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The Education of Oronte Churm

Oronte Churm is the pen name of John Griswold, who teaches in the MFA program at McNeese State University, proudly nestled in Cajun country on the Louisiana Gulf.

January 23, 2008 - 7:21pm
One of the TAs in my group office had a public conniption today over her student evaluations from last semester. The packets had been put in all our mailboxes, now that grades are a done deal. Her fellow Ph.D. candidate talked her down with something about statistical variation, and how students are know-nothing, don’t-listen, can’t-do kids who will probably write better as a result of her class but resented the work of being made to learn.
January 21, 2008 - 8:24am
The website for mtv U. has a page of video responses by professors around the country to student comments at RateMyProfessors.com. The profs are largely goodhumored and relaxed, so while their responses provide no more details than the original student comments, they somehow manage to be disarming. Except maybe Professor Adams of Pace University, accused of speaking in monotone, whom I find the most endearing of all.
January 18, 2008 - 2:06pm
My intern brought me my tray in bed this morning as usual, with my copy of Inside Higher Ed, still damp from the press, folded neatly next to my coffee and grapefruit.
January 15, 2008 - 12:51am
One of the main benefits of studying abroad has always been the new perspective that immersion in another culture provides on one’s own. We understood that back in the fourth grade, when we were taken to see the workings of the instant pudding factory upstate, a field trip as exotic and exciting to us as the Grand Tour.
January 11, 2008 - 8:50am
January 8, 2008 - 3:48pm
January 7, 2008 - 10:36pm
Especially when the posting is just a couple of links to fun videos? The videos in this case represent a trend I've been following, which replicates computer effects with human labor. Call it a lashback to technology's capacity to dehumanize. Call it playful. Call it a bucket-load of work for the filmmakers and performers. Here's a ping pong match, done Matrix style, but without CGI effects. Watch to the end; it's worth it.
January 2, 2008 - 1:38pm
December 28, 2007 - 2:06am
My brother-in-law’s grandfather was kind and had an infectious laugh, but he was also a tough old bird, and to watch him eat was to be shown what he’d endured in his time. As a young man he’d been a machine-gunner in World War I, which he spoke of as a life’s adventure, and when he came home he went straight to the mines and then the munitions factory. He was middle-aged in the Depression, in already-depressed Southern Illinois.
December 21, 2007 - 2:02pm
Aaahhhhh. Hear that? That's the sound of no-students, the sound of final grades being deposited in a bank of computer servers. It's the sound of our cat, Gargantua, eating our Christmas tree.

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