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December 4th-10th

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Stem cell lines approved under Obama guidelines.

    President Obama approved thirteen new human embryonic stem cell lines to be used in federally funded research announced by the National Institutes of Health on Wednesday.
     In March Obama issued an executive ordering the NIH to adopt guidelines for the creation of new stem cell lines and their use.
     "In accordance with the guidelines, these stem cell lines were derived from embryos that were donated under ethically sound informed consent processes. More lines are under review now, and we anticipate continuing to expand this list…” said NIH Director Francis Collins.
     The Associated Press reported, "In recent years, when it comes to stem cell research, rather than furthering discovery, our government has forced what I believe is a false choice between sound science and moral values," said Obama in the White House.
     President Obama has pledged to develop strict guidelines to make certain research never leads to cloning for human reproduction.

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Reading Day: Good idea or waste of time? Find out how two students feel.

Essential Websites: My Life is Twilight

I bet you are having some stressful days as the semester comes to a close. I bet you are looking for something to cheer you up and make you feel better about yourself. I bet you will like My Life Is Twilight.

If you like Twlight then prepare to be insulted. This website is similar to F My Life, but instead of talking about terrible things that happen to them, contributors talk about their obsession with the Twilight series. For example:

When twilight came out, I saw the movie 7 times in 10 days. That doesn't include everytime I've seen it since then. MLIT.”

Reading through these is like having self-esteem pumped into me for every minute I’m on the site. It is so nice to know that my life is not so sad that I need to obsess over whiny vampires and waste my life dreaming about werewolves. If you are having a bad day, just visit this website and know that at least you don’t have it as bad as them.


...not to be hated.
*Lil Wayne

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What's going on around campus: 
  • Prize winning author and fiction writer Sy Montgomery came to speak to journalism classes in the Fitzwater Center.

  • A fencing club has been formed on campus and they are looking to make themselves the next big sport on campus.




Senior Evan Goyette is this week's Hometown Hero! He is hoping to get a job in the production field, loves Tacos, and enjoys Mixed Martial Arts





It’s a musical weekend at Franklin Pierce this weekend.  On Friday December 4th, head over to the Mariposa Museum in Peterborough, New Hampshire to listen to Renaissance music, dance, and Christmas festivities starting at 7:00 pm.  It is performed by Franklin Pierce’s early music group Lachrimae. 


Also on the music agenda is George Frideric Handel’s Messiah on Saturday, December 5th at 8:00 pm in the Field House.  The performance is performed by a professional orchestra and a volunteer chorus with Professor David Brandes directing it. 


Interested in Sand Art?  On Friday December 4th from 3:00 pm-6:00 pm the campus center glass foyer will be creating sand art!


Ever see the movie District 9?  If not, you can!  Pierce Activities Council is holding a movie night on Friday December 4th at 7:30 pm.  The event will not only include the movie, but free food as well!  The event is free and located in Pierce Hall. 


Sundance Film Festival

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     Sundance, under new leadership, is trying to tilt risky.

     The programmers of the Sundance Film Festival on Wednesday announced a schedule of competition films that at least in their view, reflect no particular current in independent cinema except one: the artier the better.

     “We really tried to hunker down and make some hard decisions,” said John Cooper, the festival’s new director. “We tried not to be wishy-washy about what is independent, which I know has been a criticism in the past. We weren’t going to be swayed by the marketability of a film.”

     Mr. Cooper, who took over in February following the departure of Geoffrey Gilmore, who held the director job for 19 years, pointed to selected pictures like"Blue Valentine," a raw portrait of an unhappy marriage from a relatively unknown director, Derek Cianfrance. "Howl," a look at the young Allen Ginsberg' creation of his groundbreaking poem, is another selection that “risks against commerciality,” Mr. Cooper said.

     The festival, both a pre-eminent showcase for American cinema and a free-wheeling bazaar for movie executives, is scheduled for Jan. 21 to 31 in Park City, Utah, and several surrounding towns. (A full list of the competition films can be found at