The FIFA World Cup: A Timeline History

Though known by different names around the world- soccer, football, or fùtbol, to name a few- Lionel Messi’s calling is undeniably universally popular. Every year, fans from around the world tune in to watch international matches, including the FIFA World Cup, which occurs every 4 years.
The 2014 Fifa World Cup reached over 3.2 billion viewers, clearly reaching an enormous audience. However, many fans may not know the interesting history behind the famed tournament, and the remarkable things that have happened, ranging from stolen trophies, phenomenal goals, to scandal, since its inception in 1930. Check out this timeline of World Cup history to see how much you know.

The 10 Drunkest Cities in America

With Spring Break just around the corner, drinking is seen as an equivalent to fun and a trivial issue, if that, by many students on college campuses. However, alcohol continues to be a serious problem for many Americans. According to a CDC report, excessive alcohol use can be accounted for 1 in 10 deaths among working age adults. Is this problem equally rampant across the nation, or is it worse in some areas?

Men’s Health magazine took data from a Centers for Disease Control study on alcohol use to rank U.S. cities by their “drunkenness.” Using an unscientific method, the magazine gave cities rankings based on liver disease, DUI arrests, etc.

Check out this map created with Storymap to learn more…

Top 10 Coffee Spots in the South Bend Area

Of all the things that come to mind when one thinks of South Bend, Indiana – Notre Dame football, its minor role in Indian removal, the Studebaker factory, etcetera – great coffee isn’t normally one of them. That, however, should change. The South Bend area is full of delicious cafes and cozy coffee shops, great for studying, socializing, hearing live acoustic music, or just enjoying a strong cup of freshly brewed coffee. Forget Starbucks, Einstein’s, and Dunkin’ Donuts, these coffee shops brew the good stuff locally, and offer an unbeatable atmosphere to go along with it.

After extensive research using cafe reviews on Yelp and in-person testing performed by several coffee enthusiasts who may or may not be suffering from an addiction to caffeine, we have compiled a list of the best places to get coffee in the South Bend area. The cafes were judged on the quality of the coffee, the price-which is important to struggling college students, and overall vibe of the establishment – friendliness, localness, etc.

Next time you find yourself in South Bend, try a cuppa joe at any of these places. You won’t be disappointed!

Here is a link to the map itself.

Major Drop in Facebook Searches, Compared to Instagram and Twitter


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Out with the old and in with the new. In the internet day and age, it often seems as though trendy videos and apps last for days, or weeks if they’re lucky, before the something cooler, funnier and faster comes along. This, it seems, is the case with Facebook. Once ahead of its time, Facebook now competes for the attention of young people with other forms of social media, such as Snapchat, Instagram, and Twitter.

“But wait,” you might be saying. “How could Facebook be going out of style? My mother and her friends comment on my pictures every day.”
The numbers speak for themselves. When analyzed using google trends software, it is clear that over the past five years, searches for Facebook have been in a steady decline. As one can see, Facebook, shown in blue, has seen a steady decline, especially when compared to Instagram, shown in yellow, and Twitter, shown in red.


Facebook, shown in blue, has seen a steady decline in search interest over the past 5 years.

Even more interesting, it seems that in the past year, searches for Instagram have been surpassing searches for Twitter, though both remain well below Facebook. It should be noted, however, that the steady flat rate of Instagram and Twitter is probably due to the fact that most users use the app version, rather than the browser one.

Facebook, though in decline, still holds the lead of most searched social media in most countries of the world.

Facebook, though in decline, still holds the lead of most searched social media in most countries of the world.

Additionally, only in Kazakstan and Iran have the searches for Instagram surpassed those of Facebook, and in South Korea, Twitter takes the lead over both.

The decline in Facebook users comes mostly from the teenage age group, and prompted Facebook to try- and fail- to buy Snapchat a few years ago. Only time will tell whether Facebook will make a comeback with the millennial generation or go the same route as MySpace.

Searches for “Moving to Canada” Spike During 2016 Election


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Canada is to some, it seems, a lovely respite from Trump’s America, free of immigration bans on Muslim majority countries, questionably misogynistic comments, and leaders with signature hair that looks strikingly similar to an ear of corn. In the months preceding the 2016 presidential election, many celebrities, including Lena Dunham, Amy Schumer, Samuel L. Jackson, and Chelsea Handler, threatened to leave the country if Donald Trump won the election. Following Trump’s victory. Several claimed that they would move to Canada to avoid living in a Trump led United States. Since these declarations of immigration, however, many of these people have changed their minds.

Although it is not uncommon to immigrate to our neighbor to the North, when analyzing the search trends of “moving to Canada,” compared with “Donald Trump election” through google trends, there is an interesting peak in November 2016.The searches for “Donald Trump election” are shown in blue, and searches for “moving to Canada” appear in red.


There is a peak in searches for both “Donald Trump election” and “moving to Canada” in November 2016.

As one can see, interest in moving to Canada is at a steady rate of very low searches before the election. Right around November 8th 2016, however, both “Donald Trump election” and “moving to Canada” experience a peak in interest, as it became clear that Trump would, in fact, win the election. Although Canada was responsible for the majority of the “moving to Canada” searches, the second most searches came from the United States.This peak in search caused by the mass hysteria that erupted after Trump’s election was probably responsible for the crashing of the Canada immigration website.

The United States accounted for the second most searched for "moving to Canada," second only to Canada itself.

The United States accounted for the second most searched for “moving to Canada,” second only to Canada itself.

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Gov. Pat Quinn talks about MAP grants at DePaul University. (Photo by Josclynn Brandon)

Editor’s note: This story was originally posted on Dec. 12, 2012 and is housed at

By Bob Smith

Gov. Pat Quinn visited DePaul University’s Loop campus on Wednesday to discuss how pension reform is harming the Monetary Award Program (MAP) college scholarships and access to higher education in Illinois.

“This is so important to our state, not only in the past, but certainly now and in the future,” Quinn said.
“We want everyone to have the opportunity to go to college that has the ability to go to college.”

MAP grants are need-based college scholarships that allow merit students who are in need across the state and do not need to be repaid by the student. Quinn said that due to cutbacks and having to pay more money in the pension amount, almost 18,000 students lost their MAP grant scholarships this year.

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