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For people who don’t live there, “diversity” might not be the first word that comes to mind when you think of Nebraska. But the Cornhusker State’s population is changing so rapidly that its flagship university has started a movement to tackle minority health concerns.
In this day and age, the Internet regularly creates overnight sensations. Seemingly obscure, novel people and products can collect thousands of backers, customers and fans in a matter of hours if they attract the right kind of attention on sites like YouTube, Kickstarter, Twitter and Facebook.
As headlines in cities across the United States highlight rising death tolls caused by open gang warfare in the streets, pundits, politicians and community leaders have put forward various legal and law enforcement solutions in order to alleviate this growing problem.
Design was always a part of Brice Aarrestad’s life. Even as a kid, when he considered a career as a policeman or marine biologist, he would sketch out his dream houses for those professions. But today, this Minnesota alumnus is applying his design skills to a different kind of dream — raising the fortunes of the central African nation of Uganda with artisanal furniture.
As a defensive lineman for the Fighting Illini, Kambium “Kam” Buckner had plenty of memorable moments. Upsetting then-No. 1 Ohio State in Columbus in November 2007. Playing in the Rose Bowl on New Year’s Day of 2008.
Around this time of year, students, alumni and fans of Big Ten college football teams are abuzz about the top 25 rankings. On campuses, in online forums and at sports bars across the country, people are talking about how many teams the conference has in the respective preseason polls, who’s underrated and overrated, and their predictions for bowl season and the second-ever college football playoff.
When it comes to addiction, the road to recovery is hardly a smooth one. People who try to end their substance abuse and dependency often find it a long and bumpy ride, with detours and wrong turns along the way.
You say “tomatoes.” I say … “Rutgers”?
Carolyn McDonald doesn’t have what you’d call a typical commute.
Automotive visionary Henry Ford could see the future. The founder of the Ford Motor Company understood how assembly-line production of vehicles would forever change the transportation landscape. Accordingly, he helped launch the first revolution in automotive mass production more than a century ago.
It’s a nearly universal experience for new college students — the “sticker shock” from buying textbooks for their upcoming semester. (“I have to pay $75 for a used geology textbook? Are you kidding me!?!?”)
Jackson Thomas doesn’t just hear music. He feels it.
Navin Kumar grew up idolizing the character Steve Austin on TV’s “The Six Million Dollar Man.” Played by Lee Majors when the show first aired in the 1970s, Austin possessed traits that a young Kumar envisioned himself having one day.
Like another famous New Jersey native, Rutgers alumna Ashley Higginson was born to run. She not only took gold in the 3,000-meter steeplechase competition at the Pan American Games last month in Toronto, but also set a Pan Am record in the event with her time of 9 minutes, 48.12 seconds.
One of the ways great stories come to life is through interesting photos. And we regularly come across some captivating shots in our search for remarkable stories about students, faculty and alumni throughout the Big Ten.
Tyron Cooper wears several hats at Indiana University. As an assistant professor in the Department of African-American and African Diaspora Studies, Cooper is tasked with academic responsibilities in the classroom. But on top of that, he connects the school’s — and the state’s — rich musical heritage with African-American styles as director of the IU Soul Revue.
The setup is like something from a James Bond movie: A mysterious visitor arrives in an African nation to conduct a major arms deal. But little do the local warlords know that he’s planning to thwart their violent ways with a clever scheme.
It seems too good to be true: Spend one day a week taking a college class that’s held right next to the beach. But that’s exactly what Rutgers did with its inaugural RU at the Shore program this summer.
In the writings of Mark Twain, one of the activities Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn enjoyed most was doing a little fishing down on the mighty Mississip’. But Tom and Huck might have been flabbergasted if they’d seen one of the ways University of Iowa students are catching fish down on that “Big River.”
Anyone who’s commuted in traffic in a major U.S. city or tried to get their children out the door for school can claim to have some familiarity with the concept of “controlled chaos.” Simply put, this phrase refers to the often random, unpredictable interactions and events that can hinder or even halt complex, critical systems.
Wisconsin’s “cheeseheads” might someday have a wealth of local options to pair with the state’s most popular food. And they may have Nick Smith to thank for it.
The human experience of slavery in the United States was recently and memorably captured in the Oscar-winning Best Film “12 Years a Slave,” adapted from the 1853 novel of the same name by Solomon Northup. But while Northup’s long fight to reclaim his freedom after a ruthless kidnapping was an undeniably compelling story, it wasn’t representative of the typical struggle of African-Americans who sought to break the bonds of slavery.
Many people already know that Purdue is “Astronaut University.” Twenty-three of its graduates took part in spaceflight missions, and Neil Armstrong is among its distinguished astronaut alumni.
At 217 years old and still going strong, “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band is nearly as old as America itself. Its storied history has included countless performances for American leaders and international heads of state, as well as being conducted by the likes of John Philip Sousa.
Few college graduates go on to design the alumni center for their alma mater. But that’s just one of many things that makes Maryland alumnus Hugh Newell Jacobsen unique.