Thursday, December 31, 2015

Thursday, December 17, 2015

I once turned down a job interview at UT-Martin

Because it was too close to the New Madrid Fault, I jokingly explained to the phone caller.That, and the fact that it was in Martin.Tennessee. And it was in late 1989 or early 1990, at the same time all this was going on. From Buzzfeed.

The Day the Earth Stood Still
The third day of December 1990 was a Monday, but schools in the small southeast Missouri town of New Madrid were closed. 
In fact, some 40,000 students in portions of Missouri and surrounding states — Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, and Indiana — had the day off, and some districts had canceled Tuesday and Wednesday as well. The reasons given by school officials varied. Some said the cancellations were made out of an abundance of caution, or in response to community pressure. Others said that even if schools had remained open, many kids would have been absent anyway, because their parents wanted to keep them at home, or had decided to leave the area. The closings had been announced weeks, in some cases even months, beforehand. 
“People all over town were packing up their china and they were screwing things to the wall,” recalls New Madrid resident Sandy Hill. National Guard units in Missouri and Arkansas had spent the prior weekend conducting preparedness drills. Emergency management offices had been swamped with thousands of calls.
In downtown New Madrid (pronounced MAD-rid), however, there was plenty of activity along Main Street. The typically sleepy town of about 3,000 was suddenly packed with personnel from more than 200 news organizations from around the world, along with at least 30 satellite trucks. Then there were the street preachers pronouncing it the end of the world and the thrill-seekers who wanted to be able to say they’d been there, in that town on that date. For some, it was a good excuse to celebrate. The local museum sold commemorative T-shirts, and restaurants added specials to the menu. One downtown bar held a daylong party. 
The reason for the contradictory scene was this: New Madrid is the namesake of a seismic zone spanning several states in the lower Midwest and South that was the site of some of the largest earthquakes in recorded North American history. And about a year earlier, a self-styled climatologist named Iben Browning had predicted a 50% chance of another one on Monday, Dec. 3, 1990, give or take a couple days.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Actually, as a former English major

I knew most of these things.  Note that I wrote former, and not old....From Time.

7 Things You—Probably?—Didn’t Understand About Punctuation!!!!
We use it every day. It’s on nearly every page we read. But that wasn’t always so. A thousand years ago writingyouseelookedalotmorelikethis 
It took centuries for the punctuation marks we use today—and the rules we have now about how to use them—to be invented and adopted. Along the way, there were marks that didn’t make it, rules that got thrown out and opinions so violent that men have been brought before judges to account for their apostrophes.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Since we're all broke around the holidays

Here are your best choices for cheap pens. From Lifehacker.

Those of us who love our pens know that they can be more than just a writing instrument that we toss out and replace with a new one—they can be great tools that help us work and feel more creative. That said, most of us don't want to drop hundreds of dollars on a pen if we don't have to, so this week we asked you which budget pens were the ones you make sure never to let someone borrow and walk away with. Let's take a look at the top five, based on your nominations. 
As with many Hives of this type, we're grouping together some popular models into brands, mostly because many of the brands here have so many varied models (and you voted for them all) that we think it's better to cover more territory than less. Still, you offered up way more great pen nominations than we can feature here, but we only have room for the top five.

Monday, December 14, 2015

It seemed like a good idea at the time

Or tips on fighting that impulse to buy from The Atlantic. You're welcome. For the footnotes, you'll need to visit the site.

Why You Bought That Ugly Sweater
There is a science to every sale. Among other findings of interest to retailers, researchers have shown that customers are drawn to items sitting on the middle of a shelf, as opposed to the ends [1], and that we perceive prices to be lower when they have fewer syllables and end with a 9 [2, 3]. Stores have figured out how to manipulate us by overpricing merchandise with the intention of later marking it down, knowing that (thanks to a cognitive bias psychologists refer to as “anchoring”) we will see the lowered price as a deal [4]. And they have learned they should give us options, but not too many—it’s well known that choice can be overwhelming to customers and can discourage purchases [5]. 
What is less well known is that snootiness can deliver a sale. Say a customer walks into a luxury store and is greeted with an askance look from a salesperson and no offer of assistance. You might think the customer would turn around and take her money elsewhere. But one recent study found that, compared with friendly salespeople, rude clerks caused customers with low self-confidence to spend more and, in the short term, to feel more positively toward an “aspirational brand” (that is, a brand that you covet but cannot afford—think Jaguar or Louis Vuitton) [6]. Speaking of insecurity, when a customer who feels badly about her appearance tries something on and spots an attractive fellow shopper wearing the same item, she is less likely to buy it [7]. Which means stores are wise to avoid communal fitting rooms.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Infographic Friday

