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    Rutgers University: Christie’s Strength on Most Issues Widens Lead Among Likely Voters, Rutgers-Eagleton Poll Finds
    Friday, October 18, 2013

    NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – With New Jersey’s gubernatorial election now less than three weeks away, Gov. Chris Christie commands a 26-point lead over Democrat state Sen. Barbara Buono among likely voters, according to a new Rutgers-Eagleton Poll. Christie now leads Buono, 59 percent to 33 percent – a six-point improvement since last month.

    These gains come despite likely voters consistently disapproving of Christie’s performance on the state’s taxes and the economy. With the exception of same-sex marriage, however, they still think the governor would do a better job than his challenger on most other issues.

    “Barbara Buono is not making any new gains, even among those who should gravitate to her,” said David Redlawsk, director of the Rutgers-Eagleton Poll and professor of political science at Rutgers University. “Chris Christie simply seems to be a force of nature, all but unstoppable in this particular election.” Redlawsk added that most voters – about 90 percent – say they are unlikely to change their mind between now and Election Day.

    Virginia Tech: Two Virginia gubernatorial candidates hold final debate on campus Oct. 24

    BLACKSBURG, Va., Oct. 14, 2013 – Virginia Tech and WDBJ7-TV will host the last Virginia gubernatorial debate between Democratic candidate and former Democratic National Chairman Terry McAuliffe and Republican candidate and current Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli on Thursday, Oct. 24, in Haymarket Theater at Squires Student Center on the Virginia Tech campus.

    Guests attending the debate must be seated no later than 6:45 p.m. as the doors to Haymarket Theater will close at that time. The debate will begin at 7 p.m.

    WDBJ7 news anchor Jean Jadhon will moderate the one-hour televised debate. WDBJ7 political analysts Bob Denton, the W. Thomas Rice Chair and professor of communication at Virginia Tech, and Roanoke College professor Harry Wilson will be the two panelists presenting questions to the candidates.

    WDBJ7 news anchor Chris Hurst will contribute questions from an online audience.

    University of Virginia: Sabato Engaging Students Globally While Impacting Them Locally
    Ashley Patterson
    October 18, 2013

    Who killed John F. Kennedy? And what is the legacy of “Camelot”?

    Starting this week, students around the world will plunge into University of Virginia politics professor Larry Sabato’s online class to grapple with these questions.

    Residential students at U.Va. have already been examining Kennedy’s legacy in “Workshops in Contemporary American Electoral Politics,” an American politics course taught by Kenneth Stroupe, associate director of U.Va.’s Center for Politics.

    Rutgers University on YouTube: Speed Networking for Entrepreneurs

    What goes into making a successful business? Entrepreneurs and researchers came to Rutgers to find out at the 5th annual Entrepreneurship Day. Through speed networking and other activities, aspiring business owners connected with potential investors and business development experts in hopes of turning their dreams into profits.

    Previous keynote speakers include Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple, Dan Schulman, CEO/founder of and Virgin Mobile USA, and Bill Joy, co-founder of Sun MicroSystems.

    Rutgers University on YouTube: Binge TV Watching Changes Viewing Habits

    With Netflix, Hulu and DVRs, Rutgers students say they are bypassing the weekly schedule of television shows in favor of letting episodes accrue and indulging in hours worth of a single show at once. Students say binge TV watching has changed the way they experience entertainment and bond with friends.

    University of Virginia: Darden’s Institute for Business in Society Announces 2013 Resilience Award Recipients
    Bruce A. Vlk
    October 16, 2013

    From Bedford to Culpeper to Charlottesville to Petersburg, the five winners of the University of Virginia’s 2013 Tayloe Murphy Resilience Awards represent some of the most resilient businesses in Virginia ­– those that display growth, a dogged entrepreneurial spirit and commitment to community in areas facing high unemployment, high poverty and low entrepreneurial activity.

    The Darden School of Business’ Institute for Business in Society, or IBiS, announced the winners Tuesday night at an awards ceremony to honor the 13 finalists. State and local officials, economic development and business leaders from around the commonwealth attended.

    “The Resilience Awards recognize small businesses that do things the right way,” said Darden professor and IBiS academic director Greg Fairchild, a nationally known expert on entrepreneurship. “These companies foster innovation, strengthen communities and create jobs. Over the past few years I’ve been amazed at the dedication and perseverance that these business owners demonstrate.”

    University of Virginia: U.Va.’s Hedstrom Wins Brewer Prize for Best First Book on History of Christianity
    October 17, 2013

    The American Society of Church History has awarded Matthew S. Hedstrom, assistant professor of religious studies and American studies at the University of Virginia, the Brewer Prize for the best first book in the history of Christianity for his volume, “The Rise of Liberal Religion: Book Culture and American Spirituality in the Twentieth Century.” The book was published last year by Oxford University Press.

    Hedstrom will receive the prize at the society’s winter meeting in January.

    The book was also named one of 11 Notable Titles in American Intellectual History for 2012 by the Society for U.S. Intellectual History.

    Hedstrom contends in his book, according to the publisher’s description, that the story of liberal religion in the 20th century is a story of cultural ascendency. This may come as a surprise; most scholarship in American religious history equates the numerical decline of the Protestant mainline with the failure of religious liberalism. Yet a look beyond the pews, into the wider culture, reveals a more complex and fascinating story, one Hedstrom tells in “The Rise of Liberal Religion.”

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    "The party of ideas has become the party of Beavis and Butthead." ~ Paul Krugman.

    by Neon Vincent on Sat Oct 19, 2013 at 09:10:47 PM PDT

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