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November 14, 2007 - 6:14am
In the context of discussing ways to encourage her colleagues to try to reach students at different levels of demonstrated ability, Dr. Crazy inadvertently a very different issue:
November 12, 2007 - 11:40pm
According to IHE, the latest proposed extension of the Higher Education Act contains, among other things, a provision requiring that colleges and universities "develop a plan for offering alternatives to illegal downloading or peer-to-peer distribution of intellectual property." Huh?
November 12, 2007 - 11:33am
Norman Mailer's death has brought out the bow ties, the tightly-wound and the closely-cropped, for whom the only noteworthy thing about Norm was that he was abnorm.
November 11, 2007 - 8:56pm
A left coast correspondent writes (this is a long one): We have had a kerfuffle blow up today at my CC. This morning our VP of Student Services sent out the following email:
November 9, 2007 - 12:05am
I had thought parents’ night at Starbuck’s kindergarten was for the kids to show us their artwork, which hung around the walls. They’d made enough fruit salad earlier in the day to fill a gigantic punch bowl, and the bananas had gone black. There were also six baby carrots and six celery sticks. It was long after dinner, nearly the kids’ bedtime, and none of the parents touched the food. The kids served themselves neat, perfect portions and stood eating them from paper plates, like small faculty members at an honors banquet.
November 8, 2007 - 8:29pm
Becky Hirta's recent post about grades got me thinking. My college doesn't give 'plus' or 'minus' semester grades -- you can get a B, but not a B-plus or a B-minus. The topic comes up for discussion about once a year. The argument for pluses and minuses is basically that they offer greater precision. There's some distance between a B-plus and a B-minus, but in our system, that difference is erased. By the same token, if a student is on the border between two letters, there's more at stake in the decision which way to go.
November 8, 2007 - 5:42am
My cc, like most community colleges and many lower-tier four-year colleges, doesn't have dorms. Since it's located in suburbia, public transportation options are extremely limited and not very good. So most students, and almost all employees, drive. (A select few ride one of the rare buses.) We even refer to it as a commuter college.
November 7, 2007 - 12:18am
Inner Station (AP)
November 6, 2007 - 10:03pm
Apparently, there's a candy now called "Nerds." The Boy got some in his Halloween loot, and opened the box after dinner last night. The following ensued. TB: NERDS! The Wife: (chuckle) DD: Ouch. TB: I like nerds! The Wife and DD: (chuckle) TB: Mmm. Nerds are sweet. TW/DD: (snarfle) (TB spills some.) TB: Uh-oh! There's a nerd by The Girl! TW: There certainly is. DD: Harumph. TW: How do you feel about that, DD? DD: Exposed. I've been outed. TB: Huh?

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