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June 27, 2011
 In "What do the Egyptian student elections mean," part 1, we established the revolutionary break that the student elections of March and April 2011 represented for Egypt. The elections, taking place in every faculty of every public university, were open and fiercely contested.
June 27, 2011
A quick thought experiment: if you were offered your tuition back -- minus any financial aid -- in return for surrendering your bachelor’s degree -- and any graduate degrees thereafter -- would you take it? Just to make things interesting, let’s say that along with returning the credentials, you also have to surrender any intellectual strength you built in college, along with any jobs that required college (and/or higher) degrees and the money you made in them.
June 27, 2011
I’m rejuvenated, revived and relaxed. I feel smart again. Why? I’ve spent the week being an intellectual kid again. Denise exploring the politics of the Western Wall Tunnels, on her recent trip to Israel.
June 27, 2011
Final couplet to an unwritten poem:A desperate way of living, calledGet It While You Can.
June 26, 2011
The NYTimes reported on 6/23 that Providence Equity is close to a deal to acquire Blackboard (market capitalization about $1.4 billion).
June 26, 2011
I’ve been waiting to write a blog with a racy message. However, my title of “passion” isn’t describing a steamy relationship; rather it describes an intellectual relationship between a dean, department chairperson, and/or tenure or promotion committee chair, and the accomplishments of the tenure/promotion candidate that is being written about. I have read thousands of tenure letters from all the participants in the process and I have written hundreds of letters recommending tenure.
June 26, 2011
I was a little shell-shocked after reading the comments on Aeron's June 15 post. I hadn't looked at them when I wrote last week about my enjoyment of her column, and I was amazed at the vitriol. I have taught only a few brief seminars myself, and each has taken a gazillion hours of preparation, as well as intense, sustained focus and concentration during the actual teaching hours. I am in awe of real teachers' dedication and stamina.So I want to use this week's post to express appreciation for a great teacher I am in the process of taking leave of.
June 25, 2011
After a visit with my Northwest Academic Campus Computing (NWACC) friends at a resort in Washington on the beautiful Columbia River, where we talked about many law and policy issues, I am in San Francisco for the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA) conference. Joe Storch, Associate Counsel for General Counsel of the SUNY System, friend and colleague, and I will be giving a talk tomorrow on cyberbullying.
June 24, 2011
There are psychiatrists in our universities who think half the population is mentally ill. There are leading research psychiatrists who believe that anti-psychotic drugs are fine for two-year-olds. Others find the fact that many varieties of expensive, side-effects-ridden anti-depressants seem to be placebos rather than medicine a matter of indifference.

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