September 24th, 2004

UC college students

From this article on SFGate today, after the Regents raised the minimum GPA from 2.8 to 3.0:

"We understand that you want UC to have more prestige -- but prestige comes when more students are served, not less," said Lakshmi Sridaran of UC Berkeley as students snapped their fingers in a soft chorus of support.

Perhaps the school would be more prestigious of the students had a better grasp of grammar?

Looking for a book

My friends know everything... one of you must know of this, if it exists.

I'm looking for a book that explains the history, politics, and current situation in the middle east in such a way that someone with a typical American public school background (i.e. no clue about world history) can follow it. In particular, I'd like it to have a "fair and balanced" look at the Israel/Palestine situation.