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The Week That Was in Live Entertainment (Week of April 26)

A lot goes on in our world each week — some news you may catch, and some may slip by your radar. Below are a few articles that caught our attention, and we didn’t want you to miss ’em! Welcoming New Students With Interactive Theater: What's the best way to welcome incoming college students during their orientation? The Daily Collegian reports that Dan Murphy, director of the Office of Student Orientation and Transition Programs at Penn State, thinks it’s time...

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Why Theater Majors Are Important in Our High-Tech World

"Theater (slow, communal, physical) may be the cure for what ails us in the digital world," writes Tracey Moore in The Chronicle of Higher Education. According to Moore, today's students are unfamiliar with the experience of being alone with their thoughts or of following their thoughts, unimpeded, wherever they might travel. And cellphone use is altering modes of attention, reducing eye contact, hurting necks and hands, and changing our brains and sleep cycles. Moore continues: The skills you learn as a...

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#TBT: Word Stock Market — Bowl Game

Happy #TBT. To celebrate, we’re sharing an oldie-but-goodie post from Jim. Since the Oregon Ducks play the Ohio State Buckeyes at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, for the NCAA College Football Championship Game on January 12, we thought we'd bring back Jim's thoughts about the term "bowl game." Word Stock Market: Bowl Game The Word Stock Market is an occasional feature on SellingOut.com, where I will tell you whether to buy, sell or hold a certain word based on whether that...

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How Does Change Come? Gradually, Then Suddenly

Back in April, I made some predictions about changes coming to college sports. (Even if you don’t care about college sports, I think there’s something in this for you, so don’t click "back" just yet.) It’s about how change happens, the way it feels impossible, and then very rapidly becomes inevitable. The gist of this issue is that the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) has overreached, using its supposed moral authority to maintain a standard of amateurism in college sports...

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Saying Sooth

Saying Sooth: College Athletics

This is an installment in a very occasional series called Saying Sooth, wherein we make a prediction about future events based on something that is happening, probably happening or appears to be happening. Please bear in mind that predicting the future is extremely easy, as long as you don’t care whether you turn out to be right or not. In 10 years, college athletics will be very different and mostly much better. It will certainly be more honest. Here’s what...

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Goodbye 2013: A Look at Some of the Year’s Newsworthy Trends

Before we say goodbye to 2013, we thought we’d review a few of this year’s interesting trends highlighted in the news. • Moving Sound to Anywhere but the Concert Hall: The Los Angeles Times spots the latest push to get music out of the concert hall and into museums and galleries, alternative spaces and train stations, and parks and Beverly Hills formal gardens. • Younger Audiences Have On-Demand Mentality: Regional artistic directors say they're being slammed by the on-demand mentality (cable...

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Money Now, But Long-Term Value Destruction

I wrote about this a couple years ago, and it's only gotten worse. Short-term dollars (maybe); long-term value destruction. As soon as there's a mild downturn in interest in college football, these bad bowls are going to be a financial albatross that could bankrupt smaller schools and conferences. By the way, most of these games are practically unsellable as tickets, however much the lesser bowl games' proprietors try to pretend the contrary. It's also a perfectly mockable emblem of...

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