The Beginning

As I think back over my 28 years as a faculty member at Indiana University I have sometimes thought it was a mistake to leave my tenured position at another big ten school to come to Indiana University and IUPUI. But every now and then a golden nugget hits the pan and...

Deb Perkins

Deb Perkins, dressed in black wearing sun glasses, sits with students and colleagues–all friends–as the group celebrated the many positive experiences Deb brought to their lives. Deb gave 30 years of her life to helping students navigate through the academic and...

Film (Analog) or Digital?

August 21, 2011 Normally journalists put the central message of their themes at the beginning of their writings. I am going to put it at the end.  Be fair–don’t skip ahead. As I ramble through the evidence to make my point, you may wonder, “Where the hell is he...

Nora Thompson Dean’s advice

In trying to clean out my inbox I reread some very good advice from the late Nora Thompson Dean, a Delaware Indian native speaker. The email was from Jim Rementer who worked directly with Dean on preserving Delaware, or Lenape, language. Dean had an especially...

Smoking

From the U.S. Federal Drug Administration website, "Beginning September 2012, FDA will require larger, more prominent cigarette health warnings on all cigarette packaging and advertisements in the United States. These warnings mark the first change in cigarette...

Bait and Switch

In “Behind the Curve” New York Times reporter David Segal describes unhappy circumstances of second year law students losing their scholarships because they have fallen below some predetermined grade point average (GPA). In one example discussed the student had a GPA...