Happiness in the Workplace
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Thursday, December 10, 2015

Chamber of Commerce honors ETSU’s Office of Professional Development

East Tennessee State University’s Office of Professional Development is the recipient of the CenturyLink Faith in the Future Award, presented recently by the Chamber of Commerce serving Johnson City-Jonesborough-Washington County.

The award was given in recognition of the non-credit programs offered by the office.

Darla Dye, director of Professional Development, says, “In 2015, about 10 percent of the 53 programs we offered were workforce development-related. Another 12 percent were academically oriented, including courses in songwriting, teaching piano to adults, GRE test preparation and mental health first aid. We also offer learning in retirement programs in partnership with the Alliance for Continued Learning, and we implement several conferences, like the 10th annual Intermountain Brain Injury Conference. Children’s enrichment programs are provided throughout the year, including eight weeks of summer camps.

“The courses fill up fast, which indicates a desire in the community for non-credit classes,” she adds.

The office staff also serves the community by creating educational opportunities and enhancing professional expertise through non-credit courses. Those offered in the immediate future are courses leading to Professional in Human Resources Certification and Pharmacy Technician Certification, as well as the Buffalo Mountain Songwriting Workshop and cooking classes.

A list of available non-credit courses may be seen at

For further information, call the Office of Professional Development at 800-222-3878.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Just honorable mention?

After all, I'm getting a fortune from that Nigerian Prince. That should be good for more than honorable mention. Got this email a few days ago.  
Good morning. 
We're writing to let you know that you received Honorable Mention in yesterday's article titled "Who's Who in Academia" by Joseph Bozanek. 
The article will remain available at for the next few hours and is also available to download in PDF format. 
Wishing you the best of continued success, 
David Chapman, Ph.D.
Editor, News Digest International 

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Too late

See the posting below. From The Johnson City Press.

Rep. Micah Van Huss announced Monday that he plans to file legislation to de-fund the University of Tennessee’s Office of Diversity, which in August issued a non-binding memo asking students and faculty to use gender neutral pronouns, then, this month recommended best practices for hosting all-inclusive holiday parties. 
“We had been trying to draft something that would leave the office in place, but bring more oversight,” Van Huss said in an emailed press release. “However, after this latest action, it is clear that this taxpayer-funded department in no way reflects the values of Tennesseans.” 
Reached Monday by telephone, Van Huss said, according to 2013 budget numbers, the state provides $4.2 million for the salaries of Office of Diversity staff members across the University of Tennessee system. 
Not only would Van Huss’ bill remove funding from the college’s diversity office, the representative states, but it would also create a fund “to pay for any local or state law enforcement agency that would like to decal our national motto on their vehicles.”

UT's war on Christmas

It's going to be hard for the University of Tennessee's Office for Diversity and Inclusion to get out of the crosshairs of the Tennessee Legislature. If I were they, I wouldn't be posting any recommendations for a while...It'll be Easter before we know it. From Inside Higher Education.

War on Christmas? On Inclusivity?
A set of online recommendations from the university's Office for Diversity and Inclusion -- while apparently largely unknown to most students and faculty members as they made their holiday plans -- are now being much discussed, after legislators started criticizing the recommendations and calling for the resignation of Chancellor Jimmy Cheek, even though there are no signs at all he was involved in writing or enforcing the document. 
Among the recommendations: "Holiday parties and celebrations should celebrate and build upon workplace relationships and team morale with no emphasis on religion or culture. Ensure your holiday party is not a Christmas party in disguise." And "Consider having a New Year’s party and include décor and food from multiple religions and cultures. Use it as an opportunity to reinvigorate individuals for the new year’s goals and priorities." (While some have noted that Tennessee has an obligation as a public university not to endorse any religion, the theme of the guidance is about being inclusive more than about legalities.) 
Amid the outrage, the Office for Diversity and Inclusion posted a new note on its website, reiterating that the guidance was only advice and not policy. And the office stated explicitly that many people can and do celebrate Christmas at the university. "We honor Christmas as one of the celebrations of the season and the birth of Jesus and the corresponding Christmas observance is one of the Christian holidays on our cultural and religious holidays calendar," says the statement.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Don't worry, be happy

According to this recent survey, only half of college graduates think college was worth it. If half our graduates are unhappy, imagine what the many drop-outs think. Unsurprisingly, those that like us feel more engaged with us. From CBS MoneyWatch.

