A Steadfast Man

When a man is faithful to one woman, he looks on other women in quite another way, a way unknown to the world of Eros; other women turn into persons instead of being reflections or means. This ‘spiritual exercise’ develops new powers of judgment, self-possession, and respect.* The opposite in this of an erotic man, a steadfast man no longer strives to see a woman as merely an attractive or desirable body... he feels, as soon as tempted, he has been desiring only an illusory or fleeting aspect of what is actually a complete life. Thus temptation recedes disconnected instead of making itself into an obsession; and fidelity is made secure by the clear-sightedness it induces.

(*‘Respect’, as I use the word here, means that we recognize in a being the fullness of a person. A person, according to Kant’s famous definition, is what cannot be used by man as an instrument or thing.)

Denis de Rougemont, Love in the Western World

I am Loved!

We’ve heard a thousand times that God loves us. But one day the meaning hit us. WE ARE LOVED. Really loved! Not just for what we can do, or what we have, tor what we have to offer. Not out of pity or obligation.

People love like that. They love what they think we are. We all know that about each other. We play games to keep it that way.

We try to always show the side of ourselves that we think people love us for. And we have learned form harsh experience that if we don’t, we lose! (People can change their minds about loving us.)

Sometimes we play our games very well. Sometimes we fool everyone except ourselves, and deep inside we say, “You love me… But if you really knew, you wouldn’t.”

I think some of us have a hard time even liking ourselves. We think we don’t have enough to offer, and that makes it hard to love anyone else! Giving is then conditional, tentative. There is a wall of protection… that tough shell of “I’m not going to let you hurt me.”

We all know folks who aren’t very easy to work with because they don’t feel loved. They’re defensive and wary, often depressed and pessimistic.

But if we could all really see that God – the perfect, great omnipotent creator and orginal cause of the whole universe – really, loves us.. that “the One who knows us best, loves us most,” it would change our lives! God, whom we have wronged the most, loves us - and has found a way to come to where we are… and forgive us! No person, no power, no circumstance, no situation,, no station in life, nobody’s opinion – nothing- can ever make us fell unloved again. We are of value. WE have been redeemed. We are totally, unreservedly, forever LOVED!

We can dare to love back! We can risk hurt or rejection. We can try again, and even if we fail, we can win. We are loved by the only person whose opinion ultimately matters. We can LOVE. We can love even those who haven’t “earned” it. Even those who reject it. Even those who don’t need it. (Who’s that?!) We are loved!

Bill Gaither, songwriter

The Limits of Science

The Ten Commandments of the Old Testament and the two great commandments (to love God, and to love one’s neighbor as oneself), according to Freud, come from human experience, not from revelation. The scientific method, he writes, is our only source of knowledge.

(CS) Lewis strongly disagrees. The scientific method is simply cannot answer all questions, cannot possibly be the source of all knowledge. He says the job of science- a very important and necessary job – is to experiment and observe and report how things behave or react. He writes, “But why anything comes to be there at all and whether there is anything behind the things science observes.. this is not a scientific question.”

Armand Nicholi, The Question of God

Articles of Interest about Religion - Oct 18

***RELIGION 

Company sells out of $1,425 'Jesus shoes' that feature holy water so you can 'walk on water' 

https://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/465450-company-sells-out-of-1425-jesus-shoes-that-feature-holy-water

 

Religious Walking Tour Maps Out The History Of Muslims In New York City  

https://www.npr.org/2019/10/12/769046586/religious-walking-tour-maps-out-the-history-of-muslims-in-new-york-city

 

The Perilous Power of the Preacher’s Wife

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/12/opinion/sunday/evangelical-preachers-pastors.html

 

As Christianity's popularity declines, more Americans identify as religiously unaffiliated, study finds 

https://www.newsweek.com/christianity-decline-americans-religion-unaffiliated-pew-study-1466035

 

Share of Christians in America dropping sharply 

https://thehill.com/homenews/news/466287-share-of-christians-in-america-dropping-sharply

 

Kenyans see ‘hand of God’ in under two-hour record-breaking marathon run 

https://religionnews.com/2019/10/17/kenyans-see-hand-of-god-in-kipchoges-record-breaking-marathon-run/

 

