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July 10, 2007
Not to get all sentimental about it, but one of the highest purposes of a free press is to expose corruption. For a variety of reasons, people don't think -- don't like to think? -- of universities as institutions particularly susceptible to corruption. We idealize the American campus insanely. Yet in the years that UD has kept a blog that follows American university life, she's spent a lot of time chronicling corrupt professors, administrators, trustees...
July 10, 2007
At my cc, some terms simply don't get used. Some are the predictable grad school-ish buzzwords: “counterhegemonic,” say, or “problematic (used as a noun).” But others are more pedestrian: “surplus,” “abundance,” “counteroffer,” “merit raise.”We don't do counteroffers or merit raises. Salaries rise for the just and the unjust alike.
July 9, 2007
A devoted reader writes to ask, “What should I be reading this summer?”
July 9, 2007
The Girl's birthday is coming up, and we're at a loss for ideas for presents, so the whole group piled into the car and headed to a nearby toy store, seeking inspiration.If you've ever taken young children to a toy store, you know that it's a participatory, hands-on experience.At one point we were in the back of the store, in the bicycle/tricycle area, checking out the wares. The Boy found the big motorized jeeps and trucks – the kind the kid actually sits in and drives – and immediately started climbing into the driver's seat of each in sequence.
July 6, 2007
There is a heaven after all
July 6, 2007
I'm not usually one for memes, but having been tagged by both Dr. Pion and Lesboprof, here goes.
July 4, 2007
This is part three in what has become a series. Last year, the University of Florida attempted to come to grips with the reality of budget crunches and misaligned resources by announcing a five-year plan to trim certain departments and expand others. The idea was to use resources strategically – rather than inertially – to get more bang for the buck.
July 3, 2007
A returning correspondent writes:-------
July 2, 2007
And...we're back. A few vignettes from the last week:

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