The moment Jacob Sevlie pulls out of his driveway, he knows he's being watched. Not by Big Brother--by Progressive Car Insurance. Sevlie is one of 5,000 Minnesota drivers invited to participate in a yearlong pilot program for the TripSensor, a matchbox-size device that monitors how fast, how far and at which times drivers travel.
Marine Cpl. Shane Kielion, 23, died in Fallujah last Nov. 15--hours after his wife gave birth to their first son. At a graveside service in Omaha, Neb., nine days later, mourners gathered around Kielion's burial vault to admire images adorning the lid: the statue of Saddam Hussein toppling, tanks storming the desert, an Iraqi girl waving an American flag.Customizing burial vaults, the boxes that protect a casket after interment, has become a popular way to pay tribute to fallen veterans.
It's 1 a.m., Jacqueline Roberts has work to finish, but Harvard's last library has closed. So she heads to her dorm's laundry room, where the hum of dryers offers less noise than two roommates. "The only thing worse than having seven pages left to write on a term paper due the next day is having absolutely no place to write that term paper," she says.For students like her, help may be on the way.
The phrase "don't be such a baby" implies that expressing fear is childish. According to Abigail Marsh, a Harvard Ph.D. and researcher at the National Institute of Mental Health, this may be what nature intended.In a paper to be published in January's Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Marsh reports that frightened faces--with their wide, round eyes, raised eyebrows and rounded lower region--are perceived to resemble a baby's facial appearance.
Leslie Bishop and Rebecca Leventhal, seniors at Harvard, want to get youth voters to polls on Nov. 2. With a $600 donation from the dean of Winthrop House, their dorm, the duo printed 800 T shirts that read I DECIDE. "We are a more materialistic generation," says Leventhal. "We wanted a trend out there that would actually affect the election." One problem: Massachusetts isn't exactly a swing state.
The class: "Hip Hop America: Power, Politics and the Word." The textbook: "Yo Mama's Dysfunctional." The university: Harvard. The professor's tenure status: denied.This past summer, two years after the acrimonious departure of African-American Studies professor Cornel West from the Harvard campus, university president Lawrence Summers declined to offer tenure to Marcyliena Morgan, a rising star in the Af-Am department.
At the age of 10, cherub-faced Seb Hunter wanted one thing for Christmas: heavy-metal band AC/DC's latest album, featuring the raunchy single "Let's Get It Up." Six years later he dropped out of his English boarding school and began a 15-year quest to become a "rock-star god"--and failed.
The ancient sport of bocce suffers from an image problem. "It conjures up this picture of old Italians with a glass of wine and a stogie," says Mario Pagnoni, author of the definitive guide to the sport, "The Joy of Bocce." Male octogenarians long held a monopoly on the game because of tradition. "One of the problems was, old Italian men didn't let women or kids play," Pagnoni says.But those days are gone.
Pompoms, cheer-leaders, tailgating and oversize Styrofoam hands--yes, college-football season is already upon us. Before the first game kicks off next Saturday, diehard fans--or anyone who finds their antics entertaining, for that matter--should peruse Warren St.
War changes everything--even the Secret Society of Happy People. The not-so-secret group, which has more than 6,000 members worldwide in the United States, Zimbabwe, India, Iraq and 20 other countries, is best known for establishing Admit You're Happy Month, which is celebrated in August and recognized by 19 U.S. states.