The 120 elementary school children sat so quietly and intently that you might have assumed this was a mass detention period.

But it was chess, not confinement, in an Oak Brook hotel ballroom on Columbus Day.  And the lessons learned might assist school leaders everywhere, including those attempting a systemwide resuscitation for Rahm Emanuel, Chicago’s very disciplined, if impatient, mayor.

“My dream is to get in front of education decision makers and convince them to make chess part of the curriculum for K through second grade,” said Susan Polgar, the star of the show. “That’s when thinking patterns and habits are formed. It should be mandatory, like physical education.”

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For the ninth consecutive year, UBC Library and the Alma Mater Student Society of UBC are once again running their Food for Fines Campaign.

Reduce your library fines by donating non-perishable food items. Each food item donated counts toward $2 in fines, up to a maximum of $30. Donated items will be distributed to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank and the AMS Food Bank. The program takes place from October 17 – 31 inclusive.

Help us raise exceed our goal of raising more than $5,000 in donations to helping those who need it the most in our communities. Review the list of most-needed items by the Food Banks. Find out more about this program by visiting the Food for Fines Facebook page or emailing the AMS Food Bank.

Donations received at UBC’s Okanagan campus will go to the UBC Okanagan Student Food Bank.

By Jessica Woolman on October 3, 2011  For original link click here

Foreign Office Files for China, 1949-1980 offers digital copies of the complete British Foreign Office Files dealing with China, Hong Kong and Taiwan from 1949-1980,

The quality and depth of the Foreign Office’s reporting on politics, industry, trade and cultural affairs is formidable. It includes

  • Eye-witness accounts and detailed reports on life in China, 1949-1976.
  • In depth analysis of the Communist Revolution and all the major figures.
  • Material on the Korean War, the Cold War, US relations and the Cultural Revolution.

The Foreign Office Files for China project addresses a crucial period in Chinese history — from the foundation of the People’s Republic in 1949, through the death of Zhou Enlai and Mao as well as the arrest of the “Gang of Four” and on to the end of the Cultural Revolution in 1976.

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