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A few quotes in this week’s New Yorker from MoMa Director Glenn Lowry ’76 regarding the unexpected ten million dollar donation received from one of his Vermont neighbors:
Glenn Lowry, the director of the Museum of Modern Art, has a summer house on Lake Memphremagog, in northern Vermont. The area is part of what Vermonters call the Northeast Kingdom, and people who live there are proud of its frigid winters, frugal economy, and low population density. Two years ago, when Lowry heard that a man named Michael H. Dunn, from the town of Derby, just across the lake from him, had dropped dead of a heart attack, and that his estate, in excess of ten million dollars, had been left to MOMA, he was flabbergasted. “I’d cycled past his house, but I had no clue who he was,” Lowry said the other day. …
“He got out of the stock market before the recession, thank God, so those are real dollars,” Lowry said. “We’ll use some of it for acquisitions, but most of it will go to build up our endowment. And we’re told that there is more coming.”
The vast majority of my time with Morty Schapiro was during our class together, which all took place after he announced his move to Northwestern. At the time, I never considered what was going on at Northwestern, which was in what you might call a lame-duck period.
Now, Williams is in that same situation. The Johns Hopkins announcement of Falk’s election doesn’t specify when Falk will be leaving his post, and all we know is that he’ll be making weekly visits starting in January. Where does that leave Williams? Is all major change or consideration of new policies to halt until Falk settles in and undertakes a year of “listening?”
The college is perfectly set-up to handle both the day-to-day decisions and any emergencies; the chain of command is clear. What happens, though, to the long term stratagizing? Are we to march onwards for the next six months, or will there be leadership before then?
SF: What sort of new things will you try?
CU: Having that money might also allow me to actually give other artists that I’ve been wanting to work with, or other technologists, the ability to take some time off and work with me. I always talk about how it would be fun to work with other artists, but if you say, “Let’s work together for a couple of weeks, I can give you this artists fee,” then they can devote some time to it.
SF: What would you have done without the grant money?
CU: I was very seriously considering stopping being an artist last fall because I didn’t see how I was going to pull it off. There just wasn’t stuff out there. I had some things get cancelled on me. I was probably going to apply for a full time teaching job.
I don’t a have huge overhead but I basically run a small business that is very much subject to the whims of our economy.
(hat tip: Brandi Brown ’07)
The Ephs had an incredibly impressive road sweep at Colby this weekend, with men’s and women’s soccer both winning in dominating fashion, and women’s field hockey and football eeking out victories. The come-from-behind football victory, which allowed captain Simon Kloeckner to claim bragging rights over his high school teammate (and Colby’s captain) Roger Bel, was particularly dramatic: co-quarterback Matt Coyne scoring the winning touchdown with only one minute remaining. But last weekend was just a warm-up for the huge rivalry Saturday ahead:
- Football will go from heavy favorite against Colby to big underdog against a Trinity squad that hasn’t lost since 2007. Most years, the winner of Williams-Trinity takes the NESCAC, and there have been some outright classic games in the rivalry, including the last two meetings (both of which, unfortunately, just barely went Trinity’s way). Williams ended Trinity’s 31 game winning streak in 2006, and they hope to end Trinity’s current impressive streaks (11 game winning streak, 31-0 record on its home field since it was resurfaced) Saturday. How many points did Williams score in Trinity’s last home loss (in, gulp, 2001): you guessed it. Perhaps 31 will prove unlucky thrice for Trinity? Watch here to find out if the Ephs can stun the Bantam juggernaut. But it won’t be easy: Coach Whalen is an incredible 32-4 against non-Trinity teams, but only 1-4 against Trinity … and that’s doing better over the past five years than most of his colleagues.
- Seventh-ranked men’s soccer looks to snap a two game losing streak against Amherst’s very talented team, which made the NCAA final four last season.
- Third-ranked women’s soccer has only one blemish on its regular season record over the past three years: a tie vs. Amherst last year. They will have to play very well to avenge that tie and top the fourteenth-ranked Amherst squad on the road. The all-time series is currently dead even, so the winner can claim bragging rights (for now) in the rivalry.
