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Posted on Apr 29, 2011

Major American movies primarily star white actors; poor white students fall behind their black peers in the U.K.; and a Chinese college nixes its plan to prohibit PDA. These discoveries and more, below.

On a regular basis, Truthdig brings you the news items and odds and ends that found their way to Larry Gross, director of the USC Annenberg School for Communication. A specialist in media and culture, art and communication, visual communication and media portrayals of minorities, Gross helped found the field of gay and lesbian studies.

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Why Are America’s Major Movies So Stubbornly White?
Of the 30 highest grossing films from last year, only two featured major nonwhite characters.

Banking on Student Debt
Colleges and universities are certainly banking on student debt—four-year schools so that they can raise tuition, for-profit schools so that they can engage in deceptive practices and outright fraud.

Donald Trump’s Personal Experience with Questionable Ivy League Admittance Standards
Rather than pointing fingers at Obama for allegedly being admitted to Harvard and Columbia based solely on affirmative action, Trump should take a look at how members of his own family made it to Harvard.

An Arab Spring for Women
The “Arab Spring” has received copious attention in the American media, but one of its crucial elements has been largely overlooked: the striking role of women in the protests sweeping the Arab world.

Poor White Pupils Lag Behind Black Peers in the UK
White, British schoolchildren in the country’s poorest communities lag behind their black, Pakistani and Bangladeshi peers, a Financial Times analysis of more than three million sets of exam results reveals.

Tagging Outside an L.A. Street Art Exhibit Fuels Debate
Authorities say the downtown Los Angeles show has spawned a rash of tagging near the museum. The museum says such ‘anarchic’ work was anticipated and is being cleaned up.

Working Best at Coffee Shops
Why are many telecommuters most efficient in noisy public places with lots of distractions?

Chinese College Drops Plan to Discourage Kissing and Other ‘Uncivilized Behavior’ on Campus
Nanjing Normal University Taizhou College (NNUTC) has withdrawn all notices posted on campus and on the school website regarding rewards for photos taken of student couples exhibiting inappropriate behavior, such as hugging and kissing.

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By TDoff, April 29, 2011 at 12:19 pm Link to this comment

The L.A. Street Art folks don’t know zip about art. If they are ‘cleaning-up’, rather than cutting out and saving all the tagging going on around their show, they are foolish. Today’s ‘anarchic’ work will be selling for $millions in a couple of years.

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By TDoff, April 29, 2011 at 12:15 pm Link to this comment

Those telecommuters who set up their daily office in the best stall in the toilets are especially annoying.

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By TDoff, April 29, 2011 at 12:13 pm Link to this comment

Whenever Trump has questions about higher education, and has his secretary call one of the Ivy League schools to find the answer, she always says she’s calling on behalf of ‘someone other than The Donald’.
She found, from experience, that when she said she was calling with a question about education on behalf of Donald Trump, she’d have to wait interminably for the laughter on the recipient’s end of the call to die down.

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By TDoff, April 29, 2011 at 12:07 pm Link to this comment

If you want to view the photos Nanjing Normal University Taizhou College paid rewards for, of their students engaged in ‘Inappropriate behavior’, visit the porn site

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By TDoff, April 29, 2011 at 11:59 am Link to this comment

And it don’t matter how dumb you are if you’re rich.

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By TDoff, April 29, 2011 at 11:58 am Link to this comment

If the poor white Brit school kids would start peddling dope on their UK street corners, pretty soon they’d be as rich as their black, Pakistani, and Bangladeshi peers.

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By TDoff, April 29, 2011 at 11:55 am Link to this comment

The ‘Arab Spring’ for Arab women will be a reality as soon as they can get away with converting their Burkas into crotchless thong bikinis and wear them on the beach.

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By TDoff, April 29, 2011 at 11:52 am Link to this comment

If US university students were as smart as they should be, and with the access they have to this digital universe, I’m surprised they don’t follow the business practices of the American success stories, such as the Wall Street capos and the corporate CEO’s.
What students should do, is set themselves up with figmental identities, backing them up with tons of on-line references, doing whatever is necessary, hacking into credit company files, B of A data bases, Goldman security records, etc.
Then apply for as many credit cards under these fake identities as they can get, and each quarter or semester charge their tuition to a different card.
If the university discovers that the charge has not been paid (although if the students are really clever, they should be able to arrange fake fund transfers to pay the bills), the student can claim that ‘the charge was made to the card of a distant relative on my maternal grandmother’s side, who just died, so it may take some time to settle the estate’, or whatever BS they can come up with.
In other words, just pretend they are already a Wall Street tycoon or corporate official, and do and say whatever it takes to get what they want, dispensing with facts, truth, and/or reality.
(If I’ve let the cat out of the bag for students who are already pursuing this course, let me both apologize and give you a tip of my hat)

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