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PoC News in America

Happy Black History Month, everyone! Here’s how you can help shut down the ignorant haters, just like John Boyega, or celebrate with the rest of the internet.

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Ask UfYH

Ask UfYH: Keeping Your Dorm Room Unf*&%ed

That’s right, kids. Back-to-school is almost upon us, and for many of you, that means it’s time to pack up and move your life into half of a 12’x19′ dorm room. You already know the conventional advice (check what your roommate is bringing, shower caddies!, etc.), but living your life in such a tiny shared […]

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News

Friday News Bites: Policy Changes, YouTube Chicanery + More

From college funding to anti-discrimination to my using a weird word in a headline — it’s time for another sampler platter of news stories to see you into the weekend.

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Dispatches from Ladyblogland

Dispatches from Ladyblogland

Here’s our roundup of the best that ladyblogland had to offer.

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Humor

Decoding the College Reunion Invitation

Two weeks ago, I received my college reunion invitation. Since I was in the middle of conference planning, I didn’t really have time to process this. However, now that the conference is over, I can begin weeping or rather just aggressively refuse to be nostalgic.

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Women In Academia

Dispatches from Adjunct Land: Ending a Class

The end of a class is bittersweet. After nine weeks, I’m tired, too, and ready for a break. But I’ve gotten to know my students, and wish I could spend more time with them. I think about them after class has ended and wonder if they use what I have taught them. I hope they […]

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You Complete Me Internet

Grad School: A Tale in Gifs

The beginning of every semester can be a little rough. You’re used to sleeping in and not wearing pants or a bra and then suddenly you have assignments and readings and long commutes. Let’s work out those feelings, gif-style.

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Perspectives

A Few Tips for Undergrads (and Teaching Assistants) from a (Former) Graduate Assistant

It’s that time of year when students and professor return to college classrooms to, gods willing, learn something to take out into the world. Last semester became an extended learning moment for me when I agreed to become a graduate assistant for one of my professors. Like many graduate assistants, my duties included creating and […]

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Women In Academia

Adjunct Land: Why Didn’t I Think of That?

I tend not to respond to op-eds, columns, and blog posts about adjuncting. I’d never have time for anything else. But Charlotte Allen’s recent op-ed for the L.A. Times contains a worn argument that I can’t ignore anymore: “Don’t be an adjunct.”

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Women In Academia

Dispatches from Adjunct Land: Starting a New Class

As a child, I hated beginnings. So much was unknown: What would the teacher be like, the other students? What would we learn? I always longed for October, when routines had firmly taken hold. But now I prefer those beginnings because they are so full of hope.

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Crossposts

Why I Told My Students That the “Freshman Fifteen” is Bullshit

I should emphasize something: I rarely swear in my classes. Sure, I often teach Anne Lamott’s “Shitty First Drafts” during the first week of my composition courses, and plenty of the readings I assign have their share of “bad words.” As a lecturer, though, I rarely utter anything worse than crap, hell, or piss. I […]

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Lunchtime Poll

Lunchtime Poll: Bizarre School Stories?

IT’S BACK TO SCHOOL TIME! Parents are gleefully sending their children back to school and the New York City subways are crowded with school children with their giant backpacks of death and stomach-crushing.

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Humor

College, Parents, and Tears

It’s a classic rite of passage every fall, parents taking their kids off to college and saying goodbye (after spending way more than they’d budgeted for dorm room essentials like bedding and Starbucks cards). And it can be an emotionally loaded experience, especially for moms like me who cry at the drop of a hat. […]

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Women In Academia

Dispatch from Adjunct Land II: Compensation

I make about $10 to $25 an hour. I receive no benefits other than a discount at the school store.

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Perspectives

Getting to Know You: College and Social Networking

The summer of 2005, I received my second packet of residential life materials for Vassar College. I scrambled through the paperwork and found the sheet that listed my roommate assignments, which I was anticipating since I checked off that I was a night owl who worked best after midnight on the roommate questionnaire. I had […]