- Field hockey plays Amherst in what looks like a very even match-up.
- In women’s tennis, Amherst will be looking to avenge last year’s national championship defeat against Williams in what could be a preview of another championship showdown in 2010.
- Women’s volleyball, which is off to a great start, plays Amherst on Friday to jump-start the weekend. They are raising money for Dig Pink in conjunction with this game.
- Special bonus: check out this great promo for Eph sports videos. Watch carefully at 0:14 for a shot of one of our favorite Ephbloggers.
Relativity MC Escher 1953
I know this community of readers often dislikes to see soapboxing; follow me below the fold for a piece about our new President and a particular reaction I keep getting around campus. Read more
To the Williams Community,
On a great day for Williams, I am pleased to report that the Board of Trustees has with tremendous enthusiasm chosen as the College’s 17th President Adam Falk, Dean of the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences at Johns Hopkins. Click here for the full announcement about this exciting new leader for Williams.
Greg Avis ‘80
Chair of the Board of Trustees and of
The 2009 Presidential Search Committee
to David Kane for his President Falk scoop!
As publisher Walter Burns exclaimed in the closing line of the last act of Hecht and MacArthur’s The Front Page:” Stop that train. The sonovabitch stole my watch!”.
All in the title, folks.
but then I thought, yeah, I can see him with that Board of Trustees now:
“Oh, sir, oh. There is just one more thing …”
And then I realized: This can really work!
An anonymous tipster David Kane tells us that Adam Falk of Johns Hopkins will be the new President of Williams College. I have no idea whatsoever if this is true.
From the JHU website:
Adam F. Falk became James B. Knapp Dean of the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences on Feb. 1, 2006. He had served in the position on an interim basis since January 2005.
Under his leadership, Falk said, the Krieger School’s goal remains what it has always been: “To be and remain the best small, research-intensive school of arts and sciences in the country; faculty member for faculty member and student for student, to be second to no other.”
Falk, a member of the Johns Hopkins physics faculty since 1994, was promoted to associate professor after only three years at Johns Hopkins and to full professor just three years later, in 2000. In 2002, he was appointed the Krieger School’s vice dean of faculty, a title that was changed to dean of faculty in 2004. He was instrumental in those positions in the formulation of the school’s strategic plan and in a comprehensive reform of appointment, promotion and tenure policies in the Krieger School.
Falk is a high-energy physicist whose research focuses on elementary particle physics and quantum field theory, particularly the interactions and decay of heavy quarks. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society and a winner of the Johns Hopkins Alumni Association Excellence in Teaching Award. Early in his career, he won prestigious national young investigator awards from both the National Science Foundation and the Energy Department.
He graduated with highest distinction from the University of North Carolina in 1987 and earned his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1991, winning six awards for excellence in undergraduate teaching while a graduate student. He held post-doctoral appointments at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center and the University of California, San Diego, before coming to Johns Hopkins.
This makes me ashamed to be a Williams grad.
Enough was enough, apparently. After receiving “a significant number of complaints last year from residents bothered by their roommates’ sexual behavior,” Tufts has banned dorm room canoodling when roomie is present. The policy further states that “any sexual activity in the room should not interfere with a roommate’s privacy, study habits or sleep.”
It wouldn’t be a new regulation from a campus life organization if there weren’t some doublespeak involved, so here’s Office of Residential Life and Learning’s Carrie Ales-Rich on why this new policy really isn’t a policy at all:
The sex policy, Ales-Rich said, is intended as a tool to facilitate conversation and compromise between roommates, rather than simply proscribe behavior. Ales-Rich emphasized that ResLife hopes students will be able to resolve the issues on their own instead of allowing conflicts to reach a point at which the office has to intervene.
“We want to make perfectly clear that we do not want to hinder someone from engaging in any personal or private activity,” she said. “But when it becomes uncomfortable for the roommate, we want to have something in place that empowers the residents to have a good conversation with the roommate.”
