June 6, 2006
Re "Shooting holes in a lawsuit," Opinion, May 31 UC Irvine professor Jon Wiener criticizes professor John R. Lott Jr. for taking the authors of "Freakonomics" to court over their claims that Lott may have faked his research. Lott claimed that his studies showed that private gun ownership resulted in significantly lower violent crime rates. College professors and their "reputations" are an interesting subculture in higher education. Like "expert witnesses," one can always find an esteemed educator to pontificate on any issue to support any point of view.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 17, 1999
The June 11 article about Christy Turner's "Man Corn" thesis that the Anasazi were either cannibalized by the Toltec or were cannibals themselves is bound to disturb or otherwise stir up a lot of people. It should be remembered that this is an academic thesis, and even though such theses purportedly deal with knowledge, they are also dealings in the high-stakes game of "Remember, you heard it here first!" Morality doesn't enter into the interpretation of data, especially when it concerns a dead civilization.
May 10, 2004
Re "Not Under That Flag, Say Vietnamese Grads," May 6: I am again amazed that our colleges continue to express stupidity in the guise, perhaps, of political correctness and excessive sensitivity. The graduates are in the U.S., and I suggest that the one and only flag that it is necessary and important to display at Cal State Fullerton's graduation ceremony is the flag of these United States. Hopefully, the graduates are U.S. citizens and would welcome expressing their gratitude to the U.S. flag rather than to the flag of the country they left so that they could improve their well-being/financial status.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 20, 1999 |
Who can count on all of these bennies on the job? Flexible hours. Summers off. Paid sabbaticals to do virtually anything. Lifetime employment guaranteed, no matter what the boss thinks. College professors, of course. But for how much longer? The lifetime tenure granted to college and university professors--long the hallmark of academic freedom--has come under increasing scrutiny by college presidents squeezed between leaner budgets and swelling enrollments.
July 11, 2013
According to the rich narrative laid out by the documentary "Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp," it's hard out there for a pimp, not to mention the life that leads to it, and after it. One of black literature's most venerated chroniclers of street life and crime, the author of seven popular autobiographical books (most famously "Pimp: The Story of My Life"), Slim comes in for a vivid, warts-and-all biography as told by fellow writers (Emory Holmes, Odie Hawkins), admiring entertainers (the doc's executive producer Ice-T, Chris Rock)
October 30, 1986 |
This is the time of year when the wisdom of Harry A. Senn is likely to make a public appearance, along with witches, vampires and werewolves. The Pitzer College professor is an authority on otherworld phenomena associated with Halloween, and once people catch onto this, they come to him for explanations. Senn is happy to oblige, even though the subject of mystical, mythical creatures requires that he defy the logic and reason that enable people to become college professors in the first place.