Last week I wrote about our wonderful alumni who participated in a series of panel sessions with our freshmen students. During one of the sessions, one of the panelists recommended that students keep up with the news as best they can, and then recommended The Economist as a good choice, which another panelist then seconded. … Continue reading How Biased Are Your News Sources?
Even though I might sometimes disagree with some of the items they publish, I love the WSJ. Check my blog; dozens of posts I have written over the past five years have been based on something I've read in the Journal. Just ask my students. It's usually how I start off each class, talking about … Continue reading Sometimes Comments Are Out of Line
I've often wondered what it would be like to know someone who was in the movies, and now I finally do. And I have to admit, it's kind of cool. We just watched An American Pickle, which stars Seth Rogen as a Jewish immigrant who gets preserved in a vat of pickles and wakes up 100 years … Continue reading I Knew This Guy Before He Made It to the Big Screen
My students just had the best class of the semester, and I did not have to say a word (yes, there is a cause-effect relationship there...) Today we had our annual Global Business Panel sessions for all of our freshmen business students. The Global Business Panels were the brainchild several years ago of Jonathan Doh, … Continue reading Thank You to Our Wonderful Alumni
Early on at the beginning of each semester, I set aside a day for what I call The Name Game. The “Game” requires each student to come to the front of the room, introduce themselves, and then use a prop or some way to help us remember their name. (Admittedly I stole the idea from … Continue reading The Name Game – 2020 Edition
Well, it looks like we survived the first week back at school without having to reverse our plans. And I think that's all we can do, just focus on getting through one week at a time. Besides a minor glitch right before school started, Villanova's students seem to be following all the guidelines that have … Continue reading Week One Is in the Books; Just Thirteen More to Go
I received the following email today: Hi Jim, The University of Pennsylvania has an opening for a Research Track Associate and/or Full Professor Division of GI, Hepatology and Nutrition in their Philadelphia, PA location. We thought you might be interested in this opportunity. To explore this further you'll find more details and the application instructions … Continue reading Wow – This Ivy League School Is Really Lowering Its Standards…
I start teaching next week, and all my classes will be 100% in person. I will be teaching in a large room that has been reconfigured as a classroom. The room has a social distancing capacity of 40 students, and since my biggest class only has 28 students, there should not be an issue keeping … Continue reading Me, Nervous? Apparently So…
Odds are this is something that only bothers me, and I know it's kind of petty, but maybe it's something James Bond could relate to. Just like he could relate to my good looks. But anyway, I've got to get it off my chest because it happens somewhat frequently. My email address is james.borden and … Continue reading My Name Is Borden. Jim Borden.
I have no idea how I've gotten to my age without ever having read Of Mice and Men. But today I put an end that gap in my literary education, and so far, so good. The beginning of the book features an essay on Steinbeck by Susan Shillinglaw, who at the time was a professor … Continue reading John Steinbeck Knew What It Took for the World to be a Kinder, Gentler Place