Yes, because those conversations always go better when one sophomore can threaten the other. Also note that the Tufts administration apparently did not consult the student government or really any students before it made the change.
ResLife saw a need to take the lead in addressing the issue due to its sensitive nature, according to Ales-Rich. “We found in the past that when it comes to sexual activity in the room, students find it an uncomfortable topic to talk about,” she said.
In short, Tufts bureaucrats don’t think their kids have the capacity to talk about sex, so they unilaterally created a new set of rules, which won’t have to be enforced because kids will talk about sex amongst themselves.
No word yet on whether the new policy will cover ties on doorknobs, condom theft, or threesome remorse.
The Record’s website is running quickly for the moment, so here’s an edition of BotR with links as usual. Some articles aren’t up, so this edition is incomplete.
Tenure denial endangers future of linguistics dept.
Last spring’s tenure decision appeal by Nathan Sanders, assistant professor of linguistics, has been denied by the Committee on Appeals and Promotions (CAP), meaning that Sanders is now embarking on his seventh and final year at Williams. The College has no plans to make any hires in the linguistics department for the 2010-2011 year.
News of the outcome of the appellate process, like the news of Sanders’ original denial, has prompted further reactions of shock and disconcertion among his students, raising questions about the future ability of students to study linguistics at the College….
Chapin Hall stage violates fire code
Due to fire code violations, Chapin Hall will no longer host large musical events for the foreseeable future. According to David Kechley, professor of music and chair of the music department, the stage extension used to accommodate bigger groups onstage violates the building’s fire code. A Williamstown building inspector discovered the violation last year after attending a concert in Chapin Hall.
The inspector gave the College a year to “figure it out,” Kechley said. He explained that the College began negotiating the creation of a fireproof stage extension over the summer, but discovered additional hurdles, including upgrades to the sprinkler and smoke evacuation systems and alterations to the exits. The updates will likely cost into the millions….
…I sometimes wonder what causes the boredom, irritation and consequent shutdown of curiosity that accompanies discussion about science. “I don’t know anything about science” should sound as ridiculous as “I don’t know anything about literature, history, philosophy or art.” This statement wouldn’t be so frustrating if “I don’t know anything about science” didn’t carry along the undertone of “I don’t care to learn anything about it,” which again is as absurd as refusing to learn about literature, history, philosophy or art. Such an attitude is antithetical to a liberal arts education….
The Purple Badge of Courage
I will never forget the first time it happened. It was a Monday morning during JA training, the day that the First Generation students began arriving for their special orientation. None of my kids had moved in yet, but I could sense the electric energy on campus nevertheless. Everyone I saw, it seemed, could be a new freshman, could be one of the people that my fellow JAs had dreamt about and worried about for weeks. My Co and I had stopped by Paresky that morning, and I was innocently checking my mail when I noticed two girls huddled together, whispering anxiously. Suddenly one of them looked up and pointed at me. “Hey,” she said to her companion, “Ask her… she’s a JA”.
For a split second I was startled, wondering what it was about my demeanor that had given me away. And then I looked down and realized that I was finally wearing it- the iconic purple shirt. With “Williams JA” emblazoned in gold on my chest (and, for what it’s worth, the name “Tiny Dancer” spelled out on my back), I finally looked the part of a REAL JA, even if I didn’t feel like one.
Donning the purple shirt that first morning had been exhilarating- the shirt is, after all, the ultimate symbol of a position I have wanted for so long- but it had also been completely terrifying.
I couldn’t hide anymore.
While marking the passing of William Safire, Prof. Sam Crane recounts a fascinating bit of Williams history. This should be enough to pique your interest:
I never met Safire face-to-face, but one late summer we found ourselves thrown together as adversaries of the Singapore government. Rest in peace.
Location: an apple orchard in McHenry county, northern Illinois. I’m there to pick apples with my niece and nephew. As it was a somewhat windy fall day, I wore my Williams sweatshirt (this one, which I bought at Goff’s in freshman year). As I got out of the car, one of the people who runs the orchard came out of the farmhouse to greet me, and immediately asked if I went to Williams. Turns out he did too.