The Gallup-Purdue study pinpointed the following six factors that the researchers said strongly related to great jobs and satisfying lives after college: 
  • Had at least one professor who made students excited about learning.
  • Had professors who cared about the student as a person.
  • Had a mentor who encouraged the student to pursue goals and dreams.
  • Worked on a project that took at least a semester to complete.
  • Had internship or job that allowed student to apply what was learned in the classroom.
  • Was extremely active in collegiate extracurricular activities. 
Sadly, only 3 percent of graduates who participated in the first Gallup-Purdue survey could answer yes to all six factors.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Moving the needle is hard

On graduation rates. Life gets in the way, more than ability. Especially for the adult students. I sometimes wonder if all the interventions we try have limited effectiveness--everything seems to work for a while but nothing sticks. From The Hechinger Report.

Despite Efforts to Increase Them, University Graduation Rates Fall
Among the 2009 starters, 53 percent have graduated within the subsequent six years, down 2 percentage points from the class that entered in 2008, according to the National Student Clearinghouse, an independent organization that tracks this. That means there were 71,000 fewer college graduates nationwide than from the group that started college in 2008, even as the White House and others warn that more degree holders are needed to fill jobs in the knowledge economy. 
The rate at which students left school without earning any degree also rose, from about 30 percent to 33 percent. That means 153,000 students appear to have dropped out altogether with nothing to show for their educations except, in at least some cases, debt. 
The biggest drop came among older students—those who started college not at 18, but at ages 20 to 24—fewer than 34 percent of whom graduated, down from more than 38 percent the year before. 
The higher-education institutions with the worst graduation rates were four-year private, for-profit colleges and universities, fewer than a third of whose students got degrees.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Monday, Monday

So good to me...According to Newsweek, anyway.

You're 100 Percent Wrong About Mondays
Monday is our clean slate, the absolver of past sins, promising the most American thing of all: a fresh start. Let the French have their languid mornings, their interminable August sojourns to the Amalfi Coast. We are a nation of Mondays—or at least we were, in the days of Rosie the Riveter, the days before “Netflix and chill.” 
From an existential standpoint, hating Monday makes no sense. Mondays will constitute precisely one-seventh of your existence on this planet. It seems unwise to consign so much time—about 63,232 hours, if you live to 76 and sleep eight hours a day, by my calculations—complaining about the vagaries of the Gregorian calendar. Unless you move to Bora-Bora or become very rich, you will likely always live in a society with Mondays. And you will have to work on Mondays, and there will be an email waiting for you from that insufferable martinet in the Chicago office. Also, a long line at Chipotle. And no paper towels in the bathroom. 
My point isn’t just deal with it. Rather, use the supposed lemon that is Monday to make philosophical lemonade. If the notion of returning to work on Monday morning truly makes you miserable, consider switching jobs. If you drank too much over the weekend, today drink less. Went shopping on Saturday? Give a fiver to the homeless guy standing near the entrance ramp to the freeway on Monday. 
I do get that Monday can be a challenge. It shouldn’t be a prison sentence, though. We’ve pretty much agreed that Monday sucks and that the best way to spend it is to complain until it finally slinks in dejection toward Tuesday. But what if we didn’t complain about Monday? What if we devoted rigorous contemplation to the things that bothered us, instead of blaming our unhappiness or unease on poor and guiltless Monday? I know I sound like a high school guidance counselor, but I happen to think high school guidance counselors are the unacknowledged philosopher kings in our midst.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Whatever else you say about higher education in Tennessee

You can't say it's boring. We're a laboratory for innovation, right now. This is one change I think will prove highly successful. Of course, I don't work at a community college. From The Chronicle of Higher Education.

