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November 1, 2007
From the "Sometimes I Get Tired of Being Right" department: a few days ago I posted "How Chrysler stays in business is a complete mystery to me." Yesterday, Chrysler announced another RIF of 12,000 jobs. Honestly, I wouldn't have minded being wrong on that one.
October 31, 2007
Careful readers will notice that, from time to time, I take the occasional potshot at some of the tenured types.Today, in the interest of being fair and balanced, I frag some of my administrative colleagues. Specifically, those who insist on "retreats."For those mercifully untouched by retreats, they're sort of like reeducation camps, except with air conditioning and flip charts.
October 31, 2007
...and, as an arty type, I've got my bag of treats for the night: The Day of the Dead passages in Malcolm Lowry's Under the Volcano; Richard Wilbur's poem, "In the Elegy Season"...
October 30, 2007
IHE's story yesterday about a kerfuffle over Gen Ed reforms at the University of Kentucky convinced me that the issues are the same everywhere.
October 30, 2007
I think I was supposed to be Count Vronsky from Anna Karenina.
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:



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