Saint Michael’s College,Fiske Guide to Colleges in 2012 and the Princeton Review’s Best 376 Colleges 2012 edition. The Fiske Guide is widely sold as ‘the #1 best-selling guide to colleges.’ And the Princeton Review’s Best 376 Colleges is called ‘the Princeton Review’s flagship college guide.’ ‘We’re very pleased to be included in these guides; we know that these are among the most important resources for students and their parents in making college choices, so it’s wonderful for Saint Michael’s to be described in books that get into the hands of so many families across the nation,’ said Saint Michael’s President John J Neuhauser. Being selected for these guides in the first place is the big step, since each book selects only about 15 percent of the nation’s colleges and universities for inclusion in its publication. On top of being included, Saint Michael’s was deemed a ‘Best Buy’ in the Fiske Guide, one of 49 institutions so named. Saint Michael’s made the 6th best in the Princeton Review category ‘best gown-gown relations’ and was deemed ‘a best Northeastern college.’ Neither guide ranks the colleges overall from 1 to 376 (that’s left to U. S. News). These two guides simply select the schools they deem academically worthy for inclusion, based on interviews, visits and research. They also make sure to include schools located across the whole U.S. geography and schools of all sizes. Saint Michael’s is a Fiske Guide ‘Best Buy’‘All of the Best Buy schools fall into the inexpensive or moderate price category, and most have four- or five-star academics ratings,’ according to the Fiske Guide’s press release, which said further, that despite rising tuition rates, ‘there are some bargains to be found in higher education.’ The Fiske Guide Best Buys are ‘schools that offer outstanding academics with relatively moderate prices,’ Saint Michael’s among them. Founded and written by Edward B. Fiske, who was education editor of the New York Times for 17 years, the Fiske Guide has come to be widely regarded as the leading college search book. It has been published for more than 25 years, helping untold numbers of students, parents, and counselors gain an independent perspective on the distinctive personalities of ‘the best and most interesting colleges and universities in the U.S., Canada, and Great Britain,’ according to the announcement of the book’s release.Saint Michael’s is #6 nationally in ‘good town-gown relations’ and ‘a best Northeastern college’ in Princeton Review’s Best 376 Colleges‘Our choices are based on institutional data we collect about schools, our visits to schools over the years, feedback we gather from students attending the schools, and the opinions of our staff and our 28-member National College Counselor Advisory Board,’ said Robert Franek, Princeton Review VP and author of The Best 376 Colleges.
DES MOINES — The recent U-S Drought Monitor report shows abnormally dry conditions in about 35 percent of the state, with eight west-central counties classified as being in moderate drought. Iowa Department of Natural Resources analyst Tim Hall says the state remains in a contrast when it comes to water conditions. “You almost can draw a north-south line along Interstate 35. And to the west of the interstate in the last month — those areas have been short of rainfall. And on the east side of I-35, we’ve had excess rainfall,” Hall says. While parts of the state are characterized as dry — Hall says there are two different ways to look at it. “In drought terminology we sometimes talk about an agricultural drought versus a hydrological drought,” he says. “And the agricultural drought comes much more quickly because those crops need moisture and they typically get it from the upper part of the soil profile.” The other type of drought impacts more long-term water needs. “For drinking water for groundwater. So, we’re concerned and we are watching it, but right now the impacts are primarily agricultural. But if things don’t improve, then we’ll start to see those impacts move into other parts of the system,” Hall says. He says not all rain will help get rid of the dry conditions. Hall says we often get thunderstorms this time of year that dump big amounts of rain and that tends to run off the ground quickly, and is not as helpful to crops. He says a slow, steady rain would be the most helpful right now. Hall says the longer the drought continues, the more you have to worry about the time it takes to come out of it. “Drought conditions typically are a long time building up — they don’t come generally very quickly. And on the other side of the coin — to move a drought out of the state doesn’t come in one rainstorm — typically it takes a prolonged period of wet weather,” according to Hall. Hall says the rains can also be sporadic this time of year and help one area agriculturally — while leaving another area still in need of rain.