Saturday, July 22, 2006

They must have had a good engineer

Saw this in Newsweek:
Steve Lake is spending his summer at school—but not in class. The 56-year-old Caesars Palace pit boss, who set a goal in 1984 to visit 500 colleges, joins scores of high-school students touring campuses this summer. He spoke to Chrissy Balz.


You've said before that Colgate University is your favorite campus. Has that changed?
The last time I was at Colgate was 1986. I visited Sweet Briar on this trip; that was one of the most beautiful campuses I've ever seen. University of Richmond was beautiful as well. I don't know if my favorite has changed; I'm putting those two in my top five.

The Hold Steady

After a brief respite, I'm hooked on the Hold Steady's second album, Separation Sunday, again. It's amazing. Check out a brief NPR bit about them here.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Prof. Carpenter's Agenda

Dan and Ashley's Wedding a Success

School Desegregation Report

Thursday, April 27, 2006


How awesome is this?

Saturday, April 22, 2006

Good Fiction

Can anyone recommend any good fiction? I hope to have more time to read once school is behind me, so I'm starting to compile a "to read" list. Currently, I'm making my way through "Master of the Senate," an LBJ biography (non-fiction, of course), and I'm thinking about Saul Bellow's "Herzog" and Pynchon's "Gravity's Rainbow."

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Wow - School Districting

Intentional, de jure seggregation:
He [Ernie Chambers - Nebraska's only black state Senator] was also a driving force behind a measure passed by the Legislature on Thursday and signed into law by the governor that calls for dividing the Omaha public schools into three racially identifiable districts, one largely black, one white and one mostly Hispanic.

The law, which opponents are calling state-sponsored segregation, has thrown Nebraska into an uproar, prompting fierce debate about the value of integration versus what Mr. Chambers calls a desire by blacks to control a school district in which their children are a majority.

Catch the full text here.

I think the point is partially empowerment and partially to target inequalities highly correlated with race, but still this is wildly anti-liberal.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Congrats to Jamie

I thought this was worth a shout-out.

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Onward and upward

Well, looks like I'll be in Michigan the next two years. It was a tough call--Minnesota had a lot of intangibles going for it, not least of which was Vergasy's being around. However, Michigan had a significantly larger faculty, which meant more classes that were appealing, as well as more electives built into the curriculum. I remember the immense number of available classes being what I most enjoyed about Yale (apart from the comraderie, of course). And I recognize that grad school is a bit of a different ballgame in this regard, but in the end, that's what carried the day. I'm excited to get started on a career path that's going somewhere (I've been spinning my wheels in a law firm for a year knowing I wasn't going to law school).

So, Verg, sad to say, I won't be in town. It really is disappointing to me, because I do have very real aspirations of leaving near some of you guys down the road. My next best shot may be China for an internship next summer or perhaps as a job after I graduate.

Unless any of you are itching to move to a town with nothing apart from a university...or if Detroit beckons...

Right. I guess not.