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Breakdown of the Average Student Budget

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

Interested in knowing how college students spend their money? This insightful graphic shows the breakdown of the average college student’s budget.

Download graphic here

Source : Westwood College

101 College Blogs to Put You in the College Mood

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

WordPress, Blogger, TypePad…there’s all sorts of blogging platforms – and higher education is using them!  College blogs are a fun way to learn about college life.  Straight from the colleges themselves, (though not necessarily a reflection of that school’s opinions) you’ll discover fun campus superstitions, big events and celebrations, exciting classes, or even new majors.

Follow along with the life of a college student or read what college admissions has to say.  Some may be more descriptive than others, but they all possess value: a peek at the inner workings of colleges and universities.  It’s a great way to stay on top of college life – and aid you in your college decision-making process!

The list is available here

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Source : My College Guide Blog

Enjoy today’s edition of Travelin’ Local’s Sit Back Saturday

Saturday, February 20th, 2010

Saturdays are often the day people like to go hiking, take a bike ride, or do a little window shopping. For today’s Sit Back Saturday, here’s some ideas for your consideration:

- Today’s ride, in which bike friendly Santa Monica actually was: Enough said.

- A Few Tips for Drivers to Enjoy a Day at the Beach in Sunny Santa Monica: Santa Monica’s beach is world renowned, but driving to it, finding parking, and then paying for it, can be a hassle. Gary offers an alternative.

- Green weekender: Beaches, bikes, and Ballona Creek cleanup with Bass: With so many activities happening each weekend, consider some new ideas to relax courtesy of our very own Green LA Girl, who has several up her sleeve.

- Malibu’s Charmlee Wilderness Park: An Easy Stroll with Ocean Views: If you’re thinking about hiking this weekend, Malibu sounds like it’s the perfect place.

- Seasons of Southern California: Two excellent photos showing the difference between the summer and winter here in beautiful Southern California. Yes Virginia, we do have winter here.

- Flower Farming in Los Angeles: Yesterday and Today: The title is a dead give-a-way, ya think?

So now you’re armed, ready, and willing with some additional ideas for added fun and recreation this weekend–that is, if it doesn’t rain; and even then, it doesn’t mean that some ideas on the list are to be X’d.

If it does, and even if it doesn’t, here’s one more cool idea for your Saturday fun:

- Free Tastings at Book Soup Signing: Featuring food journalists behind the book EAT: Los Angeles 2010 at Book Soup, which includes free food. That’s definitely a cool place to hang out tomorrow.

When Travelin’ Local, rain or shine notwithstanding, Los Angeles has just about anything to do that’s suited for your needs and wants.

by Lisa Newton, Travelin’ local

Learn and Improve English at EnglishCafe

Friday, February 19th, 2010

English Café is a great new web site that is dedicated to providing a community atmosphere for English teachers and learners.  Not only does it provide a place for learners and teachers to connect and share lessons, photos, audios, and classes, but it also provides each and every user with some amazing e-learning tools including:

•    Your very own blog for both teachers and learners.  Teachers can blog about any topic of their choosing and can even turn it into a lesson for their students.  Students also have the chance to write their own blogs to practice their English, or as an assignment from a teacher.

•    EC Toolbox – Patent-Pending Suggestion Tool allows teachers to correct and comment on learners’ written work they post to English Café.  It also allows you to translate and hear sections of text.

•    Multimedia Library including photos, audio, files, videos, etc.  English Café allows users to upload their own materials to include in their lessons, blogs, quizzes, or just to share with other users.

•    EC Recorder – this online software that is available to all users allows you to record either audio or video directly to the English Café site using your microphone or webcam.

•    Lesson Builder – You can create your own lessons to share with other English Café users directly on the web site.  The lessons can include any of the materials from your multimedia library, and are automatically archived for both your own convenience as well as the users.

•    Quiz Creator – Each lesson is followed by a quiz to help students test their newfound knowledge, and English Café provides a great online tool to help you create that quiz in to time at all.  It even includes automatic scoring, multiple choice answers, and you can even imbed audio, video, and photos.

•    Groups – Join a group that suits your interests to be able to interact with like-minded people.  This can be a great way for learners to practice their English on a topic that’s interesting to them.  Alternatively, it is a great way for teachers to choose a topic that will keep the learners’ interest without having to rack your brain for ideas.

•    Calendar – Schedule one on one session with students or an online class with multiple students.  English Café even integrates with Skype and Dimdim to effectively communicate with your students.

These are only some of the amazing features English Café provides to its users, but there are many more.

English Café was featured in the first edition of ESL International’s newsletter.

Comment :
This site is a great and complementary resource for students seeking to gain English knowledge and join a world-wide conversation about words and culture.

