discrimination vs international students

Some domestic students were at the press conference against the new surveillance fee for international students but the University is corresponding separately with international students (via email)…another divide and conquor technique? Here are two stories on yesterday’s press conference, in which George elicited wild, spontaneous applause (causing those of us who know him to wonder at the rebel within…)
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Life at the Beach II

I acquired a pair of sexy black panties. Not mine!
An omission – being “disciplined” as a member of the collective (“Resistance is Futile”) was a challenge because of the introvert factor. How do introverts survive in more group-based societies? The social rules must accommodate various forms or degrees of “less” participation in order to prevent too much grumpiness, let … Read more...

the meaning of absence

Briankle wowed us with another surrealist chalkboard work of art last night. Will post a photo once I get ’em developed, scanned, and uploaded. (At the outer reaches of my technology learning curve.)
Taste-tested pumpkin beer later (practically tasteless) while Raz sucked down a Dark and Stormy and Sarbjeet nursed cinnamon tea. I’ll be sticking with Massatucky Brown.… Read more...

the planet where people are snakes

Scott goes down in history for this example, but he’s in competition with Raz for the best joke in rhetoric last night. Iris “shot” Dan with her hands as guns and Raz blew away the smoke.
Maybe you had to be there? ­čÖé
Class went a half-hour over again (I think everyone who stayed WANTED to, some folks trickled out … Read more...

Why is there a tree?

I’m in two of the most dynamic COM classes this semester. About a dozen students in each, and the most interactive, highest percentage of participation I’ve experienced to date. In Briankle’s class (roughly, philosophy of translation), we’d spent a huge chunk of time talking about a piece by Walter Benjamin in which the garden of eden figured prominently. George asked … Read more...

First day of classes yesterday

First day of classes yesterday for moi. Cohorters will gather tonight…should be fun. Most of us still seem to be sorting out which courses to take; I’m thinking I’ll probably not take Benjamin’s as it seems I can’t use it in the way I’d hoped (with the backlog of FLOW data). I’ll withhold my decision though until checking out the … Read more...