s son, Nicholas, who will turn six years old this June, has autism.
They were created for in-class assignments, student newspapers, and online viewing.
It’s commencement time for many Big Ten universities, and the words being shared with graduates have been powerful and inspiring.
The first two winning essay from Michigan State’s “I Have A Dream” contest, by Zakiya Suleiman and Lana Zuck, were featured earlier. Now, we present he essays from Sara Hughes and Tiffany Khoury. Enjoy!