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March 31, 2008 - 9:27pm
At dinner last night with The Wife, The Boy, and The Girl: TW: How was CCD today? TB: Good. TW: Did you get to sit next to Kelsey? TB: No, but I got really close. TW: How close? TB: Almost right next to her. She loves me. TW: She does? TB: Mm-hmm. TW: How do you know when a girl loves you? (pause) TB (smiling shyly): They give signs. DD: (snuffled guffaw) TW (accusingly): Did you teach him this? DD: Hey, I'm innocent here. TW: Did Daddy teach you this? TB: No.
March 31, 2008 - 4:53pm
Sometimes, it's what you don't plan that goes well. Earth Hour, an event which originated only last year on the other side of the world (Sydney, Australia), and which has gotten some promotion from the World Wildlife Fund, was something which came upon us sustainability administrators almost unheralded.
March 30, 2008 - 10:03pm
...laptops tend to mean you're not getting any. 37 percent of Americans bring laptops (and other disconnect-anxiety stuff) to bed with them; more and more people "choose the internet or TV over intercourse," worries the tech news site, Switched. The professor gazing at rows of laptops in her classroom is gazing at a roomful of witless celibates.
March 30, 2008 - 6:46pm
A longtime reader writes: I'll be starting a Ph.D. program in History in the Fall. I know the risks, and I took three years after I got my B.A. to decide whether academic life was really that important to me. In the meantime, though, I've done a number of different jobs. Most recently, I've been substitute teaching in a few local school districts.
March 29, 2008 - 11:54am
Paycheck envy aside, I'm glad I'm not a university president. Long hours, too many constituencies bringing too many competing priorities, little chance of establishing consensus criteria for success (crisis situations aside), and employees who are unmanageable and (often) proud of it. From time to time, though, university presidents do get a chance to say something important. Larry Edward Penley, president of Colorado State, recently did so in these pages.
March 28, 2008 - 11:56pm
Champaign-Urbana is not a small town, though it’s often thought of as one. It’s actually two cities, of course, with separate governments. Urbana is the county seat and address of America’s 14th-largest campus; Champaign is home to the second-largest food manufacturing plant in the world, a 1.6-million square foot Kraft facility that makes enough processed American cheese slices in a year to “stretch from Champaign to the moon."
March 27, 2008 - 9:27pm
Tim Burke and Chad Orzel have recently posted some helpful thoughts on tenure and its assumptions. This paragraph of Chad's is so good that I'm jealous that I didn't write it:
March 27, 2008 - 9:16pm
... is that you do talk about Scrap Club.
March 27, 2008 - 10:44am
"Proles," explains Paul Fussell in his book Class, "like to use words that normally appear only in newspapers. They don't realize that no one calls the Pope the pontiff except in pretentious journalese, or a senator a lawmaker, or the United States the nation, or a scholar an educator .
March 26, 2008 - 10:51pm
An alert reader sent me a link to these articles in the Rochester (NY) Democrat and Chronicle, detailing the goings-on in the Presidential searchat Monroe Community College. I've seen a lot, but this is impressive.

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