the department chair has reported every gift he's ever received
whenever i get buried in email or meetings and think i'd be better off with someone to represent me or help with communications, i stumble upon something like this. i wouldn't bash senator coleman or his representative (or his opponent, al franken), but i've gotta wonder whether this press conference was really the optimal way to address a simple, non-incriminating question. i can't imagine this is a game-changing issue for minnesota voters, so any response would seem to be better than a shifty non-response.
in the interest of full disclosure, i have received some gifts from students and visitors to the department. let's see, i got an ipod, a bottle of good wine, some candy, a few university tee-shirts, and a fine valentino tie from my advisees. nobody's purchased any suits for me yet, but the chair will report any gift he receives.