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 on: Today at 09:35:01 am 
Started by drnewbie - Last post by protoplasm
I’ve recently begun collaborating with a mid-career researcher in my department. Our interactions are good so far, and for that I’m grateful.

This post is a tidbit of workplace etiquette. The collaborator is friendly and enjoyable to be around. One of the first things he said to me (though I cannot recall the context) was “Men are super loose, men don’t hold things back. We let it all out” ……And letting out gas, he does!  During our individual meetings, I stop losing count of the number of times he is flatulent, sometimes covering it up by syncing his words/phrases while he rips a big one or coughing loudly while lifting a cheek off the seat.



This sounds like it's not happening to him; rather, he's doing it. We need  a concrete definition for 'collegiality.'

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 on: Today at 09:33:46 am 
Started by kaysixteen - Last post by cmeagher7
It occurred to me this morning that my Dad now has no candidate. His determining factor is who is anti-abortion. Both Clinton and Trump are pro-abortion, or am I mistaken? If I am right, this puts the Catholic Church in an interesting quandary as well.

Trump has been pro-choice for a while, but recently changed his position for the purpose of running. He has also praised Planned Parenthood and thinks Caitlyn Jenner should be allowed to use whichever bathroom she wants.

My guess is that the GOP cut a deal with Trump to let him be nominee IF they let him choose his running mate.

Then, in the off-chance he wins, running mate would step up the minute Trump resigns when he gets frustrated/bored/pisses off the UN.

However, the GOP will put all their effort into the down-ticket races to keep Senate and House majorities to stop President Clinton as best they can. If they can get voters to split their tickets, that is... who would vote for Clinton and then the person representing the same party as Trump?

The broader GOP chatter is that they seem to think Clinton will win in a breeze and this election has been written off.

 



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 on: Today at 09:27:57 am 
Started by rowan1 - Last post by cmeagher7
Title of research paper: Is the Law of Rape More Favorable to Women than it is to men?

Note: the paper does not discuss any particular "law of rape." It does make clear the writer's position that women who regret sex "cry wolf," which means that "men are discriminated against."

Oh, and the writer has ignored every piece of advice I've given her on the scaffolded assignments.

Oh god, it's a her? I"m truly sorry you have to read that.

Why does one suspect that she is a self-hating, self-blaming victim of sexual assault herself?

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 on: Today at 09:23:05 am 
Started by quietly - Last post by mamselle
One important point here is that the second language requirement is an institutional one; it's not program specific. It's part of the institution's mission, so students who don't want that requirement can go elsewhere (as the student was told). I know of another university which requires all students to complete at least one course online. Should certain students be exempted from that requirement for one reason or another? (I'm pretty sure lots of blind students have completed online courses, for instance.)

Should disability accommodations trump institutional goals? If so, are all institutional distinctives really destined to vanish so that all that remains is what can be done anywhere by anyone?

This leads me towards thinking the requirement is non-essential, not the other way around.  If it were mandated by the program, perhaps it would be mandated because of specific requirements for that field.  When mandated by the university, it seems that it is more of a box to check.

I also think that students should be queried about WHAT they want to do with a given degree in cases like this.  Perhaps the student could be told "You will not be able to be an effective researcher or college professor in Canadian politics with this degree" and the student will respond "That's ok, because I'm really doing a PhD because merely having one will enable me to get a job with a think tank that deals with politics in the western part of the country, etc."  Perhaps he/she has no interest in the standard type of job the language requirement would prepare him/her for.

But that doesn't quite work , either, because unless they focus exclusively on western politics by ignoring all national laws that affect Western Canada, and we're arrived at at the national level by the conversations, altercations, and voting rules hammered out with French- as well as English-speaking politians, and at least some of the documentation is bound to be in French somewhere along the way.

But maybe I'm biased in this regard. Everyone needs to know more than one language, by my lights, and the refusal to put oneself out in all but the justifiable cases (like the one noted upthread where memory capacity issues/deficits preclude the kinds of learning needed for facility in actual language acquisition) smacks (to me) of thinly veiled jingoism, laziness, and philistinism.

And I thought that long before I ever started teaching French.

It also explains Trump, and his popularity among those who go in for the language of hate with little recourse to anything like a true language of love.

M.

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 on: Today at 09:15:52 am 
Started by rowan1 - Last post by reener06
Title of research paper: Is the Law of Rape More Favorable to Women than it is to men?

Note: the paper does not discuss any particular "law of rape." It does make clear the writer's position that women who regret sex "cry wolf," which means that "men are discriminated against."

Oh, and the writer has ignored every piece of advice I've given her on the scaffolded assignments.

Oh god, it's a her? I"m truly sorry you have to read that.

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 on: Today at 09:14:13 am 
Started by kaysixteen - Last post by reener06
It occurred to me this morning that my Dad now has no candidate. His determining factor is who is anti-abortion. Both Clinton and Trump are pro-abortion, or am I mistaken? If I am right, this puts the Catholic Church in an interesting quandary as well.

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 on: Today at 09:11:20 am 
Started by kaysixteen - Last post by tenured_feminist
I think Towanda's point is that Clinton is now conserving money for the general election, while Sanders is spending expansively on the remaining primaries. I would guess that after last night, both campaigns got a good number of impulse donations.

I don't think it would necessarily be a bad thing for Sanders to stay in the race. It will maintain the media's focus on the D side. I hope, however, that he will focus on going after Trump.

Trump reminds people that they are white. I doubt Clinton or Sanders can do anything to dent the effectiveness of this tactic -- none of the former GOP candidates were able to. If a Trump fan bombs a black church or a restaurant run by Guatemalan immigrants, that might do it.

No. Trump will have to kill, grill, and eat a human infant on TV. It's the only way.

Seriously? I am counting on Clinton and her surrogates to push his buttons really effectively and provoke several tantrums that will drive up anti-Trump turnout among women, people of color, and anyone else who can be appalled. A series of spectacular tantrums could even suppress turnout among the sober wing of the Republican Party who believe themselves to be the moderates/conservators of the party. To mix metaphors indiscriminately, I am hoping for plenty of gas to be flung at the loose cannon.

If the Democrats decide that not having Trump end up in the White House is important, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders could be very useful needlers.

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 on: Today at 09:09:36 am 
Started by rowan1 - Last post by dr_alcott
Title of research paper: Is the Law of Rape More Favorable to Women than it is to men?

Note: the paper does not discuss any particular "law of rape." It does make clear the writer's position that women who regret sex "cry wolf," which means that "men are discriminated against."

Oh, and the writer has ignored every piece of advice I've given her on the scaffolded assignments.

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 on: Today at 09:05:06 am 
Started by rowan1 - Last post by fosca
Yep.  Just like how all my students want to go into forensic psychology after watching CSI, but reconsider when they learn how much math and science is involved.

Also, I just had a student forget to bring any sort of writing implement to the final exam.  Oy.  It does seem to reflect his progress through this class, though.

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 on: Today at 09:02:35 am 
Started by insi5332 - Last post by insi5332
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