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Waiting for the news …

… xkcd   a daily commentary of social and scientific mores.

I’m airbourne for most of the day, but upon landing I will turn my gaze to the top of the Parker House.

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The Tree of Life Synagogue, October 27th, 2018.

Candlelight vigil for the 11 killed in the shooting.

 

Recommended reading:

Max Boot, The Washington Post

“What is happening to our country?”

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Will the bombs be the Trumpian Reichstag?

O that Professor Robert Waite were available to offer his psychohistory analysis on the current WH resident as he did on the former resident of a bunker in Berlin. The Reichstag Fire is generally credited as the reason for the sweeping disruptions of German freedoms of personal and public activities, including freedom of the press… under The Reichstag Fire Decree of 1933.

The second reference (above) is from Australia with a 2 March, 2017 dateline. I am not the first to have this thought. Events seem to have progressed since 2017. The party state must protect itself.

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Frost misread? This staple taught at Williams for many years …

… may not be interpreted as the justification for making a positive life decision and ultimate path, but a reminder that we need to justify our actions after the fact. If this is a fair statement, than how substantial is the speaker’s claim “… has made all the difference”?

Near the end of my own path of self-justifications, I try not to weigh those actions taken and differences made against an equally viable path and where it might have led and to what differences.

I am left with the acknowledgement of self-justification for the path taken, though with many regrets.

Do watch the animation in the Atlantic magazine reference.

Here are a few moments of Satie to accompany my melancholy musings:

 

 

 

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At last: Vanity Fair’s Top 100 …

 … here they are! The movers, makers, shakers, moguls, and satraps of our current delusional, dyspeptic, and divided society.

 

An informal survey if you please , dear enpurpled reader:

    1.  Who on the list have you heard of?

    2.  Who on the list has affected-infected your own personal or business life?

    3.  Who on the list do you consider a force for GOOD?

    4.  Who on the list do you consider a force for EVIL?

    5. Who on the list went to Williams?

 

Please, no offense meant to any reader whose name appears in the listing!

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Pamela Franks, new Class of 1956 WCMA Director now in place.

Pamela Franks

Class of 1956 Director, Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA)

After earning her Ph.D. in the history of art from the University of Texas at Austin, Franks started her career as a postdoctoral curatorial fellow at Yale University Art Gallery (YUAG) and became its first curator of academic affairs in 2004. Throughout her 14-year career at YUAG, she played a central role in shaping and carrying out priorities for teaching, exhibitions, public programs, community engagement, technology, and collaborations with other academic art museums. As the Director of WCMA, she remains passionately committed to the role of the museum in higher education and the inspiration art can bring all audiences.

In addition to new Williams president Maude Mandel, Pamela Franks becomes the new director of the Williams College Museum of Art. Ms Franks brings a long list of accomplishments from her career experience at Yale, as you may read above and here. (both courtesy of WCMA).

It is always a pleasure for me, an old art history major and member of the Class of 1956, to see the continuing importance to Williams of this area of the Liberal Arts!

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Railroading …

… making way for a speedy ride.

See here for a purpled reference.

Later up-dates:

(an announcement at Union Station, Washington, DC)

We regret to inform you that the SCOTUS Special due to arrive at noon on Saturday September 29th has been delayed because of unexpected bad weather and an avalanche of public opinion.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/oct/02/trump-mocks-christine-blasey-ford-at-mississippi-rally

(another announcement at Union Station, Washington, DC)

We are happy to inform you that the SCOTUS Special is now due to arrive at noon on Saturday October 6th (or not) (or with complications) (railroading is hard work!).

 

 

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… on the other hand, analysis as offered by a Constant Contributor may be …

… of continuing consideration:

xkcd 19 Sep. 2018

https://xkcd.com/2048/

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George Will meets DDF ’25 for coffee …

From George Will’s column in today’s Washington Post.

The beginning of another academic year brings the certainty of campus episodes illustrating what Daniel Patrick Moynihan, distinguished professor and venerated politician, called “the leakage of reality from American life.” Colleges and universities are increasingly susceptible to intellectual fads and political hysteria, partly because the institutions employ so many people whose talents, such as they are, are extraneous to the institutions’ core mission: scholarship.

