Archive for May 2008

Recall initiated against Lebanon school board member

May 31, 2008

Wow. Talk about your Friday afternoon info dump:

The Lebanon Citizens Alliance for a Responsible Education System (CARES) announced Friday that it will initiate a recall of Lebanon School Board member Debi Shimmin.

“The members of CARES and this community feel betrayed by Ms. Shimmin. She has broken almost every promise she made during her campaign,” said CARES president John Kennedy. “Her votes have been consistently irresponsible and potentially unlawful and will ultimately lead to more litigation against the Lebanon School District. We feel we have no choice – Ms. Shimmin must go before more damage is done.”


More later.

OSU plans to cut Italian language classes

May 30, 2008

From the Gazette-Times:

Italian and other foreign language courses are popular at OSU and many have waiting lists, said Brad Dennis, the chief business officer for the College of Liberal Arts, which includes foreign languages.

Classes with high demand might be cut, Dennis said, because in the university’s budget model, tuition dollars don’t flow directly to the courses that students take.

“This is so ridiculous. It shouldn’t have to be this way. That’s the whole frustration,” Dennis said. “There is a total disconnect (between) where the students want to take classes and where the budget is to support it.”

Mark McCambridge, university vice president of finance and administration, said the university budget model is complicated, because there are expensive classes, such as science courses, and inexpensive courses, such as physical fitness classes. He added that most other departments have been able to operate within plan.

“They’re cutting the little people is what it is,” said Courtney Lindstrom, a junior majoring in public health management.


Methinks there’s something wrong with the funding model.

Don’t get me wrong – I don’t think every class should turn a ‘profit’. That would be problematic for a whole host of reasons. But I do think that if OSU is cutting things with waiting lists, things that are needed to graduate, then, frankly, the model is broken.

Also of note: McCambridge’s comment is a useless non-sequitur. It explains or justifies nothing. In other words, it’s typical McCambridge.

Maybe in my free time I’ll look at the Resource Allocation Model used by OSU and see if I can figured it out. I’ve heard for a long time it’s biased away from the liberal arts.

Free time. Right.

Also: Kyle Odegard had two stories in today’s issue. That’s some kind of record, right?

Hering

May 30, 2008

Wow. This is a well-written editorial that manages not to demonize anybody, but instead raise semi-decent (but obviously unresearched) concerns.

I’m amazed.

… of course, I think Hering is passing over any possible short-term upsides to being taught in two languages, but hey. All things considered, I’m just happy he admits that learning Spanish is a good thing.

Presidential Chest-Thumping

May 30, 2008

Is this postmodern? A sign that Bush is, indeed, a Boomer?

Or is he just an overgrown frat boy?

Six Degrees of Wikipedia

May 29, 2008

I could lose a lot (more) time playing with this.

If anyone gets five or more clicks, let me know. I could only get four.

The (televised) press is broken

May 29, 2008

“…the press corps was under enormous pressure from corporate executives, frankly, to make sure that this was a war that was presented in a way that was consistent with the patriotic fever in the nation and the president’s high approval ratings.”

[LCSD] Rick’s next proposal? (Yes, that’s a joke.)

May 29, 2008

From a comment on a story about a middle school considering drastically reducing electives:

Also some teachers are not there to teach our kids, they want vacations and weekends.

Riiiight. Because everyone knows teachers don’t do anything over the weekend or during the summer. That syllabus? It practically writes itself…