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Comment 20 Nov 2014

Sarcasm is just the distance between my wit and your understanding, you know.

Comment 20 Nov 2014

It absolutely would affect the academic standing. Main campus ended that policy in the 80s, I think. It's taken ~30 years to get the university where it is today. Reverting to the open admissions policy would necessarily result in a degradation of the academic standing of the university.

Yeah, of course.  There's a part of me that wishes that academic standing weren't such a big deal.  (I confess that same part of me kind of favors the old bowl system and sending only one team from a conference to a bowl per year.  But I'm a bit of a Luddite.)

Comment 20 Nov 2014

It used to be that OSU automatically accepted any Ohio resident with a diploma.  I believe this is the policy for the regional campuses now. I suspect this did a great deal for the state, and I kind of wish that they would pursue the policy again, although I'm sure it would affect the University's academic standing.

I suppose in the end it's something of a to balance its reputation against its mandate to provide quality education at reasonable costs to residents of the state of Ohio. Probably the degree is more important than the granting institution (and I know there are semi-reasonable arguments against this; Fischer has a tremendous business program, but it's probably not recruited like Wharton).

Comment 18 Nov 2014

Identity theft is a serious crime, man.

Comment 13 Nov 2014

And the next comment, that you totally agree with is...JoeJoe04 is a smelly, stupid, puppy-kicking Michigan fan.

Or perhaps better: JoeJoe04 disagrees with this comment.

Comment 10 Nov 2014

This shouldnt be an indictment just on BR though but all of journalism.

Chesterton used to say that he'd be impressed if newspapers could report the past accurately.

Comment 08 Nov 2014
Corbett largely lost his bid for reelection because of education funding and questions about the economy—not because of anything related to PSU. There were some interviewed who complained about the treatment that PSU received who largely broke for Tom Wolf, but it wasn't a very important issue and received no press in the outlets I surveyed for data points leading up to the election. 60% of those polled said it wasn't important to them at all. (Source: http://6abc.com/politics/tom-wolf-elected-governor-of-pennsylvania/379729/ — for whatever reason I don't have the usual icons for posting.) Most of Corbett's support, not surprisingly, was from the more rural and suburban areas, while Wolf's support was more heavily concentrated in urban areas (http://www.politico.com/2014-election/results/map/governor/pennsylvania/). State College's Centre County was heavily democratic, upholding a long tradition of more Democratic-leaning university towns.
Comment 21 Oct 2014

It was rainy and cold and it appeared the ball slipped as he threw the ball. Honestly I wonder if nothing is above nit-picking.

Gosh. "It was rainy and cold, and it appeared the ball slipped as he threw the ball." Get your commas right, man!

Comment 17 Oct 2014

Personally I'd recommend discretion with Terry Brooks: his earlier works (Sword of Shannara and Heritage of Shannara) were decent, but ever since his work has been mostly regurgitate. Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman did a good job with Death Gate Cycle, and I'd strongly recommend that if you're into fantasy.

Comment 17 Oct 2014

Birm, your top selections are not terrible and do not make me angry. I was hoping someone would mention Chesterton; he was prescient. All three--Chesterton, Lewis, and Tolkien--are very rewarding in different ways. Of Lewis, Surprised by Joy is my favorite, but probably one of the least accessible of his writings. Lord of the Rings is great and makes most other fantasy look like trash by comparison (though I will concede that Tolkien was pretty bad at pacing and plot arrangement; while other authors improve on that considerably, his work is by far richer).

Copleston's History of Philosophy is multi-volumed and long, but the one volume I have on Medieval (vol 2) is worth it.

Agassi's Open is way better than I thought it would be.

Almost any of the classics from school that I've gone back to read were worth it: Tom Sawyer is hilarious. Frankenstein is great. If you haven't lately, make sure to read Wind in the Willows and A Wrinkle in Time. If you want to go back farther for a harder read, George MacDonald's Phantastes survives in cheap paperback prints because of its influence on many of the aforementioned authors.

Czeslaw Milosz is a worthwhile cultural commentator and poet. I recommend A Book of Luminous Things and Milosz's ABCs.  The Captive Mind is an interesting take on communism, and I wasn't disappointed by any of To Begin Where I Am, though I never finished it.

Ancient history is great. Pick one and go.  Recommended: Tacitus, Suetonius, Josephus, Herodotus, Thucydides. No, they're not always right, at least as far as we can reconstruct, but it's pretty amazing reading in places, and incredibly lifelike.