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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 8, 2012 - 4:17pm
I just finished listening to the Sam Eshagoff interview on 60 Minutes. Before I comment on the interview, I would like to commend 60 Minutes for decades of worthwhile news and human interest coverage. 60 Minutes remains a leading example of TV at its best.  
December 19, 2011 - 12:09pm
As I am entering the library earlier this week, I pass by a student on a cell phone and hear the student make the following statement: “I finished all my finals but I still have to write a 60 page term paper which is due in two days.”  As hard as it is to believe, the student clearly stated that the paper is due in two days.
December 11, 2011 - 4:57pm
Late this week, I received a letter from our longest serving faculty member. This person has served for over 50 years as a full-time faculty member and continues to be an excellent teacher, an outstanding colleague and a respected scholar.  
December 5, 2011 - 4:16pm
I had a terrific experience as a doctoral student. The courses, the faculty, the other students all made for a wonderful educational journey.
November 27, 2011 - 5:22pm
The news from the congressional supercommittee was not surprising. No budget deal – meaning we now will have an automatic triggering of across-the-board budget reductions. What a bad decision by our Congressional leaders, what a bad impact for our economy, and what a failure to read the will of the public.
November 20, 2011 - 9:57pm
This month, Chevrolet turns 100 years old. Happy Birthday Chevrolet. In the Chevy line-up over the years are many of the models that I fell in love with when I was growing up.
November 13, 2011 - 7:36pm
About a week ago one of my earliest students was appointed superintendent of a very important neighboring school district. He was a very smart student more than 35 years ago and he is still smart today. The students will benefit greatly from his leadership and my sense of pride is enormous in recognition of his accomplishments. I have stayed in touch with this particular alum over the years. We even played tennis a number of times but I am a better educator and economist than I am a tennis player so the tennis matches were few and far between.
November 6, 2011 - 9:28pm
As I’m walking in a midtown subway station, a group starts yelling "Occupy Wall Street, all day and all night" over and over again. And this is followed by "We are the 99 percent" also over and over again.  The message is clear whether it is delivered in Zuccoti Park, in a subway station or anywhere across the country.
October 31, 2011 - 8:16am
At our annual Board of Education retreat, this year’s session began with a TED Talk segment on leadership.  Ted Talk is a well known non-profit organization whose goal is to highlight “Ideas Worth Spreading,” and this particular segment featured a discussion on leadership led by Simon Sinek, an author and speaker who focuses on leadership.
October 23, 2011 - 7:11pm
My kids and I decided that yesterday should be a day we spend in Manhattan.  We were already set to meet a terrific former student of mine/good friend and her daughter to go shopping on the lower east side (Canal Street) but we decided to go for the entire day. We started at the Museum of Natural History where the regular exhibits as well as the special exhibits always fascinate. 


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