One State’s Big Shift Away From Remedial Courses Leaves Questions for Colleges Everywhere 
Tennessee is the first state in the nation to eliminate its free-standing remedial classes and give just about everyone a chance to dive right into classes that count for credit. 
Tennessee is in the vanguard of a national movement spurred by aggressive lobbying by groups that argue that the traditional approach to remedial education is a dead end. It’s in the vanguard of a national movement spurred by aggressive lobbying by groups that argue that the traditional approach to developmental, or remedial, education is a dead end. 
The "corequisite" model puts a student who would normally require remediation first — like Ms. Massey — directly into a credit-bearing mathematics or English course. Learning support is wrapped around it, through additional coursework, tutoring, or labs. 
It’s an approach that has proved highly effective for years for students who narrowly miss the cutoff for college-level courses.
What’s different today is that the idea is being expanded and applied across college systems, and even some states, for the vast majority of underprepared students. 
The rollout in Tennessee comes at a challenging time for the state’s community and technical colleges, which are straining under an influx of about 15,000 new students.

Monday, November 30, 2015

We have a lot of ghost stories here at ETSU

My student worker swears she heard my toilet flush when my office was empty. (Yes, I have a private bathroom, thank you very much.) I even had a friend die in his office during commencement. I'm skeptical, to say the least. Unless he happens to be looking over my shoulder right now...From The Atlantic.

Why College Students ​Need Their Urban Legends
Legend has it that the forests surrounding Reed College in Portland, Oregon, are home to not only standard flora and fauna, but also a slightly lesser known species: zombie monkeys. The mutant albino monkeys are rumored to be the former subjects of a psychology professor’s secret experiments in his underground lab. At some point, the primates were allegedly freed by an animal-rights activist group and now run amok in the canyon beside the school’s campus—potential threats to students wandering around a little too late at night.
Meanwhile, near Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont, a Loch-Ness-like creature (lovingly nicknamed Champ) has reportedly been spotted in the depths of Lake Champlain over the years, becoming a local attraction. And at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, a duck spirit is thought to roam the halls and block the refrigerator doors of unsuspecting freshmen students trying to drink beer. Many colleges across the country have their own version of a lurking zombie monkey, sea monster, or duck (and in some cases, the all-too-real rumor of human-size cockroaches or rats roaming the halls). And that’s on top of the myriad tales of haunted dorms and classrooms. At Emory University, for example, a playful ghost named Dooley who died from alcoholism and went on to teach anatomy using his bones, is such a household name that stuffed animals of his skeletal likeness are sold at the campus bookstore and a spirit week every spring claims him as mascot, according to Elizabeth Tucker’s Haunted Halls: Ghostlore of American College Campuses
Simon Bronner, an American studies and folklore professor at Penn State Harrisburg, says such urban legends emerge on campuses as a manifestation of student anxiety about the college experience—often serving as an outlet through which they can express their fears about being away from home. In other words, they’re often a means students can use to acknowledge and contain this apprehension without having to be completely vulnerable about it. Bronner, who authored the book Campus Traditions: Folklore from the Old-Time College to the Modern Mega-University, cites legends that center on romantic relationships and roommates as cases when the stories function as stand-ins for students’ own fears. “Telling them is partly ritual, partly humorous,” he says. “Students are using that frame of lore to raise issues about aging, about where they are on a strange place on their own for the first time.” Many of the college legends—which may warn against partying too much or caving to academic pressures or even staying out so late a zombie monkey might appear—are “cautionary tales” that provide nuggets of “cultural advice,” he says.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Tweaking Tennessee Promise

In its second year. There's a desperate need for more mentors and more attention paid to completing the required community service. From The Tennessean.

Tennessee Promise gets 'refined' in year 2
Officials at every level of Tennessee Promise — including counselors such as Ogilvie, leaders in Gov. Bill Haslam’s office and college admissions staffers — are using lessons from the program’s first year to refine their approach to year two. 
Community colleges are beefing up admissions events and paying more attention to help with financial aid. The Tennessee Promise program itself is reaching out to involve parents more in the process and to bolster the student support system.

Mike Krause, the executive director of Tennessee Promise and a member of Haslam's staff, said these kinds of tweaks will become common as the program continues. 
“This is definitely a program that every year we’re going to undergo continuous improvements,” Krause said. “There’s no doubt that this is a refined program now.” 
For school counselor Ogilvie, that means encouraging students to stick with the program even if they don’t think they need to. 
Ogilvie saw many of her students drop out of Tennessee Promise early last year, shirking required meetings and volunteer work because they thought they didn’t need a college backup plan. For some of them, it turned out to be a costly mistake. 
“We did have a few students where life actually got in the way,” Ogilvie said. 
Those students, she said, got wait-listed or denied at four-year schools and wound up paying to go to community college, which would have been tuition-free had they stayed in Tennessee Promise.

