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Archive for October, 2005

Homecoming and Alumni Band

Sunday, October 30th, 2005

Made the annual pilgrimage to Tallahassee this weekend for FSU’s homecoming game (this year the ‘Noles pulled it out at the last minute to beat Maryland 35-27).
I’ve been going now for the past four years to play trombone in the FSU Marching Band Alumni during pre-game festivities. It’s almost worth it just […]

“Any Way You Like It”

Monday, October 24th, 2005

Wonder where this one’s going? I’ll let the Smartest Man in Asheville tell you:
Two years of research and $200,000 later, Asheville has a new slogan.
Yes, that was it. Up there in the title. “Any…Way…You…Like…It”
It just screams “Asheville, NC,” doesn’t it? Well, if you’ve never been here, you might not realize that it’s actually pretty […]

Intelligent Design: A Pandemic of Presidential Polemics

Monday, October 24th, 2005

Sorry for the alliterative title — it just sort of popped out as I was thinking of a catchy title. I’m referring to yet another instance of another college president, this time Hunter Rawlings of Cornell, railing against intelligent design.
I think this is the first post I’ve written on ID, so it’s worth stating […]

Theology from a Seven-Year-Old

Sunday, October 23rd, 2005

“If you gave everybody, including the babies, a ruler, then you could measure God’s big toe.”

The Devil and the Marching Band

Monday, October 17th, 2005

Sorry for the lack of posting. We were on Fall Break at the end of last week, and so I took the family up to the DC area (where we lived previously). We stayed with and visited with friends, reminisced, showed the daughter all the places we took her when she was a […]

Hurricane Stan: Devastating Central America

Monday, October 10th, 2005

I may have some problems with the Presbyterian Church (USA), but I’m thankful that they’ve alerted me to the damage that Hurricane Stan is inflicting on Central America and Mexico. It’s easy for this to get lost with the news of Katrina, Rita, and the earthquake in Asia.
As an example, in Guatemala:
Almost all of […]

Academic Echo Chamber: Arizona State and UHouston Edition

Sunday, October 9th, 2005

I was originally following the story of the Arizona State “Native Americans-only” course at FIRE’s website. Essentially, an English Prof there has been offering a composition course that he advertised was available only to Native American students. And he’d been doing this for some time.
Naturally, FIRE wrote to ASU demanding an end to […]

No, really. He’s a college president

Saturday, October 8th, 2005

The President of Swarthmore and his commencement address. I almost don’t know what to say. Other than I agree with Jonah at the Corner, who says: “See if you can find all of the clichĂ©s, non-sequiturs, and bad arguments here.”
Here’s a taste:
Today, moralistic absolutism powers radical Islamic fundamentalism and North Korea’s […]

Update on the NC Lottery

Monday, October 3rd, 2005

When I last addressed the topic of the lottery, over a month ago, the NC State Senate was one vote short of passage (apparently, the NC House had already approved the lottery). We thought it was dead for this session.
Well, like a phoenix, the lottery rose from the ashes. Here’s my understanding of […]

Sociology is about equality?

Saturday, October 1st, 2005

I teach my classes in the building that houses the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at Western. Every day as I walk to class I pass by the deparmental office.
A couple of days ago, I noticed that one of the glass display cases outside the departmental office had a sign on top that read […]

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