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March 15, 2010 - 10:03pm
As regular readers know, I'm usually unimpressed by The New York Times' coverage of higher education. But this story is almost adequate.
March 15, 2010 - 9:55pm
There are some undertakings so overwhelming that, if you knew too much about them before diving in, you might never embark on them. Having children, for example, is way too daunting if you think about the time and money spent, the income and sleep lost — you'd never do it if you drew up a detailed budget beforehand. Writing a dissertation — or a book — is a similarly unmanageable project that might cow anyone who really thought hard about how long it would take for how little reward.
March 15, 2010 - 9:48pm
"Inchmale, she guessed, was sitting up in business class, headed for New York, reading the Economist, a magazine he reads exclusively on airplanes, swearing that on arrival he promptly and invariably forgot every word." --Spook Country, by William Gibson - page 172.note: I found that quote in like 2 seconds in Amazon's Search Inside the Book feature - awesome.
March 15, 2010 - 4:42am
Probably inspired by O.J.’s sterling example in “If I did it,” I’ve been keeping a list of reasons why this whole enterprise won’t work, if it didn’t. Call it a kind of pre-post-hoc rationalization. I came up with several “good” reasons, or, more accurately, I adapted the list from the kinds of reasons I’ve had students offer me.
March 14, 2010 - 10:08pm
In our LMS (Blackboard 8), instructors have the following drop-down options in a content area (in the order they appear): Learning Unit, Survey, Assignment, Discussion Board, Group, Tool, Document Package, Syllabus, Offline Content, Podcast Episode, Google Scholar Search, Google Scholar Content, Wiki, Blog. All these choices are good, right? Instructors can use the drop-down menus to easily insert a range of different content and Web 2.0 items, making their courses richer while finding the right tool to meet their teaching goals.
March 14, 2010 - 9:03pm
Early this week, a graduating senior came to my office to ask for a recommendation to Law School. Since I had known the excellent work done by this student since he entered Hofstra, I was pleased to say yes. In the course of the conversation, I asked about his LSAT score, which turned out to be OK but not spectacular and then asked whether he had taken an LSAT review course. I ask any student who contacts me about coming to Hofstra and any student who talks to me about graduate school or Law School after Hofstra, the same question: have you taken a review course.
March 14, 2010 - 8:34pm
The New Niece is here!She was born on Friday, and she's healthy and beautiful. 7 pounds, 7 ounces, all of it attitude; the doctor said that she practically walked off the delivery table.This being 2010, she's already on Facebook. (No link, obviously, to preserve pseudonymity.) There's something about seeing newborn scrunchyface that brings it all back.
March 14, 2010 - 5:16pm
I have been meaning to write about "Paula Bolick"'s witty article "Giving Birth to 2 Babies" in The Chronicle. It brought back my own experience of defending my dissertation two weeks before my son's due date (four before his actual birth).
March 13, 2010 - 5:50pm
The laptop ban story has broken out of its narrow precincts. Articles on the subject used to cover the handful of American law schools with institution-wide bans, or the scattered professors in a variety of fields who independently ban them from their classrooms. But now the story has hit the big time.
March 11, 2010 - 9:21pm
With the Great Recession wreaking havoc on parental jobs, we've had an influx of students this year who normally would have started at a four-year college. For the most part, they still intend to get there, but they're starting at the cc to save money on transferable credits. Some of them have been quite upfront about the economic motivation for starting at a cc, and about fully intending not to stop here.

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