Monthly Archives: April 2012

Academic Community

April 25, 2012 Stumbling about on the web looking for some information, I came across this webpage that contains a mission statement for the School of Theology at Boston University and also contains a set of Community Principles. The statement … Continue reading

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U.S. News Rankings Swing Their Big Stick

April 24, 2012 In its most recent request to colleges and universities to submit data for their annual rankings, U.S. News and World Reports has drawn a line in the sand. To be ranked at all, colleges and universities must … Continue reading

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Our Far-Flung Alumni: Zitkala-Sa (1897)

April 22, 2012 The Argus Leader in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, reminds us today of the remarkable life of Zitkala-Sa (Red Bird in her original Dakota language), who was born (probably) on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota and … Continue reading

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The Quality of a Liberal Arts College, Take 2

April 20, 2012 A must-read this morning is an opinion piece in Inside Higher Ed from Mark Putnam, the President of Central College in Pella, Iowa. Inside Higher Ed titles it “Conventional Wisdom Is Killing Us,” the conventional wisdom being … Continue reading

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Meanings: “Literary” and “Illiteracy”

April 18, 2012 “Literary” has its origins in the Latin word for letter.  “Illiteracy” has related roots: to be illiterate means to be ignorant of letters.  Sometimes “literary” has a decidedly highbrow connotation, and “illiteracy” suggests a lowbrow. Still, not … Continue reading

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Meanings: “WTF”

April 17, 2012 Possibilities: 1.  World Taekwondo Federation 2.  Welcome to Facebook 3.  Why the Face? 4.  What Tom-foolery 5.  But of course it especially means Wrist to Forehead — since the 19th century the universal sign of dismay, usually … Continue reading

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The Idea of a Quaker College (2)

April 17, 2012 George Fox University is a Quaker college, one of about fifteen colleges or universities that are affiliated with Friends Association for Higher Education (FAHE).  (There are also two study centers that are affiliated with FAHE.)  What it … Continue reading

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