• Your one stop for college news and resources!

Meredith Dobes

‘The Bachelor’ is probably evilly manipulating our culture

“The Bachelor,” in its most recent season, came to an end Monday night. The show, which turns love into a competition and targets audiences in the 18-49 age range, has unfortunately regained some of its lost popularity.

Embodying every single dramatic and shallow aspect of romance it can find, “The Bachelor” is one of the worst reality television shows out there. It is absolutely unrealistic, and it aims to manipulate audience members into believing that true love can come out of shallow connections based on speed dates surrounded by cameras.

There is no entertainment value to the show. It is difficult to even truly make fun of “The Bachelor” because of how painful it is to sit through. People who think they are being ironic by watching the show must enjoy it at least a little to even be able to stomach the near constant objectification of women and the very presence of the glorified player the bachelor is.

Not saying that “The Bachelorette” is any better. The same ideas apply. Although somehow, that show actually produced two real marriages as opposed to “The Bachelor’s” zero.

According to the New York Times, “The Bachelor’s” ratings improved by three percent to 8.8 million viewers as a result of the recently-ended season. The show’s formula is always the same, with generically attractive men and women filling their respective roles in the show and engaging in overly emotional bickering. So why are people entertained by this type of behavior?

Media influences how we think and behave, ourselves, as a culture. If people truly buy into the principle of “The Bachelor” and the behavior the show’s cast displays week after week, then how is it affecting how they behave in their own love lives? They probably won’t be staging any competitions of their own for marriage, but maybe they begin to think that aggressive behavior is acceptable when they feel threatened. Maybe they begin to think that attention-seeking behavior is the best way to strengthen a relationship and get what they want. Who knows?

The point is, “The Bachelor” operates on manipulative evil, and it has apparently been doing it really well for the past 10 years.

Higgs boson, ‘God particle,’ thought to be discovered, will help scientists understand mass

Higgs boson, the particle predicted in 1964 by Peter Higgs that fills elementary particles with mass, is believed to have been discovered by scientists at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research.

A particle the organization discovered appears to look like a Higgs boson, but CERN scientists say they need more data to fully understand how the particle works.

Scientists are unsure if there is only one Higgs boson, as predicted, or if the particle discovered is part of a set of Higgs bosons. To determine this, scientists will measure the particle’s spin and decay, according to the New York Times.

CERN’s particle collider will be repaired for the next two years, but scientists look forward to conducting new collisions in 2015.

The particle thought to be the Higgs boson was discovered last July among subatomic debris in CERN’s collider.

“I’m confident that it’s a Higgs particle,” Joe Incandela, spokesman for CERN said. “I don’t need to call it Higgs-like anymore. I may need to eat my words one day, but I think that’s very unlikely.”

A Higgs boson particle is supposed to have no spin and disintegrate into other subatomic particles upon its creation. So far, the particle CERN has discovered fits these characteristics.

If there are different varieties of the Higgs boson, part of a theory called supersymmetry, this will help scientists understand dark matter and the entire place of the Higgs boson in nature.

The Higgs boson particle is nicknamed the “God particle” because of its predicted responsibility for mass.

“You can think of it as a kind of molasses-like bath that’s invisible, but yet we’re all immersed within it,” Brian Greene, theoretical physicist at Columbia University told CNN. “And as particles like electrons try to move through the molasses-like bath, they experience a resistance, and that resistance is what we, in our big everyday world, think of as the mass of the electron.”

Carnival cruise experiences generator failure, will fly passengers home

Carnival cruise ship Carnival Dream suffered from generator failure Wednesday, and as a result, Carnival Cruise Lines plan to fly all passengers back to Florida from its dock in Philipsburg, St. Maarten.

Though power to the Carnival cruise ship was restored, the ship still could not leave its port, according to CNN.

Captain Massimo Marino sent a letter to all passengers assuring them that they would be transported back to their cars or home destinations, refunded for three days of the cruise and offered a half-price future cruise.

According to Carnival cruise spokesman Vance Gulliksen, the Carnival Dream has 4,300 guests and 1,300 crew members on board.

Some passengers emailed CNN about toilets on the Carnival Dream overflowing because of the generator failure and elevators not working. Carnival responded to these comments with a report that only one public restroom had toilets overflow, and there was one request for cleaning of a guest cabin restroom.

Originally, Carnival decided to keep passengers on board the ship for accountability, but passengers were allowed to exit the cruise ship once decisions were made to fly passengers back to Florida.

The Carnival Dream was on a seven-day cruise from Florida. This is Carnival’s second issue with its ships, recently. Last month, the Carnival Triumph experienced an engine room fire that required tugboats to pull the ship from the Gulf of Mexico to its port in Alabama.

Reportedly, Carnival is inspecting all of its ships to try to prevent issues like these from happening during future cruises.

