Hofstra to eliminate SAT requirement

Hofstra University has decided to eliminate the SAT requirement. Beginning in 2014, students have the option of deciding whether to submit their SAT scores as a part of their admissions application.

“I will feel more empowered. I am a good student and have good grades, but…” junior Keana Cooper said, referring to how some students just struggle with standardized testing.

“I am an all A student, a great student, but when it comes to the standardized tests, you get nervous. It wont reflect your abilities in school,” junior Madison Tarabay added.

Bowe Bergdahl (Poll)

Everyone in politics has been talking about Bowe Bergdahl, a non-official prisoner of war who was being held by the Taliban. According to most reports, one night five years ago while serving in Afghanistan, Bergdahl left a note in his tent saying that he was done, and he quietly left his post. Most evidence suggests he deserted his fellow soldiers. The Taliban captured him and held him for five years. Other American soldiers were killed in action while looking for him. And now, just a few days ago, Obama traded him for five top level Taliban leaders who were being held at Guantanamo.

Good Luck Soup Interactive

Matthew Hashiguchi asked me to post info about his project the Good Luck Soup Interactive. See the video above for more info. You can donate to his Kickstarter here. It’s interesting how they are planning to do the interactive map.

I thought it was similar to what Densho does, but this looks like it’s geared more towards a younger audience who might be interested in where the internees have gone and how it looks on an interactive map. I myself am probably more old-school–I’d prefer to hear the voices of the interned, and I have no need to know where they went from there. Then again, I don’t even own a smart-phone or have a Twitter account, so I’m not exactly living in modern times.

Have Chinese Americans peaked?

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Funny quote from Korean American politician Mark Keam:

In an interview with the Korean Times and reported on by AsAmNews earlier today, Keam predicted a Korean American would be the first Asian American elected US President.

In explaining his answer, he said “Chinese-Americans have made a mark, but we have to consider the fact that there are at least twice as many Chinese as Koreans in the U.S.,” he said. “Their level of success has peaked out as there are no real prominent elected Chinese officials now.”

He then released the standard non-apology apology.

Magnus Carlsen vs. Bill Gates

This is pretty funny. It’s pretty cool how everyone knows how to play chess. Magnus is making the rounds these days, playing chess with rich luminaries such as Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg. Bill Gates was a good sport about it; Magnus beat him using only 12 seconds on his clock.

Michiaki Takahashi, inventor of chicken pox vaccine, dies at 85

Photo credit: Ko Sasaki

Photo credit: Ko Sasaki

Sad news from Japan: Michiaki Takahashi, the inventor of the chicken pox vaccine, died at age 85. From the story, it seems that Takahashi’s son got very sick with chicken pox when the son was 3. Takahashi, who was on a research fellowship at Baylor University in Houston at the time, had studied measles and polio. After his son recovered, he decided to use his knowledge to help eradicate the disease. Read an interview with him at the Financial Times. The vaccine tricks your body into believing it has had the virus that causes chicken pox, so kids today don’t actually contract the disease, but they produce antibodies to fight it.

Moderating changes in 2014

Hey All,

So we have a little less than two weeks before the new year.

As most of you know, I was somewhat burned out earlier this year. I was angry at the tech at our old hosting company who erased our work, and it was quite demoralizing. For a while, I was unable to really read or write anything. Plus, I was addicted to chess! (I still am.) Fortunately, time heals most wounds, so I’ll be back in early 2014. I’m not sure if it will all be gone by January, but it will be better.

Kim kills his uncle

Kim with his uncle, during happier times

Kim with his uncle, during happier times

It has been reported that Kim Jong-Un has killed his uncle, who, according to some reports, was the second most powerful man in North Korea. Of course, there’s some charge of trying to overthrow the government–which could be true or not. According to reports, Kim killed his Uncle Jang for trying to overthrow the government, among other “crimes”:

It also accused Jang of womanizing, drug use, gambling, eating at expensive restaurants and undergoing medical treatment in a foreign country.

Phillip Lim and Wen Zhou on the Chinese American Dream

See above for an interview with Phillip Lim and Wen Zhou from a company called 3.1 Phillip Lim. I really don’t know anything about fashion, but it’s great that they are having success. I don’t know why Suzy Menkes asks them about ABC’s when neither of them are ABC’s, but it’s great that they’re putting culture into their brand.

If you want to see another interview with an Asian designer, see here: