November 5

The relief at last night’s results comes to me in waves. I thought that I would be so happy and emotional when the results were announced, but it seemed slightly unreal, like a dream. The newscasters keep stressing the historicity of this election, which really goes without saying. My reason for feeling like this is a turning point comes...

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Snap and Dine

Artist/product designer Demelza Hill created this disposable plastic cutlery set. From her website (http://www.demelzahill.com): Snap and Dine is a single use three-course table setting that integrates disposable cutlery with traditional silverware. The portable lunch setting expands the possibilities of eating outdoors in style whilst...

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thesis woes

After being relatively sure this entire semester about what I was interested in for my thesis proposal in the spring, I think I’m going to change it. After one of my colleagues was told in no uncertain terms that he wasn’t ready to propose, it made me think seriously about the kind of information of which I already should have a good...

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consultation

The prof. I’m assisting has finally (probably after seeing the results of the mid-term) acknowledged that his class is not succeeding. Yesterday only 20 (out of about 30) students showed up, and after the break only 12 returned to class. He emailed me today to tell me that he has requested a consultation from the education department. There...

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chores

This semester’s TA assignment has been frustrating beyond all belief. Sometimes I feel like I’m doing all of the important professorial duties outside of the classroom. For instance, Professor decided to have the mid-term later than most other classes. Of course the students were happy to be able to put it off, but now he and I are in...

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literature review

for one of my classes (the one I haven’t complained about), I’ve been researching information that will probably become a part of my thesis proposal when I write that next spring. It’s more difficult than I expected to keep the two projects separate right now – I feel torn because I have to do the literature review for my...

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communism doesn’t work in the classroom

I’ve decided to take a Rand-ian stance to the blog project that my professor has got us working on. I’m trying to walk the thin line between being cooperative and maintaining my own original ideas and research. In class last week, Professor told us that he wanted us to try and write with a collective voice, meaning that we would all...

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overheard from a coworker

“I hate all this University Lecture Series stuff. I mean talk about a waste of money. All people do is throw it away.” When working in a department that has no connection to the academic side of things, I shouldn’t be surprised to hear something like this. [Update: Said coworker just received an email from the staffing director...

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