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The best playoff series to watch going onwards (NBA and NHL)

1. Philadelphia Flyers versus Pittsburgh Penguins - in state rivalry between two good teams, with Sidney Crosby thrown in? This is the best playoff series going on right now. Catch it before it ends, most likely with a Penguins win.

2. Chicago Bulls versus Boston Celtics - with Derrick Rose's debut and with the evenly split two games in Boston, this series has the possibility to be truly exciting. Nevermind the most recent game in Chicago, these two competitors will fight it out more than any other two.

3. Houston Rockets versus Portland Trailblazers - Watch Yao Ming try to get out of the first round. Him alone will make this series incredibly fun and intense to watch.

4. Calgary Flames versus Chicago Blackhawks - A tied series between two tied teams. This will be one of the most evenly matched playoff series, and it will definitely be a fast paced one.

5. Philadelphia 76ers versus Orlando Magic - The first game in this series had a thrilling conclusion. That alone justifies its rank.

Myspace

Unless you're an artist or a comedian there is no longer any reason to use MySpace. Maybe it should be removed? It does nothing but hurt the Internet anyway.

No Child Left Behind

President Obama is likely to tighten the standards for the No Child Left Behind Act. The bill, passed under the Bush Administration, mandated that students in all grade levels be tested annually, and based on their performance in tests schools have their funding levels adjusted. President Obama is likely to either mandate higher test scores, rising standards, or harder tests.

This is a bad idea. The problem with the NCLB Act is not that the testing regulations are too strict, is is that the testing is too frequent. Students spend too much time studying for the tests rather than actually learning. Harder tests mean that more time will be spent on the tests, leading to an even lower quality of education at the expense of test scores.

President Obama should instead push for more charter schools and less testing. By pushing for charter schools, Obama would be opening up curricular freedom for schools to pursue educational goals. Mandating that testing only occurs at every 3 or 4 years would…

What is going on?

Though spring quarter is off to a slow start, I have several questions to ask about the University and Chicago in general:

Why the hell is there snow? It is already April, and it's time to begin thawing out. I visited the school during April on my spring break, and it was almost 70 degrees. Right now my online weather sources say it will be somewhere in the 50s for the future. This is unacceptable for a city that alternates between freezing cold and sweltering heat. At the very least the freezing cold should not continue as a moderate cold for half of the entire year.

If there are so many people who want to take Intro to Microeconomics, why is it so easy? Is it because it is easy that they want to take it? The class offers little in the way of knowledge that couldn't be learned just by reading the book or taking an economics class in high school. It is not poorly taught, it is just not outstanding.

This was supposed to be the easy quarter, but it is turning out to be incredibly h…