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Dr Dre pledges 70 Million to start degree program at University of Southern California.

By at June 5, 2013 | 10:14 pm | 0 Comment

Is Dr Dre heading back to college? He sure is with a 70 million dollar investment.

Rapper and entertainment mogul Dr. Dre and Interscope Records honcho Jimmy Iovine are donating $70 million to USC to create a new arts, technology and business program. The new academy will give students new facilities and the tools they need to break into the rapidly changing music industry.

The donation will establish the USC Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy for Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation. The four-year undergraduate program aims to foster entrepreneurship and bridge entertainment, engineering, computer science, fine arts, graphic design, business and leadership training. The first class of 25 will be enrolled in the fall of 2014.

“The vision and generosity of Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young will profoundly influence the way all of us perceive and experience artistic media,” USC President C.L. Max Nikias said in a statement. “Our goal is to ensure that the academy is the most collaborative educational program in the world.”

Iovine and Dre, who called the program “a steppingstone to something,” told The New York Times that they came up with the idea when they were trying to find people to work for their then newly-created Beats company. There was a need for more talented employees, they said.

As Dr. Dre first was launched into the music business through rap super group, N.W.A and he went on to launching Death Row Records, Aftermath Entertainment and Beats by Dre. Dr Dre is a world-class producer that discovered and produced Snoop Dog, Eminem, 50 Cent, The Game and countless others.

Jimmy Iovine is the chairman of Interscope Geffen A&M Records. Jimmy Iovine is responsible of the careers of many artists including Eminem, 50 Cent, No Doubt, Marilyn Manson, Blink 182, John Lennon, U2, Black Eyed Peas, Lady GaGa, The Pussycat Dolls, ETC.

USC has a history of cultivating strategic relationships with the entertainment industry and a number of its leading practitioners. In 2009, for example, George Lucas’ Lucasfilm Foundation gave $75 million toward construction of new facilities for the USC School of Cinematic Arts, plus $100 million for the school’s endowment. Warner Bros., 20th Century Fox and Disney have also donated to the school.

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Ice Cream Trucks and Creative College Financing

By at June 5, 2013 | 9:40 pm | 0 Comment

We’ve all heard of the Ben & Jerry ice cream story.

For 3 years, Taylor Toll, Lindsay Wheeler and Steph Fricke have been running College Creamery, an ice cream truck business they run in Wilton, Connecticut.

As the story goes, Taylor Toll and Lindsay Wheeler came up with the idea during her freshman year at Bucknell University.

After finding the ice cream truck on Craigslist, the girls purchased a basic white truck with a personal loan from Lindsay Wheelers’ parents.

With a fresh coat of brightly painted stripes, College Creamery was open for business the following summer. College Creamery has been a major success every summer since.

In addition to driving around Wilton, Connecticut looking for hungry customers, College Creamery does private parties, birthdays, weddings and corporate events as well. Want to try something different? The truck sells Good Humor bars as well as its specialty shaved ice.

The truck is now fully-paid, College Creamery trucks work seven days a week each summer, up to 12 hours a day, to help pay for college expenses. While the profits don’t quite cover tuitions, the ice cream cash definitely helps. During summers, the truck brings in about $1,000 per day.

Looking to fund your college experience, sometimes a good business idea, a few friends and a lot of scoops of ice cream can make it happen.

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University of Oregon adds new color for University Day.

By at May 16, 2013 | 3:54 pm | 0 Comment

This Friday morning, the University of Oregon campus will be newly colored with newly planted bushes and flowers, thanks to the work of volunteers on Thursday’s University Day.

A tradition dating back to 1905, University of Oregon has been coloring its campus for University Days.

Last spring, 1,200 volunteers planted over 4,000 colored flowers.

This year, in addition to planting flowers, student volunteers will plant rhododendrons and help install refurbished benches on the Straub Green between Straub Hall and the Student Recreation Center.

Volunteers can sign up for University Day between 8 a.m and 3 p.m. on Thursday on the Collier Lawn.

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Stanford University offering FREE classes to Everyone!

By at April 28, 2013 | 9:09 pm | 0 Comment

Welcome to Class2Go! We’re Stanford Online’s internal platform, designed to be an open platform for online learning and research.

We have offered three classes, free to the world:
•Introduction to Databases with Jennifer Widom
•Computer Networking with Nick McKeown & Philip Levis
•Solar Cells, Fuel Cells, & Batteries with Bruce Clemens

Here’s what you will like about Class2Go:

Videos from Stanford professors with interactive in-video quizzes give you a chance to learn from Stanford professors and then practice what you’ve learned.

Formative and summative exercises as well as in-video quizzes taking your learning to the next level.

Frame extracting allows you to preview and navigate to specific parts of videos. Scroll through extracted frames underneath a video to quickly find what you’re looking for.

Love discussion forums? We’ve added Piazza forums to get people talking.

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