restrictions on college aid for drug offenders upheld
via school law blog:
via school law blog:
if you google the phrase master teacher, you'll return notices such as the clipping at left, celebrating the eighth grade teaching excellence of gladys (a/k/a "mrs. ellwood") brown. in 21st century higher education, however, identification as a master teacher is not always cause for celebration.
via boingboing: a radar magazine story reports on bill geerhart, an unemployed thirtysomething, who sent letters to oprah winfrey, donald rumsfeld, and larry flynt while posing as a ten year old. "little billy" also sent letters to (and received responses from) richard ramirez, charles manson, ted kacynzski, and eric menendez.
the smoking gun reports on an arkansas man who is suing the benton county jail for not providing him with sufficient food. broderick laswell (left) says he dropped from 413 pounds to 308 pounds after only eight months in the jail. He has filed a federal lawsuit charging that the jail fails to provide inmates with enough food.
meg sends word of a debate on feministing and physioprof regarding intellectual appropriation and attribution of credit in blogging. a selection:
this weekend marks our 18th annual sociological research institute or SRI at the minnversity. the program has been great thus far.
via social science statistics:
professor regina branton of rice university maintains a nice set of faqs on statistical interaction in multiple regression analysis.
handy stuff, well-presented.
just before midnight, esperanza said g'night and handed me a slip of paper. it indicated that for the next 24 hours, she's participating in the day of silence. from the website:
there's another fine adam liptak piece on punishment in today's times. as is by now well-documented, these united states have the highest incarceration rate in the world.
two minnversity sports stories today. first the bad news:
bob costas loves to spin yarns about milwaukee's ballpark brats and red sauce. i thought i'd share one that popped up in a bob uecker radio interview this week. mr. costas described his correspondence with a certain "ma pesh," a champeen brat eater from stevens point:
via eszter: public opinion quarterly offers a special issue on cell phones and surveys.
as tonight's pasta cooked, i raced to the grocery for bread and the wine shop for a li'l sangiovese and goats du roam.
via boingboing and ceruleanst:
i've written about how racial impact statements might be an effective vehicle for assessing the racial effects of proposed measures to protect public safety. this week, iowa governor chet culver signed off on a bill "requiring a "minority impact statement" for any legislation related to a public offense, sentencing, or parole and probation procedures." like some other midwestern states, iowa has a small african american population, but great racial disparity in criminal justice.
i got up early to take my class to a youth correctional facility today. we drove through grant hart-land and ended up by greg norton's restaurant. feeling nostalgic over my favorite band's breakup, i stumbled on a blog tribute and mp3 to 2541, mr. hart's ode to love and the band's old address.
yahoo/ap reports today on a strongly-worded JAMA piece on guest authorship and ghostwriting in publications related to rofecoxib.
hillary clinton unveiled an ambitious $4 billion proposal to halve the homicide rate in major american cities. the plan involves adding 100,000 new police officers and targeting gangs, drug markets, and illegal gun trafficking.
juliet schor visited last week, giving a couple of well-attended talks on consumption. she emphasized the social costs of consuming new crap at ever-increasing rates, of course, but also spoke eloquently on the social meaning and community to be found in some forms of consumption.
you might have heard the story of the 19-year-old colorado couple who busted up a video store fighting over their 4-year-old's gang affiliation. here's the denver post version:
digging out the back of my trusty alamo electra 2570, i came across a few rusty strings, a non-functioning bad stone phase shifter, a gnarly bottle of ernie ball guitar polish, and some crumpled-up pics from a mid-70s creem magazine -- y'know, iggy n' blondie at cbgb, that sort of thing.
via the sentencing project:
via inside higher ed:
Lake Superior State University... threatened to reprimand a tenured professor whose door boasted cartoons and other images of a conservative political bent... Richard Crandall, was ordered to remove the materials from his door in 2007 (he eventually complied). Items included a photo of Ronald Reagan, pictures mocking Hillary Clinton, a sign posting a “Notice of the Weekly Meeting of the White, Male, Heterosexual Faculty and Staff Association (WMHFSA),” and various cartoons about abortion, Islamic terrorism and other topics...The university argues that the postings contribute to a hostile environment and therefore do not fall under First Amendment protections... Crandall, who could not be reached for comment, point out that other professors at the university are able to post politically charged pictures and phrases on their doors without consequence, presumably because their perspective is liberal or leftist rather than conservative or right-wing.
yeesh. sure, i'd be annoyed if colleagues posted reagan love poems on their doors, but i'd still be too offended by the ideological double-standard to actually do anything about it. and, if a minnversity sociologist were reprimanded for her door signs, i might summon the courage to collect systematic data on the doors around campus. such data might help establish the campus norms for political expression. then, administrators might make a judgment as to whether dr. crandall was spreading hostile work environment-style hate speech or expressing political views in a manner consistent with campus norms.
since i've been enjoying new morning-era dylan lately, i might as well link to bob's take on door signs.
i've had little time online or elsewhere the past few weeks, as i've struggled to keep pace with chair / editor / teacher / scholar / father duties. one story that caught my eye, however, came via amelia at the crawler. apparently, slaughterhouse workers on the killing floor exhibit relatively high rates of post-traumatic stress. similarly, communities with slaughterhouses exhibit relatively high rates of violent crime.
i got the following email from the spouse of someone convicted long ago for a drug offense. with her permission, i'm reprinting it in full.
there's nothing like springtime* in minnesota. according to my personal timetable, running shorts mark the official start of the season. so, blinding the world with my pasty luminescence, i ran in shorts this weekend. saturday was so glorious that 20 miles seemed like 20 minutes, but the rains returned today.
i attended this one a few years ago and learned much from the good folks and their good ideas. via howie:
via criminal defense attorney jeralyn merritt:
i delete most scam emails without reading them, but i can't resist some of the more creative offerings. today's inbox included the standard fare addressed to "Dear Sir or Ma" and "dearest one," as well as a more creative offering from "Captain Dukeman" with the eye-catching photos at left and below.
via sothea: a cnn report on abuses in juvenile institutions.
via michael bischoff:
I’d like to ask for your help in recruiting formerly incarcerated participants for some listening sessions that the Council on Crime and Justice is helping organize. The participants will get a $25 gift card. I’m attaching a flyer about the sessions, which gives more details. Please post the flier, and please also help us personally recruit people that you think would be a good fit for it.
These listening sessions will collect input about how neighborhoods can engage more fully in prisoner reentry. The attached flier is for 2 sessions for North Minneapolis residents that were formerly incarcerated. There will also be sessions in Frogtown (St. Paul) and Rochester, and we’ll send those flyers out as the sessions are scheduled. In each location, there will be 2 listening sessions with individuals who have been formerly incarcerated:
Group 1: Participants must have been previously incarcerated in a Minnesota State Prison and have encountered successes in re-entering your home community.
Group 2: Participants must have been recently released from a Minnesota State Prison and currently be under supervision.
This project is being done in partnership with the New Living Way Christian Center, the MN DOC, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, and the Governor’s Office on Faith and Community Service. Later this year there will be community forums in North Minneapolis, Frogtown, and Rochester to discuss the findings.
Thank you for your help in inviting people to these groups. I think this process will be very useful for all of us that are working in reentry. When you have people that want to sign up for the sessions, please have them contact the Council’s Research Department at 612-353-3003.
despite their 3-2 opening day victory, i just can't see my beloved twins getting past 80 wins with the current starting rotation. though i'm usually much more optimistic, i'm gonna call it at 79 this year, with high hopes for the 2009 season. i mean, we lost our number 1 (santana), 2 (garza), and 3 (silva) starters.