Day: March 23, 2010

Pipe Reacts to #HCR, “GT”

In a press release late Sunday night, Michael Pipe, the presumptive Democratic nominee for PA's 5th Congressional District, was happy to announce his support for the bill and his dismay that his opposition, US Rep. Glenn Thompson, had voted no. He said the following:

"People should not have to decide whether to get health care of pay the rent. People should not have to decide between buying insurance for themselves or their kids. Insurance companies should be able to discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions. Young people should be able to stay on their parents plan until the age of 26."

Hear more about what Pipe had to say after the jump.

JoePa, Are You Being Watched?

In what could be straight off a page of George Orwell's book 1984, a new kind of Big Brother is now watching over the world of social media, protecting colleges from potentially embarrassing situations involving their sports teams.

Read on to hear what Greg Myford, Penn State's associate athletic director, has to say on the issue.
A company called Sports Media Challenge (SMC) has come up with a search engine to check through Facebook, Twitter, and other popular websites to give schools notice on any inappropriate behavior involving a member of any of their athletic teams. This could lead to actions being taken against a player or coach before the situation gets out of hand and even saving the school from incurring any NCAA violations (see here USC football and Indiana basketball).

Health Care Here, There, and Everywhere

Forget health care in the U.S. for a minute. Forget that even under the old system (regardless of whether you think it's flawed or not), most people got at least some health care. Think for a minute of the people who have no health care. This coming Saturday, the 3rd Annual Penn State Global Health Conference will be a day of doing exactly that.

The conference is run by Penn State's chapter of GlobeMed and consists of a series of workshops led chiefly by Penn State professors. To give you an idea, some of the titles are "Issues in Health Communications," "Environmental Health," and "The Impact of Race and Stigma on People with HIV/AIDS in South Africa." The conference is intended to raise awareness of disparities in health care throughout the world, and to foster a sense of responsibility toward those negatively affected. The organization and conference also concretely make a difference through GlobeMed at Penn State's partner in Mexico, EAPSEC.

More on GlobeMed's mission and fundraising efforts after the jump.

10.i.10: Can It Lower Tuition?

During election season, many policy initiatives and promises are more often than not left unfulfilled, leaving broken hearts strewn across the floor like a poorly managed transplant center. One of the first for this season is from the Adewumi camp with their 10.i.10 tuition plan proposal, which hopes to lower tuition to $10,000 in the next 10 years.

Read the full post for the scoop on Adewumi's plan.

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