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November 16, 2010 - 9:45pm
I stopped by the local supermarket on the way home, to grab a few items we were getting low on. All in all, an uneventful trip. (Of course, if a trip to the grocery store can be considered eventful, that's probably not a good thing.)Three things got my attention.First, it's red kettle time once again. Not even Thanksgiving, but in these lean times the Salvation Army probably needs as early a start as they can get.
November 16, 2010 - 9:38pm
This morning at the breakfast table (as my husband was hurriedly scheduling his day on his laptop), my seven-year-old said, “I just want a day where you don’t have to always be on your computer.” Turned out that although she agreed a day with the whole family home and no one working – my interpretation of her statement – sounded great, her immediate motivation was that she was antsy for a time when she could get on my computer to complete a school project.
November 15, 2010 - 10:00pm
Librarians and faculty in the disciplines have different lines of sight on students who struggle to find sources and use them effectively in writing. Faculty tend to see the Alpha and the Omega: they explain the assignment, often at length, to get the students started, and then puzzle over the wreckage once they get the results. ("What? But I explained this . .
November 15, 2010 - 9:54pm
Tenured Radical’s thoughtful post on elite presidential salaries got me thinking about the “run the college like a business” canard. Most of the people who use that phrase, whether approvingly or damningly, haven’t personally worked in a college that was actually a business. I have -- you’ve heard of it -- and I can report confidently that it’s the wrong metaphor for the community colleges I know.
November 15, 2010 - 9:08pm
 Four. Sixteen. Eight. Thirty-two. Five. Nineteen. Six. Lately everything I do seems to have a number on it. I have paper proposals to respond to, course proposals to read, a review to write. I watch the time as I grade and wonder if it’s worth stopping for a few minutes to gauge my progress. I decide not to — I don’t need to know how slowly I work, or for that matter how quickly. The work takes as long as it takes, and then there’s more work when that’s done. It’s good work — I’m not complaining — but it does add up. It doesn’t ever seem to diminish. 
November 15, 2010 - 8:46pm
Today was the first time I used LinkedIn to develop a list of potential readers for a conference submission process that I’m working on. What a pleasure!Figuring out which networks to tap of tasks such as looking for volunteer readers or evaluators has always been a challenge. We end up going back to the people who have volunteered before, or people we connect with on a regular basis.
November 14, 2010 - 10:10pm
A new correspondent writes:What constitutes “falling behind” on grading in a college classroom and what are the consequences?It strikes me that there are two parts to this issue:
November 14, 2010 - 9:45pm
I bookmarked dictionary.com before noon my first day of work at the University. This wasn’t merely because of the impressive language being thrown at me by the staff and faculty, I understand English pretty well and all – and if that were the only issue, I wouldn’t have been nearly as concerned. However one of my first tasks was to go through the files of Graduate Studies Officers past and I found myself under attack by Latin. Latin. A so-called “dead” language that seemed determined to haunt me: ex officio, ipso facto, mea culpa.
November 14, 2010 - 8:15pm
Ours is a vision of a transformed educational economy, one made possible by the invention of the web and the personal computer. To what extent, however, is the realization of a new educational order dependent on the companies that control the networks and the hardware of the Internet age? If the future of education will be increasingly be produced and delivered via the computer and the web, how likely is it that the values of the market will override the values of academy?
November 14, 2010 - 7:49pm
I was at the last soccer match of the season and the tension level was very high. Team “Blue” had won the last time “Blue” met “Purple” and now “Purple” was vocally calling for revenge while “Blue” wanted to make their superiority even clearer by also winning this game. All around me the fans were in a state of heightened excitement yelling at the top of their lungs.

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