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11th Hour News with Ryan Hoffman – March 10

By the end of the month, Ukraine may be split in two. After much civil unrest regarding whether or not the country should join the European Union or remain pro-Russian, Russian forces stepped in and seized government building and airports in the region of Crimea, according to reports in the New York Times and Reuters. Outcry aimed at Russia from leaders around the world, including U.S. President Barack Obama, was swift.

March 16 will be the day when the Crimean parliament decides to join Russia or not, which is kind of silly, considering this is just one region of the country, and any changes to the Ukranian government would have to pass through the Ukranian government, as a whole. On the other hand, if the referendum passes, cartographers around the world will be shaking their fists at having to add new lines to the world map. Oh, the insanity of it all.

If you took your SATs within the last ten years or so, didn’t you just love the fact that you didn’t have to grade yourself on a stupid scale of 1600 like your parents did? Well, too bad for you.

The Boston Globe recently revealed that the College Board is deciding to implement the out-of-1600 scale once again. However, this comes at a major cost: the essay is gone. That’s right, no longer will high school students have to use their critical thinking skills in order to write a few measly paragraphs.

Also, more obscure vocab words will be replaced by more commonplace terms like “synthesis” (gee, I wonder what that means?).

Then again, none of this really matters because the ACT has usually been a better measure of student success anyway.

I just love standardized testing, don’t you?

Continuing Idaho’s reputation as “most backwards state in the nation”, legislation was recently introduced to get rid of daylight savings time for the whole state, starting July 1. Even though the rest of the country, excluding Arizona and Hawaii, will be still using it. Yeah. Tell me again how this makes things less confusing? Oh, you don’t like the fact that you have to get up off your ass and change all the clocks in your house only twice a year. Boo freakin’ hoo.

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Ryan Hoffman is a staff writer/film critic for the Arbiter newspaper at Boise State University. He loves all things music and film, and he is majoring in Communications with an Emphasis in Media Production at BSU. His dream is to be a movie director & musician in a band one day. Ryan wears a Powerpuff Girls T-shirt sometimes because he just doesn't care, and you shouldn't either.