Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Around the Blogosphere This Week

Here's a roundup of very miscellaneous good reads!

At the subject link, Hugh Hewitt writes that Hillary Clinton isn't a "progressive," she's a radical, and explains why.

The Return of "That'll Teach 'Em Hillary": Tom DeLay writes "This recent attack against Rush Limbaugh is nothing more than a fire drill for Mrs. Clinton’s 'new progressive infrastructure,' a preparation for the real quarry: the 2008 Republican presidential nominee. There is nothing independent, nonpartisan, or disinterested about Media Matters and the rest of the Clinton Shadow Party..."

Egypt to Hire Lawyer For Student Facing Explosives Charges: My question is...what is Egypt's interest in defending one of the men arrested in South Carolina in possession of explosives and a "video showing how to use remote-controlled toys to detonate terrorist bombs"? (Hat tip: J.C. Loophole at The Shelf.)

Mahlon Clark, 84; Clarinetist Played With Welk, Sinatra and Madonna: One of Clark's significant contributions to American popular music was playing the solo in the "Baby Elephant Walk" in HATARI!. HATARI! is one of my oldest son's favorite John Wayne movies, so I've heard that music countless times over the years...

Salinas and Telemundo Part Ways: Los Angeles news anchor Mirthala Salinas refused to accept her demotion to Riverside and has left the Spanish-language station Telemundo. The back story about Salinas's relationship with Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was discussed here in August.

UCLA Violates California's Ban on Racial Discrimination: Paul Mirengoff at Power Line on how UCLA is trying to get around falling numbers of black students by trying to admit more "low income students." The average SAT of black students at UCLA, 1738, seems pretty low for a school of UCLA's caliber. More from The New York Times. Educators need to be looking at how to address the various reasons black students are doing poorly in the first place, not at how to rig the system to admit sub-par students.

NASCAR'S Busch Series Has a New Sponsor: After 26 years, Busch is out as the sponsor of NASCAR's "second-level" racing series, as NASCAR continues to move away from liquor and cigarette sponsors. The new sponsor is Nationwide Insurance, and the races will be called the Nationwide Series.

Emile Henry Pink Pie Plate: So pretty! This is on my wish list...


Blogger jau said...

Re: UCLA. What's the SAT scoring nowadays? As recently as last year, 800 was the top in each (English and Math) so 1600 was perfect. What's changed?

8:40 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

They changed the SAT scoring a couple years ago at the same time they added an essay -- 2400 is now a perfect score. For a school like UCLA I would assume around 2000 would be an average score for the admitted students; one source found on Google says in 2006 it was 2010.

Best wishes,

9:26 AM  
Blogger jau said...

In which case, 1738 doesn't seem as low as all that. I mean, 650 was a respectable score in the old days - not ideal, but not out of the running - and that was 81% of perfect. So 1738 which is 74% doesn't seem that much lower to me. Especially with the assumption that the new scoring is more subjective since the essay is part of it. Even if I did do very well myself, I just can't take these scores all that seriously.

9:23 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

"Even if I did do very well myself, I just can't take these scores all that seriously."

I agree with you, insofar as scores are just one part of a student's picture -- plus some students have abilities which aren't as easily "testable" -- and 1738 is a respectable score.

However, simply considering the universe of UCLA students, the disparity in average SAT scores raises questions for me. Why do most students attending the school having an average score of 2010, but black students' average is 1738? It raises several questions as far as what can be done to raise the SATs of black student...why are the scores of admitted black students so much lower than their peers admitted to the same institution...and are students with stronger credentials being unfairly discriminated against because they have the wrong skin color or economic background?

Best wishes,

9:42 AM  

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