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Recent decisions by the American Bar Association have made it less strict for students to attend law school. Schools now have the option of allowing certain students to attend law school without taking the LSAT.

This change has many wondering if law schools aren't receiving the applicants they need, especially when they are making decisions in August to help more people.

According to an article by Bloomberg, law schools applications hit a 15-year low. 

Law schools have consistently received 6.7 percent fewer applicants than in 2014, according to the Law School Admisison Council. 

What does this mean for colleges across the country?

It means it's a great time to apply for law school especially with schools making so many accomodations, but this still leaves the concern if law school is still profitable.

Law admission offices seem to be answering with a resounding yes, but student apparently still have their doubts. 

 

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Donald Trump’s inflammatory statements about illegal immigrants caused outrage nationwide. Miss Universe and Miss United States responded by saying they wanted to cut ties with Trump.

Macey’s actually did cut ties with Trump.

However, it didn’t seem to affect very much, as he still surged ahead in the polls. It wasn’t until Trump attacked John McCain that things went too far for most Americans.

McCain served in the Vietnam War, where according to the Huffington Post, he spent 5 years as a prisoner of war. Trump meanwhile got out of serving based on a questionable medical deferment.

When Trump said that McCain wasn’t a war hero, then that he was a hero only because he got captured, he sparked controversy and outrage.

Yet, Trump still seems to be leading in the polls. This makes one wonder just how much Americans actually cared about his comments.

For many, it was an outrage.

McCain said that Trump owed veterans and families of veterans an apology. Trump, naturally, has chosen to ignore that request.

The question remains to be seen which group Trump will offend next. 

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John Russell Houser shot 11 people in a theatre in Lafayette on July 23, 2015 during the film "Trainwreck." 

According to CNN, Houser was a recent law school graduate who suffered from mental illnesses. After the shootings, he then turned on himself and shot himself in the head.

This shooting has turned people's attention back to the fateful night of the Aurora, Colorado shooting three years ago, where shooter James Holmes opened fire, injuring hundreds of people.

Instances like these are causing people to deeply question gun reform in the United States and who should be allowed to get guns. 

Like Holmes, there is evidence to suggest Houser's attack was not a spontaneous act, but rather, a planned out one. Holmes left 12 dead; Houser left two dead and injured 11 people. 

While no official statement has been made, people wonder if the recent sentencing in the Holmes' case was merely a coincidence or a push for action.

 

 

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Initial estimates of the presence of settlers in the Cairngorms had pinned them down to being in the area around the year 5000 BC, though since these findings had always relied on tentative dating of quartz and stone tools which have been found over the years.

Additionally, since the region that these finds have been made in is very cold and inhospitable today, according to the Herald in Scotland (9th July, 2015) the conditions in the much harsher climate of 5000 BC made it seem unlikely that habitation would have been possible before that.

Recently, however, archaeologists and researchers from universities in Aberdeen, Stirling and Dundee, working in conjunction with the National Trust, have been able to verify their findings with radiocarbon dating to find that there have been human inhabitants in the Cairngorms from as early as 8100 BC.

"The earliest dates found by archaeologists come from a site in Glen Dee, at a key stopping point for travellers moving through the highest points of the mountain, between Deeside and Speyside, with links back to north-west Scotland and the North Sea coast."

This news is exciting because it has shown that people inhabitated or at least passed through the area of the Cairngorms up to three thousand years earlier than we had first supposed, when first we had assumed that area to be largely uninhabited during prehistoric times.

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So why don’t I
Just hang around
The cross, and see
Who comes?

I sit and sigh,
(‘twixt you and I)
And learn to
Twiddle thumbs.

Say aye and I,
And fill with cry,
And hem and haw
And hack!

But you and I,
My dear, the lie,
Must now to sit
And talk.

So why don’t you
Stand still and moo,
And moo and chew
Your cud?

I sit and sigh,
(‘twixt you and I)
And think, Dear God,
You smell!

I never thought
You did lie, lie,
My thoughts fall like
A feather.

You see, said I,
I will not lie,
But then, I won’t
Be true.

Blow in the wind,
Said I, said I,
But then, you would
Not be a
Cow.

Why I, why I,
So who, so aye,
So who is this cow,
Me?

 

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According to the Oxford English Dictionary, a hero is "A man (or occasionally a woman) of superhuman strength, courage, or ability, favoured by the gods; esp. one regarded as semi-divine and immortal. Also in extended use, denoting similar figures in non-classical myths or legends."

But that definition seems to have evolved. No longer is strength or courage a sign of being a hero. Today, it seems that for many people being a hero simply means doing the right thing.

On YouTube, there's a series called "What Would You Do?" with hundreds of thousands of views. The show presents scenarios in which people have the opportunity to do the right thing. Famous examples show teens bullying another teen who stutters, people being racist or people being downright mean.

In some of these situations, the people might have been heroes; however, in several cases, they were simply people doing the right thing.

Human decency didn’t used to be synonymous with heroism, but today that seems to be shifted.

A junior high teacher recently asked her eighth grade class if certain acts made somebody a hero. They were asked if being nice to somebody made them a hero. They all said yes. It was the same response when they were asked if telling the cops they had burnt down the town would be heroic.

While these can be considered heroic actions, it seems like they were merely doing the right thing.

When what used to be considered to be human decency shifts and changes to be considered heroic, I think we have to question the moral of society. Being a decent person isn’t “heroic” at least it shouldn’t be; it should be a person being a good person.

Being a hero should extend to more than showing basic human decency. Heroism should mean going above and beyond simply being a morally decent person.

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