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Daily Reader: Edition #180

Learn 94 vocabulary words from today's Daily Reader with 3 articles: review of 'Monsters University', review of 'World War Z', and whether elite universities are sacrificing academic freedom for international expansion.

1. Monsters University: All Gleeful Style, No Grown-Up Substance
The Atlantic, 6/21/2013

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 21

The Atlantic: Monsters University: All Gleeful Style, No Grown-Up Substance (Image: Flickr user Josh Hallett)

Monsters University, the long-awaited prequel to Monsters Inc, finally came out this past weekend. Was it any good? See if you agree with this reviewer. Read more and learn vocabulary words like ancestry, aspires, esteemed, heralded, proverbial, retrospect, and visceral.

2. World War Z: Life and Undeath
The New Yorker, July 2013

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 49 (on first page)

The New Yorker: World War Z: Life and Undeath (Image: Flickr user Eva Rinaldi)

The other big blockbuster of this weekend was Brad Pitt's zombie film, World War Z. Did you see it? Find out if you agree with this reviewer. Read more and learn vocabulary words like absurd, anarchy, hostility, malevolent, paranoia, satirical, superseded, unfathomable, and vague.

3. Yale, NYU sacrifice academic freedom
Washington Post, 6/23/2013

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 24

Washington Post: Yale, NYU sacrifice academic freedom (Image: Flickr user Peretz Partensky)

Some elite U.S. universities are coming under fire for letting their international expansion plans influence their commitment to intellectual freedom. Read more and learn vocabulary words like autocracy, dissidents, incentives, lucrative, migrant, opulent, prestige, resolution, and strife.

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