In the latest US News Ranking of the Top 100 universities from a previous blog, there was actually a missing variable: the expected income of graduates. One website, Payscale.com, measures the rank of school on this metric, but what are the repercussions of valuing education strictly in terms of monetary advancement?
It is very possible that students who choose their universities based on their career projections will suffer the same problems as students who choose “fashionable” schools. These students will find themselves in classes they have no interest in and struggling with coursework that is outside their aptitude.
It is not just students who suffer either. A shift of enrollment towards career-geared degrees robs academia of the bright minds that perpetuate and advance enlightenment that cannot be anticipated through strictly profit-driven incentives..
Does the estimated value of PayScale’s top schools somehow make up for that loss? Can that loss even be fully quantified? Let Scholar Hero hear your thoughts!
Rising above the fray of the MTV Video Music Awards, the enigmatic duo of Daft Punk offered an alternative presence to the confluence of celebrity.
Daft Punk somehow tows the line between immense notoriety and well-guarded secrecy. Some have compared their use of theatricality to that of Lady Gaga, but the mechanics are completely opposite. Lady Gaga’s music is heavily reinforced by her theatricality. Daft Punk’s theatricality is introverted, meant to shield themselves allow their music to stand alone.
Despite their frequent attempts to remain cloaked from the limelight, most recently balking on an appearance on The Colbert Report, Daft Punk has been wildly popular team since the mid-1990s. Yet there are no public demands for them to discard their robotic exteriors and explain their actions. People only care about the music.
Daft Punk’s unique example of celebrity shows that it is possible to separate one’s personal identity and artistic craft in order to be popular. Of course, there are a confluence of other factors that influence celebrity, such as gender or race, but there’s comfort in knowing that some groups can exist solely for their musical talent.
It was even their lack of appearance on The Colbert Report that left an impact: http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/428372/august-06-2013/stephest-colbchella–013—daft-punk-d
Pittsburgh is no stranger to revitalization. We even wrote an in depth blog post about it. Three major initiatives are arriving in the Pittsburgh this fall continue the city’s great strides in artistic and cultural growth. These events stand as a celebration of how far Pittsburgh has developed and as a testament to the city’s future as an international center of culture. Here is what you can expect:
The Rubber Duck Project
On September 27th Pittsburgh’s rivers will become reminiscent of a very large bathtub. A four-story rubber duck designed by Florentijn Hofman and assembled in Pennsylvania will float from the West End Bridge, around the point, and down to Roberto Clemente Point.
October 15th-18th will bring 300 urbanists together for discussion, presided over by none other than Charles, Prince of Wales. These speakers will talk about the future of industrial cities, all with one of greatest examples of transformative success as their backdrop.
We often hear about how much universities have to offer, but there is rarely mention of what has been given back. Amidst recent debates regarding rising tuition costs, let us not forget that these institutions are grand centers of knowledge and enlightenment that require supporters. Luckily, there are people who have a passion for supporting education and who have the means to do so. Here are the top five largest contributions to universities in 2013:
$350 Million From…
Photo Source: Ralph Alswang
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Given to Johns Hopkins University.
Founder Lee Ngo pitches to an audience at GooglePittsburgh on 9/7/2013. Photo courtesy of No Typical Moments (www.notypicalmoments.com)
Has it really been a week since our company’s first major presentation to the Pittsburgh technology and entrepreneurial community?
After several all-night preparations and collaborations with other teams incubated in the Hustle Den, an incubator owned and operated by Thrill Mill, Inc., we pulled off what felt like the impossible: a concise 5-minute pitch at Google Pittsburgh demonstrating our proof of concept. Here’s a clip of the presentation (scroll to the 1 hour, 17 minute, 36 second mark for our presentation):
Video courtesy of Thrill Mill, Inc. (www.thrillmill.com)
Lamentably, the video does not do the presentations justice. It is amazing how much our companies have grown over the last several months. In our case, we were little more than a handful of good ideas that needed to be refined into a bona fide company. For our successes, we must thank Thrill Mill for the opportunity they’ve given us as well as the countless people who have contributed to our development along the way.
Founder Lee Ngo poses with founders Rachel Bane and Jimena Quan of Mix: a salad-themed restaurant for the Pittsburgh community (photo courtesy of Scholar Hero)
Still, we have a long way to go. A few more milestones ahead include: