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2012 September

NBCLatino

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NBCLatino: 20 Innovators: Computer science professor Paul Pauca has been featured as a top-20 innovator as part of Hispanic Heritage Month on NBCLatino for the development of “Verbal Victor,” an iPhone/iPad app to empower those without a voice. For Hispanic Heritage Month, NBCLatino is featuring men and women who have not only made incredible strides in their careers but introduced fresh ideas pioneering change in the country and the Latino community.

The Christian Science Monitor

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U.S. News college rankings: not the only way to judge schools: Whichever rankings you choose to peruse, the best approach is to compare as much information as you can based on the factors most important to you, many college-guidance experts say.

College rankings “do have an impact on where students choose to go to college.… [But] just going to the best-ranked school that you got into might not be the best choice for you individually,” says Amanda Griffith, an assistant professor of economics at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem N.C., who has researched the college-selection process

USA Today

hatch.nathanACC, Notre Dame deal was long time in the making: Everyone, it seems, wanted Notre Dame. The Big East would have liked to have kept the Irish even as a member in all sports but football. The Big Ten had an offer on the table in the late 1990s and still never really closed the door. The Big 12 was making inquiries.

And why not? No college brand name resonates quite like Notre Dame. And when the white puffs of smoke finally became visible on Wednesday, the Atlantic Coast Conference emerged as the new landing spot for the America’s best-known Catholic school.

While the announcement may have caught many in college athletes, and even some on the Notre Dame campus, by surprise, the move was in the works for more than a year.

“In some ways this has been an evolution,” said Wake Forest president Nathan Hatch, a former Notre Dame provost, dean and faculty member and a key player in the negotiations that landed the Fighting Irish. “These are ongoing discussions. It’s a major change after 60 years for the ACC. But we determined it was a rare opportunity.”

Hatch and Clemson president James Barker, along with commissioner John Swofford, were the lead negotiators with Notre Dame athletics director Jack Swarbrick and president John Jenkins. Hatch and Barker are part of the ACC’s special 4-4-4 committee that has been looking at expansion. The name comes from its makeup: four university presidents, four athletics directors and four faculty members.…

Melissa Harris-Perry (MSNBC)

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Wake Forest alumna Melissa Harris-Perry (’94) made headlines this weekend when she erupted at a guest discussing welfare on her MSNBC talk show. David Coates, Worrell Chair in Anglo-American Studies and professor of political science, was one of the featured guests. Among other topics, he addressed economics and race as integral to understanding social issues this election. “That’s the philosophical debate we need to have about how you solve poverty: by raising everybody or by escaping from people.”

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