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July 14, 2008 - 4:30pm
Periodically, universities and their friends engage in a flurry of conversations about naming things on campus, usually triggered by a high profile naming that some find inappropriate, interesting, or otherwise noteworthy. Most of us have experience in these conversations, having engaged in them time-and-again, in different contexts over the years. We know we will touch on the ten standard naming rules: 1. Only name buildings for dead people, 2. Only use the names of admirable people, 3. Recognize substantial individual contributions,
July 13, 2008 - 9:49pm
An occasional correspondent writes:
July 13, 2008 - 6:43pm
"Guns," conclude two Yale law professors in a recent Emory Law Journal, "are at the center of an expressive struggle between the adherents of competing visions of the good society - one egalitarian and communal, the other hierarchic and individualistic."
July 11, 2008 - 3:50pm
Yes, our Department of Animal Sciences works on live animals “to optimize accretion of lean tissue with acceptable quality [by] determining the practical application of growth promotants such as somatotropin and ß-adrenergic agonists to alter the composition of meat animals, and developing strategies to use components of the endocrine axis for genetic selection on the basis of potential for lean tissue accretion.”
July 11, 2008 - 12:45pm
Now that the summer capital projects are all underway and most Greenback students are off campus, I have time to do some reading, analysis, strategizing. Big picture stuff and, when the subject's sustainability, the picture can get really big.
July 11, 2008 - 12:43pm
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 - 9:25pm
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 - 9:22pm
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 9, 2008 - 10:21pm
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.

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