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Zinch March Madness Regionals March 5, 2009

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Please go to http://www.zinch.com/voting/Regionals2.aspx?GroupId=136#Samantha-Kelley and vote for SAMANTHA KELLEY for Michigan. It’s worth $20,000 and I made it through the first 2 rounds of competition. Also, if you create a Zinch profile (which really helped me in my college search process) and mention that I helped, I get more points AND your vote counts as 2 instead of one. http://www.zinch.com/Anonymous/StudentRegister.aspx?affid=324845

Please vote for SAMANTHA KELLEY for North 2 and tell all your friends to do so. I have to pay for college by myself, and this scholarship will really help.

Voters must create a Zinch profile and confirm their email address to vote.

+ March 4th 1pm MST regional match ups to get into the field of 64. Ends March 11th 9am MST.

+ Round 1(field of 64) will start March 18th at 9am MST and end March 23rd 9am MST.

+ Round 2(32 remaining) starts March 23rd 1pm MST and ends March 27th 9am MST.

+ Round 3(sweet 16) starts March 27th 1pm MST and ends April 1st 9am MST.

+ Round 4 (elite 8) starts April 1st 1pm MST and ends April 6th 9am MST.

+ Final Four starts April 6th 1pm MST and ends April 10th 9am MST.

+ The Championship is from April 10th 1pm MST and ends April 15th 12pm MST.


Abstinence-only vs. comprehensive sex education December 31, 2008

Debate: Abstinence-only vs. comprehensive sex education – Debatepedia.

Abstinence-only education in our schools continue to gain momentum, despite increasing evidence that the programs are doing little to alleviate the extraordinarily high rates of teenage pregnancy in the United States.  The Bush Administration were vocal advocates of abstinence-only education.

Though studies show more than half of teenagers between the ages of 15-19 are sexually active (Moore, Driscoll and Lindberg, A Statistical Portrait of Adolescent Sex, Contraception and Childbearing, 1998), more than $100 million is spent by the federal government in programs that censor information about safe-sex practices.

These abstinence-only programs teach religious ideologies and stereotypes as scientific fact .Every reputable sexuality education organization and the American Medical Association have denounced abstinence-only education.

Abstinence-only is not effective at reducing teen sex rates. Abstinence-only does not help decrease STD infection rates. Abstinence-only wrongly bashes all non-marital sex.

The use of virginity pledges in these course often are useless, as the prevent nothing and are frequently broken.

Abstinence-only sex education is immoral, scientifically inaccurate, wasteful, and just plain wrong.


Green Intellect December 27, 2008

I am (attempting to) start a charitable organization.  Hopefully, I can convince my friend Amelia (see ‘Losing My Religion’) to join me.  She would be the perfect partner and combination.

To start of the organization will be called Green Intellect.  The goal is to preserve the earth and knowledge for future generations.  It will promote literacy and education through book and school supply drives and will give appreciation to educators.  It will give environment awareness and improvement in Earth Day related celebrations and activities.

And Amelia would be perfect to help me start it up.  If not for the support, at least for a good tag line.  Imagine this: “An organization focused on education and the environment.  Created by a science loving, tree hugging, underachieving agnostic (me) and her counseling, straight-A, Catholic friend (Amelia).”