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July 11, 2008
No, I haven't shot off a gun yet. UD has been on vacation in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. She has put her bed as close as possible to her balcony overlooking the Atlantic so that she can fall asleep to the sound of waves.Right now (7 AM), she has closed the balcony curtains to keep the big sun out of the room so she can blog. An hour ago, she stood on her balcony staring at a white, gray, blue, purple, black, yellow, and orange sunrise.
July 10, 2008
How do you make new-student orientation actually work?I've seen this tried in any number of ways, and it nearly always falls prey to some or the other of the following:
July 10, 2008
I was the only South Asian kid in most of my elementary and middle school classes. If by some twist of fate, an Indian kid did end up in one of my classes – we strictly observed an “ignore or suffer” ideology in hopes nobody knew we were different. It was the late 70’s and 80’s my parents moved from a rather diverse neighborhood to a very white one. They moved because the diversity was making them nervous. They were immigrant parents of the 60’s, they were prone to believing stereotypes and what they saw sensationalized on television.
July 10, 2008
I’m thrilled to announce that my first novel, long in the making, has been accepted for publication. It was late and everybody else was in bed when I read the e-mail, but I was so excited I fired up the grill after midnight and made myself hot dogs to celebrate.
July 9, 2008
A left coast correspondent writes:What constraints do people serving on hiring committees work under? In an attempt to make the hiring process as fair as possible-which translates as avoiding lawsuits-my California community college district requires that a Hiring Compliance Officer (HCO) sit on every hiring committee. The HCO is sometimes an administrator, but because there aren't enough administrators to go around, the HCO is more and more likely to be a lawyer or a consultant from off campus.
July 9, 2008
I'm about two-thirds of the way through Beyond the Modern University, by Marcus Peter Ford. It's a slim volume, but heavy going for those of us not fully conversant with the differences between Cartesian ontological dualism and Kantian epistemological dualism.
July 9, 2008
We do not want to enter the typical stay-at-home mom vs. working mom battle – rather we believe that there is a continuum of balancing academic activities with taking care of children. Some women choose to accept an academic position at the best university from which they get an offer; several women choose to take a position at a less prestigious University because they prefer the added freedom to devote more quality time to their family-life.
July 9, 2008
When do we get snacks?Now?Now?Stand up? Aw, man...I can do an armpit fart. Watch!Oh, yeah? Mine's better!(Dancing)Hot dogs! I have to go to the bathroom.Me too!I'll go with you!(Cartwheels in the men's room. Literally.)I want popcorn!I want ice cream!(Dancing)(Climbing railings)Ice cream! (celebration ensues)I have to go to the bathroom.Me too!I'll go with you!(Urinal bumping. Don't ask.)Seventh inning what?(Dancing)
July 9, 2008
Vance Fried's proposal for a "$7,376 Ivy" isn't intended to be about sustainability, unless we're talking about the sustainability of the economic and political health of the higher education industry within the USA. His intent is merely (if that term applies) to create a conceptual prototype for what an undergraduate institution would look like, if it were created from scratch and designed to deliver maximum value for the price charged.
July 8, 2008
Greenback U. is, in the terminology of those who think and write analytically about such things, a "multiversity." It's a double-handful of schools and colleges, "united by a common heating system." It does a lot of things, some of them very well. One of the things it doesn't do well is institute change. Making change well requires coordination. Coordination, in a large organization, requires planning. Planning, at Greenback, is a patchwork at best.

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