We highly encourage you to use it in addition to attending English Language programs.

Los Angeles, by Joseph F. Mailander

Friday, February 19th, 2010

It is possible to disappear, for months, even years at a time, even for a whole lifetime, into the city of Los Angeles, in a way that it is impossible to disappear into other cosmopolitan places.

In other great cities, you may become superficially anonymous: in other great cities, nobody may know you, and you may even be enough of a hermit to have your groceries delivered. But in these other cities you still walk your neighborhood, say hello to the same clerks, and occasionally escape into the kind of reassuringly madcap evenings that satisfy your predilections over time. However, in Los Angeles, where the clerks turn over every month, the madcap evenings are never dependable but disappear as marketing trends as soon as they are discovered, and where there is also a far sharper demarcation between commercial and residential property than exists in other great cities, you transcend anonymity, and truly disappear. Read the complete essay here

Joseph Mailander is a writer raised in the South Bay in Los Angeles. He graduated from Hawthorne High and UCLA You can find on his blog here

Escaped Slaves Followed the North Star to Freedom

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

“History by immersion,” is how the Conner Prairie interactive history park outside Indianapolis, Indiana, describes a program about a perilous journey to freedom endured by escaped southern slaves during the 19th-century.  It is an unforgettable walk in the woods that has special meaning during February, which is Black History Month in the United States.

The program is called Follow the North Star.  The name is adapted from an old American Negro spiritual song, Follow the Drinking Gourd .

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Read the story here

Source : VOA News

Songs from Slavery here

Richmond’s Jackson Ward Abounds in Black History

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

In the years immediately following the American Civil War of the 1860s, thousands of African Americans, including former southern slaves and black northern soldiers, moved into a lively neighborhood in Richmond, Virginia – the capital city of the defeated Confederate States.  It’s Jackson Ward, which is remembered as the Harlem of the South, during this month’s celebration of Black History Month.

Maggie Walker, America’s first female bank president and vaudeville entertainer Bojangles, hail from same Virginia neighborhood.

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Source : VOA News

Taberandrew, Flickr Creative Commons
Bill Bojangles Robinson’s statue in Jackson Ward shows the flair of the legendary vaudeville and movie dancer.

Pink’s the Best Hot Dog Stand in Los Angeles

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

Since 1939, people have been queuing outside to wait for Pink’s Hot Dogs, and finding the wait well worth it.  Located on the corner of Melrose and La Brea, many drivers miss the sign, but notice the line of waiting people wrapping around the restaurant building .

Pink’s recently celebrated their 70th last year, and according to Lindsay Pullin at Travelin’ Local, we should enjoy this nostalgic piece of LA and Hollywood history, served on a bun with a crisp snap; it’s one of the oldest (and tasty) icons of Tinseltown and Los Angeles combined.

Read Lindsay story here.

Send us your pictures when you experience your first Pink’s Hot Dogs

Join the Idealist Global Volunteering Fair in L.A. on Feb 25

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

Thinking of volunteering in another country? Interested in the idea but not quite sure how to get started?

Idealist.org Global Volunteering Fair is generously hosted by the UCLA School of Public Affairs, at 337 Charles E. Young Drive in Los Angeles, on February 25th, from 6:00 to 9:00 P.M.

This fair will offer you the opportunity to meet one-on-one with representatives of organizations that coordinate volunteer projects around the world, including:

* Cross-Cultural Solutions
* Global Citizens Network
* Good News Corps
* Humanitarian Travels International
* International Education Programs
* International Student Volunteers
* MASA Israel Journey
* Peace Corps
* SIT Graduate Institute
* Village Volunteers
* WorldTeach

What’s happening at the fair?
- Individuals considering volunteering in another country can learn more about programs and global opportunities offered by a diverse range of volunteer-sending organizations
- Workshops on topics like “International Volunteerism 101” and “The Cost of Doing Good: Affordable Options for Volunteering Abroad.”

Idealist.org Global Volunteering Fairs provide a unique venue for individuals to meet with volunteer-sending organizations as well as participate in free workshops like “International Volunteerism 101” and “The Cost of Doing Good: Affordable Options for Volunteering Abroad.”

The fair is free for individuals to attend. (There is a registration fee for volunteer-sending organizations to reserve a table; for more information, please click “Registration” in the section for Volunteer-Sending Organizations in the box below.)

To register, click here.

Tombstone, Arizona: ‘The Town Too Tough to Die’

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

Visitors come from all over the world to experience a bit of the old American West.

The United States has thousands of “ghost towns.” These are communities that once were successful but all the population moved to other places. Today on VOA Special English program, they visit a town in the western state of Arizona that was saved from being a ghost town by a violent history. It is called Tombstone.

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Read the story here



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