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Thursday, April 30th, 2009

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The Commute

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009
A decent shot. Did on the fly as I was passing through the 42nd Street subterranean metropolis where a number of the subway lines converge. A decent shot.

A decent shot. Did on the fly as I was passing through the 42nd Street subterranean metropolis where a number of the subway lines converge. That

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).

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Uh Oh! It’s That Time in an Academic Semester

Monday, April 27th, 2009

Dear Faculty,

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.

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The WORD at the …

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

About a half dozen. Names and events they’re covering will be announced in a few days.

A Tempest in a Teapot But a Tempest No Less – End

Monday, April 20th, 2009

So, where does all this lead? I don’t know. But the brawls, the tempests, the imbroglios are no longer going to be concealed behind D:F/M’s phony facade of collegial sobriety, that’s for sure. Those days are over. Nevertheless, one more time, the email that exposed this most recent teapot tempest.

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A Tempest in a Teapot But a Tempest No Less – Part 5

Monday, April 20th, 2009

My reply was posted on Hunter L.

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Down With Antediluvian Journalism Instruction

Monday, April 20th, 2009

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.”

A Tempest in a Teapot But a Tempest No Less – Part 4

Monday, April 20th, 2009

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.

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A Tempest in a Teapot But a Tempest No Less – Part 3

Sunday, April 19th, 2009

Most Film and Media dept. faculty know that Gregg can raise issues in ways that are contentious.” — Blanca Vasquez, Adjunct Instructor.

My reply was 761 words of pointed insights.

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RE: NYCLU Suit Against NYPD For Cops Accosting Yankee Fan Who Needed to Relieve Himself

Sunday, April 19th, 2009

“Yankees Shouldn’t Be Enforcing Patriotism at Park”

By Tim Dahlberg, AP National Sports Columnist
Published: April 18, 2009
Write to him at tdahlberg@ap.org

RE: NYCLU Suit Against NYPD Regarding Yankee Fan Who Needed to Relieve Himself

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.

A Tempest in a Teapot Is a Tempest No Less – Part 2

Friday, April 17th, 2009

“Hi Aronsonians,  I am forwarding a note from Gregg Morris, who teaches journalism at Hunter and who has raised concerns about the Aronson student undergraduate prize. Separating his concerns from how he states them would be a good thing. Most Film and Media dept. faculty know that Gregg can raise issues in ways that are contentious.”  [– Blanca Vasquez, Adjunct Instructor]

So, what’s the skinny on this teapot?
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A Tempest in a Teapot Is a Tempest No Less

Friday, April 17th, 2009

“Most Film and Media dept. faculty know that Gregg can raise issues in ways that are contentious.” Blanca Vasquez, Adjunct Instructor.

Before she embarked on a path to ingratiate herself into D:F/M – or perhaps before I knew she had embarked – Blanca Vasquez and I commiserated occasionally about some of its sordid features. For example, the reputation of a College Lab Technician known for his dedication to students and his technical smarts inspired a fully tenured professor who, flushed in villainy and stealth and paranoia, orchestrated the demise of the CLT as a member of D:F/M.

I kid you not.

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News Media About Obama’s Puppie: Couchie Couchie Coo. Animal Rights Activist Mary Max: President Obama, How Could You?

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

10:53 a.m. April 16: Google reports 4,376 news articles about Obama’s Portuguese Water puppie. This is how Animal Rights Activist Mary Max responded to the news in her newsletter: “I’m just flabbergasted, sick to my stomach, and disheartened. How could he do this?”

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A Lesson in Spin: NYCLU Sues NYPD on Behalf of Baseball Fan Ejected From Yankees Stadium During God Bless America

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

NYCLU Hammers NYPD.
Everybody Say Amen!

 

April 15, 2009 NYCLU Press Release — The New York Civil Liberties Union today filed a federal lawsuit against the NYPD on behalf of a Queens man who was ejected from the old Yankee Stadium last August after trying to use the restroom during “God Bless America.”

The lawsuit maintains that Bradford Campeau-Laurion, a 30-year-old lifelong baseball fan and resident of Astoria, was the victim of religious and political discrimination on Aug. 26, 2008 when police officers forcibly restrained and ejected him from Yankee Stadium after he tried to walk past an officer during the playing of “God Bless America.”

The Spin: New York Yankees + NYPD + Nature Calls + God = 281 articles, according to Google, as of 6:47 p.m. April 15.

A News Sampling:

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