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Sochi Olympics Already Bringing In Disappointingly Small Crowds!

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sochi olympics have small crowd for qualifying events

The opening ceremonies for the 2014 Sochi Olympics don't kick off until tonight, however, there have already been a handful of qualifying events for the winter games over the past couple of days!

The only problem is, nobody seems to be showing up!!

Yesterday marked the first day of the slopestyle snowboarding event, and the stands were noticeably empty from beginning to end!

Those who did attend the event said the crowd was mostly Russian and there wasn't a huge international presence, and weather DEFINITELY wasn't a factor as it was sunny skies all day!!

Of course as we pointed out, these are simply qualifying events that take place before the opening ceremony tonight. However, the small crowds don't seem to be a good sign for a winter olympics that's already been plagued with issues!!

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Meditation Helps Rough San Francisco Schools Find Their Happy Place!

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san francisco schools using meditation see boost in student perfromance

Have you had your daily dose of "om" today? Because according to these San Francisco schools, it can make a HUGE difference in your life!

Visitacion Valley Middle School first adopted the Quiet Time program in 2007, which gives students two meditation breaks per day to try and clear their minds! The school, which is situated in one of the roughest neighborhoods in the city, has seen DRASTIC improvements since then!

In just the first year of the program alone, the school saw a 45% drop in suspensions and it now has one of the lowest suspension rates in the city! Attendance is also up to 98%, grades have skyrocketed since then, and perhaps most importantly of all, the youngsters tested as the happiest students in the city — most of which is attributed to a major drop in their stress levels!

Superintendent Richard Carranza, one of the program's biggest supporters, believes more schools should adopt Quiet Time, and he says the results definitely don't lie:

"The research is showing big effects on students' performance. Our new accountability standards, which we're developing in tandem with the other big California districts, emphasize the importance of social-emotional factors in improving kids' lives, not just academics. That's where Quiet Time can have a major impact, and I'd like to see it expand well beyond a handful of schools."

So far, only a few schools in San Francisco have adopted the program, but all of them have seen amazing results across the board!

In fact, the California Achievement Test showed that twice as many students in the Quiet Time program proved to be proficient in english than those who weren't in the program, and the numbers were even bigger when it came to math!

Overall, it looks like the program has definitely led to a huge emotional improvement in these students which has in turn had a huge effect on their grades!

So the real question is, why aren't more schools doing it? It definitely can't hurt!

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Prince William Takes A Tour Of His New Stomping Grounds On His First Day At Cambridge University!

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Prince William gets tour of Cambridge on first day of school

Looks like school is in session for the royal student!!

Prince William was spotted walking the grounds of St. John's college where he is set to start attending his classes at Cambridge University as he begins his studies for the program for sustainability leadership!

The Duke of Cambridge was spotted getting a tour of the grounds with vice-chancellor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz (on the left), the Master of St John's Professor Christopher Dobson (on the right) and Polly Courtice (hidden behind Willliam), who is the director of the Programme for Sustainability Leadership.

We're sure William was incredibly happy to have someone show him the ropes of his campus so he could learn the ins & outs of Cambridge!

Though, if he truly wanted to be like all the other pupils, shouldn't he have asked for a student escort to show him around?

Unless they're all too offended by his attendance at the esteemed university to help him out!

LOLz! Poor William!

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Lauren Conrad Gets Engaged The Same Weekend That Ex Jason Wahler Gets Married! It's A Hills Filled Happy Weekend!!

Lauren Conrad is engaged and Jason Wahler got Married

Awww! Happy endings for everyone!!

When news of Lauren Conrad's engagement to William Tell emerged yesterday, we couldn't have been happier!

But it seems like LC's not the only former Hills star to have had a super exciting weekend!

LC's ex-boyfriend Jason Wahler got married to his fiancé Ashley Stack at Calamigos Ranch in Malibu over the weekend! The ceremony was attended by 180 friends and family.

Congrats, you two!!

Though LC and Jason have stated that they're on good terms, one thing IS clear…LC did not attend the wedding!

That's okay! We're sure that LC and Ashley are too similar that there could only be one in attendance!

We wouldn't want Jason marrying the wrong girl!! LOLOLOLz!!

We kid, we kid!!

Congrats!! We're so happy for you!

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Kaley Cuoco & Dianna Agron Show Off Their Loves For All The World To See!

Kaley Cuoco and Ryan Sweeting at polo match

Nothing gets the love feelings flowing like watching hot dudes whack balls from on top of horses! LOLZ!

The fourth annual Veuve Clicquot Polo match was this Sunday in El Lay and the PDA was EV-ER-Y-where!

The adorbs newly engaged couple Kaley Cuoco and Ryan Sweeting were in attendance and were showing everyone just how in love they really are!

Seriously, they are just too sweet!

Not only were Kaley & Ryan adorbsing it up, but Dianna Agron and her manly-man love Nick Mathers were being just too cute for words.

The two have been seen out and about lately and this was the most publicly in love we've seen them yet!

We can't take it!

It's so cute to see celebs packing on the PDA. Keep it up, cuties!

Ch-ch-check out the rest of the celebs that attended the match (below)!!!

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