His name is David Woodruff and he grew up on a farm in the midwest before going to Williams. He is a member of the class of 1976. After graduating from Williams, where he studied psychology and biology, he got an MBA and spent many years in industry before returning to his agricultural roots. He now helps to run the More Than Delicious orchard near Woodstock, IL. They grow apples and flowers and pumpkins. He told me that I made his day, because it has been a long time since he has seen a fellow Eph. You really don’t see many Williams sweatshirts in rural Illinois. It’s difficult for David to make it to reunions because they tend to happen right in the middle of the busy season for the nursery.
The orchard was lovely. They have a great variety of ripe apples right now: Connell Red, Cortland, Smokehouse, Red Delicious, Gala, Jonathan, Macoun, and many others, including some highly unusual varieties that I’ve never seen before. The people who run it are warm and friendly, and the place is quiet and intimate and gimmick-free – not like some larger U-Pick farms in the neighborhood which are more amusement park than farm. There is no petting zoo or hayride, just gnarly apple trees, dappled light, and a few shaded spots where one might have a picnic.
If you’re looking for something to do on a fall weekend, and you’re in the Chicago-Milwaukee area, you could do a lot worse than pay Mr. Woodruff a visit. You can find out more about the orchard here and here and here and here. Yes, orchards have Facebook pages now.
We got half a bushel of apples. I think I’ll make an apple crisp or two (though I have enough apples to make three or four.) It’s a nice simple dessert that involves little more than apples, oatmeal, and butter. Maybe some chopped walnuts for added crunch, a dash of vanilla, and a pinch of cinnamon.
Evan Bick ’06 has returned home safely from his deployment !
Thank you for your support of Evan and our other deployed Ephs.
Stewart Menking ’79
Williams College Adopt An Eph Program
I am really enjoying the September issue of the Williams Alumni Review. It is beautifully done, and there are several articles I’d like to post for discussion.
For starters, the inside back cover is all about the Travel-Study Program for 2010. I pored through the listings and they are enticing. Mind you, I come from a family of seasoned travelers, we don’t usually shine to any kind of group/tour arrangements, but these sound pretty great.
Portugal’s Douro River (June 24-July 5)
Sailing on a comfortable riverboat from Porto to Spain, making tasty connections between culture and cuisine with Gastronomica editor Darra Goldstein, the Francis Christopher Oakley Third century Professor of Russian, Two days in Lisbon are included.
Hmmm, I haven’t been to Portugal, and I especially like the “tasty connections” part. Sustenance is a priority for me.
Now this one might better appeal to my husband. He is of a more adventurous nature (and is largely the reason why I spent a week on the Amazon in a very uncomfortable riverboat, and with nary a “tasty connection” to speak of):
Red Sea Civilizations (jan 24-Feb 7)
Examine antique sites in Egypt, Jordan and Israel, from the Pyramids to Petra (including nine days aboard a small ship), with history professor Magnus Bernhardsson.
Yup, throw in a dig and he’ll be especially happy.
So, have any of you taken one of these trips? Or find one of these especially enticing? Or have any stories to tell about your own travel-related “replenishing of the curious mind”? Because I am planning to get the heck out of Dodge soon, and a few real reminders of the wonder of a new destination, will help me deal with the less wonderful stuff (airports, security lines, delays, lost bags, etc.) in between.
If you happen to be anywhere near Bethesda, Maryland this weekend, stop by the Small Press Expo (SPX) and see what Robbie Behr and Matthew Swanson are up to. Look for the banner that says Idiots’ Books.
They will be debuting their newest book, Nasty Chipmunk, as well as giving out free copies of Story Circles. Pick one of these up for me, please, and let me know how much a copy (1 of 50) of Nasty Chipmunk will set me back. The illustrations look gorgeous, and between the talent of this duo and the limited edition, I consider this a collector’s item.
Oh, and say hi from EphBlog!
Many know the story of the Haystack Monument but only really old guys know the story of the Hotdog Monument;.
