FROM Nick Heil
Tragedy on Mt. Everest Puts Spotlight on Sherpas Since Edmund Hillary got all the credit for the first ascent of Mount Everest, the role of his sherpa, Tenzing Norgay, has been recognized as at least equally important. Now, an avalanche has killed 16 sherpas in the worst disaster in the mountain's history. A sherpa boycott might mean the end of this year's climbing season. In Nepal, where $700 is the average salary, a mountain guide can earn up to $6000 during the three-month season. Is that enough? What do sherpas do? Nick Heil is Digital Editorial Director of Outside magazine and author of Dark Summit : The True Story of Everest's Most Controversial Season.
Elif Batuman: The Idiot Selin, the heroine of Batuman’s autobiographical first novel, The Idiot, is an 18-year-old Harvard freshman of Turkish-American descent. Set in 1995, the novel observes the rise of internet culture.
Scathing audit finds UC President's office hid $175 million A state audit says the Office of the President at the University of California has kept secret more than $175 million. The report says salaries are a lot a higher in that office than in comparable offices. The audit comes just months after the UC system won approval for its first tuition hike in six years.
What does the Paris terrorist attack mean for Europe? There was another terrorist attack in Paris Thursday. A police officer was killed, two other officers were wounded, and the shooter was killed. Officials are calling the attack terrorism. There have been more than a half dozen terrorist attacks in France over the past two years.