Wednesday, October 22, 2014

"Yes, a D will be fine; that’s all she needs. I didn’t look at the paper but figured it was a recycled one as well, but I couldn’t figure out from where.”

Yep, that's a UNC ethics professor, responding to this:

“Did you say a D will do for (the basketball player)?” Crowder wrote to Boxill. “I’m only asking because 1. no sources, 2, it has absolutely nothing to do with the assignments for that class and 3. it seems to be a recycled paper. She took (another class) in spring of 2007 and that was likely for that class.”

The UNC academic fraud scandal has moved from the athletics program to the Parr Center for Ethics.

Update: More on ethics at UNC in The Daily Tarheel.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

"People who grow up in the South might have yet-unidentified brain parasites that make them think crazily — from growing up in these swampy areas, combined with decades of ancestral looniness.”

"In her debut story collection The Wilds, Julia Elliott smokes South Carolina right down to the filter."

"Steeped in what might be called the four humors of Southern life — 'sweat, piss, jizz and blood,' to quote Warren Zevon — her tales are funny, strange and pungent with visceral life. The locale tends to be the small towns and cities of the Palmetto State, but even when it’s not — when the focus shifts to the Caribbean, say, or the distant future — they still throb with a crazy-from-the-heat vibe."

Read about this terrifically deranged new book from my cousin Liz (aka Julia) here.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

A faculty union at the U?

"The Service Employees International Union is taking on an even bigger challenge: to organize thousands of professors and instructors at the University of Minnesota’s Twin Cities campus."

Read about it in the Strib.  Then have a look at the SEIU/U of M website for more information.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Over a billion dollars in payments to doctors missing from Sunshine Act website

"In a fact sheet posted online, federal officials disclosed that the database, dubbed Open Payments, is missing more than $1 billion in payments made between August and December 2013. These omissions are in addition to information the government has redacted from the payments it has disclosed, citing inconsistencies."

More in Pro Publica.

What is behind the rapid rise in Minnesota suicides?

"Alarmed by a sharp rise in suicides, state health officials are undertaking an ambitious new data-collection effort to probe why near-record numbers of Minnesotans are taking their own lives."

"For reasons that confound medical authorities, Minnesota’s suicide rate jumped 29 percent between 2003 and 2011, more than double the national rate of increase. Last year, 683 Minnesotans died by suicide, up from 496 in 2003 and one short of the record in 2011, according to state data."

“'Why are we becoming more suicidal in Minnesota?' asked Jon Roesler, epidemiologist supervisor at the Minnesota Department of Health. 'The answer is that we don’t know. And that’s disconcerting.'”

The Star Tribune has the story.