Now You Can Tweet Your Way Into an MBA Program

Forget writing application essays. The University of Iowa's MBA program only requires 140 characters, and you might get a $37,000 scholarship, too

Forget about slaving away at your grad school application essays. Now you can get into an MBA program simply by writing 140 characters, and you might get a $37,000 scholarship, too. Indeed, the University of Iowa's Tippie School of Management is offering this sweet deal to one applicant that best uses Twitter to explain "what makes you an exceptional Tippie MBA candidate and full-time MBA hire? Creativity encouraged!"

The school came up with the idea because they wanted an innovative way to harness the popularity of social media since, as the program's website says, it's "a powerful tool for business communication, and is driving change in today’s business world."

Jodie Schafer, the director of recruiting and admissions at the school told the Iowa City Press Citizen that a tweet-application "would give us a lot more depth and show us more about a candidate than an essay would show." However, because the applicants will be evaluated according to the tweet, as well as their previous grades, work experience and leadership qualities, Schafer says the school hopes applicants will fill their tweet with links to their "other social media such as blogs, video, Facebook, or a web page." Essentially, applicants are being encouraged to open their entire digital life to the admissions team.

I'm all for colleges innovating and using social media to engage with students. I have to admit that I'm pretty skeptical of how this is going to turn out. But, for those of you that are interested, the tweet-application deadline is July 28 and the winner will be announced on August 4. Just make sure you scrub your social media channels of anything questionable before you apply.

photo (cc) via Flickr user Phil Roeder

via David Leavitt / Twitter

Anyone who has ever worked in retail knows that the worst thing about the job, right after the pay, are the unreasonable cheapskates who "want to talk to your manager" to get some money off an item.

They think that throwing a tantrum will save them a few bucks and don't care if they completely embarrass themselves in the process. Sometimes that involves belittling the poor employee who's just trying to get through their day with an ounce of dignity.

Twitter is rallying around a gal named Tori who works at a Target in Massachusetts after she was tweet-shamed by irate chapekate, journalist, and Twitter troll, David Leavitt.

Keep Reading

Childbirth is the number one reason American women visit the hospital, and it ain't cheap. In fact, it's getting more and more expensive. A new study published in Health Affairs found that the cost of having a baby with employer-sponsored health insurance increased by almost 50% in the past seven years.

The study evaluated "trends in cost-sharing for maternity care for women with employer-based health insurance plans, before and after the Affordable Care Act," which was signed into law in 2010. The study looked at over 657,061 women enrolled in large employer-sponsored health insurance plans who delivered babies between 2008 and 2015, as these plans tend to cover more than plans purchased by small businesses or individuals.

Keep Reading

A meteorite crashed into Earth nearly 800,000 years ago. The meteor was 1.2 miles wide, and the impact was so big, it covered 10% of the planet with debris. However, scientists haven't been able to find the impact site for over a century. That is, until now. A study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal believes the crash site has been located.

Tektites, which are essentially rocks that have been liquefied from the heat of the impact and then cooled to form glass, help scientists spot the original impact site of a meteor. Upon impact, melted material is thrown into the atmosphere, then falls back to the ground. Even if the original crater has disappeared due to erosion or is hidden by a shift in tectonic plates, tektites give the spot away. Tektites between 750,000 to 35.5 million years old have been found in every continent except Antarctica.

Keep Reading