CA University Funding, Hugo Awards Controversy, and Comedy Hack Day

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Classes begin soon at California’s public universities, but there aren’t enough spots for every qualified student. At the same time, the 10 schools in the UC system have about a $13 billion endowment. Endowments have soared in the past few years as our economy has improved, but it’s not clear how much students are benefitting from this windfall.

Then, the Hugo Awards are announced Saturday: one of the highest accolades given every year for the best science fiction and fantasy writing. But tensions are running high, because a group calling themselves Sad Puppies has been accused of stuffing the Hugo Awards ballot box.

And move over superheroes - this summer was all about the secret agent movie. Mission: Impossible, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Spy, Kingsman and more in our weekly film round-up.

Finally, this weekend in Los Angeles, teams of hackers will compete to build the most hilarious, wittiest apps and hardware. It’s called Comedy Hack Day.

Banner Image: University of California, Los Angeles; Credit: NR Acampamentos