Sunday, December 14, 2008

Sad News

I hate getting emails like this so close to the holidays.  Prayers go out to his family.

Dear Members of the Dartmouth Community:

With great sadness I regret to inform you that we have learned of the death of Cody Lavender, a Dartmouth junior, who was studying in Edinburgh, Scotland on a Foreign Study Program (FSP).

We have expressed our deepest sympathies to his family.
The College is now reaching out to students in the FSP and other members of the community to offer counseling resources. Counseling resources are available on campus in person, or by phone for those not on campus, 24 hours a day. We will be looking after each other.

The authorities are investigating. The death is not being treated as suspicious. We have no other official information at this time.

Sincerely,

Tom Crady
Dean of the College

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Reiko Ohnuma, Part 2

Further examination of Reiko Ohnuma's Facebook profile has dug up a few more gems:

* On co-professor Clarence Hardy: "Reiko is co-teaching this term with a black colleague...whose mind is no longer on the stupid class."
* On grading papers: "
Reiko has nothing interesting to say about these damn papers, but better think of something quick."
* On her course load: "
Reiko shouldn't be teaching Religion 1 nine years in a row, because it's getting pretty old at this point."
* On the religion department: "
some day, when i am chair, we're all going to JOG IN PLACE throughout the meeting. this should knock out at least half of the faculty within 10 minutes (especially the blowhards) & then the meeting can be ended in a timely manner." (emphasis ours)
* Lastly, with a bit of irony, she posts a Salon article about facebook: "Professionals over 30 have joined the networking site in droves, but with great convenience can come great embarrassment."

Again, pictures, in case she closes her profile:







Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Dartmouth Professor Uncensored...

As just about any college student knows by now, posting embarrassing things on Facebook or MySpace can have serious repercussions: taunts and ridicule, lost job opportunities, and even legal action.

However, this lesson has sadly been lost on Religion Professor Reiko Ohnuma. Her Facebook profile is littered with quotes, revealing deep insight into her teaching style:

* "Reiko doesn't know how to explain what 'modernity' is & isn't entirely clear herself."
* "(to a facebook friend) 'I'm now going to shamelessly plagiarize your language.'"
* "Where is Wikipedia when you really need it? The Wikipedia article on modernity SUCKS."
* "Yeah, I saw that page already. Thank fucking God for the Internet."

The next day:
* "Reiko faked it with aplomb."
* "
yeah, but i feel like such a fraud...do you think dartmouth parents would be upset about paying $40,000 a year for their children to go here if they knew that certain professors were looking up stuff on Wikipedia and asking for advice from their Facebook friends on the night before the lecture?"

That's a very good question, Reiko. What do you say, Dartmouth Parents, Students, Alumni, and others?