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Today's word on journalism

Friday, September 1, 2006

"[F]ew things are as much a part of our lives as the news. With the advent of sophisticated mass communication, the news has become a sort
of instant historical record of the pace, progress, problems, and the hopes of society. On the other hand--and here's the puzzle -- the news provides, at best, a superficial and distorted image of society. . . . The puzzle, simply put, is this: How can anything so superficial be so central to our lives?"

--W. Lance Bennett, political science professor, 1988

Eye candy found Down Under

By Cena Pope

May 25, 2006 | Searching for the perfect summer get-a-way? Whether you're looking forward to relaxing on the beach, getting in touch with nature or finding the latest fashion, Australia can accommodate your every need.

Australia is most well known for its Outback, as you discover the breath taking red rock structures that cover Australia's interior. You won't want to miss seeing Uluru, better known as Ayers Rock, standing 348 meters high. This rock is a landmark mystery for adventures everywhere. While you're there, be sure to travel just a half hour south to Kata Tjuta, The Olgas, meaning many heads. The Olgas is a cluster of 36 red stone shaped monoliths. The tallest of which, Mount Olga, is 546 meters high.

History buff, Paul Crech said visitors should be happy to know the outback is some of the oldest terrain on earth, dating back over 600 million years. In fact, the Western Australia Shield, a series of plateaus, dates back 1,500 million years. Kimberley, located in the northeast, is known as Australia's last frontier and it's just waiting to be explored.

"I think it would be incredible to explore such ancient lands," said Crech, a senior majoring in history.

If it's wildlife you are looking for, than Kangaroo Island is the place to be. On this unique island you can get up close and personal with an abundance of native wildlife including kangaroos, koalas, wallabies, possums, sea lions, penguins, and much more.

"I want to hold a koala," said AnnMarie Pratt, a junior majoring in public relations. "They look so soft and cuddly."

For city-goers, Australia has plenty to offer. Some of the more populated cities, Melbourne and Sydney, are sunny, sexy, sophisticated cities of style. Visitors explore the architecture of the Sydney Opera House or shop the stores for cutting edge fashion. The cities are also known for their world-class art venues. It won't take long to find out Australia's cities are oozing with culture.

The country is also one of the most incredible dive sites. Along the coast of Queensland is 2,000 meters of Great Barrier Reef, home to one of the most diverse plant and animal ecosystems on earth.

Kat DuHadway, a senior graduating in marine biology, said she thinks the diving is great there, whether your a beginner or you‚re a diving fanatic because you'll be swimming with whale sharks, turtles, dolphins, and other colorful marine wildlife.

"I've dived in Thailand and it's beautiful. I can imagine Australia is amazing too," DuHadway said.

Don't forget to visit Australia's 894,000 hectares of wetlands. The city of Cairns is a gateway to wetlands, waterfalls, gorges, forests, and grasslands. It's spectacular scenery and rugged terrain offers an endless amount of adventure.

If all this sounds well, good and fun but a little out of the budget, consider a student tour. While earning college credit you can spend 22 days abroad. You can personalize you trip but most trips include airfare, accommodations, meals, and a tour director. If this still sounds a little pricey, apply for a scholarship.

With all the amazing sights Australia has to offer, what are you waiting for? Get your summer plans in action and visit Australia today.


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