Archive for December, 2012

New Year, 2013

Monday, December 31st, 2012

The best way to bring in 2013 for NYC: The clock strikes midnight and everyone engages in one minute of silence for the victims and survivors of Sandy, Newton, the worst depression/recession in memory and NYPD Stop & Frisk.



Saturday, December 29th, 2012

I’m amazed at my students whose lives and families and homes took major hits from Hurricane Sandy (and lest I forget the economic failures also stalking their lives and their families and neighbors) but who, nevertheless, pulled their own weight, didn’t whine or moan, were stalwart and made contributions to their communities and to others and showed compassion.

Truly amazed.

Instructors should never underestimate their students … but it happens.


Hunter Public Safety Up to Its Old Yes-No Tricks

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012
Hunter Security Officer telling student that he can't videotape on school property

Hunter Campus Safety Officer  telling student early in the start of the fall semester  that he can’t videotape on school property.

Should the Princeton Review be alerting prospective film, art and journalism students that Hunter students are subject to harassment if they try to take pictures and video on campus?


Boycotting the Aronson Awards: The Plot Thickens

Tuesday, December 25th, 2012


The Central Park 5

Saturday, December 22nd, 2012
This picture of Yusef Salaam is one of the most haunting pictures of the century.

This picture of Yusef Salaam is one of the most haunting pictures of the century.

Everyone should see this Ken Burns documentary at least once on the big screen. Then a few times on the screens at home. And recommend to families and friends and neighbors.


Final Grades: It’s That Time of Year Again

Saturday, December 22nd, 2012

Comments below are from an email from a student  for whom I’ve filed a complaint with the Faculty-Student Disciplinary Board for suspected cheating. I filed a second complaint with the College Behavioral Response Team for shouting and cursing and demanding, in an abusive manner, for an A in a class where the student seemed to be doing passing work.

The student believe that being abusive would improve chances for an A in the course. The student’s sophistry (revealed in comments) is not unusual nor was the student’s irrational behavior. Years ago, I developed a protocol for dealing with students who cheated because of  Colleagues who inspired and supported students to cheat. More about this later.