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January 17, 2008
UD learned a new phrase at the NCAA convention: Bench Decorum. People who discuss bench decorum worry about the growing tendency of players, fans, and coaches to speak and behave in a vile manner during games. Here's a recent, somewhat controversial, example, from the Georgetown University newspaper:The cheer began just one minute 47 seconds into the game, when the University of Connecticut's A.J. Price stepped up to the foul line for his first free throw of the afternoon.
January 16, 2008
Thanks to everyone who answered yesterday's call! It helped, actually.Doc made a comment that particularly struck me, and that I didn't want to answer deep in the comments. (Doc is, himself, a former dean.) In drawing a distinction between managers in corporate settings and managers in higher ed, he noted that:
January 15, 2008
This one is intended for the faculty, though anyone with constructive ideas is welcome to participate.Think back to (or about) an academic administrator (dean/VPAA) you've liked and respected.What was/is it about that person that won your respect?
January 15, 2008
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 14, 2008
This story in IHE made me laugh out loud. Apparently, a community college in New Jersey briefly floated a policy to encourage "civility" that was anything but civil. The provisions were:
January 14, 2008
Myles Brand is a little like Woody Allen, complete with the rather whiny accent and the self-deprecating manner. UD considered him, at the press conference, and as she did, she thought about universities.Brand's blandness is the blandness of the politician, the blandness of the university president. When you watch his surgical neutering of every question raised, his platitudinous evasion of America's bigtime university sports scandal, you think -- UD thought -- of his million-dollar salary.
January 13, 2008
A new correspondent writes (edited for length and anonymity):[Her daughter] recently learned that the awesome, charismatic, incredible, passionate department head who always teaches [difficult subject] and whose name has been listed all along as scheduled to instruct both terms of the class will not actually be teaching the second term.
January 12, 2008
UD has just attended her first press conference as a reporter. She had a tussle with Myles Brand about what a university is.Brand branded UD as someone who doesn't "understand the modern university." He was annoyed because UD told him that he's very "intellectually muddy" about what a university is.
January 12, 2008
UD has hopped a cab from the Gaylord for a quick walk through Nashville. The afternoon is mild and full of sun, and she's gone up and down Broadway, the main drag, taking in the Batman building (parallel projectiles on the top at either end make ears), the honky tonk bars, and an internet cafe that looked appealing but was closed.Now, chugging one Pepperidge Farm Butter Thin cracker after another, she's at the Frist museum .
January 12, 2008
It's a brilliantly sunny Saturday morning (I think it's Saturday -- I'vealways been weak on days of the week) in Nashville. UD's on the bus, the big big bus that carries UD plus one or two other hotel overflow people to the Gaylord Convention Center.The insane unstoppable friendliness of every Nashvillian UD's encountered is exhausting. Take the woman driving this bus. She's got hair like UD's, only it's all white -- an avalanche. Plus big ol' sunglasses. "Ahm a Florida girl. Ahm used to flat."

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