Writing in April in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Lyell Asher, professor of English at Lewis & Clark College, noted that “the kudzu-like growth of the administrative bureaucracy in higher education” is partly a response to two principles widely accepted on campuses: Anything that can be construed as bigotry and hatred should be so construed, and anything construed as such should be considered evidence of an epidemic. Often, Asher noted, a majority of the academic bureaucrats directly involved with students, from dorms to “bias-response teams” to freshman “orientation” (which often means political indoctrination), have graduate degrees not in academic disciplines but from education schools with “two mutually reinforcing characteristics”: ideological orthodoxy and low academic standards for degrees in vaporous subjects such as “educational leadership” or “higher-education management.”

I am very leery of social engineering applied to a campus of 2000.

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Breaking News: USN&WR Rankings are Out! Purple #1.

A new system tried.

 

… however, new results seem strangely familiar.

 

Your observations?  I call your attention to ‘Best Value Schools’.

 

 

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Purple Yet Again! Now as a ‘Quartz Obsession’ …

Yes! Quartz has dedicated its’ Obsession corner to the color PURPLE (please excuse me for shouting).

Along toward the very bottom, a school famed for the cost of text books, over-building on Spring Street, and generous allowances for vacation homes, is cited along with Burgess the Bovine Be-Spyer.

This is a follow-up to the post announcing Pantone Ultra Violet as the color of the year 2018.

 

 

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“The Madness of King George lll” coming to the Clark!

This promises to be a timely event!

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2018 1:00 pm-3:00 pm.

 

 

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John McCain, an American hero, dies at 81.

 J. Scott Applewhite/AP

His like may not soon come this way again .

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Sorry, DDF … too busy catching up with the news:

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Holding one’s water on Spring Street …

The piles of broken plaster, pilasters, and precipitate cluttering Spring Street may be subject to more immediate usage by male passers-by. Spring Street, unlike eg Paris, has never had cast-iron pissoirs to offer an immediate venue.

 

 

 

 

 

 

(L) Paris Traditional                                          (R) Paris Beta Test

Strangely, the Beta is receiving a mixed reaction from normally blasé Parisiens.

Perhaps those of the Williams-related male persuasion may wish to cast a watery ballot indicating their opinion of the constant construction disrupting The Village Beautiful !

 

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No. Adams: PTC, this is a long way from DiLeggo’s Diner …

A follow-up story in DeZeen   paints an attractive picture of this imaginative addition to local color.

Of interest, if anyone recognizes any names:

Project credits:

Lead designer: Ben Bvenson of Broder
Architect: Hank Scollard
Interior design: Spartan Shop (Julie Pearson)
Landscape architecture: Reed Hilderbrand
Bridge designer: Tree-Mendous Aerial Adventures (Gerhard Komend)
Developer: Brody (Ben Svenson, managing partner)
Partners: Ben Svenson, John Stirratt, Scott Stedman, Eric Kerns, and Cortney Burns

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Rachael Tufts Fuller ’98 Named City Manager of Hood River, OR

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 Rachael Fuller ’98

 A great appointment! Our first woman city manager. And she brings her       Williams team experience in soccer and lacrosse with her … our two  fastest     growing HS and club sports for both men and women in this sports-and-   orchard community.

 The full story in The Hood River News:

 After an extensive search process, the City of Hood River mayor and council   announced Monday that Rachael Fuller will be Hood River’s next city manager   beginning Aug. 20. She replaces five-year City Manager Steve Wheeler, who is   retiring and will work through Aug. 21.

 “We’re very excited to have Rachael Fuller join us,” Hood River Mayor Paul Blackburn said. “We   were impressed by her experience and qualifications with administrative roles in Oregon and in   rural communities similar to ours.”

 Fuller, originally from Seattle, lived and worked for Jackson Hole, Wyo., as a program coordinator   and special project coordinator before moving back to the northwest. She most recently served as   assistant city manager for Gresham, for the past seven years. Fuller has a master’s degree in Public   Administration from the University of Wyoming, and a bachelor’s degree from Williams College.