***RELIGION AND POLITICS

Generational Split Among Evangelicals Threatens Support For Trump  

https://www.npr.org/2019/10/15/770224572/generational-split-among-evangelicals-threatens-support-for-trump

 

Religious Groups Condemn Governor's 'Infuriating' Decision to Sign Bill Forcing Universities to Offer Abortion Pill 

https://www.newsweek.com/religious-groups-condemn-gavin-newsom-signing-california-university-abortion-pill-1465045

 

Why Christian music's biggest stars refuse to change their tune for the Trump era 

https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/15/us/christian-music-ccm-trump-blake/index.html

 

Mike Pompeo Lauds the Trump Administration’s Foreign Policies To Christian Counselors

https://www.wthrockmorton.com/2019/10/11/to-christian-counselors-mike-pompeo-lauds-the-trump-administrations-foreign-policies-while-kurds-die/

 

***RELIGION & THE LAW 

Oxford professor accused of selling ancient Bible fragments to Hobby Lobby

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2019/oct/16/oxford-professor-dirk-obbink-ancient-bible-fragments-hobby-lobby

 

Judge Rules Doctors Can Decline To Perform Transgender Surgery On Religious Grounds

https://news.bloomberglaw.com/health-law-and-business/obamacare-transgender-bias-rule-violates-religious-freedom-law

 

***RELIGION & FILM

Faith-Based Show ‘Vindication’ Displays Realities of Sexual Abuse 

https://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2019/october-web-only/vindication-amazon-prime-show-abuse-human-trafficking.html

 

 

 

Shopping for Happiness

What we’ve been seeing in my lab, over and over again, is that people have an inability to predict what will make us happy — or unhappy. The truth is, bad things don’t affect us as profoundly as we expect them to. That’s true of good things, too.

So the good news is that going blind is not going to make you as unhappy as you think it will. The bad news is that winning the lottery will not make you as happy as you expect.

We know that the best predictor of human happiness is human relationships and the amount of time that people spend with family and friends.

The interesting thing is that people will sacrifice social relationships to get other things that won’t make them as happy — money. That’s what I mean when I say people should do “wise shopping” for happiness.

People think a car will last and that’s why it will bring you happiness. But it doesn’t. It gets old and decays. But experiences don’t. You’ll “always have Paris” — and that’s exactly what Bogart meant when he said it to Ingrid Bergman. But will you always have a washing machine? No.

You couldn’t pay me $100,000 to miss a play date with my granddaughters. And that’s not because I’m rich. That’s because I know that a hundred grand won’t make me as happy as nurturing my relationship with my granddaughters will.”

Daniel Gilbert
Harvard social psychologist and
author of Stumbling into Happiness

Articles of Interest about Higher Ed - Oct 16

***HIGHER ED 

A major shift to 'DIY' Education

https://www.pearson.com/corporate/news/global-learner-survey.html 

Repairing an Institutional Reputation Tarnished by Fraudulent Publishing  

https://scholarlykitchen.sspnet.org/2019/09/30/repairing-institutional-reputation-fraudulent-publishers/

 

6 Ways to Fortify Your Campus Against Phishing Attacks

https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/10/6-ways-fortify-your-campus-against-phishing-attacks

 

How college admissions offices rank prospects before they apply

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2019/10/14/colleges-quietly-rank-prospective-students-based-their-personal-data/

 

Higher ed shrinks: number of colleges falls to the lowest point in two decades

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2019/10/14/higher-ed-shrinks-number-colleges-falls-lowest-point-two-decades

 

University may lose Superman papers over Liz Cheney comments

https://apnews.com/fd25b9c5d72a4d1e85f8c9802d99d608

 

House Democrats Have a Plan for Higher Ed. Here’s What’s in It.

https://www.chronicle.com/article/House-Democrats-Have-a-Plan/247349

 

***HIGHER ED & FREE SPEECH 

'They could not guarantee my safety': Author's speech canceled after Georgia students burn book 

https://www.cbc.ca/news/entertainment/crucet-cancels-speech-book-burning-1.5319443

 

To Protect Free Speech, U. of Wisconsin Is Poised to Double Down on Punishing Disruptive Protesters

https://www.chronicle.com/article/To-Protect-Free-Speech-U-of/247328

 

