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January 31, 2008 - 9:27am
Drunken assholes in a rage don't make decorous fans. The NCAA, whose annual meeting in Nashville UD just attended, can dither all it wants about what it calls bad bench decorum -- players and coaches and fans at bigtime football and basketball games who say very very naughty things very very loudly -- but for a lot of students and alumni the American university represents above all an institution which offers luxury sports venues in which they can express a cult fervency that would make the hitlerjugend blush.
January 30, 2008 - 9:40pm
A new correspondent writes: I just started teaching part time for a local college and have applied for a full time position available this fall. Little birdies have told me I should be receiving an offer soon.great news! I am currently ABD, and will be finishing up my dissertation in the next 6 months or so. I have really enjoyed the department I am working in, and will be thrilled to be full time in the fall.
January 29, 2008 - 10:26pm
Clancy, over at Culture Cat, tagged me with this one, and I couldn't resist. She tried to peg her administrative persona based on some television characters, and wondered aloud how other folks (including yours truly) would peg themselves.
January 29, 2008 - 8:51am
Last night, in the car, just after I picked up The Boy at CCD on my way home from work: DD: What happened in school today? TB: Nothing. DD: Did you have gym or music? TB: Music. DD: What did you do in music? TB: Nothing. (pause) TB (earnestly): When I say "nothing," I don't mean we didn't do anything. I just mean I don't want to have a long conversation about it. Oh.
January 27, 2008 - 9:37pm
A nervous correspondent writes: I am a regular reader and occasional pseudonymous poster, and am faced with an ethical dilemma. I wonder if you and/or your readers have a suggestion:
January 27, 2008 - 8:37pm
A new and very perceptive correspondent writes: I'm a long-time lurker, writing now in hopes you and your readers can help explain academic funding models (ha!). I'm an ABD in a fairly highly ranked department at a large R1 university. Huge U. funds itsdepartments based on a formula in which the largest factor is the mean of undergraduate course enrollments over the prior small number of years.
January 24, 2008 - 9:39am
Provost Marty Krauss, whose field is mental retardation, wrote a letter to a professor at her institution, Brandeis University... a letter which did not have the effect she, its writer, intended. Instead of gaining the faculty member's cooperation in what she asked of him, she alienated him, and, on top of that, ended up alienating almost the entire faculty of the university.
January 23, 2008 - 7:21pm
One of the TAs in my group office had a public conniption today over her student evaluations from last semester. The packets had been put in all our mailboxes, now that grades are a done deal. Her fellow Ph.D. candidate talked her down with something about statistical variation, and how students are know-nothing, don’t-listen, can’t-do kids who will probably write better as a result of her class but resented the work of being made to learn.

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