I have done pretty well (especially considering how I chose my teams), and even have the remaining four teams correct.
On the women side, Rutgers made the "Elite 8" over the weekend. :)
"Up to 30 million people were expected to have switched off their lights for 60 minutes by the time "Earth Hour" --which started in Suva in Fiji and Christchurch in New Zealand -- has completed its cycle westward.
More than 380 towns and cities and 3,500 businesses in 35 countries signed up for the campaign that is in its second year after it began in 2007 in Sydney alone."
"There was a visible law enforcement presence throughout the event, including police cars that blocked off points along the marchers' route, a N.J. State Police helicopter hovering overhead, and plainclothes police snapping photos of the crowd."
Part-time lecturer Bruce Reynolds of the Department of Journalism and Media Studies said although he does not have a personal opinion on the value of the Walk Out, he still cancelled his Writing and Editing for Print class in order to let anyone participate if they chose to.
"I think [protests] are as much a part of the college experience as anything else, and to deny them access to the Walk Out would be to deny them access to part of their education," he said.
In addition to canceling class, Reynolds gave his students an assignment to write a news story about the Walk Out for extra credit. An assignment, he said, would be a good test of his students' objectivity.
Earlier this week, Sen. Barack Obama gave a historic speech that addressed the issue of race with the eloquence, sincerity, and optimism we have come to expect of him. He inspired us by reminding us of the awesome potential residing in our own responsibility. He asked us to rise above our racially divided past, and to seize the opportunity to carry forward the work of many patriots of all races, who struggled and died to bring us together.
As a Hispanic, I was particularly touched by his words. I have been troubled by the demonization of immigrants — specifically Hispanics — by too many in this country. Hate crimes against Hispanics are rising as a direct result and now, in tough economic times, people look for scapegoats and I fear that people will continue to exploit our racial differences--and place blame on others not like them . We all know the real culprit — the disastrous economic policies of the Bush administration!
Sen. Obama has started a discussion in this country long overdue and rejects the politics of pitting race against race. He understands clearly that only by bringing people together, only by bridging our differences can we all succeed together as Americans.
His words are those of a courageous, thoughtful and inspiring leader, who understands that a house divided against itself cannot stand. And, after nearly eight years of George W. Bush, we desperately need such a leader.
East Brunswick Environmental Commission Vice Chairman Richard Wolfert said the drop in temperature to below 40 degrees Tuesday night and about a half-inch of rain today are creating ideal conditions for the migration.
Wolfert said that with the proper weather, it's also possible that a number of frogs will be crossing the street to the vernal pools as well.