Monthly Archives: December 2014

It’s About (Keeping) Time

I’ve groused about the general lameness of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the past, and still can’t figure out how Tom Petty got in there while progressive rock and metal remain seriously underrepresented, but I have to … Continue reading

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Sunday Potpourri

Yesterday started early, as the Spawn was having another go at the ACT in an effort to boost her scholarship chances. I fixed her breakfast and did chauffeur duties, and she said later that she thought she did pretty well … Continue reading

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Speaking of Sports at Fictional Schools…

… the Milford Mudlarks defeated the Popes of Pius XI High School, bringing Gil Thorp his first state championship after 56 years. This may not be as momentous as Charlie Brown’s team winning a baseball game, but for those of us … Continue reading

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Feeding Saints to the Wolves

Having concluded Gradeapalooza yesterday, I decided to treat myself to a college basketball game. The Mighty Men of Mondoville (currently rated in the top 25 in a couple of national polls) were facing… well, it’s kind of hard to say. … Continue reading

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Point? What Point?

Serhat Tanyolacar is a visiting professor and artist at the U of Iowa. On 5 December, he installed his latest work in a campus free speech area (a term, let us recall, that should appall folks in the academy). The … Continue reading

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Johnson v. Harvard

It appears that law students at Columbia, Georgetown, and Harvard are claiming to have been so distressed by the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner that they are insufficiently compos mentis for their exams. Therefore, they are demanding the right … Continue reading

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A Sigh of Relief

No, not the end of Gradeapalooza — that should come tomorrow (he said, knocking wood.) The good news is a dose of stability for my employer. Like a lot of small colleges, our endowment took a big hit with the … Continue reading

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Guilt-Free Nepotism and Potpourri

It’s been busy in Mondoville this week, with Wave 2 of Gradeapalooza underway. But there’s been other stuff as well. On Wednesday, the Spawn came out to Mrs. M as a likely English major when she gets to Flagship next … Continue reading

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On Word Choice and Eric Garner

I posted the following a few minutes ago on Facebook, but figure I may as well post it here, too. A quick note on terminology: I suspect that FB feeds will fill up with folks commenting on the lack of … Continue reading

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QotD: What the Blazers Edition

The University of Alabama-Birmingham announced the demise of its football program yesterday, the first major-college program to get cut since Pacific did it in 1995. I wouldn’t be surprised to see more of this in the future, as colleges recognize … Continue reading

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