Category Archives: math

November 9, 2012, 12:28 am

In Bizarro World, Mitt Romney Is Now President

President Romney’s transition website went live by mistake, allowing some person who wants stuff to take a screen shot.

Well, I am most certainly glad that we, the people, did not favor Mitt Romney on Tuesday. It’s not only for the reasons you might assume: that I am a taker, not a maker; that I want stuff; that I care nothing for innocent life; or that I am a member of that feared breed, a Tenured Radical.

Noooooooooes!!!!! All these things are true, but I have better reasons. I am glad that Mitt Romney was not elected because apparently he, the GOP apparatus, and the conservative punditocracy were not just lying about everything, they actually were inhabiting an alternate reality during the whole campaign. Frankly, I had never considered this. I find it a lot more disturbing than the idea that they were…

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June 22, 2012, 6:32 pm

Should College Admissions Be Done By Lottery?

If you haven’t opened your July/August issue of The Atlantic, please do so and flip to page 65. In a section devoted exclusively to ideas, Swarthmore philosophy professor Barry  Schwartz suggests that a way to lower the pressure for seats at selective colleges would be to draw the class by lottery.

Everyone who teaches at a selective school can tell sad stories about the wonderfully qualified children of friends who were not admitted or left to languish on the wait list.  There are so many kids who, as Schwartz notes, “worked hard and played by the rules” but are left feeling that they have failed. All of them would surely have capitalized on the opportunity to go to the school of their dreams.

What many students and their parents understand as a purely competitive process is, of course, artfully rigged in so many ways. An admissions staff crafts a class out of the many…

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June 17, 2011, 7:51 pm

Tell Me How You Really Feel, Dude: Prof Said To Have Peed On Colleagues’ Office Doors

We at Tenured Radical have been alerted by our pals in the legit educational press (Inside Higher Ed) that there are many more reasons than we knew to hire more women in the STEM fields. Tihomir Petrov of the Cal State Northridge math department is on the lam after having failed to appear in court to answer two charges of public urination, a misdemeanor.  Where did he pee?  In his department, apparently.

It sounds like revenge urination to us, and a unique way of showing contempt for colleagues that we feel lucky to have never encountered.  Imagine coming to work and finding a big puddle of man-pee in front of your office. According to the Los Angeles Times, “In early December, Petrov was captured on videotape urinating on the door of another professor’s office in Santa Susana Hall, according to authorities. School officials had concealed a camera nearby after discovering puddles of what …

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