Monday, November 16, 2015

The timeless value of the liberal arts

When you think about it, it's not surprising West Point stresses the liberal arts. Soldiers deal with a considerable amount of ambiguity these days and the liberal arts prepare them to handle that. From The Hechinger Report.

The surprising institutions that refuse to drop the liberal arts
Christian Nattiel rattles off the way his course of studies has prepared him for his prestigious role as a company commander in charge of 120 fellow cadets at the U.S. Military Academy. 
Nattiel, of Dade City, Florida, isn’t focusing at West Point on military science, or strategy, or leadership. He’s majoring in philosophy. 
Ramrod straight in his Army combat uniform on the historic campus, where future officers are required to take humanities and social-sciences courses such as history, composition, psychology, literature, and languages, he said that, in philosophy, “There’s no right answer, and that’s very useful in the Army, so you’re not so rigid.” 
Thirty miles up the Hudson River, students in chefs’ whites and toques experiment with recipes and test ingredients at the Culinary Institute of America, one of the nation’s foremost schools for chefs, whose seal is a knife crossed with knife sharpener. They’re required to take liberal-arts courses, too, including sociology, psychology, and languages, and have to write and present a senior thesis, all to help them later with such things as managing employees and preparing business plans and raising capital to open their own restaurants.

“People without a liberal-arts background really have no place to go with their skill sets,” said Frank Guido, a Culinary Institute student from Rochester, New York, sitting in the campus café and studying the Mayan Indians for a course he’s taking in history and culture. “They lack an overall knowledge, and an ability to relate to people and make educated decisions, and not jump to conclusions.” 
As mainstream universities and colleges cut liberal-arts courses and programs in favor of more vocational disciplines, and the number of students majoring in the humanities continues to decline, unexpected types of institutions are expanding their requirements in the liberal arts with the conviction that these courses teach the kinds of skills employers say they want, and leaders need: critical thinking, problem-solving, teamwork, and communication. 
‘The ability to think broadly’ 
“Some people are surprised, yes,” said Brigadier General Timothy Trainor, West Point’s academic dean, in his high-ceilinged, wood-paneled office in the Gothic-style stone administration building. 
“It’s important to develop in young people the ability to think broadly, to operate in the context of other societies and become agile and adaptive thinkers,” Trainor said. “What you’re trying to do is teach them to deal with complexity, diversity, and change. They’re having to deal with people from other cultures. They have to think very intuitively to solve problems on the ground.”

Thursday, November 12, 2015

The real Big Stone Gap

Is not too far from here.  Three cheers for the film; the Appalachian or hillbilly stereotype deserves to die. From Salon.

Deliver me from “Deliverance”: Finally, a Hollywood movie gets Appalachian people right
“Big Stone Gap,” a new movie adapted from the bestselling novel by Adriana Trigiani, stars Ashley Judd as a middle-aged Appalachian woman whose quiet life is disrupted by a death and a sudden revelation. The film features an African-American woman who is neither servant nor Magic Negro, a gay man who is not ostracized once he comes out, and a main character who is not only Italian, but also intelligent and even bilingual. In fact, many of the characters—including a lovable librarian and a tough coal-miner—love to read. References are made to “Jane Eyre” and “Wuthering Heights.” Michelangelo is quoted. The film even showcases a couple of Melungeon characters, a tri-racial isolate that most Americans don’t even know exist because they’re rarely taught anything about this region’s culture or history. Furthermore, the film is set in 1978 and the characters actually dress like it’s 1978 — not as if they’re 30 years behind in fashion and lifestyle. 
These may seem like small victories, but for Appalachian people, this portrayal is revolutionary. Even in our best films we are rarely shown as diverse, intelligent, or modern. “Coal Miner’s Daughter” is one of the region’s most beloved films because it showcases Loretta Lynn, a hero to many Appalachian people because of her pluck, determination, and authenticity. Yet even this complex portrayal of the region is not without fault. Lynn herself had complaints, among them that her mother was portrayed as always wearing dowdy gingham dresses and a haggard expression when, in fact, she “was anything but drab,” according to Lynn, who insisted that her mother wore “bloodred lipstick” and blue jeans in the 1950s. 
Over and over, Appalachians have been made to be representative of the past on film. Of violence and illiteracy. In 2004, a three year-old child was killed when a half-ton boulder was pushed off an illegal mining operation and crashed through three walls to stop atop his body—just a few miles from the town of Big Stone Gap. The media barely blinked; in fact, there was no national coverage of the event. I believe that’s because to most people, Appalachians are invisible. We’re throwaway people. Films have led us to believe that Appalachians—like my family on that beach trip—are so backward, mean and toothless that they’re not worthy of respect.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Tennessee Alliance for Continuing Higher Education