In October of 1806, after spending an afternoon speculating on hogbelly futures, four students – Swift, Hormel, Armour, and Nathan, were caught in one of those infamous Williamstown autumn thunderstorms. To avoid being drenched through, they took refuge under a near-by hotdog stack. At that time in American history, the hotdog was known only in very small parts of our new country, and for the most part was used as fodder for goats or as a powerful emitic,
But when the four young men emerged to a now-sunlit day, the American Board of Hotdog Missions had been formed. Soon, the hotdog had reached preeminance.!n fact in just a short time, it had gone “from a hotdog to a national institution”, and soon after, -”an International institution”!
Thus the story of the growth of American enterprise began when four earnest young Williams students escaped a rain storm. This shows the importance of being earnest. And the hymn they wrote the very next day still rings true today.
Pickle in the middle and the mustard on top,
just the way you like ‘em, and they’re always hot!
You can look it up!
From the Music dept. Facebook page, a couple of events of interest to readers in or near New York:
Saturday, September 12, 2009 at 1:40pm
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
I am delighted to invite you all to my two upcoming performances in New York of Chopin’s Piano Concerto #1 in E Minor with the Manchester Chamber Orchestra…
I invite you to the following concerts in NYC:
Friday October 2, 2009 at Trinity Church in New York City – Concert begins at 1:00 PM
74 Trinity Place
New York, NY 10006
Sunday, October 4, 2009 at Barge Music in Brooklyn – Concert begins at 3:00 PM
2 Old Fulton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
I would be so happy to see you there – these concerts are very exciting for me!
Adam Neiman, pianist
I highly recommend going. Both the Trinity Church and Barge Music are lovely venues for music.
Also, Joanna Kurkowicz released a new CD:
CHANDOS RECORDS: Violin Concertos No.1, 3 and 7 by Grazyna Bacewicz with the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra under Lukasz Borowicz. Available on Amazon, Arkivmusic, Itunes and many other classical music websites…
The recording was enthusiastically hailed in the GUARDIAN by Andrew Clements: “…superbly played selection… It is an interesting collection, and Joanna Kurkowicz is a keenly alert soloist in all three works… They are wonderfully idiomatic works, colourfully scored and always interesting.”
Norman Lebrecht of La SCENA MUSICALE wrote:”…Bacewicz’ music speaks with unerring agreeable directness. Joanna Kurkowicz expounds some extraordinary solo monologues, opening up the composer’s inner world like August sunflower…”
And they’ve introduced a lame program to encourage students to attend arts, music, and theatre on campus (while the goal is one I wholeheartedly approve of, Williams students shouldn’t need any extra incentive to take advantage of the amazing performances that happen regularly at Williams):
Welcome to Williams Passport to the Arts. This program is designed to encourage students to experience the broad spectrum of arts–music, art, theater, and dance–happening at Williams.
Your Passport will allow you to keep track of your travels and is redeemable for prizes! Prizes will be awarded to the first four people submitting a completed Passport in one of the below categories. Once a Passport has been submitted for a prize, it cannot be used again. Passports will ONLY be stamped at the end of a performance or event.
For Music Events, listen for the announcement at the beginning of the concert for where to go to get your stamp. You’ll find Jenny, Jonathan or an event manager who will then stamp your passport at the end of the concert.
And from greylocknews:
Watcha Clan World Music Dance Party at MCLA September 30
Marseille-based Watcha Clan brings their socially progressive agenda and complex tapestry of musical styles to MCLA’s Venable Gymnasium Wednesday, September 30, at 8 p.m. The opening act is Paper Cliché, featuring MCLA student Mike Martin ’11. Tickets are $12 general admission, $8 for MCLA alumni, $5 for MCLA faculty and staff and non-MCLA students with valid id, and free for MCLA students and members.
Tickets are $10 for concertgoers who attend the North Adams mayoral debate before the show at the Church Street Center. Call the box office at (413) 662-5204 for reservations.
Donna Creighton & Marc Zegans Perform at Bascom Lodge September 30
Adams, MA – On September 30 at 6 pm Donna Creighton & Marc Zegans will perform at Bascom Lodge atop Mount Greylock!
