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July 16, 2007
The Girl turned three last week.She's very different from her brother. With The Boy, you can see the man he will be. The adult is clearly visible in the child, and has been ever since he was just a wee sprout. With The Girl, it's harder to picture. She's more baby-ish than he was at this age, and also harder to read.
July 14, 2007
Is this altogether a bad idea? Wisconsin's State Assembly has voted to end all funding for the law school at the University of Wisconsin. Enough lawyers already. The state only kicks in ten percent of the school's funding as it is. Increase tuition. It's very low.The governor calls it "a really bizarre thing that came out of nowhere," but it isn't. There are shortages of doctors, but there are clearly too many lawyers in this country. There are too many law schools. Wisconsin could be a pioneer in doing something about it.
July 13, 2007
It was blessedly cool and bright today, and I walked over to campus, where I haven’t been in weeks.
July 13, 2007
A new correspondent writes:Here at Way Up North CC, our little gym just died, and we're renovating it from top to bottom next year. During that year, no intercollegiate athletics...and no weightroom for me. I posted the following on our campus discussion board and wondered if you had any thoughts on small cc's (with live-in students) involvement with sports. Obviously, I'm far from disinterested....Why do we have intercollegiate athletics at WUNCC?The traditional reasons:
July 11, 2007
Murray Sperber writes in Declining by Degrees that an “Academic Arms Race” began in the post-Sputnik boom-era for higher ed. Colleges aspired to be universities, and universities competed for prestige by building up their research programs and feeling “impelled to grant advanced degrees in almost all areas.” That is, they followed the federal money.
July 11, 2007
A grad school aspirant writes (edited for length):Applying for grad school is pretty different than applying for undergrad, and
July 10, 2007
Not to get all sentimental about it, but one of the highest purposes of a free press is to expose corruption. For a variety of reasons, people don't think -- don't like to think? -- of universities as institutions particularly susceptible to corruption. We idealize the American campus insanely. Yet in the years that UD has kept a blog that follows American university life, she's spent a lot of time chronicling corrupt professors, administrators, trustees...
July 10, 2007
At my cc, some terms simply don't get used. Some are the predictable grad school-ish buzzwords: “counterhegemonic,” say, or “problematic (used as a noun).” But others are more pedestrian: “surplus,” “abundance,” “counteroffer,” “merit raise.”We don't do counteroffers or merit raises. Salaries rise for the just and the unjust alike.
July 9, 2007
A devoted reader writes to ask, “What should I be reading this summer?”

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