Monthly Archives: July 2012

Meanings: “Halcyon”

July 30, 2012 Are these the “halcyon days of summer?”  Here in Maine we have been having a simply lovely summer, one full of blue skies and warm but not scorching days.  For his part, Calvin wonders if he, too, … Continue reading

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Our Far-Flung Alumni: Aili McGill

July 29, 2012 This morning’s Indianapolis Star has a nice profile of EC alumna Aili McGill, now Director of Operations at Conner Prairie. Another thing Earlham graduates do: they go on to leadership roles in the world of museums. Conner … Continue reading

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A New NCAA? Or an Effort to Preserve the Old One?

July 25, 2012 At a first glance, the  sanctions recently imposed by the NCAA against Penn State appear to take the NCAA into new, uncharted terrain.  Will it set a precedent for how the NCAA will behave in the future? … Continue reading

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NCAA Sanctions Penn State

July 24, 2012 “By perpetuating a ‘football first’ culture that ultimately enabled serial child sexual abuse to occur, The Pennsylvania State University leadership failed to value and uphold institutional integrity, resulting in a breach of the NCAA constitution and rules.”  … Continue reading

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In Praise of Diversity

July 20, 2012 I’ve written often on this blog about issues of academic freedom, a value the academy seems both to cherish and to misunderstand. Thus, I was particularly pleased to see this recent opinion piece on “Valuing Diversity of … Continue reading

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Meanings: “Park”

July 19, 2012 I’m serving on a committee planning a riverside park in Topsham, Maine, where I live.  Sitting in a meeting today, I fell to wondering about the word “park.”  Where does it come from? And why do we … Continue reading

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Meanings “Panoply”

July 10, 2012 A “panoply” is “a splendid array.”  In today’s usage, that array could be of almost anything: cakes, boats, flowers, or quilts. But I am re-reading The Iliad, having recently finished Madeline Miller’s Orange Prize-winning Song of Achilles.  … Continue reading

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