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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.

February 20, 2008 - 3:41am
Before the blog post, a bit about the festivities at today’s three-ring Churm circus:
February 18, 2008 - 9:49am
Psst. Hey! Lean in a second. Come closer. Closer still.
February 15, 2008 - 9:35am
I was watching the BBC yesterday afternoon when they cut in with breaking news of the shootings at Northern Illinois University. In addition to the feeling we all know so well now--shit, it's happening again--many memories came back, since my BA is from Northern. My thoughts are with you and your families.
February 11, 2008 - 2:21pm
You know me. I’m a hardnosed intellectual, critic, and person of science, just like you. But Valentine’s Day is tricky—hard to stomach but harder to ignore, even for grizzled relationship veterans festooned with campaign medals.
February 6, 2008 - 11:23am
A video on the Death Metal in the Libraries Program. Didn't your Master of LibraryScience profs tell you about this? (Note: It loaded slowly for me.)By way of our friends at Wholphin, the quarterly DVD magazine.
February 1, 2008 - 1:39pm
Oh, I know: Your drifts are bigger than our drifts, and all that. Our friends in Green Bay won’t be impressed, but we’ve been having some weather here this week. Tuesday morning it was nearly 50 degrees.
January 31, 2008 - 12:54pm
This week’s Economist brings news that Dr.
January 25, 2008 - 9:00pm
One of the oddest things about being a homeowner in a university town is the stuff that gets left in our yard. Our neighborhood has a lot of student housing, and open street parking, so students are always around and leave us all sorts of little offerings.
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.


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