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July 20, 2007
My preceding post was about a collection of poems by an 18th-century Vietnamese concubine, Ho Xuan Huong, who wrote in an ideographic script a thousand years old that’s now nearly extinct in Vietnam. This script, Nôm, was replaced by a Latin-based script, quoc ngu, created by the Jesuit missionary Alexander de Rhodes in the 17th century.
July 20, 2007
An adjunct, and returning correspondent, writes:
July 18, 2007
Back at the end of February I set out to blog about Spring Essence, a collection of poems b
July 18, 2007
Where Most Needed is a blog that follows what it calls "the charity industry." Its author, in a recent post, notices what UD and other observers have noticed - that more and more people are beginning to question the grotesque disparity between a few American universities endowed with billions and billions and billions of dollars, and most of the rest of the country's campuses, struggling with expenses.
July 18, 2007
When they apply for admission at my cc, prospective students who haven't placed out already with SAT/ACT scores or AP credit have to take placement tests in math and English. The English exam includes a hand-graded essay. For simplicity, I'll just address the English.
July 17, 2007
During the academic year, there's a pretty good degree of synchronization on campus. Most people are around frequently enough that it's not terribly hard to complete the usual bureaucratic errands, and getting in touch with folks is relatively easy. There's some stress around final exam time, when faculty are especially frazzled (and rightly so), but other than that, it isn't too bad.In the summer, though, even the simplest bureaucratic task falls victim to syncopated calendars.
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.

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