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February 10, 2008 - 11:39pm
A long-suffering correspondent writes: I have taught for now nearly two decades in a smaller field in liberal arts and sciences. In my first job, I was hired to increase enrollments and build up the department. We did that, increasing enrollments by 500% ... and then they shut the program down and dumped us in a department that had virtually no relation to what we did.
February 9, 2008 - 3:56pm
If we keep doing what we’ve been doing, we’ll keep getting what we’ve been getting. What most of us have been doing, all our lives, is making choices and forming habits which make sense, given our circumstances as we understand them. No one that I know consciously goes out of her way to make her life more difficult — when that happens, it’s usually as a result of lack of attention, lack of information or lack of good choices.
February 8, 2008 - 11:37am
It’s said that the modern university consists of a large number of academic and administrative departments united by a common heating system. We’ll get to academic and administrative “siloing” at a later date, but let’s talk about that heating/cooling system. It’s probably working a lot harder than it should have to. And burning more energy. And responsible for more emissions.
February 7, 2008 - 9:18pm
The Girl had a Little Gymnast class yesterday at the Y while I was at work. (TW took her, and TB tagged along.) It involved jumping on the "bounce-oline," as TG called it, and negotiating an obstacle course. (The class was in the gym, which was divided in half. On the other side a bunch of older kids were playing pickup basketball. TB managed to insinuate himself into the game, and the older kids treated him as a sort of mascot. He nearly burst into tears when it was time to leave!)
February 7, 2008 - 4:42am
Here's writing that doesn't work -- doesn't convince its audience. In her parenthetical commentary, SOS tells you why. 'GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY FOSTERS MIND, BODY, BUT NOT SOUL [This is the headline, and you don't have to be Stanley Fish to be fussing already. Who said universities are about my immortal soul? Even Catholic ones, like Georgetown, aren't primarily religious. They're intellectual.]
February 6, 2008 - 10:12pm
I’m not sure what my pet peeves #2 through n are, but I’m sure I’ll figure it out in time. #1 is pretty clear, though. It’s students (some staff, a few faculty, but mostly students) who open the doors to go into or out of campus buildings by pushing the “handicapped” button. You know, the big square blue one with the picture of a person in a wheelchair?
February 6, 2008 - 9:48pm
One of the real shocks in moving from Proprietary U to a cc was the change in budget rules. I ran into that yet again this week.
February 6, 2008 - 11:23am
A video on the Death Metal in the Libraries Program. Didn't your Master of LibraryScience profs tell you about this? (Note: It loaded slowly for me.) By way of our friends at Wholphin, the quarterly DVD magazine.
February 5, 2008 - 9:48pm
In days of old, when students were bold, computers were both more impressive and less powerful. They also generated a tremendous amount of heat, so that data centers invested almost as much in cooling equipment as they did in the computers themselves. Yesterday, I was walking down an office hall when I overheard a co-worker discussing how he “underclocked” (ran at a speed slower than maximum) his home PC’s graphics processor in order to let it run cooler. Cost and scale might change, but the basic considerations remain pretty much the same.

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