It’s midterm week, always a lousy week. But at least it’s followed by spring break. Spring break is good if I get my grading done early, otherwise it’s a week filled with dread of grading and impending stress of the approaching deadline of getting the grading done. And it’s always a week where I get caught up on a multitude of administrivia.
I’m sick to death of students and coaches who think spring break starts the day before the academic calendar says it does. They expect me to go to the trouble of arranging an early exam for them. Warn your kids not to buy a plane ticket to Florida on the morning of a midterm exam. Warn them that even if they persuade the prof to offer the test early they’ve made an enemy of the person who determines grades. As for coaches who schedule the travel to start the last day of classes, they should be beaten with their own equipment.
I thought Obama’s delay in condemning Muammar al-Qaddafi was terrible. But he’s done it now, so kudos to him.
How unusual is it to have a country’s ambassadors openly criticizing their country’s leader, and how much does that weaken Qaddafi?
I’ve been fascinated with the conflict in Wisconsin. My first thought was that the Democrats couldn’t stay away from the state long enough to frustrate the Republican’s legislative plans. Now it appears the strategy is to stay away long enough for the public pressure to cause the Republicans to back down, and that seems entirely possible at this point.
Harry Reid gave a speech to a joint session of the Nevada legislature, in which he called for the banning of prostitution. His applause lines were met with dead silence. Even the crickets weren’t chirping. The man has no apparent political skills, which I am sure is the reason the Democrats chose him as the Senate majority leader–Senators don’t actually want leadership, because they don’t anyone telling them what they can and can’t do.
In two weeks I go to Belize for a week. It’s a research trip. At least I got a research grant for it, so apparently it really is a research trip.