I just returned from a two-week holiday with my husband in Italy…
June 27th, 2014

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I just returned from a two-week holiday with my husband in Italy, on the famous Amalfi coast. As one colleague just asked, ‘isn’t that where all those James Bond movies were filmed?” Well, many films have been shot on that coastline, simply because it’s one of those most spectacularly beautiful strips of civilization and nature on the planet. I like to say I love everything Italian, except their politics.

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That’s what the room looked like from where I was sitting last week at convocation…
June 7th, 2014

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That’s what the room looked like from where I was sitting last week at convocation —second row, behind official representatives of the province and the Board of Regents. The good news is that second row status allows for picture-taking possibilities—discreetly, of course. The graduation ritual can be severe, almost like church. Solemnity is the usual order of the day. Picture-taking is definitely not encouraged. We have so many more successful graduate students these days and so we also have longer lines of expectant students, waiting to cross the floor to shake the hand of the Chancellor and receive their parchment. I attended all but two ceremonies. Wouldn’t you know that one of those was made memorable by a graduating student requesting a selfie with the Chancellor. Good for him, I say. Some colleagues were heard to be muttering afterwards that it was going to start a ‘dangerous trend.’ Yes, let’s channel our fears into inconsequential matters, why don’t we? I applaud the student who snapped himself with our most senior university figure. A little disruption lightens the mood and probably lifted some audience members out of their deep slumbers.

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