In this unique double bill, two of North America’s most original and inventive voices present a richly layered exploration of love, loss and what follows in its wake. This gorgeous evening of song and spoken word is not to be missed.
Free and open to the public.
To be followed by a prix fixe dinner (call for dinner reservations) 413-743-1591.
And on campus, Ronald Feldman gives a cello recital entitled Before and After, at Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, on 10/02/2009 – 8:00pm. It’s also great to see that the Midweek Music series is still going strong. Next week will be a Bach Cello Suite performed by Feldman and a Beethoven sonata played by Christine Bowman ’11.
Berkshire Eagle reports on the start of an awesome new tradition in the Fall Foliage Festival: “Two eating contests are sceduled for the afternoon on Oct. 3. First up is a beginning of a college rivalry as Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts versus Williams College in the first annual Jack’s Hot Dog contest at 2 p.m.” For those not in the know, Jack’s maintains a “chart of champions” for those brave enough (and with a stomach strong enough) to attempt to eat sufficient volume of dogs to earn acclaim. I recall during my undergrad years future-NFL’er Ethan Brooks consuming just an insane volume of dogs. Is there a hot-dog lover on campus today who can approach Kobayashi’s level of achievement? We’ll soon find out. For more on Jack’s storied history, check its website or read this article.
From Bates Views:
Thomas Hedley Reynolds, known for nearly three decades of transformational leadership at two Maine educational institutions, died Tuesday, Sept. 22, at his home in Newcastle, Maine, after a long illness. He was 88 years old.
His wife of 24 years, Mary Bartlett Reynolds, was with him at the time of death.
Reynolds served as president of Bates College from 1967 through 1989, and of the University of New England from 1990 to 1995. His success as commander of an armored unit in the Mediterranean theater of World War II came to symbolize Reynolds’ qualities as an academic leader: far-reaching vision, decisiveness and energetic determination.
At Bates, Reynolds presided over a regional school’s evolution into a national liberal arts college now regarded as one of the nation’s best. He led Bates to strengthen its faculty and curriculum, add such key facilities as a modern library and arts center, diversify its student body and eliminate the SAT requirement.
“He brought a renewed sense of confidence and purpose,” says John Cole, a faculty member who arrived soon after Reynolds and now holds an endowed history professorship bearing Reynolds’ name. “He enlarged this place, invigorated it, professionalized it.”
Reynolds left retirement to become the third president of the University of New England, in Biddeford. (The university added a Portland campus in 1996.) Originally taking the position on a short-term basis, Reynolds ended up giving that growing institution five years of valuable service.
“He saw something here, material in the raw that had the potentiality for greatness,” UNE trustee Neil Rolde wrote in a 1995 tribute to Reynolds in “Coastlines,” the UNE magazine. “That is perhaps his greatest gift to what is, after all, a fledgling institution, now on its feet, no longer shaky, ready to flex its muscles.”
Reynolds was born on Nov. 23, 1920, in New York, the son of Wallace and Helen (Hedley) Reynolds. He attended The Browning School in New York City and Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts, from which he graduated in 1938. In 1942 he earned a bachelor’s degree in political science at Williams College.
With America embroiled in World War II, Reynolds enlisted in the U.S. Army and served as a unit commander in a tank battalion that fought in North Africa and Italy. Reynolds earned the Army’s Bronze Star and the French Croix de Guerre with Silver Star.
A memorial service for President Emeritus Reynolds takes place at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, in the Bates College Chapel, College Street. For more information, please call the Office of the President, Bates College, at 207-786-6102. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to:
The Thomas Hedley Reynolds Professorship in History, in care of the Office of College Advancement, Bates College, 2 Andrews Road, Lewiston, Maine 04240;
Or, to the scholarship fund at the University of New England in President Reynolds’ memory, in care of Scott Marchildon ’95, assistant vice president of institutional advancement, UNE, 716 Stevens Ave., Portland, Maine 04103; telephone 207-221-4230.
