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Important to the Current State and Future of Higher Education

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You know every once in a while I’ve gotta get serious on yo’ ass. Yeah, wrap that sentence around your brain. Anyway! This is the best article I have read describing the significance of the University of Virginia’s Board of Visitors recently ousting and subsequently reinstating the University’s President. Why does this matter? Because it begs the question: what is the appropriate model for a university? Is it primarily a business, offering efficiency and the expectation of transactions of services for payment received, and needing to be focused heavily on money brought in? Or to what extent is there still room for a university to be primarily focused on providing the best education possible, even in these times of financial cutbacks? I know a university truly is both an educational institution and a business, and that there does need to be a attention paid to the business needs; I also don’t presume to understand the complex workings of figuring this out. But it sounds like at least in this case the public had something to say, and I’m inclined to agree with them.

Source for article and photo: NY Times, photo Jay Paul for NY Times

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In Case You’re Curious: How People From Around the World See America

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 I feel like a fly on the wall! Click here or on the pic for a sampling of perspectives when people around the world were asked, “What do you think about America?”

For any non-American readers, do you relate to any of these perspectives? For American readers, does anything here surprise you?

Source for video and picture: NBC News via msnbc.com

One more countryside picture, then I’ll stop

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Here’s one more picture I liked from my trip to Upstate NY. Loved the rolling hills and just the peacefulness there :).

Groovin’ Bug

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yet another quirky find while walking through my neighborhood 🙂

Today I Learned: Mia Farrow and Woody Allen’s Son is an Interesting Genius

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inherited more of his mother’s looks, his father’s genius

This is Ronan Farrow. I was reading his scathing Father’s Day tweet on dlisted and discovered that he graduated college at 15, went on to attend Yale Law School that same year, was a Rhodes Scholar, and is currently, at 24, Special Adviser to the Secretary of State and Director of the State Department’s Global Youth Issues office. He is also a humanitarian and journalist. Dude, you’re making the rest of us look bad :P.

Source: wikipedia via dlisted

Photo source: wikipedia

Sometimes Cats Just Like to Maneuver into Weird Places, That’s All

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for example, this:

I’m not a cat owner myself, but as a card-carrying member of the internet community, I am obligated to love cute cat youtube videos. Check your membership contract, pretty sure that clause is in there for all of us.

Source:  on youtube via dlisted

Sometimes it Helps to Remember…

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Sometimes we just need this powerful little reminder. I know I have, that’s why this is one of my favorite quotes that’s helped me tremendously at different times.

Source: African proverb via The Quote Corner, with C in mind

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