Galaxy S4 expected to overtake smart phone market

Samsung’s Galaxy S4 is expected to bring tons of competition to Apple’s iPhone 5. Announced yesterday by Samsung at New York’s Radio City Music Hall, the Galaxy S4 will be lighter, bigger and faster than older phones in the Galaxy S-series with a 5-inch screen and 13-megapixel camera.

The Galaxy S4 impressed industry watchers with its gesture controls. For instance, users can flip through songs and photos with the wave of a hand. The phone can also track the movement of eyes to start and stop video if someone is not watching it.

Also new to the Galaxy S4 is the ability to take photos from the front and back of the phone, monitor sleeping habits and listen to commands in different languages.

Business reporters speculate that Samsung’s success over Apple and other smart phone makers will depend on how far the corporation can make its phones stand apart.

Samsung suffered in 2012’s fourth quarter after the release of the iPhone 5. It plans to release two other smart phones this year, a new version of the Galaxy Note and a device using the Tizen operating system.

The Galaxy S4 is set to hit the U.S. market April 26 and will be available to consumers using AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile. The phone will use the most recent version of Google’s Android operating system and use Qualcomm’s quad-core chip to manage multiple tasks.

“The Galaxy S4 may not offer the dramatic leaps we’ve come to expect from each new generation of Samsung smart phone,” Mike Gikas of Consumer Reports told Bloomberg Businessweek. “It does, however, cram a remarkable number of tech-forward features into a relatively svelte package.”

According to Bloomberg, Samsung became the largest smart phone maker last year, accounting for 29 percent of smart phone shipments, globally, compared to Apple’s 21 percent.

Anquan Boldin traded from Ravens to 49ers, why?

Anquan Boldin was traded by the Baltimore Ravens to the San Francisco 49ers Monday for a sixth-round pick.

ESPN speculates that the Ravens will regret the decision to trade Boldin and that the decision shows how little the team valued him or how much they needed the $5.5 million in cap room they gained with the trade.

Boldin was responsible for many clutch catches and a few touchdowns for the Ravens in the playoffs leading up to the Super Bowl.

According to ESPN, the Ravens have no specific player in mind to replace Boldin and supposedly traded him because he would not take a pay cut from his $6 million salary. ESPN defends Boldin, though, by saying that he was not overpaid compared to other members of the team.

Boldin is 32 years old and might have been traded because of his age, the Ravens possibly wanting to trade him before his game declined. However, it has been said that Boldin’s game is not based on speed, so he will not decline as quickly as other players.

Boldin’s old teammates praised him for the work he brought to the Ravens.

Ravens running back Ray Rice told Yahoo Sports, “[Ravens quarterback] Joe Flacco played lights-out, but if there was a runner-up MVP, you’d have to git it to Anquan Boldin. He was just that guy – he was the man. I mean, you couldn’t take that away from him.”

Flacco reportedly told Boldin to “stick to his guns” when Boldin was asked to take a pay cut.

Sports analysts continue to wonder why the Ravens made this decision, but the deal is done. Blodin is now with the 49ers.

Paul Bearer dies at age 58, WWE moves forward

Paul Bearer, real name William Moody, 58, died March 5 in Mobile, Ala., according to close friend Cowboy Bob Kelly. Moody was best known for his role as the Undertaker’s manager, in the world of professional wrestling.

Moody went by Paul Bearer (as in pallbearer), carried around an urn supposedly filled with ashes that had magical powers that would help the Undertaker win matches as Paul Bearer rubbed it. He dyed his hair, eyebrows and moustache black and wore white face makeup.

The theatrical relationship between Paul Bearer and the Undertaker involved staged fallouts, the fictional creation of Paul Bearer’s illegitimate son, Kane, who was also the Undertaker’s secret half-brother and pay-per-view televised “casket matches.”

In real life, Moody had a degree in mortuary science and had worked in the funeral industry. Moody was born April 10, 1954 in Mobile. His wife, Diana, died in 2009. His sons D.J. and Michael survive him.

Kelly said Moody’s interest in professional wrestling started in the 1970s when he attended Kelly’s matches and occasionally took press photos for the Press-Register in Mobile.

Paul Bearer was Moody’s most well-known character, but friends would refer to him as Percy, short for his previous role as Percival Pringle III in the 1970s and ’80s, according to Kelly.

Moody, Paul Bearer, underwent gastric bypass surgery a few years ago and complained of respiratory problems more recently, according to Kelly.

WWE is receiving some criticism for using Paul Bearer’s death as a marketing ploy in real life. On the most recent episode of “WWE Monday Night Raw,” the Undertaker kneeled before Paul Bearer’s urn as a sign of respect directly before CM Punk came out to offer his condolences to the Undertaker at Wrestlemania.

New pope announced in Vatican City: Pope Francis I

A new pope was chosen today at 7:07 p.m. in Vatican City (2:07 p.m. ET), white smoke billowing from the Sistine Chapel.

Argentinean Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires was named the new leader of Catholics all over the world. He was named Pope Francis I.