***HIGHER ED & FINANCES

Real estate developer, wife donate $100M to University of Virginia to help first-generation students

https://abcnews.go.com/GMA/Living/real-estate-developer-wife-donate-100m-university-virginia/story

 

For Some Colleges, the Best Move Is to Merge 

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/10/education/learning/colleges-mergers.html

 

***HIGHER ED IN COURT

Judge Threatens Betsy DeVos With Jail In Student Loan Case

https://www.forbes.com/sites/adamminsky/2019/10/08/judge-threatens-betsy-devos-with-jail-in-student-loan-case/

 

U.S. Supreme Court snubs University of Wisconsin appeal in patent fight with Apple  

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-court-apple/u-s-supreme-court-snubs-university-of-wisconsin-appeal-in-patent-fight-with-apple-idUSKBN1WM1F8

 

***TEACHING 

A teacher says he was fired for refusing to use male pronouns for a transgender student

https://www.10news.com/news/national/a-teacher-says-he-was-fired-for-refusing-to-use-male-pronouns-for-a-transgender-student

 

Study Finds Professors Must ‘Entertain’ Students To Keep Them Off YouTube

https://www.studyfinds.org/class-clowns-study-finds-professors-must-entertain-students-to-keep-them-off-youtube/

 

Preparing for the Students You Actually Have in Class—Without the Assumptions

https://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/course-design-ideas/preparing-for-the-students-you-actually-have-in-class/

 

***ACADEMIC LIFE 

When Professors Plagiarize 

https://www.plagiarismtoday.com/2019/10/01/when-professors-plagiarize/

 

***CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS

Loyola University Maryland uses modern themes and music to draw college students to church and nurture their spiritual lives on campus.

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2019/10/11/biggest-student-hub-late-night-sunday-mass

 

Cost of college went up for all students at Arizona Christian University 

https://azbusinessdaily.com/stories/513743163-cost-of-college-went-up-for-all-students-at-arizona-christian-university

 

***LIBERTY UNIVERSITY

Congressmen take aim at Betsy Devos over censorship at evangelical Liberty University 

https://www.newsweek.com/betsy-devos-libertyuniversity-censors-freespeech-1464478

 

Jerry Falwell Jr. settles lawsuit over Florida real estate venture 

https://www.wsls.com/news/virginia/lynchburg/jerry-falwell-jr-settles-lawsuit-over-a-florida-real-estate-venture

 

***RESEARCH 

Little attention has been devoted to the validity of inferences based on the findings of the research caught in the replication crisis
https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/2515245919869583

 

Pirate website Sci-Hub is making the world’s academic research free to all

https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2019/10/05/pirate-website-sci-hub-is-making-the-worlds-academic-research-free-to-all-but-at-what-cost.html

 

Basic Statistical Errors Are Common in Canadian Psychology Journals But the Computer Programs That Detect Them Are Far From Perfect

https://www.apa.org/pubs/highlights/spotlight/issue-156

 

***STUDENT LIFE

YouTube Surpasses Netflix as Top Video Choice for U.S. Teens, New Survey Finds

https://www.thewrap.com/youtube-netflix-survey-teens-top-video-source

 

The students disappearing fastest from American campuses? Middle-class ones

https://hechingerreport.org/the-students-disappearing-fastest-from-american-campuses-middle-class-ones/

 

Can Video Games Replace the Outdoors?

https://www.outsideonline.com/2403017/video-games-outdoors-addiction-rehab

 

Esports Coaches Share Lessons Learned on the Path to Building a New Program

https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/10/esports-coaches-share-lessons-learned-path-building-new-program

 

***STUDENTS & MENTAL HEALTH

Stressed-out college students are sleeping less than ever. Meditation apps claim to help 

https://www.inquirer.com/health/temple-university-students-stress-meditation-app-sleep-philadelphia-20191015.html

 

It Can Take Weeks for College Students to Get the Mental Health Help They Ask For. That’s a Seriously Dangerous Delay.

https://www.cosmopolitan.com/health-fitness/a29211906/college-mental-health-clinic-long-wait-times/

 

Half of the millennials and 75% of Gen Zers have left their job for mental health reasons

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/10/11/mental-health-issues-cause-record-numbers-of-gen-x-z-to-leave-jobs.html

 

