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October 31, 2013, 3:27 pm

Happy Halloween, B!tchz (And Other Tales From The Crypt)

Wagging-Finger-2The rollup to Halloween this year has been full of warnings about what not to do, primarily:

Don’t wear blackface.

Let me rephrase this for you in case that was too abstract and college professor-y:

Don’t. Wear. Blackface. Ever.

Now, here’s the advanced class. Having abandoned your Trayvon Martin outfit, when you are considering your new costume and party theme options, ask yourself: is this like blackface — but Asian? Mexican? Native American? Then proceed to the advanced class and ask yourself:

Does my costume or party invitation say: women are sluts? If so, adjust to preclude sending this message too.

Somehow Theta Xi Fraternity at the University of Michigan did not get the memo¬†that just because some hip-hop stars tell stories about gang life, and call each other¬†niggah, and talk about how much they hate women, doesn’t make any of these things ok. Nor does the…

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May 3, 2008, 2:06 pm

And After Giving You a Bad Grade, I’ll Sue Your Sorry Ass

Well, this answers the question of why those claiming to be dissatisfied customers of mine (“Yeah, I was in that class and I think you suck too”) need to vent anonymously about this post, rather than discussing our pedagogical differences in office hours. Apparently, at Dartmouth, classroom conflict has reached such a pitch that a teacher is suing her students. I had not realized that there are dimensions of my vast power to dominate others that I have not yet activated.

OK, seriously: I’m sure there is more to this than meets the eye, and both teacher and students have clearly run off the rails in what appears to be a Lord of the Flies situation. But I think the department chair and this woman’s senior colleagues may have some explaining to do as to why there hasn’t been a mentoring intervention at an earlier date. Things like this don’t just happen suddenly, in one class, one…

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