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Look, I can’t think of any better use of the suckers’ skyrocketing tuition money than this: The University of Florida is making sure its newly hired president, former Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska, can dive into the job: It is spending $300,000 to build a new swimming pool behind the stately mansion where Sasse will […]

The UC Strike

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On December 5, 2022

While the University of California has come to an agreement with one of its three striking unions–the postdocs–the other unions remain on strike. Fundamentally, this is a straightforward i

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Where Do Academics Come From?

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On September 1, 2022
The fall is a fascinating time for this academic from a working class background. When I was growing up and graduating from a high school that had something like a 30-35 percent drop out rate between freshmen and senior year, there were like two students who went to a private school outside of the Mormons […]
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I love this story so much. It’s the most New Gilded Age story possible. “Absolutely stunning” is how the University of California, Santa Barbara, described plans for Munger Hall, a towering residence hall for more than 4,500 students that was designed by Charles T. Munger, a billionaire and an executive of Berkshire Hathaway. But Dennis […]

Unionizing Faculty

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On October 19, 2021

As I can tell you personally, faculty having a union can make all the difference in the world. You should have one too, whether you are faculty or in some other job. And here’s the thing–e

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This is the grave of Clark Kerr. Born in 1911 in Stony Creek, Pennsylvania, outside of Reading, Kerr grew up in a middle-class household. His father was a teacher (as were many in his family), as well as a farmer. He was a very intelligent and ambitious child and rose rapidly in his school. This […]
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