Joo Won Yun
By Saturday, June 1st, nearly 1000 protestors in Istanbul, Turkey, were arrested by police in what began as a peaceful demonstration. The protest began over the proposal to renovate Gezi Park, as thousands of people gathered in Istanbul's Taksim Square to oppose plans of replacing the park with a mall and replica army barracks.
However for many, the issue developed into far more than the closure of the park, as people instead questioned the 10-year leadership and government of Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan. The protest took on a nationwide scale as many demonstrated against the progressively authoritarian, Islamist-rooted government upheld by Erdogan.
Riot police attempted to suppress widespread protests with tactics viewed as violent and unnecessarily fierce, including tear gas and water cannons. Meanwhile, many protestors were outraged by the lack of coverage of the demonstrations by Turkish media, thought to be the result of government intimidation.
With limited information of the protests available through government media, increased numbers of people have turned to social media to communicate. Twitter has become an important source of information as protestors spread reports of injuries and emergency situations.
The Turkish protests have also gained international attention as a direct result of social media. Information about the riots and pictures displaying violent police acts against injured protestors has contributed to the rise of a pray4turkey movement through Twitter, Tumblr, and Facebook.
Galaxy S4 Mini?
We all know about the Samsung's Galaxy S4. It contains multiple features including a remote control to our televisions. It runs through Quad-Core 1.6 Ghz Cortex processor with the latest Jelly Bean 4.2.2 update. It is a solid smartphone that is not only quick, but for shutterbugs also holds a 18 mega-pixel camera with panoramic features. However, this phone is priced at around $600 and with a contract, around $300.
Not many people are willing to pay so much for a phone making Samsung's Galaxy S4 unappealing to the phone market. Samsung decided to make a Mini of the Samsung Galaxy S4 similar to the Galaxy S4 Mini. Samsung is trying to target not only the affluent in our population, but also capture mainstream market share. It may not offer resolution as high as the Galaxy S4, but it does emit a flashing retina display with 960x540 pixels.
The Galaxy S4 Mini does not have a quick as a processor as its larger prototype. With a 1.7 Ghz Processor, the Mini is still able to perform many of the features the S4 has to offer. Many admire the versatility and speed of the Galaxy S4, but this is not the case with Mini. If you are looking a solid phone with solid features, Galaxy S4 Mini is the way to go. It may not be as amped as the regular S4, but it does hold many features that the Galaxy S4 has to offer. It leads down to the resolution and the speed of the phone. If you want a phone that has a top-notch resolution and camera, the Galaxy S4 is the way to go. Alternatively, the Mini offers many of the features without as a high resolution and camera depth. At the end of the day, the Galaxy Mini is a solid smartphone and is one that should be considered.
Tips for Applying for Admission to College
Joo Won Yun
In general, the application deadline for early decision for undergraduate admission November 1st. It is highly encouraged that students in high schools start preparing college applications during summer break. Students should be actively involved in researching colleges and deciding where they want to apply. Also, students may attend presentations held by colleges to get more information for the college admission process.
One such presentation, the Explore Hopkins Presentation in Chicago, was held on May 11th, 2013. Approximately 200 people, including parents, attended the presentation to get information about Johns Hopkins University. One of the benefits students can receive from attending a college presentation is that students can ask questions directly of an assistant director of undergraduate admissions. In addition, Johns Hopkins University provided each student with a brochure that contains fast facts about Johns Hopkins, such as class size, application deadlines, and expenses.
Usually, a college presentation starts with presenting interesting facts about the college to attract students' attentions. Also, an assistant director presents the strengths of the college to appeal to students and parents.
At the Explore Hopkins Presentation in Chicago, Calvin Wise, Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions from Johns Hopkins University, gave advice about the important aspects of the college admission process to students and parents. Calvin Wise strongly suggested expressing the applicant's uniqueness through the admission essays or recommendation letters. He also mentioned that school transcript is more meaningful than the standardized test because school transcript shows all four years of high school. According to him, directors of college admissions will also consider the progression of the course level over four years of high school.
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