***STUDENTS & FINANCE 

Do University Stores Rip Off Students?
https://www.forbes.com/sites/richardvedder/2019/10/07/do-universities-rip-off-their-students/

 

***SEXUAL HARRASSMENT & ASSAULT

College survey finds a surprisingly high number of sexual assaults reported on campus 

https://abc7.com/college-survey-finds-high-number-of-sexual-assaults-on-campus/5621775/

 

#MeToo movement’s next step? Colleges’ approach to sexual assault  

https://www.vox.com/identities/2019/10/10/20885824/me-too-movement-sexual-assault-college-campus

 

Top Universities Release Sexual Assault Reports 

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2019/10/16/universities-identify-campus-specific-sexual-assault-issues

Articles of Interest about Religion - Oct 11

***RELIGION 

For a Lot of American Teens, Religion Is a Regular Part of the Public School Day 

https://www.pewforum.org/2019/10/03/for-a-lot-of-american-teens-religion-is-a-regular-part-of-the-public-school-day/

 

The strictures—and allure—of the Hasidic Jewish life: a novels explore a closed world from the inside 

https://www.economist.com/books-and-arts/2019/09/26/the-strictures-and-allure-of-ultra-orthodox-life

 

Christians debate damnation in the play ‘The Christians,’ performed in Seattle churches

https://www.seattletimes.com/entertainment/theater/what-the-hell-christians-debate-damnation-in-the-play-the-christians-performed-in-seattle-churches/

 

***RELIGION AND POLITICS 

Ethiopia’s Evangelical Prime Minister Wins Nobel Peace Prize 

https://www.christianitytoday.com/news/2019/october/nobel-peace-prize-abiy-ahmed-ethiopia-evangelical.html

 

Trump is claiming that his fight with the Democrats and the media has inspired a revival in Christianity 

https://www.indy100.com/article/trump-christianity-revival-democrats-media-watch-video-9143991

 

***RELIGION & THE LAW 

Actor fired over ‘homophobic’ comments plans to sue for religious discrimination 

https://www.newsweek.com/actress-suing-fired-homophobic-facebook-1462142

 

Woman claims Nazarene church defamed her over breastfeeding  

https://www.livingstondaily.com/story/news/local/2019/10/08/brighton-woman-files-lawsuit-against-brighton-church-nazarene/3834054002/

 

Citing his devout Christian faith a Virginia teacher is suing after he was fired for refusing to use a student's preferred pronouns 

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/richmond-teacher-suing-peter-vlaming-fired-refusing-transgender-students-preferred-pronouns-sues-virginia-school/

 

***CATHOLIC 

73 Catholic schools in Washington end religious vaccine exemptions

https://abcnews.go.com/US/73-catholic-schools-washington-end-religious-vaccine-exemptions/story

 

Why ending the secrecy of ‘confession’ is so controversial for the Catholic Church 

https://theconversation.com/why-ending-the-secrecy-of-confession-is-so-controversial-for-the-catholic-church-112391

Battling Temptation

Many parents and teenagers, while in a cold, rational, Dr. Jekyll state, tend to believe that the mere promise of abstinence – commonly known as “Just say no” – is sufficient protection against sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancies. 

A better strategy for those who want to guarantee that teenagers avoid sex, is to teach teenagers that they must walk away from the fire of passion before they are close enough to be drawn in. Accepting this advice might not be easy, but our results suggest that it is easier for them to fight temptation before it arises than after it has started to lure them in. In other words, avoiding temptation altogether is easier than overcoming it. 

Either we can teach them how to say no before any temptation takes hold, and before a situation becomes impossible to resist; or alternatively, we can get them prepared to deal with the consequences of saying yes in the heat of passion.

One thing is sure: if we don’t teach our young people how to deal with sex when they are half out of their minds, we are not only fooling them; we’re fooling ourselves as well. Whatever lessons we teach them, we need to help them understand that they will react differently when they are calm and cold from when their hormones are raging at fever pitch (and of course the same also applies to our own behavior).

