Monthly Archives: May 2011

Meanings: “That’s Wrong for So Many Reasons”

May 31, 2011 “That’s wrong for so many reasons:” I hear and read that phrase a great deal these days.  Almost always, that phrase is all that’s said; none of the “many reasons” are given. So in those cases, “that’s … Continue reading

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Meanings: “Run”

May 29, 2011 In today’s New York Times, Simon Winchester celebrates (!?) the 645 meanings of the verb “run.”  It’s the English language word with the most meanings.

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Meanings: “Bonfire”

May 29, 2011 A casual mention of a “bonfire” took me to wondering about the origin of that term:  a fire, yes, but why a “bon” fire?  I couldn’t think of another English word that uses “bon” as a prefix, … Continue reading

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Fish: The Two Languages of Academic Freedom

May 27, 2011 The byways of the web took me recently to an on-line column of Stanley Fish from February 8, 2009.  Fish is someone with whom I agree about 50% of the time — that is, no more often … Continue reading

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Yale – ROTC Agreement

May 27, 2011 Yale University has announced it will once again host an ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corps) Program.  This follows similar announcements an a number of other colleges and universities who are also again welcoming ROTC with the repeal … Continue reading

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Our Far-Flung Alumni: Clyde Johnson

May 27, 2011 Clyde Johnson isn’t technically an Earlham alumnus; he graduated from Indiana University.  But back in 1966 he created Ichthys House, a spiritual house and retreat on College Avenue, across from the Earlham campus, and especially close to … Continue reading

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Academia as Utopia or Dystopia?

May 26, 2011 In an Inside Higher Education blog post Itir Toksöz  poses two images of academia today, a utopian one and a dystopian one.   She worries that the dystopian image fits her reality more and more.  I like the … Continue reading

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