Political Correctness Marches On

It’s interesting that Elon University no longer uses the word “freshman” when referring to a first-year student. These individuals are now “first-year” students. OK, so I’ve been teaching in college for 18 years, maybe 20, and I thought we had good names for undergraduate ranks (even though it drives me crazy when I hear “sophomore” […]

Sexual harassment and a way forward

At a recent luncheon, a highly regarded and influential woman suggested the current cavalcade of sexual harassment claims, counterclaims and general upheaval may put a real “chill” on inter-office interactions and hurt women seeking upward mobility. Will men’s preoccupation with “Who’s next?” lead them to shy away from hiring qualified women? I cannot say for […]

The Demise of the Corner Bookstore

You see it just about everywhere: independent and chain bookstores closing. The internet and Amazon have changed forever the process for buying and reading books. Audio books, Kindle and other technologies have placed the paper pages in peril. In fact, look at what happened to Borders and Barnes & Noble … closings and downsizing. It’s […]

2018: Predictions for the New Year

Ho, ho, ho. It’s time to close out 2017 and look positively toward a new year. While we certainly have a lot of problems to handle and turmoil to quell, it’s appropriate to make some fairly safe predictions for the coming year. So here goes: 1. Donald Trump will create outrage and anger with a […]