Living with a language purist can’t be all fun and games.
Although I intended the purist reference to be about my father, the late J.D. Trujillo, it could also refer to me, at least as far as my wife Bonnie is concerned.
During 28 years of teaching higher education, I took countless opportunities to correct an impression that apparently resides in every student in or contemplating college.
One is simply that “In college, the professors don’t care whether you attend class.” The other is “You don’t have to attend class if you don’t want.” There is some truth to both notions. True, the typical college professor isn’t about to phone the parents of a truant student. However, professors do care how many people do the work and survive the class; they simply assume that the student must have reasons for missing class or failing to turn in the assignments.
Few things dominate local news pages more than the politics, impolitic wardrobe malfunctions, and politics mixing with education. Therefore, here are some thumbs-up, thumbs-down observations.
An over-flow crowd at Two-Dees listening to a presidential candidate on the stump brought back memories–not of elections past, but of places and things. It’s fitting that the rally for Gen. Wes Clark was at Two-Dees, which used to be Siders, which used to be Floyd’s, which used to be the Vegas Bowl.