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 on: Today at 07:15:59 pm 
Started by _touchedbyanoodle_ - Last post by epistephiliac
So... I had my first DNF Saturday.
It was around 105 at the start, and while I've run in hot races before, some of my health issues affect my ability to keep my core temperature down. (Definitely a challenge in my part of the world in the summertime.) I've mostly learned to manage it, and was hoping that the fact that it was dusk-into-night would make it more bearable, since at least I wouldn't be dealing with direct sun. A little over a mile in, though, I knew it wasn't going to be pretty, and before I even hit the second mile I'd decided there was no way I was going to manage the whole 23k. Even though the first 8k loop was the gnarliest bit, and the second, larger loop was much less technical, I was struggling even to move forward. When I did, I was actually running pretty well--I hit the "finish" line doing under a 10-minute mile--but I had to stop a lot, and mostly dragged myself along.

Ultimately, I was not having a good time at all, and while I know there's something to be gained from pushing through rough bits, I didn't think whatever lessons I'd learned would be worth another 12 miles or so of slogging through brutal heat and feeling crappy.

Even though I know I did the right thing, it stung (okay, still stings a bit). The next morning I was awake early, and noticed there was a Sunday morning yoga class at my gym, which I figured would be a good antidote. Unfortunately, the instructor seemed to dislike newbies (this was my third-ever yoga class), and was annoyed that I didn't know the names of poses and wasn't able to do some of them. "You're just going to fall over sometimes, deal with it until you figure it out," she told me.

Feh. Anyway, I'll shake it off.

Western States was CRAZYPANTS! I missed the end until after I got home (I mean, the end of the front of the pack). This is a good writeup of the Jim Walmsley insanity--when I last checked, before the race, he seemed to have the win and the CR in the bag, and when I finished, he was... missing.
What a wild ride.

And a 20-year-old won it! You never know what to expect in this sport, for realz.


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 on: Today at 07:15:56 pm 
Started by finallypublished - Last post by mended_drum
As someone who works at a private SLAC, we are indeed seeing more and more applications from tenured faculty at publics, including more associates applying for assistant prof jobs.  While it's to our benefit in several ways to have this expanded candidate pool from which to hire, it makes me sad for public education.

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 on: Today at 06:51:11 pm 
Started by bibliothecula - Last post by wahoo
At one point in the past, under a different moniker, I spent much more time here on the fora and frequently found Pry amusing and distinctive.  I am very sad to see this thread.  RIP Pry.

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 on: Today at 06:47:17 pm 
Started by chronanon - Last post by protoplasm
What's in your contract can increase the perception of respect; for instance adjunct faculty awards, professional development better workspace etc. but as you state one can't legislate respect. These things directly benefit adjuncts and students though. The disrespect is more about the 2 tier system which the union wouldn't undo. We can stop talking about the ideal workplace.

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 on: Today at 06:35:47 pm 
Started by rowan1 - Last post by mended_drum

Instead, when I tell a student, "These are your words. These are the words in the source that you used and didn't credit. I have compared these things and conclude that what you submitted is plagiarized," then that student has to argue either that I don't know what I'm talking about or that the similarity is accidental. In my experience, students don't do that; instead, they confess that they did the copy/paste/reword and, in most cases, go on to talk about that problems that led them to do that (procrastination, uncertainty or fear, bad early instruction).


I might have to talk with my boss about whether this is a thing I can do. The first time I got a student who plagiarized, she recommended attaching the SA report, so that's just what I've been doing. But it feels like your way is better. How do you do that when it's the whole paper?

I'm not egilson, but I attach a copy of the original source. Sometimes I break out my highlighters and highlight the various sections of the paper to show where they match the corresponding sections of the source.

And then I say what egilson says above.

We use Turnitin at my college, but I too never submit the report anywhere.  I'm a far better judge of whether the passage is plagiarized than the software is, but it's a useful tool to prod me to look a little more closely.  What I do (and this is long and tedious) is print a copy of the original source, print a copy of the student's paper, then use underlining and footnotes to match the passages (giving them letters or numbers).  Then I scan the whole thing into a .pdf which goes to the student along with an email message explaining that I have forwarded this document, which shows evidence of academic dishonesty, to the Honor Court.  Then I provide the appropriate section numbers of the Honor Code and/or Student Code of Conduct which explains how the Court operates and what the student can expect to happen next.

For an entire paper that is lifted from elsewhere, I do the same thing, but only for a single page.  In other words, I make it clear to the dimmest reader that the information has been lifted and copied.  This spring, when I had a student who tried the thesaurus trick, I directly quoted the sections about that technique both from the Honor Code and from my paper assignment, and even provided samples of thesaurus results for the first five changes, so that, once again, even a very, very dim reader could see clearly what the student has done.

I have a 100% conviction rate for students whose work I send to the Honor Court, by the way.  Granted, I have far more support on my campus than many of you do (plus tenure), but even when I've had pushback from administrators, they have caved pretty quickly in the face of an iron clad case.

[Note:  I only average one case a year, I design assignments to make them difficult to plagiarize, and I spend a lot of time gently leading students into a writing mode that involves a conversation with the voices of other writers, so I am not someone who just throws the book at them without help and instruction.  But when all of that is rejected, the hammer comes down firmly.]

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 on: Today at 06:12:20 pm 
Started by kunsthistorikerin - Last post by mended_drum
I cannot speak for your friend, OP, but as a Clinton supporter, I was very hesitant to post much about it on social media for a long time because those of my friends who did so were attacked, quite viciously, from both the right and the left.  Generational and racial divides make things more tense, and social media's tendency to reward ad hominem attacks rather than thoughtful debate about issues only makes it worse.  It's possible that your friend has been inundated with nastiness and just blocked the feeds of all Bernie and/or Trump supporters for a while. Hopefully, this shouldn't last past the election.  If it were me, I'd reach out again in December.

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 on: Today at 06:05:33 pm 
Started by chronanon - Last post by protoplasm
So what things could be negotiated in employment contracts that would change that so that adjuncts would get more respect? You can't legislate politeness, only actions.

Interesting. Will give it some thought. Meanwhile, if a college administrator says "we would rather not hire part-time faculty' chances are good he's not merely impolite but also a damn liar.

Does this mean you haven't actually thought about what a union should negotiate for??? I don't understand how someone can be totally pro-union without having figured out whether the ideal work environment is actually something a union would support. That's why I asked questions earlier about how adjuncts should be hired; if the way I think they should be hired is not the way the union will negotiate, then the union is not the way forward for me. (This is particularly true if, for instance, the union is in favour of hiring people who want to be full-time over people like me who want to be part-time. No matter how much they may raise my salary, if their goal is to get rid of me it's not worth it.)

Of course it doesn't mean that. The union provides a voice. The school may say 'we use adjuncts for these purposes in this proportion' and the union may say 'we have studied the situation closely and here are our figures. We disagree.'

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 on: Today at 05:47:42 pm 
Started by ladyradar - Last post by San_Joaquin
Well, it's not sulfured molasses, at least.

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 on: Today at 05:45:44 pm 
Started by hegemony - Last post by San_Joaquin
I grade them, but ultimately they have very little weight in the course grade.  I'm struck also by how few of them read any of the comments you offer them back, positive or constructive.

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 on: Today at 05:42:32 pm 
Started by suomynona - Last post by dracula
At my institution, we are required to keep a personal CV and the college's CV form in our files.  The college's CV form was obviously designed by someone with poor Microsoft Word skills.  I haven't altered my personal CV to highlight points important to tenure and promotion.  I have based my personal CV off examples from successful big shots in my field that I know or found online for years.

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