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June 17, 2009 - 11:55am
My acquaintance Crazy Larry, an actor, has been supplementing his income by serving as a fake patient for doctors-to-be. You’d know the name of the testing-prep company that runs the program—evidently one of three or four steps toward U.S. licensing—for (mostly) foreign students. They probe Larry several hours each day before they’re allowed to practice on human beings.
June 16, 2009 - 9:34pm
Our summer enrollments are breaking records, and anecdotally, that seems to be a function mostly of two variables: a lack of summer jobs, and a more transfer-focused student body. Both of those variables largely track the recession.
June 15, 2009 - 9:27pm
It’s that time of year—lots of things winding down, a few more starting. It’s been a month since my school year ended, but Nick’s last day of school is tomorrow. He’s ready — and so are we all. The end of the school year has been taken up with tests, projects, and the occasional field trip, and it’s starting to feel as if they’re just marking time. So tomorrow is the last day, and then he has the rest of the week free before a one-week summer camp that provides his transition to our summer in England.
June 15, 2009 - 9:19pm
We're pretty sure it'll be fiscal year 2011. This article struck a chord, since I've been hearing the exact same thing on campus.
June 15, 2009 - 8:33pm
  So if cities need to get citier and the country needs to get countrier, what does that mean for campuses? Do we need to get more universal? More collegiate? More collegial?   Looking at campuses as communities, we need to get more communal. Not all of us, but many. That’s the bad news, if you perceive your current campus environment to be absolutely perfect and any change, as a result, to be for the worse. In general, though, the changes campuses need to make should improve life for students, for faculty and (especially) for staff.  
June 14, 2009 - 10:02pm
The indefatigable Lesboprof has a thoughtful post up about whether salaries should be public information. She makes several great points in favor of publicity, including preventing discrimination and giving rookies a fair sense of the going rate. I agree, but will take it even farther.
June 14, 2009 - 8:50pm
When I was growing up, practically everyone I knew watched a TV show called “Bewitched,” about a beautiful young witch, Samantha, who marries a mortal and has to hide her powers to fit into the role of suburban housewife her husband requires her to fill. The show’s message, that it’s necessary for a woman to make herself smaller and more ordinary so as not to threaten her husband, was discomfiting.
June 12, 2009 - 3:50pm
The latest controversy over the outing of an anonymous blogger has UD thinking about privacy and writing. It was by accident that UD entered the blogosphere un-anonymous. She'd planned to hide her identity, but she forgot to tell her computer-savvy niece, who helped UD set up as a blogger, and her niece put UD's real name on the blog.
June 11, 2009 - 9:35pm
When I was in college, a fellow student once told several of us about a boy she used to know. Apparently this boy experienced some difficulties in learning to write, and was also quite smitten with her. He once wrote her a love note in very broken English, the best he could do. The boy realized that he was not writing correctly, and at the end of the note, closed it by saying “all these mistakes are just trying to say ‘I love you.’” I have thought of that often, as I go through life and make mistake after mistake, trying to get it right but not managing to quite do things correctly.
June 11, 2009 - 9:23pm
Every summer, blog traffic slows down a bit, which usually occasions some musings on better marketing. So, some musings on titles... “The” is so much more powerful than “a,” or even a number. Compare: A List of Ways to Run Better Meetings Okay, it's clear, but I'm bored before I even get to the end of the phrase. 7 Ways to Run Better Meetings The '7' suggests at least some level of discipline (or finitude), but it still lacks a certain urgency. The 7 Secrets to Better Meetings

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