Daily Dose: 12/12/11

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December 12, 2011

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Asian Americans Omit the “Asian” Checkmark in College Applications

Lanya Olmsted--Harvard Student

The top stereotype for Asian Americans is that we are boring academia robots.

Unfortunately, studies show that Asian Americans need hundreds of points more on their test scores than applicants from other ethnic groups in order to have an equal opportunity for admission.

Today, an indefinite number of students are neglecting to recognize their Asian roots on their application.

Some applicants who only have one Asian parent, whose name does not give away their heritage, only check one box for their other heritage.

When applying to Harvard, Lanya Olmsted, who is the daughter of a mother who immigrated from Taiwan and a father of Norwegian ancestry only, checked the box for—white.

“I didn’t want to put ‘Asian’ down,” said Olmsted, “because my mom told me there’s discrimination against Asians in the application process.”

A Professor from the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth even stated that Asian kids know that the average SAT for the school will not be good enough; they need to add another 50 or 100 points in order to have an equal chance of receiving admissions.

Nowadays, elite colleges do not have room for Asian students with simply exceptional scores and grades on their application.

For more information, visit: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2070417/More-Asian-Americans-NOT-ticking-Asian-college-applications-bid-easier-admission-rate.html#ixzz1gLb8b881




American Teenager Escapes Filipino Captors

The 14-year-old boy who was vacationing with his relatives on an island near Zamboanage City in July 12 and was kidnapped made his triumphant return last week.

Kevin Lunsmann, 14, escapes suspected al-Qaida-linked militants

Kevin Lunsmann escaped from suspected al-Qaida-linked militants in the Philippines.

Police officials said that Kevin escaped this past Friday and roamed the Philippine jungle for two days without shoes before villagers discovered him.

His mother was freed from capture two months ago and his accompanying cousin escaped last month.

For more information, visit: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/12/kevin-lunsmann-heroic-14-_n_1143554.html


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Majoring in journalism (print and online) and minoring in international relations at San Francisco State University. A&E reporter for SF State's Golden Gate Xpress.