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Monday, January 18th, 2010

By Ed Kent
Sunday, January 17 14:59:10 EST 2010
To: Ending Poverty <>

This is the Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend. I finally heard someone on TV mention his name a few hours ago – Obama giving a speech/sermon at a church in the Capitol. What most people forget is that King’s popularity was declining towards the end of his life as he moved on from desegregation to concerns about poverty and wealth.

[Kent is a retired Brooklyn College philosophy professor who is very opinionated but his “stuff” has always been well corroborated and his reach is broad.]


Hunter College: #2 “Best Value” Public College

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

Sent to Hunter Faculty Via Email from President Jennifer Raab:

I am delighted to announce that Hunter has been named the #2 “Best Value” public college in the country for 2010, according to The Princeton Review and USA Today. This is the second year in a row that Hunter has ranked among the top 10.


A Phrase in Need of an Attribution

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

Whose lament (below) is this?


To: Louis Mader, Director, Department of Public Safety, Hunter College

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

Normally, I would follow up an email like the one below with an email or a phone call or a visit if I didn’t get a response. There have been times, though not recently, when I would post on Hunter-L if I didn’t get a sufficient response. Hunter-L being a main campus listserv for information and scandal and mischief.

However, these aren’t normal times (the NYCLU has recently filed a lawsuit against the NYPD for its stop-n-harass SWAT tactics of hundreds of thousands of People of Color in NYC annually) and I didn’t get a response and I’m feeling, sniff, a bit sensitive.

So (not personal, just business):


NYPD Blooper

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

Let’s see what happens with this:

October 31, 2009
Paul J. Browne
Deputy Commissioner, Public Information
One Police Plaza – Room 1320 
New York, N.Y. 10038

Dear Deputy Police Commissioner Browne,

On Friday, October 23, about 2 p.m., I arrived at City Hall to videotape footage of the front of City Hall for a student journalism project and was told by the officer operating the screening machine that I couldn’t pass through because “they” didn’t want anyone to videotape the building. So, I am writing to learn what are the guidelines. This was not my first time at City Hall to take pictures and/or videotape, so I would like to know if there are have been any changes.


Gregg Morris
Assistant Professor
Hunter College

Sent to Cristine Quinn, Speaker, 12:41 a.m. October 26

Center for Communication Annual Frank Stanton Award Luncheon, October 29, 2009, Pierre Hotel, New York City

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

This year, Charlie Rose honored. Luncheon co-chairs this year: Bill Baker, President Emeritus, Channe 13; Tim Armstrong, Chairman and CEO, AOL; David J. Barrett, President and CEO, Hearst Television Inc.; Phillippe Dauman, President and CEO, Viacom, Inc.; David Geffen, The David Geffen Company; David Boies, Chairman, Boies Schiller and Flexner LLP; Teri Everett, SVP, Corporate Affairs and Communications, News Corporation, Debra L. Lee, Chairman and CEO, BET Networks.

Other Co-Chairs: Leslie Moonves, President & CEO, CBS Corporation; Katherine Oliver, Commissioner, New York City Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting and Acting President & General Manager of New York City Media Group; Ivan G. Seidenberg, Chairman & CEO, Verizon Communications, Inc.; David Zaslav, President & CEO, Discovery Communications; Martin Nisenholtz, Senior Vice President, Digital Operations, The New York Times Company; Richard Plepler, Co-President, HBO; Sir Howard Stringer, Chairman, CEO & President, Sony Corporation; Jeff Zucker, President & CEO, NBC Universal.

The Center has always been a strong supporter of Hunter students for many years because this is the campus where the Center pioneered its panel discussions for selected college campuses.


Thompson Claims Victory in Last Mayoral Debate

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009


More From NAM: “Ten Ways the Stimulus Can Help You”

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

By Aaron Glantz

Eight months since President Barack Obama signed his $787 billion stimulus package, the government has obligated only 48 percent of the money, and $214 billion in stimulus cash is still available to families, students, nonprofits, local governments and small businesses. Here are 10 ways to access the stimulus.

Just in case there are readers who could benefit from some stimulus advice: The 10.

Basketball Basics: Talk ABout a Publishing Rip Off

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

I just learned in the last 15 minutes this date that my first book, Basketball Basics, published by Prentice-Hall, was translated into German and French and published in Canada and the United Kingdom and is still in print in some form. Check this out too.

So, where is my $$$. For a number of reasons, especially because it was the first how-to-play-basketball book that took girls seriously, it made a lot of money. And the publishing rip off started off there.

Writing the book  was a great learning experience about the business side of publishing and its dark side. I’m going to look for a lawyer and then write about the experience.

Phishing Alert!

Friday, July 31st, 2009


A Cosmic Conjunction of Race News on CNN’s Campbell Brown?

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

Brown, a no-show tonight. John Roberts fills in.  Race shows up, though not the lead story, but in prime time view:


I Wasn’t Invited, So, I’m Not Going, Though I May Be Watching – Maybe

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009


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Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

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NYTimes: “For Teenagers, Hello Means ‘How About a Hug?’”

Friday, June 19th, 2009

NYT May 27 Story:

There is so much hugging at Pascack Hills High School in Montvale, N.J., that students have broken down the hugs by type:
— There is the basic friend hug, probably the most popular, and the bear hug, of course. But now there is also the bear claw, when a boy embraces a girl awkwardly with his elbows poking out.
—There is the hug that starts with a high-five, then moves into a fist bump, followed by a slap on the back and an embrace.

One can guess that youths’ nervous systems are picking up the pitter-patter of day-to-day life effected by the bleakness threatening their dreams, and they want a reassurance that is difficult to describe. However, this kind of NYT anecdotal lifestyle piece overlooks the reality of the hugbug, so to speak: It cuts across generations. Asking for a hug is becoming as common place as people bumming for cigarettes or asking strangers for a light.