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November 1, 2009 - 8:55pm
Today I have the urge to address a perennial, insidious, and unnecessary condition that afflicts higher education in this country. It results from the most Frequently UNasked Question (by students) that is also the most Frequently UNanswered Question (by faculty): What is a primary source?
November 1, 2009 - 8:46pm
"I wish you could see my thinks, but they're stuck in my brain and I can't get them out." -- The Girl---------At parents' lunch at TG's school, a little boy from her class came up and hugged TG.TW: Does he do that a lot?TG: Yeah.TW: Do you like it when he does that?TG: Yeah.TW: Do you ever hug him back?(pause)(shy smile)
November 1, 2009 - 8:18pm
EDUCAUSE 08 was the conference of the cloud and the looming budget crisis. I'm wondering what new narrative will emerge after this week in Denver.Some contenders (and I'm looking forward to hearing your candidates):
November 1, 2009 - 6:06pm
I was moved by a number of the responses to last week’s column. I find it really helpful when people share their stories, humanizing what is otherwise cold (though interesting) data and speculation. I felt, though, that several writers fell into traps which, because they’re all too common, I’d like to address here.
October 31, 2009 - 11:00am
It's an article of faith among those of us who inventory greenhouse gases that "current account" emissions don't count. For example, if Greenback were to heat our campus by burning wood chips ("current" biomass), the resulting CO2, methane and nitrous oxide wouldn't appear in our GHG inventory. What makes an emission "current" is that the energy comes from burning something which grew fairly recently and which is presumed to be replaced by another like object (tree, cornstalk, whatever) in the near future.
October 29, 2009 - 9:06pm
I've opined before that academic deans, and community colleges, need more glamorous portrayals in the media. Dean Wormer from Animal House had one great line ("fat, drunk, and stupid is no way to go through life, son"), but he was generally held up for ridicule. Larry Miller's "dean" character in the Nutty Professor movies got sodomized by a giant hamster. (Make 'faculty senate' joke here.) And community colleges have been almost completely invisible. So, along comes Community. It even has a youngish dean!Hmm.
October 29, 2009 - 8:47pm
If you try to divide 365 by 7, it does not come out evenly. 364, however, does divide evenly, meaning that if you divide 365 by 7, you get a remainder of one. This fact, when coupled with information on leap years (every 4 years), non-leap years (what should be leap years, but end in 10) and “re-instated” leap years (years that end in 10 that should be a leap year, but also are divisible by 200, such as 2000 was), one is able to use this information to fairly easily learn what day of the week any day in history falls on.
October 29, 2009 - 8:02pm
Season of Ash. Jorge Volpi (Translated by Alfred MacAdam.) Open Letter, University of Rochester, October 2009. Paperback, $12.75.Toward a Coherent Vision of the 20th Century—Or, Why Jorge Volpi Is My New Favorite NovelistReview by Okla Elliott
October 29, 2009 - 7:38pm
Full disclosure. I am an ECAR fellow, in the EDUCAUSE Center for Applied Research, which was founded and is run by Richard Katz.The single best piece of writing in recent memory on the large scale structural forces shaping higher education and the role of technology in impacting these forces is the first chapter of The Tower and the Cloud, "The Gathering Cloud: Is This the End of the Middle?"
October 29, 2009 - 9:14am
Halloween has never been my favorite holiday, despite my love of chocolate. As a reserved introvert I’ve always dreaded costume parties. It’s taken me years to grow comfortable with my everyday costume, my carefully constructed persona. But now that I’m the mother of an exuberant extrovert, I’m learning to put my dignity aside and get into the spirit.

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