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February 25, 2009 - 4:27am
  Last fall I broke my pinkie toe. Already running late, I had rushed back into the house to grab a warm jacket for my daughter when I tripped over the luggage our houseguests had conveniently placed by the door in preparation for their departure. It wasn’t anyone’s fault—our guests weren’t expecting me to come racing back into the house at top speed. But the painful days afterwards (a broken little toe is no little thing, I quickly discovered) were a reminder that sometimes I live a bit too close to the edge—it’s always rush, rush, rush.
February 24, 2009 - 5:01pm
Rule One: Never make your reader laugh when she's not supposed to.SUNY Binghamton got blasted in the New York Times for running a typically scummy Division I basketball team. Big deal. Tell it to Auburn. SUNY should have ignored it. No one cares.
February 23, 2009 - 9:23pm
  Just under a year ago, I wrote my first piece for Inside Higher Ed. It wasn’t for this blog, which was still in the planning stages; rather, it was a piece on teaching and tae kwon do. It was a “coming out” of sorts — it was the first time I’d written anything public about my tae kwon do practice, which still felt rather new to me.
February 23, 2009 - 9:04pm
The indefatigable Lesboprof has a great post up about a couple of legislators from Georgia who are using the economic crunch as an excuse to launch a purge of feminists, gays, and anyone whose politics or lifestyle they consider "special interest areas" from public colleges and universities. And it isn't just points of view they're out to silence; apparently, they've going after entire subject areas.
February 23, 2009 - 2:36pm
  A while back, I said it would be a bad idea to bail out the auto companies. I noted that (1) they had neither expertise nor apparent plans to build the cars America -- and the world -- needs, (2) the loans they were asking for at the time were probably just a first installment, and (3) even on the basis of just the first installment amounts, it would be cheaper to buy them outright.   Since then, the situation has changed – and by “changed” I don’t mean “improved” in any sense.  
February 23, 2009 - 3:38am
As the year has become progressively more surreal, I've been finding much more value in the occasional meetings I have with my counterparts at nearby cc's.
February 20, 2009 - 4:22pm
Look, I’m not a conference guy. I’m a walk in the woods guy, an afternoon tea guy, a thicken-the-stew-with-flour, homebody-underwater-Emily-Dickinson-multipledraft-Boston-Fern-natural-light-kids-on-the-lap guy. For me, a gathering of more than three people is a mob. But even I thought the AWP was great this year, and I’m hearing the same from others who say they too are not conference people.
February 19, 2009 - 10:18pm
When I was in high school in the late 1970s, I was very good at doing well in my classes, but not very good at many of the other aspects of life that make being a teenager fun. This was due, at least in part, to the role that was often assigned to book-smart girls in high school at that time.
February 19, 2009 - 10:13pm
Academic administrators aren't the only administrators on a campus. We routinely interact with the folks who run the business side (payroll, facilities, security), the IT side, fundraising, and the like. I've had several conversations with administrative colleagues lately that have gone something like this: Other Admin: I had the budget talk with my group. It was rough, but we got through it. How did yours go? DD: We're getting there. OA: Getting there?
February 18, 2009 - 9:33pm
Yesterday's IHE has a worthwhile story about 'reverse transfers' – students starting at four-year colleges and then transferring to cc's – becoming more common as students become more price-conscious. There's nothing terribly shocking in it, if you assume that recessions bring increased price awareness, even though it's a nice reminder that the traffic goes both ways. What got my attention, though, was the first comment after the story. 'Judith' wrote:

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