04 mai 2014

Yes I Said Yes I Will Yes

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/linguafranca-45.pngBy . Yes! That’s the good word (complete with exclamation point) from the progressive city of Boulder, Colo. Last week the Boulder Public Library announced: An art project called, “Yes!” by artists R&R Studios based in Miami, was selected by a public art selection panel on March 31. More...

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The Commas Suit Ya

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/linguafranca-45.pngBy . An interesting Slate piece a few months back by Matthew J.X. Malady noted many Twitter users’ disdain for commas. It’s not just a matter of being frugal with punctuation in order to fit a thought into 140 characters. Punctuational minimalism has emerged as one of the hallmarks of casual online style—social media, texting, commenting, message boards. One inescapable example, which I’ve previously discussed, is the sea change in email greeting from “Hi, Name” to “Hi Name.” This is by no means exclusively the province of kids and illiterates. I recently came on this comment on the philosophy blog LessWrong: “Anyway [no comma] yes [no comma] I can see that teleological capture is problematic. However [no comma] I can’t do away with it completely.” (Exceptions to the minimalism rule are ellipses, question marks, and exclamation points, which have spread online like Asian carp in a predator-free freshwater ecosystem.) More...

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There Was No Committee

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/linguafranca-45.pngBy . English is becoming a global lingua franca not just for trade, industry, aviation, research, and entertainment, but also for higher education. We scarcely needed the conclusions of a new research report by the department of education at the University of Oxford in collaboration with the British Council, released Wednesday, to tell us that. More...

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The Importance of Not Knowing

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/linguafranca-45.pngBy . It’s graduation season, a time when we celebrate the academic accomplishments of students. At this moment when we are celebrating learning, I think it is important to remember the importance of not always knowing—a message I had the opportunity to share a few years ago at a high-school commencement in Cleveland. I wanted to share part of that speech here in hopes that it might be meaningful for some of this spring’s high-school graduates and students already in college. More...

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An Aha! Moment

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/linguafranca-45.pngBy . Fede, a Venezuelan student of mine, whenever he greets me, starts with “Epa, Ilan.”
Epa is an interjection, an expression of emotion, that is, frankly, almost impossible to translate. In English, what Fede means is a combination of hey, whoa, and howdayado, that is, a slangy form of greeting as well as a manifestation of surprise. More...

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Doubts About Parent PLUS Loans for Families and Colleges Relying on Them

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/Ticker%20revised%20round%2045.gifBy . Report: “Access to What and for Whom? A Closer Look at Parent PLUS Loans”
Author: Awilda Rodriguez
Organization: American Enterprise Institute’s Center on Higher Education Reform
Summary: This report offers context on the hotly debated federal Parent PLUS loan program, which allows parents to borrow up to the full cost of college attendance minus other aid for dependent undergraduate students. The report uses the Title IV loan-volume report for 2012-13 to analyze colleges that have large disbursements in the program, and data from the most recent National Postsecondary Student Aid Study to analyze the demographics of borrowers. More...

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$6-Million Loan Will Help S.C. State U. Avoid ‘Disaster,’ but Deficit Still Looms

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/Ticker%20revised%20round%2045.gifBy . South Carolina State University, said last week to be a month away from “financial disaster,” won a state board’s approval on Wednesday to borrow $6-million to help meet its payroll and pay other bills, according to reports by two South Carolina newspapers, The State and The Times and Democrat. More...

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Florida Is Set to Approve Bill Giving Some Immigrants a Tuition Break

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/Ticker%20revised%20round%2045.gifBy . Florida is poised to join the growing list of states that allow students who were brought into the United States illegally as children to qualify for lower in-state tuition rates at public colleges and universities, according to reports by The Miami Herald and The New York Times. On Thursday the State Senate approved an amended version of a bill that has previously passed the House of Representatives and that Gov. Rick Scott, a Republican, supports. More...

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Student-Aid Group Releases Revised Ethics Documents

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/Ticker%20revised%20round%2045.gifBy . The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators released on Thursday updated versions of its Statement of Ethical Principles and Code of Conduct. The revised documents incorporate member feedback from draft versions released in February. The association also plans to add enforcement provisions, said Justin Draeger, its president. Those will be available in draft form for member feedback before the group’s annual meeting, in late June. More...

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Condoleezza Rice Opts Out of Rutgers U. Graduation

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/Ticker%20revised%20round%2045.gifBy . Condoleezza Rice, who served as secretary of state under President George W. Bush and is now a professor at Stanford University, has decided not to speak at the graduation ceremony at Rutgers University, following a protest by students and the faculty. The objections involved Secretary Rice’s role in the war in Iraq, waterboarding, and other controversies of the Bush administration. More...

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