Saturday, March 7, 2015

free association #40

feeling like doing this.
  1. Jude :: law
  2. Erased :: pencil
  3. Addiction :: problem
  4. Curls :: girl
  5. Hotel :: bar
  6. Bloomers :: pants
  7. Membership :: club
  8. Family :: love
  9. Handle :: too hot to...
  10. Questioning :: sexuality

Monday, March 2, 2015

way to go!

Campus policing responsibilities different from city's
HAVING TAUGHT thousands of criminal justice students over the years, I was pleased to see that officers were given a voice to express their concerns in Wednesday's front page story ('ODU police officers speak of thin staffing, poor morale') about staffing levels in the Old Dominion University Police Department.
But the report is inaccurate in its portrayal of campus policing. It points out that the International Association of Chiefs of Police recommends a ratio of 2.2 police officers per 1,000 individuals a ratio based on community police departments, not campus police departments.
Communities have much different policing needs than college campuses. Many factors, such as the number of on-campus students, proximity to other police departments, and campus geography, influence staffing levels in campus police departments.
As a result, campus police departments typically have a lower ratio of officers to students. The FBI's most recent data, from 2013, indicate the ratio of campus police officers to college students is actually 1.67 officers per 1,000 students.
Tying the campus police officer ratio together with the number of students on campus, and recognizing that ODU has become a leader in providing distance education, one can point to a different conclusion about the staffing level. Old Dominion University serves roughly 20,000 students on campus and 5,000 students through distance learning. Using the 1.67 ratio, this suggests that the university should have 33.5 officers to serve the 20,000 students.
The number of officers available for patrol was highlighted in a way that suggests too few officers are available for patrol. There is an assumption that police patrol prevents crime. The bulk of evidence-based research shows that police patrol does not reduce crime.
Law enforcement experts agree that a concerted effort by various stakeholders is needed to prevent crime.
I have witnessed the concerted effort that Chief Rhonda Harris has in place for the campus community and the local community.
I am proud to be a part of it.
Brian K. Payne
Vice Provost, Old Dominion University

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Friday, December 19, 2014

goodbye colbert. goodbye ferguson.

Goodbye to two brilliant shows. The story at the link is good, I especially love the video of colbert's first "the word" on his first episode. read.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The Storm

by Mary Oliver

Now through the white orchard my little dog
romps, breaking the new snow
with wild feet.
Running here running there, excited,
hardly able to stop, he leaps, he spins
until the white snow is written upon
in large, exuberant letters,
a long sentence, expressing
the pleasures of the body in this world.
Oh, I could not have said it better.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Quote for the day

"But maybe keep in mind that moving inequality around isn’t exactly the same as addressing inequality."

Love it! From an article doing a great public service to keep us thinking about the harms of for-profit education and reminding us of the link between that and poverty.


Monday, June 2, 2014

Why didn't i know this?

Thursday, May 1, 2014

art show

She had three prices in the art show this year - two in the metal category and one in the woven.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

not so profound

found this sticky note on my computer today:

"an idealist amid the imperialists"

turns out, it's a book chapter.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

brilliance on capital punishment

Stephen Colbert on the lethal injection drug shortage:  he suggests new methods of execution. He says we can use gravity to execute those on death row.

"Just shove the condemned off the Sears tower. If he survives the drop, remember he'll land in Chicago and someone will shoot him."

Also, he says, don't worry about it being cruel and unusual punishment. "If we are cruel often enough, it won't be unusual."

Monday, December 23, 2013

dialect quiz

How Y’all, Youse and You Guys Talk

I took this quiz twice and the questions were different 

The first time I got DC, Baltimore and Newark.  The second time it was Baltimore, Richmond and Greensboro. 

Either way, it makes me an east coast girl.

Friday, December 6, 2013

How Do You Rate as a Girl?

1. Do you wait for a boy to open a car door, even though you both know you are quite capable of managing it yourself?

2. Do you listen responsively to a story you have heard before rather than squash the pleasure of the boy who is telling it?

3. If you are going to the movies with another girl, do you look presentable enough to cope with an unexpected encounter?

4. If your bureau drawers or closets were open to view without warning, could you stand the inspection without apologies?

5. In a serious discussion which includes both sexes, can you keep from being overpowering even though you know a great deal on the subject?

6. If a boy forgets his manners, can you restrain yourself from correcting him?

7. Are you able to refuse a kiss without hurting a boy’s pride and sending him home in a huff?

8. If that special boy told you he liked your long hair, would you keep it long to please him?

9. Have you the courage to be nice to a boy whom the other girls consider a bore?

10. In stores, are you apt to moon over pretty lingerie and perfume?

Scoring: Seven or more yesses: you are a veritable flower of femininity! Five to seven yesses: there are a few thorns. Under five: ouch!

From the February 1960 issue of Seventeen magazine and Pink Think by Lynn Peril (2002).

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

just regular stuff going on around here

the kid drew this last night.

i'm off to Atlanta for the annual ASC conference.  only it's not hot in hotlanta this week!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013