The new pope is 76 years old and the first non-European pope in recent years. He is a conservative son of a railway worker, according to NBC, who promotes simplicity, humility and compassion. The new pope has one lung, as he lost the other to an infection as a teenager.

Edward Egan, Archbishop Emeritus of New York, told NBC the new pope needs to be a man of prayer who can translate the gospel message in common terms and a just leader.

Egan said he believes the new pope would “give us the kind of guidance and support that we are looking for.”

It was reported the new pope came in second during the 2005 election of Pope Benedict XVI.

The ballot process at the Sistine Chapel remains a secret within the church. In the digital age, the church has installed jamming devices to prevent cardinals and anyone else from receiving cell phone reception or using microphones on the premises.

The new pope’s first appearance was preceded by the announcement (and tweet), “Habemus Papam,” Latin for, “We have a pope.”

Pope Francis I is the first Jesuit to become a pope.

Egan told NBC that the new pope will have great compassion for the poor and that this is a great moment for Latin America.

Valerie Harper announces incurable brain cancer diagnosis

Valerie Harper, sitcom star of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and “Rhoda,” announced she has incurable brain cancer last week but that she intends to live every moment to the fullest.

Harper is 73 years old and became famous for her role of Rhoda Morgenstern on both of the aforementioned sitcoms. She received four Emmys for her role.

“I can’t say it’s terminal,” she said. “I’m saying it’s incurable so far, but we’re all terminal. No one is getting out of this alive. The key is, don’t go to the funeral until the day of the funeral.”

Harper said she has received a plethora of support from family, friends and fans since she announced her diagnosis.

Harper has been having symptoms for about eight months now. Her doctors have told her she may just have three months to a year to live. However, she remains in high spirits and has hope. She is receiving chemotherapy in case it is able to slow the cancer down.

Harper appeared on “The Doctors” and NBC’s “Today” show Monday to announce her diagnosis and is also on the cover of “People” magazine this week.

She said she is learning to cope with the idea of death and trying to live in the moment with the time she has left in her life.

Harper survived lung cancer several years ago, as she outlines in her memoir “I Rhoda.”

“I’ve had a great run,” she said. “I’m going to be 74. Life does not owe me a shred. I don’t want to go, but it’s the reality, and I’d love people to have less fear about death and encourage them to be here now.”

Chris Cline: new love interest of Tiger Woods' ex-wife

Who is Chris Cline?

Cline is the new love interest of Elin Nordegren, Tiger Woods’s ex-wife. Cline has about $1.2 billion to his name and is the owner of Foresight Energy, a coal company that produces 20 million tons of coal a year.

Cline is 53 years old, and Nordegren is 33. The two both own homes in North Palm Beach, Fla. and have been dating since the holidays, reportedly.

Two months ago, the National Enquirer reported that Woods was attempting to win Nordegren back following his streak of infidelity from a few years ago by offering her a $200 million prenuptial agreement.

Woods did not comment on the reports. The couple was married for almost six years and divorced in August 2010. They have two children together.

Cline has been married twice and has four children. His first wife died of breast cancer in 1987, and he divorced his second wife in 2000.

There was some speculation that Nordegren and Woods were getting back together after being seen together last month at a youth sporting event with their children, which is now debunked.

Cline has stayed out of headlines, but he was recognized in September when he hosted a fundraiser for then-presidential candidate Mitt Romney at his home. Cline also occasionally hosts parties on his 164-foot yacht.

Before starting her relationship with Cline, Nordegren reportedly had relationships with businessman Jamie Dingman and Swedish hockey player Douglas Murray.

Woods reportedly has a relationship with U.S. Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn, though not exclusively.

New pope remains to be chosen, day one of voting commences

A new pope remains to be chosen as cardinals continue to vote and pray for guidance in selecting a new pope. Today is the first official day of voting.

A first vote for a new pope occurred last night and was inconclusive. Two more votes this morning were also inconclusive. Cardinals are allowed two more rounds of voting today. Until the new pope is chosen, cardinals will vote four times each day.

White smoke will come from the Sistine Chapel when a new pope is chosen. So far, only black smoke, signifying indecision, has appeared.

Before voting, cardinals take an oath of secrecy in Latin. They are not allowed to speak to anyone from the outside world during this decision period. Cardinals with social media accounts are not allowed to use them during this time.

Al Jazeera reported that there is a large push from Catholics for the church to become more flexible with changes going on in the modern world and that they do not want a European pope.

Cardinals have to contend with the shock of Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation.

Retired cardinal Paul Poupard told Al Jazeera, “We went into the Sistine Chapel better prepared,” following Pope John Paul II’s death.

Vatican spokesman Rev. Frederico Lombardi told reporters today that officials are surprised and delighted by the crowds.

Turnout for the last election of a pope was much larger, according to cardinals, because it followed Pope Jon Paul II’s funeral. However, they said they believe when the new pope is chosen, more people will come out from their homes and workplaces to celebrate.