Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Sunday, December 20, 2009
DANBURY, Conn. — Ray Crouch, a senior at Danbury High School, logged onto the computer in his family’s living room just after 5 p.m. on Tuesday and entered the Web site of the Yale admissions office.
Suddenly the screen turned blue — Yale blue — and an image of a bulldog, the university mascot, appeared, followed by “Welcome to the Class of 2014.” Ray, 18, had been offered a spot in the next freshman class, under its early-admission program. Standing behind him, his mother, Caroline, screamed.
But that was only the beginning. Moments later, Ray’s brother, Kenny, also 18, went to the Yale site and got an identical message. He was followed by their sister Carol. Same news. Then the room fell silent. Ray, Kenny and Carol are quadruplets, and their sister Martina had applied to Yale, too.
“I was thinking, it’s going to be really awkward when I don’t get in,” Martina recalled Friday.
But the computer turned blue for her as well, which prompted such an outpouring of joy from their mother that she wrestled their father, Steven, to the floor in a hug.
The Crouches’ perfect batting average represents a first for Yale — the first time in anyone’s memory that it has offered admission to quadruplets. It is also, of course, no small milestone for the siblings, who were born more than two months premature. (Ray was the last to be released from the neonatal unit, more than four months later.)
They made up for that rough start. Their class rankings range from 13 out of a class of 632 (Kenny) to 46 (Martina) — and they have sky-high SAT scores (including Carol’s perfect 800 on the verbal part of that exam).
But whether any one of them, let alone all four, winds up at Yale remains an open question. Under Yale’s early-admission program, accepted applicants can apply to other colleges and need not make up their minds until May 1.
For one thing, money is still an issue. With a father who works for the State of Connecticut as a case manager in the Department of Mental Health, and a stay-at-home mother who is studying for her master’s degree in social work, the quadruplets say their decision will be heavily influenced by financial aid.
“We have to be practical,” Kenny said.
While the family has some savings, the four say they do not want their parents to have to pay much of anything for their education.
As a so-called need-blind institution, Yale commits in advance to meet any admitted applicant’s financial need. But it is the university — and not the student — that defines what that need is. For the Crouches, such calculations will be made further down the road. They have yet to complete their financial aid paperwork.
What they have done, though, is submit applications to other colleges — more than 30 applications, collectively. In fact, Kenny received a phone call last week confirming aHarvard interview.
While all four have also applied to the University of Connecticut — only Martina has received a response, and it was positive — each has also submitted applications to colleges that the others have not. Kenny, a standout sprinter regarded by his siblings as “the brain,” has also applied to Princeton, Williams, Johns Hopkins and the University of Pennsylvania, among other institutions.
Martina, an obvious free spirit — she wears a smudge of bright red makeup under each eye, to promote eye contact — is intrigued by Wesleyan, as well as New York University. Ray, a long-distance runner, has applied to Duke and Brown. And Carol, the family’s acknowledged social conscience who wears her brown hair in an oversize Afro, is interested in Boston College, as well as Wesleyan and N.Y.U.
In an e-mail message Friday, Jeffrey Brenzel, the dean of admissions at Yale, said, “Their applications were terrific, and we simply hope that they will all decide to come!”
Asked if Yale had any policy on admitting members of the same family as a package, Mr. Brenzel said, “We don’t feel an obligation to render the same decision on siblings in the same year.”
But Mr. Brenzel said the enormous financial burden facing their parents — four children starting four years of college in the same year — would be a factor in assessing their financial need. He wrote: “All financial aid offices, ours included, always take into account the number of other children in the family in determining an aid award.”
Even before receiving the good news Tuesday, the Crouch children had drawn attention here for their many activities; their acceptances from Yale were reported Friday in two local papers, The Connecticut Post and The News-Times of Danbury.
While the Crouch siblings are similar in many ways — all four love to laugh, and are volunteers at the Danbury Public Library — the essays they submitted to Yale indicate part of what makes each unique.
Carol wrote, in part, about tutoring children in special education. Ray chose a subject that he hoped would catch an admissions officer off guard: his oblique muscles (not just to emphasize his identity as an athlete, but also his propensity for “nonlinear” thinking).
Martina, the iconoclast, built a whole essay on the phrase, “I’m not going to stop you...” which her mother had once uttered to her. Kenny described visiting the village in Nigeria where his mother grew up.
The siblings said their mother and father had met as students at Western Connecticut State University here, and had always emphasized the importance of education.
One advantage that Yale may hold in landing the four Crouch children is that they seem reluctant to part, after being inseparable for so long. Which is not to say they have not imagined what it would be like to go solo.
As Kenny put it: “It might be fun to go somewhere where I’m not ‘one of the quads.’ ”
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
Perfume types reflect the concentration of aromatic compounds in a solvent, which in fine fragrance is typically ethanol or a mix of water and ethanol. Various sources differ considerably in the definitions of perfume types. The concentration by percent/volume of perfume oil is as follows:
- Perfume extract (Extrait): 15-40% (IFRA: typical 20%) aromatic compounds
- Eau de Parfum (EdP), Parfum de Toilette (PdT): 10-20% (typical ~15%) aromatic compounds. Sometimes listed as "eau de perfume" or "millésime".
