“It was all a bit ‘LA comes to New York’ for me. He acts up to this personification of some sort of Pete Doherty character - some really wasted English guy with a poet soul and it doesn’t really work. It is a bit like, “mate, you’re on Gossip Girl and you’re in a shitty band”. We spoke for a bit and he was quite lecherous. But he was lecherous to all the girls. He’s very small, too. Smaller than me. I’m 5’7” and I think he must be 5’6”. He’s ripped. But when you’re small and ripped you get into Tom Cruise territory, like a little overgrown gorilla.”—Peaches Geldof on meeting Gossip Girl’s Ed Westwick. ME-OW. (via hautetopic) Peaches freaking Geldof slagging someone for being wasted and for the quality of his artistic endeavors = epic awesome lack of self-awareness. It would be admirable if it weren’t so ridiculous. -MATC
“Afghanistan’s President, Hamid Karzai, has signed a law which “legalises” rape, women’s groups and the United Nations warn. Critics claim the president helped rush the bill through parliament in a bid to appease Islamic fundamentalists ahead of elections in August. In a massive blow for women’s rights, the new Shia Family Law negates the need for sexual consent between married couples, tacitly approves child marriage and restricts a woman’s right to leave the home, according to UN papers seen by The Independent.”—
In the bid for a fat envelope this year, it may help, more than usual, to have a fat wallet.
Facing fallen endowments and needier students, many colleges are looking more favorably on wealthier applicants as they make their admissions decisions this year.
Colleges say they are not backing away from their desire to serve less affluent students; if anything, they say, taking more students who can afford to pay full price or close to it allows them to better afford those who cannot. But they say the inevitable result is that needier students will be shifted down to the less expensive and less prestigious institutions.
“There’s going to be a cascading of talented lower-income kids down the social hierarchy of American higher education, and some cascading up of affluent kids,” said Morton Owen Schapiro, the president of Williams College and an economist who studies higher education.
“My daughter is looking for a college now. She applied at seven excellent private colleges and the University of Colorado. She has been accepted at six so far. Unfortunately, none will be affordable without significant financial aid which in this economy may not materialize. To make matters worse, I lost my job last week. It’s very difficult to tell a child who has done everything right and worked so hard that she must lower her expectations. I also have to wonder about the fate of a country that gives so little support to young people who want to educate themselves, or buries them under a mountain of debt before they get their first job. I also wonder how many college scholarships could have been provided for the staggering cost of one month of the war in Iraq. President Obama seems to understand the absurdity of the situation. As for me, I’m ready for change. — Purple Patriot, Denver”—
Not to mention that need-blindness in the admission process is a bunch of BS. From a friend of MATC who is a college administrator: “OK, so maybe they don’t see your FAFSA before they make the admissions decisions. But they ask on the application for your parents’ information, including where they went to college and what they do for a living. They also know where you live and where you went to high school. I’d say if you took 2 kids with similar GPA and test score, and one went to an expensive, highly regarded private high school, has parents who both went to college/grad/professional school, and at least one of those parents has a wealthy-sounding job (doctor, lawyer, hedge fund manager) and the other kid went to public high school, maybe the parent has a degree (maybe not), and works as a social worker/teacher/retail… well, student 1 is going to be more attractive.
Some schools, in their admissions rubric, weight different high schools. If it’s a challenging private high school, you get more points. Very few poor (or middle class) kids can make it into an expensive private HS.”
If you’re poor or middle class, you might not even get IN to the college of your choice because of your socioeconomic status (not to mention having the normal socioeconomic stuff working against you, like not being a legacy or not having parents who can fund a building to get you in), let alone have to worry about securing financial aid. This type of stuff makes my blood boil. All you poor kids like me, you better work it double time. -MATC
For decades, education researchers have documented the disproportionately low academic performance of poor children and teenagers living in poverty. Called the achievement gap, its proposed sociological explanations are many. Compared to well-off kids, poor children tend to go to ill-equipped and ill-taught schools, have fewer educational resources at home, eat low-nutrition food, and have less access to health care.
At the same time, scientists have studied the cognitive abilities of poor children, and the neurobiological effects of stress on laboratory animals. They’ve found that, on average, socioeconomic status predicts a battery of key mental abilities, with deficits showing up in kindergarten and continuing through middle school.
Though I adore and feel naked without a pair of 4 inch plus heels, I have always maintained it’s not for everyone. I loath designers that produce shoes profesionals can’t even manage to wear without taking a spill. It boarders on maschocism and projects a highly unrealistic image of beauty and style. More evidence today from the set of Gossip Girl to back up my position, from New York Daily News.
Stars Leighton Meester and Blake Lively were having trouble getting in and out of the very high heels the scene called for. “They needed crew members to help get them on,” our on-set spy dished. “The girls also had a lot of trouble walking in them.”
If Blair can’t do it, the laws of physics state that it’s physically impossible. True story. -MATC
“Tobacco users are facing a big financial hit as the largest federal tobacco tax increase ever takes effect Wednesday.
Tobacco companies and public-health advocates, longtime foes in the nicotine battles, are each trying to turn the situation to their advantage. Major cigarette makers raised prices in recent weeks, partly to offset any drop in profits once the per-pack tax climbs from 39 cents to $1.01. Medical groups, meanwhile, see a tax increase in the middle of a recession as a great incentive for smokers to quit.
President Barack Obama signed a health initiative soon after taking office to increase the tobacco taxes to finance a major expansion of health insurance for children. Other tobacco products, from cigars to pipes and smokeless tobacco, will also see similarly large tax increases…”
Friend of MATC Mike Teitelbaum wrote a column for the NY Post about the growth of at-home single cup coffee brewers. When he’s not writing for the Post, Mike enjoys having a PhD in some sort of scary-sounding engineering business involving lasers and rooting for the NY Giants and Maryland basketball.