ramble through the bronx

yes, this here is ramble through the bronx, the continuing musings of a graduate student* who should be writing her dissertation, but honestly, living in new york city there's really so much else to do...

* and her commenting friends. And guest blogger.
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Meredith [>] (NYC/Toronto)
Emily [>] (Brooklyn)
Emily's music site[>]
Jeremy [>] (Bronx)
Ryan [>] (Bronx)
non-NYC people I miss
Jennifer [>] (Toronto)
Tokyo Tintin[>] (Tokyo/Toronto)
Dawn [>] (Ottawa)
Caitlyn [>] (Ottawa)
CBC [>] (my true love)
del.icio.us/janeyjane [>] (my social link collection, alas, not updated lately. I am apparently not delicious)
The Keeper [>] (try it, you'll love it)
comics sites that I check every day
Newsarama [>] (check out the 'blog' section especially)
When Fangirls Attack [>] (women in comics links)
politics, media, and gossip
AlterNet [>]
'Fuddle duddle' incident [>]
The Nation [>]
Catholic stuff
America Magazine [>] magazine of US Jesuits
Commonweal Magazine [>] biweekly magazine of lay Catholics
Karl Rahner Society [>] site dedicated to awesome 20th c. theologian
Liberal Catholic News [>] blog for progressive catholics
Pacem in Terris [>] Pope John XXIII's 1963 encyclical
music - mostly folk music and banjo links
The How and Tao of Folk Music [>] Patrick Costello's podcasts & banjo & folk guitar instruction
Back Porch News [>]News, Commentary & Links for the folkie community
E-Z Folk [>]Folk music instruction and tabulature
amuse yourself
Piled Higher and Deeper [>] (comic about grad student life)
Cat and Girl [>] just what it sounds like
The Onion [>]
Sluggy Freelance [>]
The Boondocks [>]
Eric Conveys an Emotion [>]
Society for Women in Philosophy [>]
the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy [>]
The Hegel Society of America[>]
North American Fichte Society[>]
Journal of Neoplatonic Studies [>]
Women Philosophers [>]
Brian Leiter's blog [>]
Harper's [>]
Neil Gaiman [>]
Charles de Lint [>]
Making Light [>]
McSweeney's [>]
WFUV [>]
Anti-pedantry page: Singular 'their' in Jane Austen [>]
places I miss
Cafe Diplomatico [>] (Toronto)
The Red Room [>] (Toronto)
The Free Times Cafe [>] (Toronto)
Sneaky Dee's [>] (Toronto... aka Sneaky Disease, best nachos in town)
Kensington Market [>] (Toronto)
College Street [>] (Toronto)
Perfection Satisfaction Promise [>] (Ottawa - formerly the Painted Potato)
Piccolo Grande [>] (Ottawa)
The Market [>] (Ottawa)
Stray cats of Parliament Hill [>] (Ottawa)
other nonsense
Mozilla [>]
Abebooks [>]
Alibris [>]
Metafilter [>]
and thank you
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Friday, May 12, 2006

Semester over, for me!

I posted grades this morning (no failures! YAY!! Actually, this was a really great class -- every other time I've taught I've managed to keep the average around a B-, which seems reasonable; this time, even with my grading frustration, the average came out a B/B+... and they really deserved it, which was exciting. Seeing freshmen business students writing about the hegemonic formation of 'common sense' which contributes to ongoing racism -- GREAT STUFF! yee-haw. And some of them even understood what they were writing! sigh.... argh... oh well. I really did try!) and am now in the process of putting together a syllabus for my summer course. I'm thinking of doing Macintyre's Dependent Rational Animals instead of the usual unit on existentialism & identity. Since we basically just have four weeks, it might be more straightforward to do another unified text, instead of a bunch of scattered articles.

One of my students this summer has, as her email address, "next ----------" (name of a well-known super-fanatic conservative blonde woman, who tends to write about liberals as if she means 'rabid dogs', all one word), @ ---.com. Hm. I wonder what she'll be like?

Meanwhile I'm also scanning through the Middle States Report that was just completed -- they're our accreditation agency, & it's always nice to see that one's university will remain accredited. Yay! We finished our huge Strategic Planning process & review last year (I was on the Graduate Student Association committee for this... we had many many long meetings) & handed in a Self-Study that related to that last year, & this year they came & visited.

I think these Middle States people are a little optimistic... I'm not sure I'd use the word 'excellence' in application to Fordham. Particularly not in any context of trying to live up to our mission statement. Well, maybe a little. When I chatted with Jude Jones this week about the Social Justice Forum (and ended up saying I'd like to go to the organizational meetings) we spoke quite a bit about the mission statement.

Fordham's Mission Statement is actually pretty groovy, if I haven't posted about this before. We only recently adopted & approved it, as part of last year's Strategery. You know, groovy stuff about "Fordham is committed to research and education that assist in the alleviation of poverty, the promotion of justice, the protection of human rights and respect for the environment."

Basically, it would be awesome if the mission described what we actually did -- if we actually did take particular care of each student's whole formation as a moral & intellectual being, leading them to excellence and a sense of being 'men and women for others', that sort of thing. I'm not sure that we do.

And in a broader sense, the institution just seems messed up. I mean, there's no recycling on campus. And why there are gates around the whole thing, so no one from the neighbourhood -- the Bronx -- can come in to use our library? I'm not going to get into the usual litany of woes suffered by all the students -- e.g., how Financial Aid regularly loses aid applications & fails to process incoming loans until months after the school year begins.

Our president wants us to be the premier Catholic university by 2017. By 2017, Father Joe McShane wants us to have surpassed Georgetown, Notre Dame, all the biggies. On our eensy little endowment.

OK, I'm just rambling now, and this is probably very boring to anyone who isn't me. I'll stop. But I'll just say, that what with the GSA job, and working with the Social Justice Forum and the Student Global AIDS Campaign, and teaching, and regularly talking to Doug & Reuben about institutional politics & procedures & missions & Jesuits & failures to live up to ideals, this is all very much on my mind & will continue to be. Sorry about that.

jane 10:56 AM [+]

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