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Democrats and Republicans But Only One Traitor …

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Perhaps Williams will provide future world leaders with the knowledge to participate in global affairs while upholding their sworn allegiance to the United States of America.

Global Studies 2018-19  (from the Course Catalogue)

An informed engagement with the world is an indispensable part of the liberal education that is the goal of the Williams experience. The Global Studies Program enables students to achieve this goal through a cross-disciplinary and comparative curriculum.

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Robinson, Breuer, Williamstown: a follow-up …

 … to this post.

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A lot of house for 1.9mil.

Plus the connection to the atomic bomb.

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These competitors have dropped the SATs …

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… let’s see how they do.

 

Moving right along …

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fr v bel

It is Monday July. 9th. I really like the nesting dolls for this cup in Russia.

It is now Wednesday July, 11. In a heart-breaker for England, the finals are France – Croatia.

 

 

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no need for SATs. 4 -2 ovScreen Shot 2018-07-11 at 1.41.48 PMer Croatia! 

 

 

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The Stars and Stripes Forever!

 Happy Fourth of July! .2

 

 

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It is 12 o’clock and a Chapin Library holding is under fire!

 

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My post of last Spring, 2017 White House Lawyers Up was viewed as ‘jumping over the shark’.

Please, Librarian Hammond, protect the Chapin Library’s printing of the Constitution of the United States from the conflagration. It may be needed for reference.

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A Sunday Break: … 30 …

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It was a pleasure for the Hood River stringer to have this meeting with the owner, editor, and chief content provider of Ephodder. The much-maligned mogul is in actual presence a relaxed, convivial, conversationalist and bon companion for a mid-day grill. I was his guest. I also imagine that no captions are needed to identify the subjects.

I admire Dave for his dedicating this blog to his father D. Kane ’58. And for his determination to have a new post up every day. This means that since he started the blog in 2003, he has written 9000 and some posts.

This is an immense dedication to digging for stories, items, releases on which to present observations of foibles and views of policies and actions. It may be that now in 2018, the formerly new is being recycled. That the content provider’s opinions have become more set over time. That these opinions tend to be contentious in some ways, as they should be. 

However, I find that the focus of the postings has turned too completely meta-college administration as opposed to the proud banner “All things Eph”. There was a time when this banner actually worked and many different topics were posted on topics of a much wider world … as one might expect of graduates of a leading liberal arts institution.

I recognize that meta-administration is what  current readers want to read and discuss, either pro or con, and at length. So saying I recognize that my attempts to spread the definition of the World-o-Williams a bit in the blog are not adding any dimension to the discourse.

While I will be retiring my Hood River quill, I urge some other reader, with a sense of a broader outlook to present,  to jump right in!

 

… 30 …

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A Sunday Break: Cranberries – the Juice of Williams!

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Quartz, a pub covering trends and happenings in business, has a weekly Obsession on a particular topic. I was amused to see that this weeks’ obsession was cranberries.

https://qz.com/email/quartz-obsession/1254695/

 

And why amused, you may ask. Because of the contributions to the Alma Mater of the Makepeace family.

Members of the family have been responsible for raising the cranberry to a daily part of the life of peoples world-wide instead of a sugar-infused berry sauce at Thanksgiving. We drink them in many forms and eat them out of little sacks as a treat and diet addition.

The Williams link. Charles D. Makepeace Williams 1900 and Treasure for many years. At our 50th reunion in 2006, Denny Makepeace ’56, his grandson and namesake, gave a  rundown on the doings of the family and some very particular descriptions of activities at his grandfather’s Williamstown house. We were in that house, now the Oakley Center, and laughed at the stories, especially the one about dancing on the piano and leaving heel marks on the polished top. And the piano was with us in the room. The convivial talk is a part of the oral history of Williams.

I do wonder if the Williams community recognizes the importance of continuity and tradition, and has an appreciation of the personal histories and commitments that have shaped this small college.

 

 

 

 

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A Paean to Pruitt: A Song from Britton ’56 …

downloadIndeed! Another song in that Peter Britton ’56 particular style. This one an ode to Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Scott Pruitt, who seems to have no regard for anyone’s environment except his own.