TACHE 47th Annual Conference
Gatlinburg, TN
November 11-13, 2015
$195 for TACHE members.  For more information or to register for the conference, go here.  Make your room reservations here.  Plan to attend the fabulous opening reception Wednesday night at the Aquarium of the Smokies!

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Those zany Millennials

They don't drive cars, which impacts more than you might think.  From Salon.

This is the one change by millennials that will change absolutely everything
Let’s take a look at the era that began in 2001, when the first Millennials graduated college, got jobs, and started families. Eight years later, in 2009, Millennials drove 23 percent fewer miles on average than their same-age predecessors did in 2001. That is, their average mileage—VMT, or vehicle miles traveled—plummeted from 10,300 miles a year to 7,900, a difference of 2,400 miles a year, or 46 fewer miles a week. 
It’s not that they stopped traveling. While Millennials made 15 percent fewer trips by car, they took 16 percent more bike trips than their same-age predecessors did in 2001, and their public–transit passenger miles increased by a whopping 40 percent. That’s 117 more miles annually biking, walking, or taking public transit than their same-age predecessors used in 2001. 
When a cohort of the size of the Millennial generation changes behavior that radically, it’s a little like what happens when a third of the people on board a ferry decide to move from starboard to port: the entire boat starts to list. Which is what is happening to the United States. In every five-year period from 1945 to 2004, Americans had driven more miles than they did the half-decade before. In 2004, the average American drove 85 percent more than in 1970. But by 2011, the average American was driving 6 percent fewer miles than in 2004. Baby Boomers and Gen Xers were a small part of the reason—they drove somewhat less in 2009 than in 2001—but the big cause was the Millennials. What makes this even more dramatic is that, by 2009, only half the Millennial generation was even out of high school. If all eighty million Millennials retain their current driving habits for the next twenty-five years, the US population will increase by 21 percent, but total VMT will be even less than it is today, and per capita VMT—the vehicle miles traveled per person—will fall off the table.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

I suppose it's better than dressing as hookers

That allegedly Louisville used to recruit basketball players. But still. Wasn't anyone thinking before this happened? From The Huffington Post.

University Of Louisville Sorry A Bunch Of Its Staff Wore Sombreros And Fake Mustaches
The University of Louisville issued an apology on Thursday, after a community outcry over a photograph showing school staff, including school President James Ramsey, donning sombreros and other items associated with Hispanic culture during a party. 
In a statement directed to the Hispanic and Latino faculty, staff and students, Ramsey' office said the school will initiate diversity training immediately. 
The photograph, taken at a staff luncheon, was posted on the website of Louisville's newspaper, the Courier-Journal, along with a story about a university-owned mansion that sits vacant except for certain events, like fundraisers and staff luncheons. 
The photo shows Ramsey wearing a sombrero and multi-colored poncho. Women in the image are wearing similar hats along with facial hair, while other men are wearing veils. Several people are also holding maracas.

Monday, November 2, 2015


Is number 42.  On GrubHub's list of the 50 most caffeinated colleges. From Time. The methodology might be a little suspect...

Millions of students return to campus this week preparing for another year of late nights studying and early-morning classes (or just late nights and no studying). 
Who’s struggling the most to stay awake? 
Online food delivery company GrubHub, which now serves more than 20 million meals each quarter, analyzed delivery orders sent to more than 100 colleges in 47 states during the 2014-2015 academic year to see which students are ordering the most caffeine. (The company used e-mail addresses ending in .edu to determine which orders came from people associated with college and universities.) 
By tallying up the orders that had the highest percentage of coffee drinks, energy drinks and all eye-opening cups in between, the company has crowned Lehigh University, the private school in Bethlehem, Penn., America’s most caffeinated school.