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 on: Today at 03:46:56 pm 
Started by t_r_b - Last post by hurdygurdy
Sigh. Earlier in the semester I had a student plagiarize a 400 word reading response paper by copying and pasting whole sections of an article the student found online. When confronted, he accepted responsibility immediately and seemed contrite. We had a serious talk and he received a zero on the assignment. Fast forward two months and he just did the same thing again, this time copying and pasting all but three sentences in his reading response essay. An essay worth a grand total of 2% of his final grade. This is frustrating (not quite as frustrating as the situation my colleague is currently dealing with, wherein one of her students plagiarized an article she wrote, but still).

So now we are going through the honor council process. I am a new faculty member here, so the process is new to me. We'll see how this unfolds.

 on: Today at 03:43:19 pm 
Started by pollinate - Last post by melba_frilkins

 on: Today at 03:37:09 pm 
Started by mickeymantle - Last post by verstrickt
That does seem awfully long, but it's not unheard of. Does it have to do with the publication schedule of the journal? There's one journal in my field that after reviewer reports will give you either 6 weeks or 6 months because it's only published once a year. You are either going to revise for the current cycle or are invited again to submit your revised article for inclusion in next year's volume.

 on: Today at 03:33:30 pm 
Started by voxprincipalis - Last post by magnemite

It really takes a deep understanding of the Dark Arts to be an effective Dean. This understanding should lie quietly, to be summoned when needed, and masked by an aura of calm. Displays of rude behavior betray a lack of such understanding, and should be avoided, as it puts the supplicant on guard.

 on: Today at 03:29:59 pm 
Started by history_grrrl - Last post by history_grrrl
All, these suggestions are extremely helpful; thank you!

I think the folks who have mentioned red are onto something. Although my house is very light (one friend calls it buttercream, which is better than what the SO called it recently: "baby diaper"), the yellow in it is enough to make it not seem neutral. And the house is too plain for many of the cool combinations that would work great on, say, a Victorian (think "box with a triangle on top"). So now I'm looking at shades of bronze, copper, caramel, and deep red.

I'm also looking around my neighborhood. Man, there is a lot of beige and white and brown around here! Zzzzz. The main exception is a screaming yellow house on my block (which belongs to a friend who picked the colour, so I won't say anything more). Sadly, I moved here from a neighborhood (in a far-away city) where people pride themselves on fabulous, occasionally wild colour schemes on beautiful houses. I still carry their influences, and I'm happy to see that many of you do too. :)

 on: Today at 03:29:27 pm 
Started by mathminion - Last post by melba_frilkins
A really tiny pair of Serbian opanke shoes.

 on: Today at 03:29:25 pm 
Started by weather2013 - Last post by magnemite
I thought arrogance was a prerequisite for being a Dean? 

Apparently you need rudeness to be a Dean, and mere arrogance to be Chair.

 on: Today at 03:28:50 pm 
Started by weather2013 - Last post by k_guy
I've been on more than a handful of campus interviews and haven't met dept chairs or deans I would call rude or arrogant. It doesn't surprise me they are out there.

 on: Today at 03:15:32 pm 
Started by fizmath - Last post by merinoblue
I also welcome candor and am tired of the American PR apparatus that shows us nothing but success, success, success. The truth is a lot more complex and since we've all done stupid things in our lives, it doesn't matter to me that his stupid wasn't my stupid, it was his.

Right on.

 on: Today at 03:10:43 pm 
Started by mathminion - Last post by merinoblue
A sticky trap that has only a trace remaining of the very generous  portion of dark chocolate I placed on it, to try to give the mouse theobromine poisoning. 

The mouse still lives, and gaily scampers through my office, looking for more handouts.

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