Reynolds’ contributions to Bates are documented in his administration files, available at the Muskie Archives and described online.
Derek Catsam ’93 speaks about the fight to desegregate trains, buses, and other modes of public transportation. The talk is part of a Civil Rights panel discussion that was held during this year’s Virginia Festival of the Book. Professor Catsam’s book on the Freedom Riders is entitled Freedom’s Main Line, and is available from your nearest online bookstore (such as this one or this one).
Link to video of Derek’s talk (opens in a new window).
Longtime readers may remember the Red Sox book Derek mentioned at the very beginning of his talk, Bleeding Red: A Red Sox Fan’s Diary of the 2004 Season, which was based on a series of EphBlog posts. In the words of one SNL cast member, this earlier work by Professor Catsam is “a great way to remember the best year in the history of mankind or any other species.”
I’m kind of surprised the interviewer assumed that he was speaking to a Brown alum even though she’s clearly wearing a William & Mary shirt.
Speaking of Ephs running 5Ks in Providence, here’s Neal Holtschulte ’06, who did the same thing very recently. His race write-up begins:
Providence, Rhode Island… You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy, and stupidity.
From the Salem News:
Williams College, one of the prestigious “Little Three” including Wesleyan and Amherst, has been ranked the top liberal arts school in America by U.S. News and World Report seven years running. It is one of the most selective and respected undergraduate institutions in the country.
It also had a darn good women’s soccer team — something recent Masconomet graduate Cait Clark is quickly finding out. […]
Just a month after she arrived on campus, it looks like the Williams program fits Clark like a glove.
“It was a little nerve wracking at first, but this is one of the most welcoming teams I’ve ever played with,” she said. “You feel right away like you’ve been part of the team forever. The transition’s easy.”
The rest of the article is here. Clark is part of a very talented freshman class on the team, which is already showing flashes of the brilliant passing I saw so much last season. I look forwards to broadcasting the rest of her season (though hopefully I’ll never slip up again and again identify Clark as Caitlyn Cain, a JA who plays softball). You can get the Sports Information Twitter feed here.
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In this article about Darfur, Ephblog regular and expert on African affairs dcat writes about the never ending diplomatic posturing of western powers that are not willing to take action to stop the bloodletting. The truth is that the French own Darfur. It is their baby. Lawn signs are not going to stop the fact that the United States does not have a legitimate course of action to stop the genocide in the Darfur. If you are mad about Darfur, protest against France.
This year is supposed to be a banner year for French Wine, but if you love America, you’ll buy from Napa.
JANUARY 2005- The crisis in the Darfur province of Sudan, which has already claimed over 70,000 lives and forced 1.5-2 million people from their homes, has placed France in the familiar position of resisting American activism in the United Nations. The United States has repeatedly tried to rally the Security Council into action, urging sanctions against the Khartoum government and deliberately using the term “genocide,” which requires action under international law. France, on the other hand, appears to be protecting Sudan or, at the very least, stalling. In July 2004, Paris opposed U.S. efforts to impose sanctions on Sudan, forcing the passage of a much weaker Security Council resolution that threatened Khartoum only with eventual “measures” to be taken if it did not crack down on the militias blamed for the violence in Darfur. In September, France brushed aside the genocide charge made by Colin Powell before the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee. “Grave” human rights abuses had certainly taken place, French officials acknowledged, but whether or not they constituted a genocide, they argued, was a question that had to be determined after careful consideration by an international committee. France has consistently cautioned the international community against acting rashly and insisted on slow and careful mediation as the correct response to the crisis in Darfur. American critics of France and human rights activists alike are infuriated.
Click here or on the picture above to play the game. Via Cory Doctorow on BoingBoing:
As part of the ongoing serialization of my forthcoming novel MAKERS, Tor.com has commissioned Idiots’ Books to produce 81 CC-licensed, interlocking illustrations, one for each installment. Periodically, Tor is adding these to a little Flash-toy that lets you rotate and realign the images like tiles (each has edge-elements that matches up with the others). They’ve just put up the 5X5 grid, which I’m finding addictively fun.