A Dilger Day?

SnowDay

What’s the buzz about SCSU’s “Weather Wizard” Patrick Dilger?

Thousands wait patiently, refreshing their email, hoping to hear from Patrick

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RateMyProfessor.com: Friend or Foe?

'A'Rumor (aka research from the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire – where?) suggests that the popular website RateMyProfessor.com (the name says it all) may actually be useful. According to an article from The Chronicle of Higher Education, the anonymous student evaluations of professors shouldn’t be dismissed, so says the UW research finding.

According to its own site:

RateMyProfessors.com is the largest online destination for professor ratings. With 6,500+ schools and over 10,000,000 entirely student-generated comments and ratings, RateMyProfessors.com is the highest trafficked free site for quickly researching and rating 1,000,000+ professors from colleges and universities across the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Over 3 million college students each month are using RateMyProfessors – join the fun!

The Chronicle also reported that “another study, conducted by researchers at the University of Maine, found strong correlations between ratings on RateMyProfessors and formal in-class evaluations.” Read more of this post

It Must be Thanksgiving

Mama Stamberg's cranberry relish should be thick, creamy and shocking pink. Photo Credit: Avie Schneider/NPR

How do I know this? Because this morning an annual tradition occurred on my radio. That’s right  Susan Stamberg clues me in annually, on NPR, that Thanksgiving is upon us when she (and her guests) recite “Mama Stamberg’s Cranberry Relish.” The tradition has been ongoing since before I was born, more than a decade before actually and while the recipe itself sounds awful, even Stamberg admits this, it is something I always look forward to. By the way, the relish doesn’t look so hot either, but Stamberg insists it tastes fantastic.

Each year the flamboyant radio personality (if there can be such a thing) does her best to repackage her annual tradition of passing down Mama Stamberg’s recipe, and she does a stellar job. Read more of this post

Sharing: Pro-gun group to demonstrate at Va. Tech

From The Roanoke Times:

Supporters of concealed carry on college campuses have scheduled an all-day demonstration for Nov. 17 at Virginia Tech, the university where in 2007, 33 students and faculty were killed in the worst school shooting in U.S. history.

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Big Banks Rethink Debit Card Fees

From: Heather Stone/Chicago Tribune

A number of big banks are reconsidering charging customers a fee to have a debit card. This comes as many customers and non-customers cried foul when Bank of America (the nation’s second largest bank) announced it would begin charging customers $5 a month for the luxury of using their bank’s debit card. While BoA wasn’t alone, other big banks were toying with the charge, it seems the banker backlash heated up after the BoA announcement.

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Got Student Loans? You’re Not Alone!

Source: Guide to College Life

USA Today recently dropped a headline bombshell. Student loans taken out last year topped $100 Billion last year (first time this has happened). In addition to that staggering number, a Federal Reserve report indicated that total outstanding student loans are about to exceed $1 Trillion. (That figure is higher than Americans, the credit society, owe in credit card debt.)

Students are borrowing twice what they did a decade ago after adjusting for inflation, the College Board reports. Total outstanding debt has doubled in the past five years — a sharp contrast to consumers reducing what’s owed on home loans and credit cards.

The amount of student loans has continued to increase as the cost of college education continues to skyrocket. But, one student warns, today’s lending with have long-lasting effects.

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He said/She did? So he started a newspaper & wrote about it

A student newspaper controversy is heating up at the University of Tennessee, according to a recent article from Insider Higher Ed.

Mustapha Moussa, a 40 year-old sophomore (journalism and electronic media), is editor-in-chief of the newly minted newspaper The Athenaeum News. The paper’s first two editions featured cover stories about an alleged affair between a student and professor at Tennessee. The female student has since married geography professor Henri Grissino-Mayer. The student, Brandi, is also the ex-wife of newspaper editor Moussa.

Moussa says he isn’t out for revenge, rather this journalist is out to expose a story that some have tried to keep hidden. He insists he’s just trying to do his due diligence as a journalist, according to Inside Higher Ed, and he suggests that “journalists are never popular.” His ex-wife’s attorney begs to differ, suggesting that the editor’s motives aren’t about journalistic excellence. All agree that Moussa maintains a First Amendment right to the freedom of speech , however Brandi’s attorney has said that Moussa’s journalism ethics might be skewed.

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Sharing: One of the worst ways to die

One of the worst ways to die – Imgur.

It is always sad when folks are killed to death, not just killed to not death. Early morning brain fart?

Lies Your English Teacher Told You

You can’t end a sentence with a preposition…

If you encounter fierce resistance from overzealous followers of the nonexistent but persistent rule, you can recast the sentence, but the result is usually awkward. I saw a funny example of recasting on a greeting card (one that unfortunately used an unnecessary preposition):

GIRL #1: Where’s your birthday party at?

GIRL #2: Never end a sentence with a preposition.

GIRL #1: Where’s your birthday party at, bitch?

via Lies Your English Teacher Told You.

What do you do with a degree in anthropology?

This is becoming a serious question, in large part thanks to Florida governor Rick Scott. Florida’s gov recently indicated that he’d like to move in a direction (in-step, with Florida’s Republican leadership) and redirect money away from state degree programs that don’t necessarily lead to jobs.

According to Governor Scott:

“If I’m going to take money from a citizen to put into education then I’m going to take that money to create jobs. So I want that money to go to degrees where people can get jobs in this state. Is it a vital interest of the state to have more anthropologists? I don’t think so.”

His comments were also reiterated, when he said of anthropology majors (such as his daughter) that while it is a great degree, they just aren’t necessary in Florida.

Of course the governor’s statements weren’t well received by the American Anthropological Association:

“It is very unfortunate that you would characterize our discipline in such a short-sighted way…. Perhaps you are unaware that anthropologists are leaders in our nation’s top science fields, making groundbreaking discoveries in areas as varied as public health, human genetics, legal history, bilingualism, the African American heritage, and infant learning.”

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