Archive for April, 2009
I’ve been experimenting with requiring my students to write about their commuting experience, ostensibly from home to campus and back. Of course, there are students who commute to work then to campus and then back to work then to home. I’ve also had students who commuted to campus then to work then back to campus and then home or work, depending. The permutations are infinite (especially keeping in mind students who commute to two jobs in one day).
Your teacher evaluation packet(s) can now be found in your mailboxes. The teacher evaluation period is Monday, April 27 to Friday, May 15. The last day for teacher evaluations is Friday, May 15 and your evaluation packets should be handed to a student representative during the time before this date.
About a half dozen. Names and events they’re covering will be announced in a few days.
My reply was posted on Hunter L.
In response to a proposal by one of my colleagues about what we in D:F/M call the journalism concentration, his proposal smacks of embarrassing antediluvianism -I’ve been psyching myself to write this monster memo about the discombobulation in D:F/M’s journalism effort AKA journalism concentration. Lo’ and behold, the Times publishes this story under the headline: “J Schools Play Catchup.” My first quickie response for j-programs, j-departments and j-concentrations as well as j- schools? The smart ones catch up.
But now, I believe a more pungent response is needed: “Down With Antediluvian Journalism Instruction.”
So, I’ve been getting these emails from Adjunct Instructor Cindy Rodriguez, who copies everyone in the department as well as others outside the department, about the anguish she experiences when she reads one of my memos. In one response – copied et al, of course – she suggested that I go file the appropriate complaints with the appropriate bodies and to stop writing acidic memos (which, of course, are based on the complaints filed with the appropriate bodies who either rule in my favor or support my allegations which I believe should be aired) because they pain her so much. She also disapproved of my email about the shortcomings of the Aronson award of which she is associated and so she replied, I guess, to buttress Blanca Vasquez’s cheap shot.
Most Film and Media dept. faculty know that Gregg can raise issues in ways that are contentious.”Â â€” Blanca Vasquez, Adjunct Instructor.
My reply was 761 words of pointed insights.
“Yankees Shouldn’t Be Enforcing Patriotism at Park”
Tim Dahlberg writes near the end of his piece: “The bottom line is, we all love our country. A lot of us love baseball, too.” I think a better bottom line is from another paragraph in his piece published in the NY Times: “Paying good money to see a ballgame is one thing. Being forced to engage in an act of faux patriotism when you really, really, have to go, is quite another.”
Everybody say amen.