Former Washburn University student debuts first poetry collection – Entertainment – The Topeka Capital-Journal

When New York resident Christie Leigh Babirad was living in Topeka and attending Washburn University, she became heavily influenced by the Sunflower State, its open land and the peacefulness that it offered.

Now, years later, Babirad continues to feel Kansas’ pull and has incorporated her thoughts and feelings about the state into her first published poetry collection.

“Sapphire Stars,” which was released Nov. 24, features 170 poems and 48 of Babirad’s personal photos.

According to Babirad, the ideas and concepts behind the poems date back to her childhood, but most of them were written in her early 20s.

Two of the poems, “Konza Prairie” and “Still With Me,” tell of Kansas and Babirad’s days at Washburn.

“I wrote both because I was heavily influenced by the open land in Kansas and that feeling of freedom,” Babirad said. “Being there at such an impressionable age — I was like 19 (or)

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Ohio University point guard’s backstory goes viral as he drops 31 points vs. Illinois

Jason Preston isn’t your run-of-the-mill basketball player.

The Ohio Bobcats point guard worked his tail off to get a chance to play Division I basketball, and his backstory went viral Friday as his team took on No. 8 Illinois.


ESPN broadcasters shed light on his story during the game. Preston’s mother died about five years ago and while his father was not in the picture, he went to live with his mom’s best friend’s son in Orlando, Fla., as his legal guardian lived in Jamaica.

He didn’t have plans to play college basketball, but one of his friends convinced him to play in an AAU tournament and a coach convinced him to go to prep school before attending college. At Believe Sports Academy, he started out on the C-level basketball team and made it to the A-level team before being demoted again.

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Kyoto University students climb campus clock tower, clash with staff amid riot police presence

a group of people walking in front of a building: Students are seen on the roof of Kyoto University Clock Tower Centennial Hall on the university's Yoshida campus in Kyoto's Sakyo Ward, on Nov. 27, 2020, in this photo provide by a reader.

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Students are seen on the roof of Kyoto University Clock Tower Centennial Hall on the university’s Yoshida campus in Kyoto’s Sakyo Ward, on Nov. 27, 2020, in this photo provide by a reader.

KYOTO — Riot police were deployed on a campus of the elite Kyoto University on Nov. 27 after students who had climbed a clock tower at the school clashed with staff.

Around noon that day, students set a ladder up on Clock Tower Centennial Hall on the university’s Yoshida campus in Kyoto’s Sakyo Ward, sparking a scuffle with staff who tried to stop them. Riot police were then summoned to the scene, entering the grounds through the front gate. The area was in an uproar for some time, but ultimately there were no injuries or arrests.

Students from the school’s Kumano-ryo dorm traditionally climb the clock tower during a festival at the residence. However,

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University of Surrey to lower entry grades in recognition of Covid disruption | University of Surrey

The University of Surrey has become the latest higher education institution to lower its entry requirements for next year in recognition of the disruption to education caused by the coronavirus crisis.

Entry grades will be reduced by one grade for most undergraduate programmes starting in September 2021 to help relieve the pressure and anxiety faced by young people who will have had their learning significantly disrupted across two academic years.

Last week the University of Birmingham also announced it planned to reduce entry requirements for 2021 by one grade, meaning pressure on other universities to follow suit is likely to grow.

Lizzie Burrows, the director of recruitment and admissions at the University of Surrey, said: “We are taking this action now to relieve the pressure and anxiety facing this year’s applicants, as they experience ongoing disruption and uncertainty surrounding exams and assessment of their learning.

“By taking this step, we

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Radford University makes carbon commitment | Local News

Radford University is forming a task force with a goal to make the campus carbon neutral.

The group’s formation comes after school President Brian Hemphill’s announcement of the signing of a Carbon Commitment at his State of the University address earlier this month.

Two involved in the task force effort, professor Stockton Maxwell, and the university’s sustainability manager, Josh Nease, said the process is is its infancy stages and the group has yet to be fully formed, but the university already has a few projects

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University of Tulsa helping lead project to build up nation’s cybersecurity workforce | Local News

“The project also dovetails nicely with the (George Kaiser Family Foundation) initiative to make Tulsa a cyber city,” Shenoi said.

The project was initiated based on a report from the U.S. Department of Commerce and DHS that describes both cybersecurity workforce needs and projected shortages.

In 2017, there were almost 300,000 active openings for cybersecurity-related jobs in the U.S. Globally, projections suggest a cybersecurity workforce shortage of 1.8 million by 2022, officials said.

Moreover, the majority of U.S. critical infrastructure is owned and operated by private companies, making its cybersecurity workforce vital.

The federal government also depends heavily on its cybersecurity workforce, supplemented by contractors.

Shenoi said the goal is to build up the nation’s cyber workforce in two areas, incident response and industrial control systems.

“Everything is automated now. And as you can imagine, really bad things can happen,” he said. “You can hack a plane while it’s flying.

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New Mexico university to offer industrial hemp certificate


LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — Regents at New Mexico Highlands University have approved a new program that will offer students a certificate in industrial hemp entrepreneurship.

Approval came earlier this month, but school officials say the program must still go through any required state and accreditor reviews. The Higher Learning Commission must also sign off.

Industrial hemp production was legalized in New Mexico in 2019, and federal officials just recently approved the state Department of Agriculture’s hemp production regulatory plan. That allows the state to continue regulatory oversight over hemp production within its borders.

Growers and state officials say New Mexico has advantages over other states due to optimal growing conditions and an abundance of relatively cheap land.

“We believe that industrial hemp is a growth industry that can benefit the economic development of northeastern New Mexico,” Highlands business professor Heath Anderson

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Baylor linebacker Solomon Turner commits to transfer to University of Hawaii football team

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COVID-19: University students react as government announces ‘travel window’ and mass testing | UK News

University students in England will be able to travel home for Christmas from early December under new government guidance.

The Department for Education has said universities in England should revert to online teaching to allow students to travel home between 3 and 9 December for the festive period.

Universities will be expected to stagger the dates in which students leave during this “travel window” and liaise with other nearby institutions to ensure transport is not overwhelmed.

This guidance hopes to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission as students will be travelling home after the lockdown.

The government has also promised to help universities establish mass testing capacity as well as testing as many students as possible before they return home.

Sky News spoke to university students across the country about this new guidance.

‘These travel corridors are superficial and merely a PR stunt’

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University admissions tests like the SAT are under scrutiny especially in the age of COVID-19

Many Grade 12 high school students are now looking ahead to post-secondary studies next fall. Those wishing to attend universities in the United States will see that the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the growing shift to test-optional university admissions policies — or scrapping entrance tests altogether.

Due to COVID-19, many U.S. universities, including Yale, Cornell, Columbia and the University of Pennsylvania have announced they won’t require applicants for fall 2021 to write either the SAT or ACT.

But even before the pandemic, entrance examinations were under scrutiny. The University of California voted in May to phase out both the SAT and the ACT as requirements for university admissions, largely due to concerns over racial and cultural bias. Other universities have made similar pronouncements.

Many people are wondering if the COVID-19 pandemic will spell the end of university admission testing altogether, and what the implications are for Canadian universities and the

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