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Off The Ledge Of Higher Learning

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Did the academic world think this stimulus money would be around forever? You’d think with all those smart people in Higher Learning, they would be able to produce a workable budget.

Universities throughout the country face drastic shortfalls when federal stimulus stabilization money runs out next year.

“People are referring to it as ‘the cliff,’ ” said Doug Lederman, an editor and co-founder of Inside Higher Ed, a trade publication based in Washington. “The reality is that public investment in higher ed is about to decline.”

Stimulus dollars were meant to offset declining state appropriations to higher education “and keep tuition increases as low as possible,” said Lisa Powers, a Penn State University spokeswoman.

The money will end at a time when state appropriations are expected to shrink further, leaving hard choices for institutions of higher learning: raise tuition, cut student services, reduce maintenance programs or slash research, educators say.

The situation “is very troubling,” Powers said. “We are actually operating with a lower level of state support than in previous years, and the federal stimulus funding allowed us to maintain the current appropriation level.”

This begs the question: how much money IS enough for these places? What amount would it take to have these pinheads say, “Thanks for the extra cash offer, but we’re good.”

And I’m sure there’s a program or twenty that can be eliminated from a college in order to balance the books. Just a hunch.

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June 6, 2010 at 2:15 pm

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Wooden’s Words

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So John Wooden recently passed away.

On May 26, 2010, Wooden was admitted to the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center due to dehydration. Wooden died of natural causes on June 4, 2010

Guy sure knew how to live, and if we are all even a fraction as successful in life as he was then we came out ahead in the game.

Here is some game that Coach Wooden spit out during the course of his life. Peep it.

A coach is someone who can give correction without causing resentment.

Adversity is the state in which man mostly easily becomes acquainted with himself, being especially free of admirers then.

Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.

Don’t measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability.

Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be.

If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?

If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not doing anything. I’m positive that a doer makes mistakes.

It isn’t what you do, but how you do it.

It’s not so important who starts the game but who finishes it.

It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.

The main ingredient of stardom is the rest of the team.

Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.

You can’t let praise or criticism get to you. It’s a weakness to get caught up in either one.

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June 6, 2010 at 12:46 pm

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Helen Thomas Runs Into An Ice-Berg

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No Grandma Thomas, the girlfriend’s last name is Gunder-SON, not Gunder-STEIN

Yes Grandma Thomas, this was a better neighborhood until “they” arrived.

I can’t wait to see the fallout from all this — or lack thereof.

Helen Thomas might do better to just ask questions.

The grande dame of the Washington press corps put her foot in her mouth with an answer at the White House last week, suggesting Jews should “get the hell out of Palestine” and “go back home to Poland, Germany, America and everywhere else.”

The jaw-dropping words from the 89-year-old Hearst Newspapers columnist hit the Internet on YouTube Friday and sparked a firestorm of controversy.

Elan Steinberg, executive director of the World Jewish Congress, sharply rebuked her. “Shame on Helen Thomas. She is certainly old enough to remember the Holocaust and the Second World War. She owes an apology to all victims of the Nazis,” Steinberg said.

Thomas posted a lukewarm apology on her personal Web site.

“I deeply regret my comments I made last week regarding the Israelis and the Palestinians. They do not reflect my heartfelt belief that peace will come to the Middle East only when all parties recognize the need for mutual respect and tolerance. May that day come soon,” she wrote.

And by, “the need for mutual respect and tolerance,” she of course means…

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June 6, 2010 at 12:32 pm

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Then And Now

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So I read elsewhere about a person reminiscing about the summers of years’ past.

That got me the thinking about my summers then and my summers now.

Summers Then: Playing video games and staying up until 4 am watching premium channels that wound up on my household’s basic cable package. No, I didn’t steal these channels — they just appeared one day. Well, actually, the picture was fuzzy for a few days and then HBO showed up for good. Were my landlord and landlady stealing cable and I got in on the action? No clue. But I wasn’t about to say anything. Remember, this was the early 1990s when there wasn’t this thing called Internet porn. Looking at boobs on HBO was as good as it got if you weren’t lucky enough to get your hands on a porno tape (and lucky enough to not have your parents discover said recording). And you know what? That’s the way it was and we liked it. Oh who the hell am I kidding? If Internet porn was around during my middle/high school years I would have never left the house. Well, I didn’t really leave the house back then so that’s a moot point.

Where was I? Oh, yeah. Summers then and Summers now. We did the “then,” so let’s go with the “now.”

Summers Now: Happy because I don’t have to deal with the !@#$%^ school crossing guards during the morning/afternoon work commute.

What was the point of this entry?

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June 6, 2010 at 12:09 pm

Posted in Life