• Confessions of a Community College Dean

    In which a veteran of cultural studies seminars in the 1990s moves into academic administration and finds himself a married suburban father of two. Foucault, plus lawn care.

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Scenes from a Strange Week

The computer club had a bake sale on campus.  As I neared the table, one of the students called out “Save a nerd!  Buy a cookie!”  Impressed, I complied.

November 17, 2011
 

The computer club had a bake sale on campus.  As I neared the table, one of the students called out “Save a nerd!  Buy a cookie!”  Impressed, I complied.

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TW called one afternoon to let me know The Dog had been skunked.  (Since the storm did a number on the local trees, varmints of all sorts have been unusually public.)  

The tomato juice bath was a nonstarter for any number of reasons, so I did some quick Googling and found a recommended mix of peroxide, baking soda, and Dawn.  After getting home and changing, I mixed the ingredients in a bucket, took The Dog and a sponge out back, and did what needed to be done.

Apparently, peroxide works on fur like it works on hair.  Now The Dog has subtle blonde highlights.  

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Overheard in a meeting: “If you boil down the soup to the nuts and bolts...”

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Sign of a planetary alignment: at the end of a recent evening advisory board meeting, the chair (not me) proposed a follow-up meeting in six months.  The group rebelled, saying it was too energized by the excitement of what it was doing, and it wanted to meet sooner and more often.

Over a decade in academic administration, and I had never seen that before.  The Force is strong in this one.

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This week’s activities: basketball practice, music lessons, makeup trick-or-treating, lego league, PTO, swim lessons, leaf bagging.  Anyone remember the argument that Americans didn’t have “social capital” anymore?  We’ve got social capital coming out of our ears.  Real capital, on the other hand...

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