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Starbucks to Sponsor Higher Education for Thousands of Employees

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Here’s one way to deal with that whole minimum wage controversy.

It was revealed in a press release Sunday that coffee giant Starbucks would be partnering with Arizona State University (ASU) to pay college tuition for full and part-time employees who work 20 hours a week or more. Officially named the Starbucks College Achievement Plan, the program will allow qualified employees of company-operated stores (as well as employees of other Starbucks-owned brands like Teavana and Seattle’s Best) to be reimbursed for part or all their education, without requiring them to stay with the company post-graduation.

Eligible employees (dubbed “partners” in the official press release) who are able to meet ASU’s admission requirements will not only benefit from over 40 online undergraduate courses, but also academic advising, flexible scheduling, and other forms of support. Students admitted as juniors or seniors will receive a full-ride, while students with fewer credits will be eligible for partial scholarship and need-based financial aid.

Says CEO Howard Schultz:

In the last few years, we have seen the fracturing of the American Dream. There’s no doubt, the inequality within the country has created a situation where many Americans are being left behind. The question for all of us is, should we accept that, or should we try and do something about it. Supporting our partners’ ambitions is the very best investment Starbucks can make. Everyone who works as hard as our partners do should have the opportunity to complete college, while balancing work, school and their personal lives.

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Science Proves That 2 Divided by 2 Equals 5, At Least When it Comes to Portion Control

When I was a kid, my economical little brother discovered a way to make his fast food give him more bang for his (or our parents’) buck. By tearing up his five measly chicken Mcnuggets into dozens of smaller pieces, he deduced that he would eventually end up having more chicken and therefore, a bigger meal.

At the time, I chalked it up to his embryonic math skills, but a new study suggests eating smaller pieces actually results in greater feelings of fullness and satisfaction in both humans and animals.

So guess what little bro? Turns out you were right.

The study, led by Davina Wadhera of Arizona State University, tested both rat and human responses to whole and cut food portions. Rats that were offered 30 (10 mg) food pellets vs. one (300 mg) food pellet seemed to prefer and “ran faster” toward the group of 30. Humans who were offered a choice between a whole bagel and a cut-up one ended up eating more in a later test lunch if they chose the whole bagel over the bagel pieces.

“This shows that food cut into multiple pieces may be more satiating than a single, uncut portion of food,” researchers said. This phenomenon in turn, they suggest, can be attributed to the fact that smaller pieces “may perceptually look more and therefore elicit greater satiation than the same portion presented as a single, large piece.”

So next time you’re trying to cut down on your meal portions, treat yourself to a little optical illusion magic and suspension of disbelief. At least your brain will think you’re eating more, even if you know you aren’t.

[Via Food Navigator]