Throwback Thursday: My 75 Seconds of TV Fame

It was sometime during the winter of 1980. I was going to grad school out in Pittsburgh, and I had volunteered to teach a juggling class at the local YMCA. As you might expect, it wasn't a big draw. But as fate would have it, one of the local TV stations in Pittsburgh (KDKA) wanted … Continue reading Throwback Thursday: My 75 Seconds of TV Fame

Ms. Monopoly – Seems Destined to be a Ms., Not a Hit

As soon as I saw the headline, the first thing I did was check the date, to make sure it wasn't an old story from April 1. But no, it was from this week. Toymaker Hasbro announced it was rolling out a new version of its classic Monopoly board game, naming this one Ms. Monopoly. In … Continue reading Ms. Monopoly – Seems Destined to be a Ms., Not a Hit

What Book Has Had the Biggest Impact on You?

That was a question all of our incoming freshmen had to answer as part of a summer reading assignment. I just finished reading all of my students' answers, and I found the responses fascinating, so I thought I would share those responses on my blog. As you might expect, given that there were over 100 … Continue reading What Book Has Had the Biggest Impact on You?

Using the Veil of Ignorance to Create a Just Society

Today was one of my favorite Saturdays - Dan Ariely's column was in the Wall Street Journal! I'll offer my perspective on his advice in a later post, but what I want to focus on in this post is a phrase which Ariely used that I had not heard of before, the veil of ignorance. … Continue reading Using the Veil of Ignorance to Create a Just Society

Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction: Old-World Charm

Here is another attempt at “flash fiction“, writing a 99-word blog post in response to a prompt. The prompt this week is “old-world charm“: In 1494, Luca Pacioli, a Franciscan friar, wrote one of the first published descriptions of double-entry bookkeeping. He described journals, ledgers, year-end closing entries, and proposed that a trial balance be used … Continue reading Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction: Old-World Charm

Making Do with What You’ve Got

Yesterday, one of my colleagues (Bill O.) was giving a brief welcome speech to this year's incoming freshmen in the school of business, and one part caught my attention: "There are only seven colors in the rainbow, but look at what Michaelangelo and van Gogh were able to do with those colors. There are only … Continue reading Making Do with What You’ve Got

Wanna Feel Old? Let Me Introduce You to the Class of 2023

For the past 21 years, Beloit Collge has created the annual Mindset List, a compilation of what has always and never been true for new college freshmen. This year, the list has been taken over by Marist College. Here is some information from the Mindset List for the class of 2023: Variously known as Gen Z, Gen … Continue reading Wanna Feel Old? Let Me Introduce You to the Class of 2023

How to Succeed Academically and Socially as a College Freshman: Advice from Recent Grads and Last Year’s Freshmen

At the end of this past academic year, I decided to send an email to my former students, asking them to share advice on what helped them to succeed academically and what helped them to succeed socially. I sent the email to two groups of students - seniors who had just graduated, and freshmen who … Continue reading How to Succeed Academically and Socially as a College Freshman: Advice from Recent Grads and Last Year’s Freshmen

Forget the Sunday Scaries, I’ve Got the Semester Scaries

Earlier this week Good Morning America did a feature story on something I had never heard of, the "Sunday Scaries". As the story notes, the Sunday Scaries, Sunday Night Blues, or Sunday Depression are all terms used to describe the anticipatory anxiety, the feeling of dread, for the week ahead. It's a phenomenon that has … Continue reading Forget the Sunday Scaries, I’ve Got the Semester Scaries

Blinded by the Awesomeness

It's taken nearly 40 years, but I finally have a worthy competitor as my answer to the question, "What's your favorite movie?" Since 1981, it has always been Chariots of Fire, a British historical drama film that tells the fact-based story of two athletes in the 1924 Olympics: Eric Liddell, a devout Scottish Christian who … Continue reading Blinded by the Awesomeness