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July 14, 2010 - 9:53pm
This piece in IHE went uncommented the day it was published, which, I’ll admit, surprised me. It was one of the most hopeful pieces I’ve read in a long time.It’s about the Community College of the District of Columbia, a new institution growing out of the University of the District of Columbia. As many people know, the District of Columbia has some issues with poverty, crime, and public school performance. Just a few. Not like you’d notice. So a new community college there makes a world of sense.
July 14, 2010 - 5:12pm
According to Environmental Leader (one of the electronic newsletters I get daily or oftener), the recently completed World Cup competition resulted in the release of over 2.7 million tons (CO2 equivalent weight) of greenhouse gases. To understand what that means, consider that it's eight times as much as was released by the previous World Cup tournament.
July 14, 2010 - 4:40am
This happens about once a year, even here in blue-state land.A student shows up to complain that his professor is gay, and that s/he is “trying to convert everybody.” When I ask for specifics, the student quickly shifts gears to clarify that “I don't care what you do at home, but you shouldn't wave it around in my face.” Seeing a complete lack of response, the student then asserts victimhood, alleging that the professor won't give a fair shake to students who don't agree with her.I've tried a number of different responses over the years, with varying degrees of success.
July 14, 2010 - 4:37am
When I was midway through 10th grade I became “foreign correspondent” for my high school newspaper. This title I achieved because my family moved to Australia for nine months while my father took a sabbatical at the Australian National University in Canberra. So I started 10th grade over again at school there, where I enjoyed basking in the relatively popular international image of Americans (those were good times). Somewhere I have a copy of the four or five stories I sent back – one in particular I remember interviewing my peers about their impressions of Americans.
July 13, 2010 - 11:46pm
Larry called at midnight. “I went to see this improv show for the third time. How to describe it to you? Simply the best. Not just that, though. A leap above all other attempts to do it. Unrelatable to anything else, a different beast entirely. It will forever scar me that all those talented people at the Main Stage at Second City won’t ever make something like this. These people truly elevate themselves.
July 13, 2010 - 8:56pm
Student Affairs and Technology have been my primary interest areas ever since I found out that student affairs was a profession. Coming into student affairs work from a public relations background has made me slightly unique in the field. A lot of my peers come from residence life or student government. They were RA's or student representatives as undergrads, loved it, and started on the path to student affairs. As a communications, public relations, and marketing professional, I was unaware that someone could actually be a student affairs professional.
July 13, 2010 - 7:10pm
My graduate department gave particularly brutal comprehensive exams. For our major field, we were expected to answer three questions in a 24-hour period. Our advisers claimed that it was never intended to be an all-night exam, but for hyper-competitive and insecure graduate students, the tradition was to prove your mettle by staying up all night, writing erudite, thoughtful and, by four in the morning, incomprehensible essays.
July 13, 2010 - 7:02pm
Greg Easterbrook is making two big arguments in Sonic Boom: Globalization at Mach Speed.Future Prosperity: Due to a combination of global trade, the spread of information technology, and the movement toward representative democracies, the 21st century will usher in unprecedented levels and diffusion of global prosperity.
July 13, 2010 - 6:16pm
I really don't know what to think about a news item which crossed my (virtual) desk this morning.
July 12, 2010 - 9:36pm
Joshua Kim’s piece yesterday reminded me of a basic, but widely ignored, truth.In most industries, new technology is adopted because it’s expected to lower costs and/or improve productivity (which lowers costs over time). It doesn’t always succeed, of course, and the usual vagaries of faddism are certainly there. But by and large, the point of adopting a new technology is to make the underlying business stronger.

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