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CMU named ‘military friendly school’

Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business and H. John Heinz III College have been recognized on the 2010 list of “Military Friendly Schools” by G.I. Jobs magazine.

The list was compiled through polling of over 7000 schools in the United States, honoring the top 15 percent that are doing the most to embrace veterans as students, according to a Carnegie Mellon news release.

Military veterans interested in pursuing careers in public service may also need to acquire advanced technology skills; the Heinz College is able to blend those disciplines for them.

This distinction is especially important now, said Rich McCormack, G.I. Jobs’s publisher, because the recently enacted Post-9/11 GI Bill has given veterans financial aid to get an education.

G.I. Jobs magazine is published by Victory Media, a veteran-owned business headquartered in Pittsburgh.

The company also publishes The Guide to Military Friendly Schools and Military Spouse and Vetrepreneur magazines, and annually rates the nation’s “Military Friendly Employers,” “Military Spouse Friendly Employers,” and “Best Corporations for Veteran-Owned Businesses.”

Pogopalooza wows by defying gravity

Pogopalooza is a four-day competition in Schenley Park, held last weekent, showcasing the many tricks and jumps that can be performed on a pogo stick.

Sometimes flying as high as eight feet in the air, the most recent Pogoers wowed a crowd of over 300 as they pulled “Reverse Canadians” and “Supermans” on their pogo sticks.

Saturday’s competition featured a 15-year-old winning the Big Air Professional stunt portion of the competition, which has been running for six years with no sight of slowing down. Some competitors were jumping around on Carnegie Mellon’s new BowGo stick, developed by the Robotics Institute.

The idea behind the technology suggests uses of building running and hopping robots that cover long distances and rough terrain, accomplishing sometimes lifesaving tasks.

However, in the competition on Saturday, pogoers were accomplishing life-threatening stunts; some were chasing the chance to clear nine feet in the air. No longer just a springy toy, the pogo stick was definitely a crowd-pleaser this past weekend.