- Eau de Toilette (EdT): 5-15% (typical ~10%) aromatic compounds
- Eau de Cologne (EdC): Chypre citrus type perfumes with 3-8% (typical ~5%) aromatic compounds
- Splash and After shave: 1-3% aromatic compounds
Thursday, December 17, 2009
So with that quote, symbols of things are given to us at birth...but if you don't have your own meaning of things, you are being controlled by what society has told you to be true.
Monday, December 14, 2009
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Sunday, November 29, 2009
Saturday, November 28, 2009
every Teller in Bank of America, make em all count.
You gone need the whole staff to add up the amount...
it's gonna take to pay me off to keep me out your house,
to keep me in my zone so that I don't zone out.
I'm Rich and Po' like Zone 4, thoughts is deep like Tone Loc,
walk with me like old folk, 'cross your street a score's goal'ed,
I don't rap I hockey rink...'cause my flow is so cold!
I am on my "umm hmm," they are on they "Oh, No!"
I am really in here (hair), they ain't real like Soul Glo.
Don't you know I'm so sho, them n****'s got no Glow,
find a master for you can come back into the DoJo!
Lupe got his mind right, N**** this is my mic
and I've come to take it all back like MILLER HIGH LIFE!!!
He must not be tied tight...back against the wall...
he will throw a ball, like he playin' Jai Alai.
I'll do the register, you just get them fries right.
I don't trust America, after watchin' Zeitgeist.
Take a look at my stripes, chest looks like a tiger' arm
and I'm hot as tiger balm, fire like a five-alarm,
(???.....) get ya fire-fighter on....
I ain't worried 'bout you hoes (hose). I don't even need to roll.
I turn down your Ex like how you put your tires on.
Once I get these tires on I buy a bomb and tie it on
and ride this around the entire song, find a line to drive it on,
park it near a metaphor, wait for it, the timer's on,
you can turn your hydrants on, I'll just turn my wipers on,
wipe it off then wipe me down but don't forget about my bomb!
Sunday, November 22, 2009
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Thursday, October 1, 2009
It is real but what annoys me is the elivery. They tell you, "Shell's profits are down 20% based on last year, and there are 1000 jobs at risk." All the people hear is the profits are down. If they made $1 million last year, it means they made $800k this year, they still made money and the jobs that are at risk are because the people at the top still want their cut so they hit the little man The people at the top need to change their thinking about how much is enough, then, shit will change.
Friday, September 25, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Although this perpetual cycle of same ideas bullshit started way before the start of 2008, it is evident that the number of clones both in the "online attire" internet world and the real world was drastically revealed during this period. The amount of WDYWT '08 and later swaggerjackers meticulously scanned the various threads, pinpointing numerously deemed "cool items" and purchasing that same item the next day to gain the approval by this website and others, and also to feel a sense of accomplishment in their rather EPIC FAIL real world life and sterile upbringings. Such items like BDUs, Samarai denim, and Vans saw an abundance of newfound enthusiasts whos main goal in life is robocoppin everything awesome and faking off the appearance of being down with a particular musice genre,group, or artist, when they infact werent even born during those performer's music beginnings. What I find befuddling in this whole ordeal is the countless number of styles kids on these forums are switching from. What makes the original posters on this thread so irrate is the badgering this ensues from the younger posters acting like they know what's up. Newsflash, members on this website scuplted and shaped streetwear into what it has become. Whether it was through the Nike SB hype or a particular brand, the boat always came through Hypebeast first and then infiltrated to the other subpar websites like ISS and Niketalk.
A prime example would be the death of SBs as of like a year ago. These same swaggerjackers jumped on that ship and furthermore, caused Nike Skateboarding as a company to realize this hype which resulted in grotesque colorways for true collectors. SBs were the epitome of streetwear during 2006 to mid 2007s and it wasn't until the insurgence of Van/APC/AA hype that these shoes whithered into the abyss of our memories. The amount of swaggerjackers that signed up in 2008 and 2009 is so baffling that I find it rather repulsive. These ISS and Sufu rejects need to go back to their forementioned internet homes and stay in their place because we dont want you here. This brings up another alluring question into our hands: What are we as a community going to do about it to combat these infidels?
It is quintessentially our task as a community to lay down our foot and do whats right for potential posters to come. This epidemic is corroding what he hold to be so sacred. It is paramount that we call out kids who follow this trend and hold them accountable for their actions. People like Helgen and JKissi should be praised for both their fashion philosophy and how they go about applying their take on how people should dress. Enough of this benevolent behavior and free pass to kids. We will bring down the Luciferian whipping party if it continues to ensue, and yes, it will be in an ominous manner. Thank you for your time.