October 13, 2013 |
In Southern California, where there are many sports played and so much talent, there's always that rare opportunity to watch an event that you can look back on when the athletes are in college or the Olympics and say, “I was there.” One such event is Tuesday night's boys' water polo showdown between Studio City Harvard-Westlake (13-1) and Santa Ana Mater Dei (13-0) at 6 o'clock at Mater Dei. Mater Dei is ranked No. 1 in Southern Section Division 1, has a 92-game winning streak and has won three consecutive Division 1 titles.
October 9, 2013 |
As a chemistry professor at USC, Arieh Warshel says he sometimes finds it difficult to convince his fellow scientists that computers have a place in experimental fields like his own. Many people, he laments, use them to make or watch movies, "but not to understand. " Though Warshel may hold a minority view on a campus with strong ties to Hollywood - visitors to his laboratory's website are informed that his animated computer simulations are not available on Netflix - he got a huge endorsement Wednesday from the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in the form of a Nobel Prize.
October 7, 2013 |
Santa Ana Mater Dei remains No. 1 and Harvard-Westlake No. 2 in this week's Southern Section Division 1 boys' water polo rankings one week before the two schools meet in a 6 p.m. match on Oct. 15 at Mater Dei. Here's the link to complete rankings. Eric.firstname.lastname@example.org
September 15, 2013 |
One is 15, the other 16. Both have been playing quarterback since early in their Pop Warner days. On Friday night, sophomores Clarence Williams of Sylmar and Marshal Cohen of Studio City Harvard-Westlake face off in a matchup of two promising young quarterbacks on the verge of leading their respective teams to breakthrough seasons. The 6-foot-1 Williams, who grew up as everyone's can't-miss prospect playing for the Mid Valley Titans, accounted for eight touchdowns last week when Sylmar (1-1)
September 6, 2013 |
During the eight-year run of the show “House M.D.” the series mantra was, “Everybody lies.” The corollary to that could well be, “Everybody cheats.” Maybe not everybody, but fairly close. That's why I can't fathom the fuss being made over a Harvard University survey that found 42% of incoming freshmen admitted to having cheated in homework in high school, and 10% admitted to cheating on tests. People, including my colleague Paul Whitefield, conclude they've found the difference between those elite Ivy Leaguers and the rest of us. Aha!
September 6, 2013 |
OK, all together now: No wonder we didn't get into Harvard. We weren't cheaters. Turns out that that “C” isn't just for “Crimson.” As The Times' Matt Pearce wrote Thursday: “According to an email survey of more than 1,300 incoming Harvard students, the Harvard Crimson reports, 10% of the campus' new freshman class have cheated on tests and 42% have cheated on homework.” Which means two things: A) These folks are short on ethics, and (b) they're too stupid and/or smug to even lie on a survey about it for the school newspaper.
September 5, 2013 |
With one adventurous summer trip, senior running back Jacob Knight of Los Angeles Crenshaw demonstrated more leadership than any speech he could have given and more determination than any broken-field run he could have made. He traveled to Cambridge, Mass., at the invitation of the Harvard University football coaching staff to participate in a one-day camp and campus tour, an experience that few, if any, Crenshaw players have dared to attempt. Walking on the grounds of one of America's most prestigious academic institutions, Knight contemplated what is possible.
September 5, 2013 |
Well, that's one way to get into an Ivy League school. According to an email survey of more than 1,300 incoming Harvard students, the Harvard Crimson reports , 10% of the campus' new freshman class have cheated on tests and 42% have cheated on homework. That's probably going to be unwelcome news for the 377-year-old university, which is still recovering from a 2012 scandal in which more than 100 students were accused of cheating on a take-home exam for an introductory-level class on Congress.
August 31, 2013 |
Athletic officials at Harvard-Westlake say they can't remember the Wolverines ever beating rival Los Angeles Loyola in a football game. Then came Friday night, when sophomore quarterback Marshal Cohen, a transfer from Brentwood making his varsity debut, passed for 121 yards and ran for 131 yards in a 27-21 victory over the Cubs. Cohen was the JV quarterback as a freshman at Brentwood. Harvard-Westlake doesn't take many transfers, but the Wolverines let in Cohen, who practiced all summer with the team.