August 30, 2008
October 22, 2007
But hey! This is newsworthy too! Us lucky Oxy students are being given the opportunity to try some corn, fresh from President Prager's farm near Sacramento. This is going on on Wednesday night, October 24. Fresh Presidential corn (that could be so misinterpreted) is going to be available in the marketplace that night at dinner.
Better yet though, we get the opportunity to husk it the corn ourselves. As the hand-out puts it: "Be a part of the farm to school experience and help prep the corn for dinner!".
Now, I know that there are many people out there who don't feel that corn husking is not exactly up their alley -- but, come on, how amusing is it going to be to see people spending their lunchtimes down in the quad husking their own corn? Many people might be surprised that there is more to food than driving to the supermarket.
This program is put on by UEPI and, obviously, President Prager as a "harvest festival". This seems like a good way for us Oxy students to find out more about our President, and to connect with her a little bit more. Even if it is over corn.
October 19, 2007
I think that this is a case where the paradigm between what this blog does (or hopes to do) and what the Oxy Weekly does is clearly demonstrated -- the blog will give you whatever I feel the interesting tidbit of the story is, and hopefully be far more timely than the newspaper can be (in this case, it was weeks earlier), but the newspaper will eventually follow it up with deeper coverage that will give you the full story (assuming it's something worth following up, and not stupid signs).
(By the way, yes, I co-authored the story on the rankings, so in a way this post is a little bit of self-promotion. Can you really blame me though?)
I'm sure there was an important reason for this sign, but I didn't see any live electrical wires anywhere. Were they talking about wires under the half-exposed carpet? If so, someone would have had to have actually gone down and worked their fingers though the seam in the carpet to get to the live wires. Do they really think that someone would do that? The other sign made us wonder how stupid its creator was; this one makes us wonder how stupid its creator thinks we are. Obviously, this sign isn't nearly as outrageous (or high-profile) as the last one, but it definitely falls under the "too alarmist?" category.
September 30, 2007
This last week, in all of the our mailboxes, we got the 2007-2008 version of the "Guide to Campus Safety". Now, it seems that most people just throw this away off hand, or just throw it in some drawer (who needs to know the school alcohol or weapons or sexual assault or gambling policies anway, right?). But, one thing that most people don't realize is in the handbook are the crime stats for the last three years, and some of them are pretty interesting. Now, keep in mind, these are reported crimes. There is only 1 hate crime on the books from last year (and it was an off-campus hate crime at that), but hate crimes are a crime that usually goes drastically underreported. Anyways, here are some of most interesting of the numbers from last year (just a note: I'm going to look only to the numbers that pertain to on-campus activity):
- The zeros (meaning there were none) for on campus crimes: Murder, Manslaughter, Robbery, Hate Crime
- There were 7 reported on campus arsons
- There was 1 forcible rape, 1 aggravated assault, 1 grand theft auto, and 9 grand theft larceny -- to me, that's a suprisingly high number of major crimes
- There were 31 violations of the alcohol policy and 28 violations of the drug policy -- meaning there were almost the same number of drug and alcohol violations
- There were 27 false fire alarms
It's always good to know the facts about how safe/unsafe the campus really is. Do any of these numbers suprise you? Do any seem higher or lower than you expected?
Okay, first a note: I've been really busy over the last couple of days, and I've been sitting on this update and the one I will make later today for a few days now, meaning they're not at timely as they could be. Please excuse that fact, because I believe that both contain relevant/interesting information that people may or may not have heard about. In other words, I'm posting them anyway.
Now, to the post:
1. Oxy's momentum is dying out. Maybe Oxy has reached the heights of its status and prestige, at last for now. All upward trends have to level out at some point.
2. The status, distinction, and allue of all the liberal arts schools is rising, and so while Oxy's prestige is increasing, it is not doing so any faster than its peer institutions. In other words, all the liberal arts schools are going up, and Oxy's rise is only equal to that of the other schools.
3. U.S. News and World Report doesn't know what the hell they're doing.
What do you think? (I just want to point out that you can leave comments on blog posts, without even needing to sign up or be a blogger member.)
September 23, 2007
September 22, 2007
These are of the sky over Johnson from the Haines parking lot.
Colorado Ave, still wet from the rain.