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Adults who went undercover at a high school found 7 things people don't realize about life for teenagers today
Mark Abadi

High school is nothing like it used to be.
That's the message of "Undercover High," a documentary series on A&E that follows seven adults who pose as students for a whole semester at Highland Park High School in Topeka, Kansas.
The undercover students, aged 21 to 26 when the show was filmed last year, took classes, joined clubs, and saw firsthand the struggles teenagers go through in their everyday lives. Even for the participants who graduated as little as five years ago, their return to high school was completely different than their first time around.
Here are a few seven things the undercover students learned about high-schoolers that most adults don't realize:
Social media has completely changed the game
Social media has had a profound impact on the daily lives of teenagers. Students are always plugged in, introducing unrelenting pressure to maintain their social-media presences around the clock.
"The kinds of challenges that I experienced in high school along with my peers are now 24/7 issues because of technology, computers, cell phones, and social media," Shane Feldman, an undercover student who graduated from high school in 2012, told Business Insider. "There's no real escape."
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UA Law Student in the running to become the next CEO of Casino Del Sol
Published Feb 10, 2018 6:00am
By Vanessa Ontiveros

After spending a lifetime in and around Casino Del Sol, working his way up to potentially the top of the executive food chain, Francisco Olea, a third year student at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, is among the five members of the Pascua Yaqui tribe in the running to become the next CEO of Casino Del Sol as a part of the Executive Succession program. 
“It’s been a very personal experience for me, watching the casino grow,” Olea said. “I think that’s what differentiates me to a certain extent from the other candidates, but I mean they're all great candidates.”
The program began about seven months ago. Over the next two years, Olea and his fellow candidates will work under current CEO and UA College of Law alumna Kimberly Van Amburg, as well as other executives at the casino. 
Their training includes rotations within the different departments of the casino and an exchange program with other casinos.
“My goals for the next three years include implementing a well-thought-out Tribal Succession Program, as well as continuing to improve upon tribal development at all levels,” Van Amburg said in a statement to the casino. 
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Campaign aims to end disenrollment in tribes: ‘People have to belong’
By Emily Fox 20 hours ago

The #stopdisenrollment campaign is re-launching today, aimed at getting Native American tribes to stop kicking out members.
Roughly 80 federally recognized tribes in the US have disenrolled members, usually citing reasons such as criminal activity, an error in enrollment, or not having enough native blood.
In Washington state, seven tribes have kicked people out.
The online campaign to end disenrollment is led by the native actress Irene Bedard, who was the speaking voice of Disney’s Pocahontas.  The campaign originally started in Seattle two years ago, and has also been led by writer Sherman Alexie of the Coeur d'Alene and Spokane tribe.
The Spokane tribe changed its constitution in recent years to make it harder for people to be kicked off its tribal rolls.
“I just feel that people have to belong, and to have someone who has belonged their whole life, and then to tell them they don’t belong, that’s got to be pretty tragic,” said Carol Evans, chairwoman of the Spokane tribe.
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The federal government has a history of failure when it comes to Native students
By Denise Juneau
February 6, 2018

The Bureau of Indian Education recently wrapped up its tribal consultation process on its latest proposed strategic plan "to guide its work and service delivery to [Native] students, schools, and tribes." While the BIE creates plan after plan intended to restructure, realign, reform, redesign, revise, and redo their education system, in actuality these plans are rarely carried out. The necessary changes to schooling simply remain words written on paper. Meanwhile, tribes, schools, educators, parents, and students continue to wait for the federal government to meet its legal trust responsibility to provide a quality education to American Indian students.
For over a century, the federal government has proven that attempting to control and oversee a nationwide network of schools leads to an ineffective and disheartening system of education that fails to address the cultural, linguistic, and overall learning needs of American Indian children. If the BIE's record of failure reflected on any other group of students, there would be a national outcry.
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Fake Courts for Real Learning with Morongo Tribe
ICTMN Staff - 12/23/15

The Morongo Band of Mission Indians remains a strong advocate for education, according to tribal chairman Robert Martin. That devotion could be seen in the moot court competition held at the Morongo Tribal Administrative Center on December 5.
American Indian students from Southern and Central California participated in UCLA Law School’s competition, during which they learned about the legal system and earned college credits.
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Toreros, wobble, then fall down at Santa Clara
Don Ncrcross

USD’s men’s basketball team is a bit like an amateur tight-rope walker, often wobbling this way, teetering that. No team in the West Coast Conference plays more close games. There is one difference. Amateur tight-rope walkers work with a net. The Toreros do not.
And on Saturday afternoon in Santa Clara, USD fell long and hard.
Playing a Santa Clara team that had lost five of six (and the defeats were not close), leading the Broncos by 11 early in the second half, the Toreros collapsed. Sparked by junior guard KJ Feagin’s career-high 32 points, Santa Clara upset USD 70-64 before 2,046 at the Leavy Center.
“Just didn’t guard,” USD head coach Lamont Smith said by phone. “We let one guy kind of take over the game. We just really didn’t have a good defensive effort. We’ve got to get back to our (defensive) identity. I think we’ve lost that a little bit.”
There was a time when finishing third in the WCC and compiling a 20-win season appeared realistic for USD. Now those goals are iffy. BYU eked out an overtime home victory against USF on Saturday to climb to 9-5 in conference, two games ahead of the Toreros in third place.

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UCLA's chances of making the NCAA tournament remain unclear after an up-and-down trip to Arizona
By Ben Bolch
Feb 11, 2018 | 3:35 PM

The top college basketball teams in the nation tuned in Sunday to find out if they were projected to receive one of the top four seedings in the NCAA tournament as part of a sneak peek at the brackets.
Meanwhile, UCLA fans continued to monitor a less coveted foursome: the last four teams predicted to make the tournament.
The Bruins remained on the precipice of tournament exclusion even after a victory over No. 13 Arizona on Thursday because they followed it with a loss to Arizona State two days later.
CBS Sports analyst Jerry Palm's latest projections listed UCLA with a No. 10 seeding, one typically given to teams that are among the last at-large entries in the 68-team field. On the plus side, the Bruins were spared the indignity of being listed as among the "Last Four In," a designation that comes with a dreaded play-in game.
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