Dan Ariely, Predictably Irrational

Articles of Interest about Literature, Journalism, Writing & Languages – Oct 9

***WRITING & READING 

Hundreds of thousands of people read novels on Instagram

https://www.fastcompany.com/90392917/the-next-big-reading-platform-may-be-instagram

 

The 100 best books of the 21st century 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/sep/21/best-books-of-the-21st-century

 

How Scientists Were Able To Design A Font Proven To Actually Make You Read Faster 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GIm8arSogvY

 

Who doesn’t read books in America? 

https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2019/09/26/who-doesnt-read-books-in-america/

 

Translation Plagiarism in Philosophy 

www.dailynous.com/2019/10/01/translation-plagiarism-philosophy/

 

***GRAMMAR

‘Grammarians’ a captivating novel about word-obsessed twins 

www.postandcourier.com/features/book_reviews/review-grammarians-a-captivating-novel-about-word-obsessed-twins/article_dc3607b0-d4ac-11e9-aa8c-1322ee3c6d11.html

 

***JOURNALISM

7 key takeaways on information disorder from #Online News Association 19 

https://firstdraftnews.org/7-key-takeaways-on-information-disorder-from-ona19/

 

We’ve tracked newspaper layoffs, buyouts, and closures by state over the last few years

https://savejournalism.org/2019/09/26/the-grim-reaper-of-journalism-big-tech

 

Americans Are Wary of the Role Social Media Sites Play in Delivering the News 

https://www.journalism.org/2019/10/02/americans-are-wary-of-the-role-social-media-sites-play-in-delivering-the-news

 

U.S. Border Agent Harasses Journalist at U.S. Customs—Again
https://www.thedailybeast.com/us-border-agent-harasses-journalist-at-us-customsagain?via=rss

 

Charlottesville man sues newspaper for reporting on family’s slave-owning past 

https://nypost.com/2019/09/26/charlottesville-man-sues-newspaper-for-reporting-on-familys-slave-owning-past/

 

Press groups urge SCOTUS to provide live audio of oral arguments in six upcoming cases 

https://www.rcfp.org/scotus-live-audio-letter/

 

***THE BUSINESS OF JOURNALISM 

This company opens up the black box of what print newspaper subscribers are actually reading 

https://www.niemanlab.org/2019/09/this-company-opens-up-the-black-box-of-what-print-newspaper-subscribers-are-actually-reading/

 

The Books and Movies That Made Us Better Journalists 
https://www.propublica.org/article/ask-propublica-illinois-recommended-journalism-books-movies

 

Starbucks Offers Customers Free Digital Access To Newspapers, Special Subscription Offers 

https://www.mediapost.com/publications/article/341612/starbucks-offers-customers-free-digital-access-to.html

 

Supermarkets are ditching their newspaper and magazine racks (and publishers aren’t happy) 

https://www.niemanlab.org/2019/10/supermarkets-are-ditching-their-newspaper-and-magazine-racks-and-publishers-arent-happy/

 

More U.S. journalists are being named as collaboration managers; here’s a peek at their job descriptions 

https://medium.com/centerforcooperativemedia/more-u-s-journalists-are-being-named-as-collaboration-managers-heres-a-peek-at-their-job-5fc6a4f04658

 

***STUDENT MEDIA

After 110 years in print, University of Maryland student newspaper will become online only  

https://dbknews.com/2019/09/30/diamondback-ending-print-edition-online-only-digital-media/

 

***SOCIAL MEDIA 

People Are Typing on Their Smartphones Almost as Fast as on Keyboards Now 

https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/wjwpb5/people-are-typing-on-their-smartphones-almost-as-fast-as-on-keyboards-now

 

TikTok’s Ban on Political Ads

https://techcrunch.com/2019/10/03/tiktok-explains-its-ban-on-political-advertising/

 

China Masters Political Propaganda for the Instagram Age 

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/05/technology/china-propaganda-patriotism.html

 

***LANGUAGE

USC student wants ASL to fulfill foreign language requirement  

https://dailytrojan.com/2019/09/24/american-sign-language-should-fulfill-foreign-language-requirement/

 

Language Evolves and that’s okay (O.K.?) 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/kidspost/in-english-things-havent-always-been-okay-or-even-ok/2019/09/27/cc32a396-de20-11e9-be96-6adb81821e90_story.html

 

The polarisation of politics has led to a new lexicon of insults 

https://www.economist.com/books-and-arts/2019/10/03/the-polarisation-of-politics-has-led-to-a-new-lexicon-of-insults

