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Prose and Purpose

After 25 years on the job, a former provost examines the world on campus and in higher ed.

January 27, 2013 - 5:35pm
My older daughter and her best friend were going to an ice skating birthday party and I was the designated driver to the rink.  We were ready to leave and my daughter texts her friend to let her know we will pick her up in a few minutes.  But there was no imminent response.  So what were we to do? 
January 13, 2013 - 7:04pm
At the last school board meeting there were two distinct discussions, both excellent. The first, not surprisingly after the tragedy in Connecticut, dealt with school security and the second dealt with an early exposure world languages program.
January 6, 2013 - 6:00pm
I usually ease off on reading news stories during the time period between Christmas and New Year’s Day.  It isn’t that the news is less important, it is just that I find this an ideal moment to just relax and enjoy quality family time.  This year was different.  I was focused on the cliff, the ominous fiscal cliff. 
December 16, 2012 - 6:10pm
My younger daughter decided against having a birthday party for her latest birthday and asked instead that I take her to the One Direction concert at Madison Square Garden. 
December 9, 2012 - 8:53pm
I am a huge fan of Consumer Reports and consider them the most objective source of product information available anywhere.  Rarely do I ever purchase a product without first checking their evaluation.  So when it comes to buying or leasing a car, I look in detail at the ratings of the type of car I am interested in and able to afford.  But since I am also a car person, I can’t resist looking at the ratings in general. 
December 2, 2012 - 8:02pm
Both of my kids have been issued iIPads in school and I am convinced they are receiving a better, more sophisticated and dynamic education as a result of the use of technology.  At the same time, I worry about all the screen time that has now been incorporated into their lives.
November 25, 2012 - 3:30pm
Notwithstanding the impact of Sandy, I have much to be thankful for, including this year’s very welcome Thanksgiving Day break.  But what I am most thankful for is not yet a done deal but rather a new feeling that suggests we will avoid the fiscal cliff. 
November 18, 2012 - 3:12pm
On Sunday evening, after thirteen days, the electricity came back on. By the time it returned, my wife, kids, our dog, and I had moved into a neighbor’s den and had adjusted as well as possible.
November 11, 2012 - 4:10pm
Over the years, I have participated in many telephone interviews of potential candidates for positions at Hofstra as well as for not-for-profit boards that I have participated on. Interviewing candidates in this way has always struck me as second best (but certainly better than not participating). 
November 5, 2012 - 12:23pm
It is now Monday morning and we are resuming classes today. The campus has been very fortunate. Our loss of power was limited and of short duration and the campus damage was mostly limited to trees with very little other damage.  Long Island’s damage was extensive with reports of 100,000 homes lost and almost 300,000 homes still without power 5 days later.  The devastation on the north shore and south shore of the Island was massive.


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