The Dean’s Blog will be back next week!
August 26th, 2011

I am off for a long overdue week of vacation and so I am in a laughing mood
August 19th, 2011

I am off for a long overdue week of vacation and so I am in a laughing mood. Here is a recent posting from Inside Higher Ed that’s bound to give you a giggle or two. Some of you probably collect these unpolished gems.


Some US colleges require physical fitness
August 11th, 2011

Some US colleges require physical fitness. I know, I know–that’s a horrible thought for many who are grateful that adulthood has freed them from the childhood pain and humiliation of physical education classes. Anyhow, I can’t see Canadian universities taking that on, not in my lifetime anyway. Too controversial. But what about all the mountains of research—by academics–that prove the relationship between sound minds and sound bodies? It’s irrefutable. If you are physically fit, you live longer, think more clearly, look and work better…and on it goes.


Blackberry vs. iPhone
August 5th, 2011

The clever NY Times recently posted an amusing video starring two of their editors, each using a different PDA. Remember, these guys are not professional actors or anything, and the little film has a nerdy lame quality, sure, but it gets the job done.  The job is a short compare-and-contrast study on the relative merits of the Blackberry vs the iPhone. The guy wearing a suit covets his Blackberry. The other casually dressed dude swears by his iPhone. One guy uses a lot of words; the other plays a lot of games and music. Who’s right? (more…)