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March 23, 2008
As an academic on a national job search, I read Richard Florida's latest, Who's Your City?, with mixed emotions.
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March 21, 2008
I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed byaccess, craving hysterical nakeddragging themselves through wired rooms at dawnlooking at an angry prof,webheaded hipsters surfing for the ancient heavenly connection to slutty dynamos in the machin-ery of screenswho student loans and ramen soup and high satup clicking in the supernatural darkness of powerpoints floating across the tops of headscontemplating tits and ass,
March 21, 2008
We’re finishing our spring break with a couple of days at the Hyatt on the Chicago River, and this view out our window yesterday made me think of the second half of Sandburg’s “The Harbor”:
March 21, 2008
More emails go by, some asking whether schools have disallowed first-year students from bringing cars, and what the results have been. (Yes, and mixed.) Other items announce the construction of new campus housing, much of it aimed at older undergraduates — mostly low-rise, apartment-style. (Particularly appropriate given the trend towards older undergraduates nationwide.)
March 20, 2008
According to emails that have come across my screen, students from Seattle, WA to Cambridge, MA are organizing to ban bottled water from their campuses. The idea of going back to tap water bucks a major social trend in the US (and a number of mega-dollar marketing campaigns), so it’s not likely of complete success the first time it’s introduced on a particular campus.
March 19, 2008
Scott Jaschik, at Inside Higher Ed, will be moderating a panel at the AACC meeting in Philadelphia entitled "Community Colleges: Who Should Judge Them and How?" The blurb in the program reads:
March 19, 2008
The way I read this chart by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Americans are spending on average only 20 minutes per day “Relaxing/Thinking.” (Half the five hours of daily leisure in America goes to TV.) If your youngest child is under six years of age, as ours is, relaxing/thinking drops to 12 minutes, the balance going to nagging him to put slippers back on his cold feet.
March 18, 2008
A longtime reader and correspondent writes:
March 18, 2008
As I write this, I’ve just finished reading an online article from Scientific American, about how the oldest, toughest, thickest ice in the Arctic is melting — to the tune of 1.5 times the surface area of Alaska in a single year! It’s enough to get a guy down.

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