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As Ivy League Colleges Grow In Popularity, Acceptance Rates Drop

Acceptance rates in all the Ivy League colleges have been on the decline during the last five years, making it harder than ever to get in. Of the Ivies, Cornell University accepts the greatest percentage of students, letting in 14.9 pecent of applicants, but even this amount has gone down from 18 percent for the class of 2015, Ivy Coach reports. The change is less drastic for the other schools, but they also maintain a similar trend of lower acceptance. Harvard University accepted 6.2 percent of applicants in 2010, but took 5.3 percent last year. Similarly, Columbia accepted 6.9 percent of students 5 years ago, but in 2015, it received 6.1 percent of the people who applied and Yale’s acceptance rate dropped from 7.4 percent to 6.5 percent, Ivy Coach reports.

Sixty-five Percent Of Females Experience Street Harassment, Survey Finds

Mia Eschinger, 17, was eight years old the first time she was sexually harassed. “Being an eight-year-old, I was confused and felt violated, having not known why someone has looked at me in such a way,” Eschinger, now 17,  said. “In my experience, sexual harassment has been degrading and violating.”

Sexual harassment is defined as sexual behavior without consent, according to the New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault. It can take different forms, including physical contact, sexual comments and propositions and unwanted communication. Unwanted communication and sexual comments are the most common forms of sexual harassment, occurring when  individuals on the street, in school or at work make sexual jokes at the victim’s expense. These comments can vary from demeaning and forceful to “flattering” and flirtatious.

Females Twice As Likely To Attempt Suicide Than Males

Each day, 12 teenagers commit suicide in the United States. Every 2 hours and 11 minutes, a person under 25 attempts suicide, according to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Various studies have found that female teens were twice as likely to attempt suicide as males. However, males were four times more likely to die from suicide than females, according to DoItNow.org. The occurrence of suicide among girls between 10 and 14 has increased 200 percent since 1999, according to CDC.

Lone Star Tick Population Reaching Into New England

For years, the health risks from the Lone Star tick, which originated in Texas, were confined to the southern states. But now, researchers have found the tick is traveling outside of its normal territory, which has raised public health concerns. If bitten by a Lone Star tick, a person can develop an allergy to red meat called Galactose Alpha-1. ABC News recently reported that the Lone Star tick population is steadily increasing because of the mild winters and decrease in cold snaps in recent years. Instead of breeding in and around Texas, the tick population is growing so large that the insects have traveled as far as New England, spreading their impact to new hosts.

Maine Has Highest Rate Of Teen Deaths In New England

In Maine, the rate of teen deaths from accidents, homicides and suicides in 2014 was highest among the New England states, according to the Kids Count Data Center. Maine had the highest rate of teen deaths, at 39 per 100,000 population. New Hampshire’s rate was 26 per 100,000, and Massachusetts had the lowest rate of 18 per 100,000. Connecticut had the third highest rate among New England states, with 21 per 100,000, the data show. The reasons for Maine’s relatively high rate vary, but experts said that possible factors include that the state is very rural, and that teens often feel isolated.

Pay For Female Athletes Lags Behind Males

When five members of the U.S. women’s soccer team sued the U.S. Soccer Federation in April for equal pay – claiming they make a quarter of what the men make despite bringing in nearly $20 million more revenue than the men’s team – it highlighted the problem of gender inequality in athletics. “Recently, it has become clear that the Federation has no intention of providing us equal pay for equal work,” player Megan Rapinoe said in a news release. In many sports, the pay of female athletes continues to lag behind that of male athletes. In professional soccer, a female player ranked at No. 25 made just under $340,000, while a male player with the same ranking earned approximately $580,000 more, according to the New York Times.

Economic, Political Strife Account For Rise In Russian Emigration

Russian emigration rates have been increasing over the past three years, with many people fleeing due to economic and political strife, according to the Institute of Modern Russia. Now, with Vladimir Putin as president for a third term, five times as many Russians are emigrating than in the 2000s. In 2010, 33,570 Russians left the country, while 36,770 left in 2011 and 122,751 left in 2012, according to The Diplomat. Also, the Russian Federal State Statistics Service reported that the emigration rates reached a 15-year high in 2014. Russians are fleeing to many places.

Collegiate Coaches Of Men’s Sports Often Highest Paid

Head football coach Nick Saban of the University of Alabama and head basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski of Duke University were both paid over $7 million in the past year, according to USA Today. Both coaches received salaries more than six times greater than the president of their respective university and over 40 times greater than that of an average professor at their university, according to an analysis by C-HIT. This disparity in salaries among university employees and coaches draws mixed reactions. “It just doesn’t make sense,” said sports fan and track athlete Jhan Spears of Hartford. “The dean of the university should be paid more than the coaches.”

Dom Amore, a sportswriter for The Hartford Courant, gave his reasons why football and men’s basketball coaches are paid more than other college employees.

Is Distracted Driving Becoming An Epidemic?

On May 11, a Weston woman was injured in a car accident on I-95 – a crash that police attributed to distracted driving. According to the police report, the woman was completely stopped due to highway construction when her SUV was suddenly hit from behind. The front of her vehicle collided first with a metal guardrail and then with a tractor trailer in front of her. The SUV flipped over, and her dog was ejected through the rear passenger window. The vehicle was totaled, the woman suffered a mild concussion, a broken nose and bruises, and her dog suffered a broken leg, bruised ribs, broken teeth and cuts from glass.

Teen Pregnancy Rate Drops To Record Low

Once considered a crisis in Connecticut and nationally, teenage pregnancy rates have dropped to new record lows, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2000, the CDC reported that 48 of every 1,000 females aged 15 to 19 in the United States had a child, which resulted in 469,000 teenage births. In 2014, the national number dropped to 24 for every 1,000 teenage females or 249,000 babies born to young moms.

In Connecticut, the same report found that for every 1,000 females aged 15 to 19, 31 teens gave birth, or a total of 3,300 births in 2000. By 2014, the number had declined to a rate of 12 per 1,000 females, or 1,400 births. The reasons for the sharp decline vary, according to health experts and the CDC’s Youth Surveillance Survey.