 

It is a pleasure to be able to post the work of an old classmate. And let’s face it … all my classmates are old. The words are by Peter, the music by Nashvilles’ own Tim Lorch, and the back-up band is according to Peter, ” one Polish gypsy on violin, a studio musician on bass, and a blind Iowa farm boy on piano, guitar, accordion and sax”.

The words are beneath the fold if you want to sing along.

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Liv Østhus ’96: subject of a new documentary …

From Alumni Office to NW area alums.

Greetings from Williamstown!

The Alumni Relations Office would like to pass along information on the upcoming world premiere of a documentary film about Liv Østhus ’96.

It’s called “Thank You for Supporting the Arts”, and Liv describes it this way, “Blacktop Films followed me for four years and made a full-length feature that is smart, beautiful, and heartwarming. It’s surprisingly wholesome with its focus on Portland, family, and community. Its provocative nature comes primarily from my insistence that stripping is art (and, I guess, all the nudity)”.

I met Ms Østhus, the daughter of a Lutheran Minnesota  minister, in 2009 at the opening for her book at Powell’s Books in Portland. I now have my signed copy of Magic Gardens: The Memoirs of Viva Las Vegas that includes the familiar words “Beat Amherst”.

Liv has been featured many times in Ephblog.

Just search for ‘stripper’.

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Consider Barbara Bush …

Screen Shot 2018-04-17 at 8.01.58 PMFirst Lady Barbara Bush holding baby while two-year-old child takes photo w. toy camera at hospice for children w. AIDS

https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/first-lady-barbara-bush-holding-baby-while-two-year-old-news-photo/50585315#first-lady-barbara-bush-holding-baby-while-twoyearold-child-takes-w-picture-id50585315

 

 

 

I won’t supply a Williams connection except the qualities of humanity, empathy, and dedication as a part of this Williams community.

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A Sunday Break: The 35 Most Powerful People in New York Media 2018 …

… and among this distinguished 35? Yes! Eph’s Own Mika Brezinksi ’89!

 

Read more from The Hollywood Reporter list …

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WHY THEY MATTER Being Trump’s sworn enemies is good for business. Morning Joe — which celebrated its 10-year anniversary in 2017 — notched record ratings for MSNBC during the 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. period, averaging slightly more than 1 million viewers (vs. CNN’s 634,000) and 226,000 in the 25-to-54 demographic. With an audience that skews young, wealthy and educated, the show posted slightly more growth than Fox News in the 25-to-54 crowd (up 36 percent, compared with Fox News’ 32 percent gain). Numbers for the first quarter of 2018 were particularly impressive, with Morning Joe averaging 249,000 — an all-time high — in 25-to-54.

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/lists/35-powerful-nyc-media-figures-2018-hosts-anchors-more-1100942/item/jeff-fager-35-powerful-people-media-2018-

In a time far away, The Hollywood Reporter was daily reading. A lot of the perusing concerned data like those reported in the story snippet above.

The format has changed considerably since those commuter times. Not that I was reading in 1950 (the illustration left), but this is what it looked like. Much more stylish and on-line now. Looks like Vanity Fair.

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And as to that current cover (illustration right): Silicon Valley among my favorites. Just finishing the new season.

Your comments on Mika, reflections on Joe, gripes about the media, and your problems with binge watching …

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It is twelve o’clock and a Chapin Library holding is under fire now …

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My post White House Lawyers Up last spring 2017 was seen as ‘jumping over the shark’

Please, Librarian Hammond,  protect the Chapin Collection’s Mason draft from the conflagration. It may be needed for reference.

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Marco Remec ’80: on view and up-coming installations …

We have talked about Marco Remec ’80 and his work

http://ephblog.com/2017/09/29/marko-remec-80-has-new-site-specific-work-at-93rd-and-park/

http://ephblog.com/2017/05/12/marko-remac-80-work-in-rome-at-the-invitation-of-pope-francis/

Remec will have two openings soon, one in Pittsfield.

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He has a current installation at MASSMOCA.

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https://www.markoremec.com/bio

 

 

 

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