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Weekend Update

We have moved my daughter and entirely too much of her stuff into her dorm at college, attended the convocation/welcome, and bid her a fond (and funded) farewell.

The University of New Haven is really pushing to become a player in the non-Ivy League, with lots of new programs, new buildings, expanded study abroad program, million-dollar "smart classrooms", new sports fields and general recreation facilities, etc.  I also like their sense of style.  They hired Catherine Conant to give the keynote address because this time they thought, hey, wouldn't it be cool to have a professional storyteller instead of yet another academician.  And there was a "pinning ceremony" with each student getting a "class of 2012" pin... "which you need to have with you at graduation, or we won't give you the diploma." 

Tonight my husband and son and I went to a movie theatre near the hotel to see "Tropic Thunder."  It rocks.  It's awesomely funny.   The soundtrack is going to be the most bizarre disc around and I want it NOW.

Tomorrow I go home by way of Tissa's Market in Old Saybrook, where I will get a real tangine.  



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Aug. 25th, 2008 03:50 am (UTC)
Congratulations. =)
Sep. 2nd, 2008 02:51 am (UTC)
It's funny to me our how our academic society is obsessed with talk of the Ivy League and the "new" Ivy League. Names like "the Harvard of the Northwest" are tossed around casually. Where Harvard has an acceptance rate of around 10%, though, the schools you hear promoted in this manner always tend to let anyone in. If you ask me, everyone seems altogether too eager to promote their school as somehow on par with or transcending the Ivy League. The University of New Haven, for example, is ranked by U.S. News & World Report as a Tier 3 school and they boast an acceptance rate of 72%, so by some account it's misleading to lavish them with praise if you fail to mention that they're hardly selective at all. This isn't your fault, though. Everyone who goes to a moderately successful non-Ivy does it. Comparisons to the Ivy League, truth be told, are too often completely unwarranted. What good are programs and buildings if the academic community isn't as selective and demanding as an Ivy League school? That said, the entire fascination with rankings and Ivy this and non-Ivy that is silly, especially when a huge percentage of our youth aren't even able to attend college.

Also, unless you're British and you follow British standards, commas always go inside the quotation marks. Thus, it would be: "smart classrooms," new sports fields . . .

I recommend checking out Strunk & White's The Elements of Style or Lynne Truss's Eats, Shoots & Leaves (if you're into comedy) before you try to publish any work.

You take some beautiful photographs on your DeviantArt, though, I have to say.

Best of luck to your daughter :]
Sep. 2nd, 2008 02:20 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the compliment on my photos, and your good wishes for my daughter. :-)

I attended M.I.T. My husband, his mother, his father, and all three of his siblings attended Harvard. (Note that I tend to use a serial comma before the "and".) I was not intending to give a full review of the University of New Haven's faults and virtues. I don't mind that you took it as such. However, that you don't seem to understand the difference between calling something "non-Ivy League" and "just as good as Ivy League" shows a carelessness that you should probably work on. Or, if you prefer, "on which you should probably work."

I often fall into British usage. I sometimes even use "colour" instead of "color" and not intentionally. I suspect it comes from reading too many British authors. I also vary as to whether or not I put the final quote before or after the punctuation. Works submitted for publication might receive a little more self-checking for consistency than an LJ entry. :-)

Thank you again for your compliments and your interest in my journal.
Sep. 2nd, 2008 06:44 pm (UTC)
You are way more diplomatic than I am.

Sep. 3rd, 2008 02:00 am (UTC)
ah, well, this one caught me in an okay mood ^_^
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