A Dilger Day?


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

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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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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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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Breaking News: UK Student Crowned Excel Champion

Excel 2007

But wait, this just in… More breaking news… A Microsoft Excel championship even exists!

Back to the first breaking news bit. Rebecca Rickwood, 15, was crowned champion of Microsoft’s Excel 2007, apparently she was one of the 228,000 people participating in nearly 60 countries.

I for one am still shocked such a competition exists, never mind the fact that someone won it. I am left to wonder, how well does Ms. Rickwood know her Excel 2010. That title belongs to Chen Xing of China. Read more of this post

U of Chicago: Got Books?

Students inside the Mansueto Library at the University of Chicago / http://mansueto.lib.uchicago.edu/

The Joe and Rika Mansueto Library at the University of Chicago amazes me. I think the technology behind their book storage system is cool, so I’m sharing a video that explains how it all works.

From the U of Chicago’s YouTube page:

The new Joe and Rika Mansueto Library at the University of Chicago houses cutting-edge facilities for preservation and digitization of physical books, as well as a high-density underground storage system with the capacity to hold 3.5 million volume equivalents. With its soaring elliptical dome and prime location on campus, the Mansueto Library’s Grand Reading Room, which opens May 16, 2011, provides an inviting space for rigorous scholarship in an array of fields.


Going Green GOAL!

Pomona College Parking Garage with Soccer Field

Photo credit: Pomona College, Parking Garage with Soccer Field

No, the photo of the parking garage at Pomona College isn’t PhotoShopped. Yes, that is a soccer field on top of the parking garage, complete with solar panels that provide shade for spectators.

While the concept of a “sustainable parking garage” seems to be somewhat of an oxymoron, a campus news release insists the soccer-field-topped-parking-garage is part of the campus initiative to go green and to be pedestrian friendly.

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