 

African languages are fastest growing in the United States 

https://qz.com/africa/1723269/african-languages-are-fastest-growing-in-the-united-states/

 

What Language Am I Speaking? 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hgWPWEs63DA

 

***LITERATURE

She was shot dead by the Nazis in 1942. Her secret diary is to be published after 70 years in a bank vault 

https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/12/europe/polish-anne-frank-published-intl-scli/index.html

 

Understanding the importance of language among Latinx consumers 

https://www.nielsen.com/us/en/insights/video/2019/nielsen-tv-understanding-the-importance-of-language-among-latinx-consumers/

 

MacTrump’ turns Donald Trump’s first two years as president into a Shakespearean satire 

https://www.oregonlive.com/books/2019/10/mactrump-turns-donald-trumps-first-two-years-as-president-into-a-shakespearean-satire.html

 

***THE BUSINESS OF MEDIA   

New York Magazine to Merge With Vox Media 

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/new-york-magazine-merge-vox-media-1243163

 

One-in-five Americans now listen to audiobooks 

https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2019/09/25/one-in-five-americans-now-listen-to-audiobooks/

 

***PRODUCING MEDIA

Wedding Photographer Compares Photos Taken With A DSLR To The iPhone 11 Pro 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=315&v=-2OqqrtKS-E

To be in love

To be in love is not necessarily to love. To be in love is a state; to love, an act.  A state is suffered or undergone; but an act has to be decided upon.  Now, the promise which marriage means cannot fairly be made to apply to the future of a state in which I am at the moment, but it can and should mortgage, the future of conscience acts which I take on – to love, to remain faithful, to bring up my children.  That shows how different are the meanings of the word ‘to love’ in the world of Eros and the world of Agape.

Denis de Rougemont, Love in the Western World

Articles of Interest about Higher Ed - Oct 7

***HIGHER ED 

Education System Needs Fundamental Changes: Arne Duncan

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/videos/2019-10-04/arne-duncan-says-u-s-needs-to-move-to-a-pre-k-to-14-education-system-video

 

Tensions over Hong Kong unrest flare on US college campuses

https://apnews.com/7b0f328f266f46c1a498a16a5ad03fbc

 

***HIGHER ED IN COURT

Judge rules in favor of Harvard in affirmative action case

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/judge-rules-favor-harvard-affirmative-action-case-n1060921

 

Attorney ‘stunned’ by University of Michigan’s ‘arrogance,' resulting $1.6 million legal bill
https://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/2019/10/attorney-stunned-by-university-of-michigans-arrogance-resulting-16-million-legal-bill.html

 

How Penn State Is Cutting Greenhouse Emissions In Half — And Saving Money 

https://www.npr.org/2019/10/04/764637564/how-penn-state-is-cutting-greenhouse-emissions-in-half-and-saving-money

 

College Students Just Want Normal Libraries

https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2019/10/college-students-dont-want-fancy-libraries/599455/

 

***HIGHER ED & FINANCES

Donald Trump Jr. and his girlfriend will be paid $50,000 out of student fees for speech at University of Florida

https://www.newsweek.com/donald-trump-jr-his-girlfriend-were-paid-50000-out-student-fees-speech-university-florida-1462508

 

University of Connecticut issues just over $966,000 in parking violations for 2018

https://dailycampus.com/stories/2019/30/09/parking-services-issued-over-966000-in-tickets-in-2018-data-shows

 

Colleges received more than $60 million from family profiting from OxyContin https://www.marketwatch.com/story/colleges-received-more-than-60-million-from-family-profiting-from-oxycontin-2019-10-03

 

***ACADEMIC LIFE

Academic dishonesty extends to CVs, according to a new study

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2019/10/03/study-academic-dishonesty-extends-faculty-résumés

 

Careless mistakes or intellectual theft? UW-Oshkosh case reveals complexity of plagiarism

https://madison.com/wsj/news/local/education/university/careless-mistakes-or-intellectual-theft-uw-oshkosh-case-reveals-complexity/article_9b108160-a29b-5752-99bf-6349524af077.html

 

NC State professor suspended after calling women 'useless' during lecture

https://www.wral.com/nc-state-professor-suspended-after-calling-women-useless-during-lecture/18673085/

