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July 27, 2007
"The idea that you almost forgot about the world you came from, and the job market you're about to enter...that [college is] a period of self-exploration and intellectual discovery, has faded," says Rick Pearlstein in an interview about an upcoming New York Times piece of his about college. He laments an "internship culture," in which students scramble from the outset of their college years to accumulate vocational goodies.
July 27, 2007
A tenured, Canadian correspondent writes:
July 25, 2007
One of the less lovely aspects of my job is talking with faculty whose promotion applications have been denied. There's usually some bitterness, occasionally some self-awareness, and, in a few blessed cases, a pragmatic approach to determine what would make a successful application the next time.And there's a lot of defensiveness.The most common defensive line is “but I've done everything you've asked me to do!” Well, yes. And that's the problem.
July 24, 2007
An already-employed correspondent (it's relevant) writes:----------
July 23, 2007
University presidents are a varied lot: some charismatic and charming, some dour and solid, some charlatans and others true believers. Those of us who have watched, and lived the cycle of presidential performance often wonder if there’s a predictable set of characteristics that would define the successful, triumphant institutional leader.
July 23, 2007
I work hard at my job, but after this weekend, I'm looking forward to returning to work so I can get some rest.We worked for it this weekend.TW set a goal of giving the kids a great summer, and she's doing just that.Between the beach, the pool, the hayride, and the science museum, the kids barely broke a sweat. I'm pretty much done. Photos taken this weekend include:
July 23, 2007
He was the best of us, as they say, but that’s not claiming much moral high ground. Back in what’s now called the Reagan-Bush Era, I served in U.S. Army deep-sea dive detachments at Ft. Eustis, Virginia, and Ft. Kobbe, Republic of Panama, with a good friend named Christopher D. Floro.
July 20, 2007
My preceding post was about a collection of poems by an 18th-century Vietnamese concubine, Ho Xuan Huong, who wrote in an ideographic script a thousand years old that’s now nearly extinct in Vietnam. This script, Nôm, was replaced by a Latin-based script, quoc ngu, created by the Jesuit missionary Alexander de Rhodes in the 17th century.
July 20, 2007
An adjunct, and returning correspondent, writes:

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