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April 17, 2011
Bruce Thyer wrote in response to last week's post, "Men are rape victims also!...We should not ignore the problem of men being raped...Anytime a discussion of rape occurs, without at least a mention of male victims...marginalize[s] this serious problem. Silence equal[s] oppression.”I want to address this statement, and to argue with it.
April 17, 2011
The nascent (and in upstate New York, I do mean nascent) spring weather reminds me of many past seasons. This year, prompted by everything from the NITLE discussions concerning liberal arts education to the proliferation of NACUA posts about one regulation or another, I am put in mind of 1981, the spring I graduated from college, and the conversation I had with the President Sproull of the University of Rochester.
April 15, 2011
Have we finally reached a critical mass of student affairs techies? I'm beginning to think that we have some traction, some momentum...
April 14, 2011
A new correspondent writes:I am a doctoral student at State University, a university founded on the principle that college and continuing education should be available to everyone. We began as a college for night students, students of color, and students returning to school in hopes of a better job; as a result, we are still known for being a teaching college and many of our students are public school kids or returning students. I have been a TA or instructor of record for my entire graduate career, and I enjoy teaching quite a bit.
April 14, 2011
Two big pieces of news this week in ed tech.Earlier in the week we found out that Cisco is shutting down the Flip video camera division, two years after purchasing the company for $590 million.
April 14, 2011
My older daughter, who is in kindergarten, is one of the gentlest souls I know. She goes around our house picking lady bugs off the floor and putting them on window sills so that we don’t crush them when we walk. A few days ago, while in the girls’ bathroom at school, she was kicked by another girl, between her legs. As soon as it happened, my daughter went screaming to the teacher and told her what had happened. Thankfully my daughter was fine, after a visit to the nurse’s office and an ice pack.
April 14, 2011
I chose my first job out of graduate school for several reasons. The president of that university was a graduate of my graduate program, had been working in some very unusual areas, and wanted me and my research as part of where he saw the university going at the time (he died a few years later, but I believe that much of his vision did eventually come to be, if only, sadly, without me.) I had come to maturity with the Jesuits, and therefore wanted to teach with them, and the position was in a Jesuit university.
April 14, 2011
Well. a good number of the results are in, and the leader is -- to no one's surprise -- "because it's the right thing for me to do."When asked why they work in higher ed, folks have phrased it a variety of ways ("because I want to make a difference", "because I believe in education", "because it'e the most meaningful job I could have"), but the overall meaning is pretty consistent. People who work for colleges and universities see those institutions as doing good in the world; they see working in higher ed as more than just a job.
April 14, 2011
I have spent the last few days in Vegas as part of an invited group of faculty at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) convention, an annual event that features the latest, greatest technologies for film, television and virtual spaces. NAB is held at the same time as the annual conference for the Broadcast Education Association (BEA). Faculty browse Sony or Panasonic equipment during breaks from panels about YouTube use in China or the large number of women playing online games now.

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