Smart Girls Who Do Stupid Things

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Berkeley Professor Tries Implicit Means Of Engaging His Students

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“I am a professor in the business school, teaching macroeconomics. I have a set of powerpoint slides that I’d like to make more jazzy and exciting, without changing the content.”

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I’m not sure whether it says more about the professor or just the study of economics that it will apparently take 40 hours and $400 to make his class sides “exciting” enough to keep his students awake.

I considered applying for the job, before conceding that my atrocious year of high school econ probably wouldn’t even satisfy the “elementary knowledge of economics” qualification.

On another note, I’m saddened that I can’t see which professor posted this gem. Nothing would please me more than learning that Robert Reich used the word “jazzy.”

Rock It Don’t Stop It

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My mom hits one out of the park again. This time, it’s a little sadder, which perhaps will prevent snarky comments. Not that I don’t love snarky comments.

“You can spend four years preparing for college, get into the college of your choice, set off on your big adventure, and yet your life can change permanently along the way.”

Grief Interrupts an Idyllic Freshman Year [NYTimes]

What If You Were In The New York Times

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Being raved about by your mom? Her post on their blog, The Choice (which is about college admissions) is getting rave reviews from parents who just. can’t. let. go. Also because my mom is awesome.

The comments are (no offense Mom) as usual, my favorite part. They range from

The off-topic:
October 4, 2010 2:50 pm
As a Berkeley alumnus, just let me say: GO BEARS.

— asad

To the accusatory:
October 4, 2010 2:31 pm
How fortunate you are to be able to afford this. Out of state tuition. The ability of your children to rent an apartment without a paying job. Travel in Europe. They have the education , support, and connections to live comfortable lives without fear of homelessness or hunger.

These are aspects of a lifestyle impossible to attain for most Americans.

Just one small example: when I fly to another city I don’t rent a car. I take public transportation. Indeed I have taken the BART from the airport to Berkley -very convenient and around $12 as I recall. Only a person who never needs worry about money would go through the inconvenience and additional expense of renting a car for that trip.

— John drabble

I feel a lot better about my life now that I know that renting a car makes you privileged. I had no idea that that’s the reason I’m lucky to lead the life I lead.

A Daughter Relocates 2,500 Miles Away, and a Mother Flies Home, Alone [NYTimes]

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