Provost Prose

Provost Prose

A provost examines the world on campus and in higher ed.

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.
October 28, 2012 - 3:41pm
I grew up during the time that Detroit’s Big 3 ruled the automobile industry and grew up with an automobile being an important part of my American dream.
October 21, 2012 - 6:00pm
The Presidential Debate at Hofstra went off without a hitch and more importantly will clearly be a significant moment in terms of who will be the next President of the United States. 
October 7, 2012 - 5:18pm
In 2008, when Hofstra hosted the third Presidential debate, I received an e-mail from a person I attended high school with, many years earlier. This person was not a close friend and there had been no contact for all the years between high school and early October 2008. In the e-mail, the person indicated that he had been thinking about me for the last 40 years and, by the way, did I have a spare ticket to the debate. 
September 30, 2012 - 3:45pm
From my days in college, the only stress I remember is social stress and the stress of fitting in but that isn’t the stress being talked today. Today’s stress is financial stress and it is clearly manifesting itself on today’s generation of students.

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