The Simpsons (still on the air!) took a higher-ed potshot on Sunday, as it has from time to time over the past 25 years (remember Homer’s brief stint at Springfield University?). The butt of the joke this time around was Bates College:
But rather than lick its wounds over the slight, the college decided to own the joke. On Monday it posted the above re-creation on its Facebook page, attaching an encouraging message for Lisa, who has often agonized over her college choice.
As an Inside Higher Ed reporter, Michael Stratford,pointed out on Twitter on Tuesday, an email released as part of the State Department’s latest disclosure of Mrs. Clinton’s digital correspondence shows she was briefly pitched on the idea of “HRC University.” The source of the proposal: Roy Spence, a notable Texas adman and longtime associate of the Clintons.
If, in these hectic first days of the semester, you’ve been spending your time on Twitter, you’ve probably seen the funny “First Faculty Meeting of the Year Bingo,” written by Lisa Nikolidakis for McSweeney’s. If you haven’t, go there for a good laugh.
Catharsis achieved. The bingo ballot certainly sounds like an accurate portrayal of higher-ed rhetoric, but is it? There’s only one way to find out: By asking our audience of faculty members to print out the lovely McSweeney’s ballot, take it to t…
Mike Campadore had an idea. A dream, you might say.
And when Mr. Campadore, a systems administrator at George Fox University, had collected 38 iMac boxes (storing them in the back of an engineering classroom), he knew it was time to make that dream come true. According to a blog on the Oregon university’s website, the project — called the “iWheel” — actually took only 36 boxes, but who’s counting? Watch the delightful result below:
What if Hogwarts, the Harry Potter universe’s boarding school for wizards in training, were a historically black college? Today’s hot hashtag — #IfHogwartsWasAnHBCU — to the rescue. And while the hashtag is more about the union of African-American pop culture with Harry Potter nerd-dom than anything related to higher education, I’ve covered much more tangential topics on this blog in the past. Here are some of the best entries:
Donald Trump, the celebrity billionaire whose bid for the Republican presidential nomination has been a source of mild to major annoyance for, well, most people, is hardly overseeing his first bid to educate the American public. To say so would be to forget Trump University, the virtual, for-profit “college” he started in 2005.
Speaking to the times, the endeavor relied on the sale (at hundreds of dollars a pop) of CDs and DVDs while relieving students of burdensome higher-ed staples such as tes…
Don’t tuck your children in to these. At least, not until the kids get tenure.
Late last week, the hashtag #AcademicNurseryRhymes took over academic Twitter — traditional nursery rhymes injected with nitty-gritty realities of academic life. And while the hashtag has largely calmed down, the contributions are clever enough to deserve a best-of roundup. Here you go:
Mary had a little lab She was struggling with tenure she 16S sequenced loads of crap her career was made of manure #AcademicNurseryR…
Here’s one more reason to avoid the onerous debate over whether college is worth the cost: to keep from getting stabbed.
The police say an argument on Friday about the “worth and importance of a college education” resulted in one man slashing another in the face with a pocket knife. The Arlington, Va., news outlet ARLNow reports the victim was cut from the corner of the mouth to the ear after the other man became angry during the argument. The victim received 60 stitches at George Washington Uni…
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