March 25, 2012 |
The pair of college friends can't suppress a conspiratorial giggle when they talk about the passion that's consuming them. "It's an amazing feeling," says Nawal, as her close friend and fellow schemer, Lina, listens closely in a cafe here in the Syrian capital. "It's like you've broken all the injustice and fear. " Some college students gate-crash parties. These two young women ditch classes and roam the streets of Damascus and its suburbs, searching for protests calling for the ouster of Syrian President Bashar Assad.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 2, 2013 |
California State University students this fall will be able to enroll in online classes offered at other Cal State campuses, the latest move by the state's public universities to expand online learning. The program will offer 36 fully online classes in high-demand subjects such as biology, physical geography, statistics, astronomy and business finance. University officials hope that offering the hard-to-get classes as an online option will help students obtain degrees and graduate faster.
October 30, 2013 |
Malibu Country Mart is decked out with pumpkins and hay bales and is planning special Halloween activities Thursday for kids. Some stores are offering trick-or-treating from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. (Participating shops will display a Halloween balloon.) The Jester Court will be the site of a children's costume contest at 6 p.m., and the lucky winner will receive a $100 gift certificate. The shopping center is at 3835 Cross Creek Road, Malibu. Openings Aura Cycle has opened Aura Yoga in Sunset Plaza.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 18, 2013 |
San Jose State University is suspending a highly touted collaboration with online provider Udacity to offer low-cost, for-credit online courses after finding that more than half of the students failed to pass the classes, officials said Thursday. Preliminary results from a spring pilot project found student pass rates of 20% to 44% in remedial math, college-level algebra and elementary statistics courses. In a somewhat more promising outcome, 83% of students completed the classes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 1, 2012 |
Yoga, which is known for good things like enlightenment and healing, is suddenly under attack from several quarters. John Friend, the founder of one of yoga's fastest-growing styles, stepped down after he was accused of sexual indiscretions. New York Times science writer William Broad, in his best-selling book "The Science of Yoga," says some yoga poses can wreck your body. Worse, they don't necessarily help you lose weight. Even Gwyneth Paltrow has traded in her yoga mat for a personal trainer.
April 6, 2013 |
If you were trying to conjure up a perfect group cardio workout, it just might look like one of the classes at ElliptiFit. Classes at the boutique fitness studio in Los Angeles offer a low-impact, full-body workout. There's upbeat music. Individualized instruction. It's all over in a brisk 45 minutes. And, best of all, classes take place under low lights, so you don't have to worry about sticking out like a sore thumb if you've never seen an elliptical machine before, much less danced with one. ElliptiFit is the brainchild of owner and head fitness instructor Annette Comerchero, who says her goal was "the best possible workout you can get, in the shortest amount of time possible, having the most fun. " Check, check and check.
September 26, 2012 |
One dreary article after another on community colleges has appeared in The Times, most recently Sunday's " California's community colleges staggering during hard times . " Against the backdrop of budget shortfalls, reporting agencies tasked with assessing the effectiveness of community colleges focus on things that can be easily counted and exclude things that do count but cannot be easily tabulated. The state and the people lose resources that enrich state and people. As one who taught at a community college when it served its community fully, I am saddened by what is not counted and is, therefore, lost.
December 9, 2012 |
The number of free college-level courses offered online has surged this year, with some of the nation's most prestigious universities getting involved. The classes are open to anyone, and although you won't earn college credit, you will get a chance to learn from professors and other experts at no charge. Some key websites: • Coursera.org: Thirty-three universities, including Stanford, Caltech, Princeton and Duke, have joined together to offer more than 200 courses. Among them are 21 classes in economics and finance, 13 in business and management, and 20 in artificial intelligence and robotics.
June 11, 2013 |
Even though the state's budget situation has improved, it will be years before California's community colleges will be able to offer adequate numbers of courses. Hundreds of thousands of students will continue to be shut out of classes they need. Though normally we would deplore creating a two-tiered educational system within the community colleges, now isn't the time to stick to lofty principles about equal pricing for all. The loftiest thing that state legislators could do now is to help students of all financial backgrounds get through college.