 

***CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS 

Gordon College Receives Record $75.5 Million Donation

https://www.christianitytoday.com/news/2019/october/gordon-college-receives-record-75-million-donation.html

 

***LIBERTY UNIVERSITY 

Liberty Hires Disgraced Reporter   

http://wset.com/news/local/former-disgraced-reporter-austen-joins-liberty-game-on-staff

 

Appeal sought in child sex solicitation case involving ex-LU professor

https://www.roanoke.com/news/virginia/appeal-sought-in-child-sex-solicitation-case-involving-ex-lu/article_e7a83606-5f71-5c84-a2fa-8250678970c8.html

 

***RESEARCH 

“We find that a total of 22 out of 49 papers contain demonstrable errors” —a study of research in machine learning 

https://arxiv.org/abs/1909.0443

 

Publishers, reviewers and other members of the scientific community must fight science’s preference for positive results

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-02960-3

 

Journal Peer Review and Editorial Evaluation: Cautious Innovator or Sleepy Giant? 

https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs11024-019-09388-z

 

Two-thirds of researchers report ‘pressure to cite’ in Nature poll

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-02922-9

 

Free Yourself From Study Fragility and P Values (video)

https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/918733

 

A Journal’s test for peer review bias

https://augustafreepress.com/professors-take-part-in-journals-test-for-peer-review-bias/

 

***STUDENT LIFE 

Uncovering A Huge Mystery Of College: Office Hours

https://www.npr.org/2019/10/02/766568824/uncovering-a-huge-mystery-of-college-office-hours

 

What Does a 'Good' Resume Look Like in 2019? The Answer May Surprise You

https://www.inc.com/quora/what-does-a-good-resume-look-like-in-2019-answer-may-surprise-you.html

 

Colleges are starting degrees in esports, with $36,000 programs

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/college-esports-universities-launch-degrees-in-esports/

 

Most Americans go to college in the hopes of a secure financial future. Many don’t get it

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/10/02/many-former-college-students-dont-earn-more-than-28000-a-year.html

 

College students who go off Facebook for a week consume less news and report being less depressed

https://www.niemanlab.org/2019/10/college-students-who-go-off-facebook-for-a-week-consume-less-news-and-report-being-less-depressed

 

At UC Berkeley, Brown, and Yale, students are fighting to keep Palantir off campus over its ICE contracts https://www.vox.com/recode/2019/9/26/20884182/palantir-ice-protests-campus-family-separation-berkeley-yale-brown

 

***SEXUAL HARRASSMENT & ASSAULT

 

A Texas university reported 8 rapes on campus in 2016-17, but now admits there were 38: Experts say this problem is happening nationwide

https://www.yahoo.com/news/texas-university-reported-8-rapes-192738058.html

 

Claims of sexual assaults on Rice University campus spark campus policy change

https://www.click2houston.com/news/claims-of-sexual-assaults-on-rice-university-campus-spark-campus-policy-change

 

Students at NYU and Rutgers are asking why professors who've been found to have behaved inappropriately with students were welcomed to campus this semester

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2019/10/03/nyu-and-rutgers-students-ask-why-professors-found-have-behaved-inappropriately

 

Southwestern Officials Agreed to Keep Quiet About Professor Who Had Trove of Nude Student Photos, Sex Videos

https://www.voiceofsandiego.org/topics/education/southwestern-officials-agreed-to-keep-quiet-about-professor-who-had-trove-of-nude-student-photos-sex-videos/

 

12 arrested in connection with alleged rapes at Alabama university

https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/04/us/alabama-rape-allegations-campus/

Black Swains

We have a natural tendency to look for instances that confirm our story and our vision of the world. 

Seeing white swans does not confirm the nonexistence of black swans. There is an exception, however: I know what statement is wrong, but not necessarily what statement is correct. If I see a black swan I can certify that all swans are not white! If I see someone kill, then I can be practically certain that he is a criminal. If I don’t see him kill, I cannot be certain that he is innocent. The same applies to cancer detection: the finding of a single malignant tumor proves that you have cancer, but the absence of such a finding cannot allow you to say with certainty that you are cancer-free. 

We can get closer to the truth by negative instances, not by verification. 

Nassim Taleb, The Black Swain