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October 30, 2007
Last week, car shopping went abruptly from "I should think about that" to "I need to do this right now," so I've spent way too much time lately at dealerships and on car websites.Apparently, someone passed a law saying that all car salespeople must be male. Over the past week, I've dealt with I don't know how many salespeople, and they've been a multiracial, multiethnic group of young men. The demographics are pretty much the same as a minor league baseball team. I have no explanation for this.
October 29, 2007
A new correspondent writes:>Why do community colleges mail catalogs to everyone? It seems like a lot>of expense for something that's unlikely to generate a lot of new students.This is a very live issue on my campus. It's a tough one, because beliefs are held strongly, and almost entirely without evidence.Most community colleges that I know of produce several different types of publications for public consumption. The most common are1. Catalogs2. Course Schedules3. Flyers
October 29, 2007
Doesn’t have to be the Chancellor. Could be. Drives a Beemer. Big smile, pants are too tight at the waist, too long at the heels. Afraid to go to the optometrist for a checkup, has noticed each of his eyes sees a different quality of light. His right one sees warm tones, happy days; his left sees cold, bluish. Found an alumni donor in Hong Kong who’s got five mil for the endowment if presented an acrylic trophy at a dinner. Remember to get the trophy laser-etched with a picture of the donor’s college. Remember to make the evil eye smile at the reception.
October 26, 2007
Two weeks ago we went to see The Tempest at the University of Illinois’ Krannert Center f or the Performing Arts. It was one of the most amazing aesthetic experiences I’ve ever had. Two previous posts on this can be found here and here.
October 25, 2007
An assiduous undergraduate correspondent writes:
October 25, 2007
It's always a cheap thrill when psychiatrists - especially academic psychiatrists - turn out to be infantile, ridiculous people. An even more thrilling cheap thrill is when they turn out to be insane homicidal monsters (Hannibal Lecter; that guy in the film Dressed to Kill). But in real life we must make do with the infantile and ridiculous.
October 24, 2007
Sherman Dorn has a thoughtful post up about the difficulties institutions have in dealing with faculty instructional practices that aren't quite enough to get someone fired, but that do result in lousy teaching and valid student complaints.
October 24, 2007
I don't usually do followup posts, but this topic seems to need one.In higher ed, there's no such thing as fundraising. Instead, there's 'development,' or, in more sophisticated quarters, 'institutional advancement.'
October 23, 2007
This post's subtitle rewrites something Hamlet said: How all occasions do inform against me... Prose discloses. However much you think you're hiding, the way you write, the grain of your language, gives away all sorts of things about you. Are you a snob? Do you think you're better than other people? Are you terrified of self-assertion? Are you vindictive? A prude? A prune? Your prose will tell. This is because writing is consciousness. Your writing is your own peculiar, particular, specific, inimitable, personal, individual, consciousness.
October 23, 2007
A long-suffering correspondent writes:



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