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April 25, 2011
Not many people get fired from Greenback U. Oh, it happens. But on a percentage basis, it doesn't happen all that often. Certainly not to the degree it happened in any private, for-profit firm I ever worked for. In fact, it's a commonplace on campus that "you have to screw up pretty bad[ly] to get fired from Greenback.Not that individuals don't manage to screw up badly enough from time to time. And not that, from time to (financially challenging) time, positions don't get eliminated and their occupants don't get laid off. But, on balance, turnover at Greenback U. is pretty low.
April 25, 2011
 In recent months there have been reports from several countries hinting at a trend towards tightening up visa requirements for international students. The notable current examples are Australia and in April, the UK announced the implementation of new restrictions. The United States implemented dramatically new visa restrictions after 9/11 but has since loosened them significantly. Are these restrictions unfair to students or damaging to higher education? In a word, no.
April 24, 2011
For a few years in the mid-2000’s, I was a fan of satellite radio. I had a longish commute, and there was only so much NPR I could endure, especially during pledge drives. I loved the variety of music satellite offered -- I was a particular fan of “beyond jazz” on XM -- and was convinced that the business model made sense; although there may not be many fans-per-square-mile for any given genre of music, there are probably enough across the country to justify a station. It was the “long tail” applied to music, enabled by technology.
April 24, 2011
This week is admitted student weekend across many campuses and I’ve been thinking about the relationship between Admissions and the Registrar’s Office.
April 24, 2011
Recently at a program presented by the Long Island Arts Alliance, New York State Education Commissioner David Steiner made an impassioned plea to a very friendly audience in support of arts education. The Commissioner feels strongly that art and music education not only has a place in K- 12 education but that it is a very important place equal in importance to English, Math and Science. I very much agree and I would also add that health and physical education hold a place of importance as well.
April 24, 2011
Tyler Cowen's The Great Stagnation: How America Ate All The Low-Hanging Fruit of Modern History,Got Sick, and Will (Eventually) Feel Better costs $3.99 and is concise. Amazon does not list the number of pages - maybe 100?
April 24, 2011
In singing, we differentiate between the "head voice" and the "chest voice." The chest voice is, for most of us, the range that feels natural; the voice we use to speak with. The head voice is the higher part of our range, often less resonant but possibly offering a purer, clearer sound. [Note: I am talking about women's voices. It is a little different for men.] There are usually a few notes between the solid head and chest voices that could go either way. For some of us, these notes end up in a nether region sounding awkward or, in my case, like Fay Wray being squeezed by King Kong.
April 23, 2011
On Pain of Speech: Fantasies of the First Order and the Literary Rant, by Dina Al-Kassim. University of California Press (2010). $34.95 paperback, $15.40 Kindle.***Review by Okla Elliott

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