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Posted on December 4 at 2:12 p.m.

Amen to Pardall...and Nick: Underline your idiomatic expressions and ask yourself, "Who Am I?"

What I want to know is who laid out the street grid with one loop?

On Biting the Hand That Bleeds You

Posted on November 11 at 5:06 p.m.

I hear that budgets are tight at UC. However the women's studies department at UCSB is's the job description:
NOW HIRING: Assistant Professor of LGBTQ Studies
Queer Theory/ Queer Studies with an Emphasis on Queer of Color Critique, or Transnational Queer Studies with a Focus on Race;

Over and out. Everybody, this department gets what it's looking for. The administration is putting its eggs in this basket for our best and brightest students. Nothing more to say.

On Anti-Abortion Group Sues UCSB, Professor, Students

Posted on May 18 at 5:57 a.m.

The story goes on. The New York Times has an article on 'Trigger Events' for people with PTSD and campus life. And of course, I read the Nexus article on the new UCSB campus policy. Any comment?

On Speech Is Free, Sometimes

Posted on May 15 at 7:42 p.m.

To get back to Das's comment on the 1960 Education Plan for California...Back then, there was the University of California with many fewer campus locations. The concept was that the University was for just the top 10% of graduating California students. It was both a teaching and a research place. A University meant something elitist, top-notch, best in class.

Then, there were State Colleges, the next level down but also for Californians...they had large teaching credential missions to train teachers...but not research. Later, because 'elitism' became a political no no...they became, in name only, 'Universities'. But we don't need to be fooled about this matter.

And the third layer in this plan, were City Colleges for two year studies dedicated to those who couldn't make the grade for the University or State College but could, possibly, transfer in their Junior year if they did well. The City College mission was not just to develop transfer students for the two other systems but to give a educational training for certain kinds of jobs after high school. Everybody is not going to be a scholar or teacher.

This system was relatively inexpensive at the time. Tuition was incredibly low. It worked. It was hierarchical...but now...everybody's supposed to be a University...and equality is the name of the game...but there is no equality because people are truly different, with different talents, different intelligences, just plain different. That's where diversity is: in our natures. And we just don't have the money to make this over-grown educational monster work. And it couldn't work even if we did.

Das: Everybody can't be just doesn't work that way.

The California system as we see it now, is a perfect example of over-reaching coming out of a mindless belief in equality. You just can't have it all.

Governor Brown's 5% for the University system, and 10% for the younger student institutions is quite reasonable. Let's see how it works out. Some leader has to get real and cut this mess down to size. Education shouldn't cost this much. And as someone pointed out above...we're big spenders, but getting terrible results. Don't feel bad. Cut the budget. It's the only sane thing to do.

On Reinvest in Higher Education

Posted on May 15 at 6:54 p.m.

'Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned' so it seems...

On What Hath Dog Wrought?

Posted on May 15 at 4:46 p.m.

Adam was the real thing, made by God out of a pile of dust and botanic debris...Eve on the other hand, was nothing more than the rib of Adam, a mere knock off as we say now...and ever since then, Adam has been taking a ribbing...and you're not helping things mangy poodle....

On What Hath Dog Wrought?

Posted on May 15 at 7:50 a.m.

Forgive him Lord, for he knows not of what he writes...

On What Hath Dog Wrought?

Posted on May 15 at 7:39 a.m.

This is an extremely important Santa Barbara Institution and Monica is a fine Director and I hope the Board achieves its goals. I'd like to learn more about Don Jose there.

On The Mission Archive-Library

Posted on May 14 at 10:51 a.m.

How far UCSB has disorganized and distanced itself from the Western Canon with all these bizarre Departments!! I say bring back the Trivium and Quadrivium....I repeat: 'Ain't Nothin' New Under The Sun'...Do you think our Associate Professor's Research (One Day to be published at Duke so they say!....), will be a best seller?

FYI dear reader:

"Satyricon (or Satyrica) is a Latin work of fiction in a mixture of prose and poetry (prosimetrum). It is believed to have been written by Gaius Petronius, though the manuscript tradition identifies the author as a certain Titus Petronius. As with the Metamorphoses of Apuleius, classical scholars often describe it as a "Roman novel", without necessarily implying continuity with the modern literary form.

The surviving portions of the text detail the misadventures of the narrator, Encolpius, and his lover, a handsome sixteen-year-old boy named Giton. Throughout the novel, Encolpius has a hard time keeping his lover faithful to him as he is constantly being enticed away by others. Encolpius's friend Ascyltus (who seems to have previously been in a relationship with Encolpius) is another major character.

It is one of the two most extensive witnesses to the Roman novel, the only other being fully extant Metamorphoses of Apuleius, which is quite different in style and plot. Satyricon is also extremely important evidence for the reconstruction of what everyday life must have been like for the lower classes during the early Roman Empire."

On Speech Is Free, Sometimes

Posted on May 14 at 10:40 a.m.

Young Man...Satyricon is much older than Fellini...Fellini is but a late milepost on Classical Feminist Studies...

On Speech Is Free, Sometimes

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