March 29, 2008

street observation II

Today a Brotha passed me on a bike. He answered my "What up?" with "God is Great! Pimpin' ain't easy but someone's got to do it!" Um, I don't think that particular juxtaposition would have ever occurred to me, but I'll give my man props for creativity!

Posted by wrjacobs at 12:55 PM

street observation I

Thursday on campus I watched a guy put up flyers that advertised student jobs. Each flyer had multiple tear-off contact info slips at the bottom, and the guy tore off the left-hand slip on each flyer. I suppose he did this to create the impression that at least one student was interested in the opportunity, but he should have torn off slips randomly, don't you think? A left-hand missing slip here, a middle slip missing there, a right-hand missing slip way over there.... This (non)pattern is much less suspect than slips missing in the same place on each flyer, I think.

Posted by wrjacobs at 12:44 PM

March 23, 2008

new blog/changed blog

Check out my newly created blog: AA&AS 40th Anniversary. That "revolutionary type" style is not too radical, is it?

Also, I changed the style on my AA&AS Chair's Blog to "parchment." Coolio, no?

Posted by wrjacobs at 3:42 PM

March 18, 2008

toward a more perfect union

On March 18, 2008, Barack Obama delivered a speech about race in the United States. The blog "Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast" offers an abridged and highlighted version of key points in the speech.

Posted by wrjacobs at 8:58 PM

movie about tenure

Insidehighered.com reports that a movie about the higher education tenure process will soon begin filming, with Luke Wilson as the junior faculty member up for the prize. Hhhmmmm....

Posted by wrjacobs at 10:59 AM

March 13, 2008

Obama vs. Hillary: who should Sistas favor?

I was interviewed for a news commentary that appeared today: "Clinton-Obama race producing 'delightful dilemma' for black women." All of the other people quoted are Black women (I think) so I'm not sure why I was called....

Posted by wrjacobs at 9:50 PM

March 12, 2008

Spring Break

I thought that I would be able to take my first ever Spring Break next week, but, alas, too much work has built up over the past few days to take more than a day or two off. Oh well; maybe next year!

Posted by wrjacobs at 8:09 PM

March 9, 2008

Springing forward

Daylight Saving Time started today, which usually signals that Spring is here (or just about to arrive). I couldn't say that this morning, however, while out shovelling fresh snow....

Posted by wrjacobs at 2:08 PM

March 2, 2008

Barack Obama's turn?

The Minneapolis StarTribune recently posted a commentary about whether a White woman (Hillary Clinton) or a Black man (Barack Obama) should be elected President ("Whose Turn Is It?"). See also an article from The Atlantic about how Obama may transcend divisive political battles.

Posted by wrjacobs at 9:52 AM

Facebook Quiz

I created a quiz about Do The Right Thing, available via Facebook. Check it out if you have an account!
I originally had 10 questions in the quiz, but one was dropped somehow: "What do Radio Raheem and Buggin' Out want Sal to do just before the riot starts: a) make them some pizza, b) let them drink beer, c) put some pictures of Brothas on the wall, or d) put up flyers for a concert? What's the correct answer?

Posted by wrjacobs at 9:35 AM