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March 16, 2006
Re "It doesn't test for success," Opinion, March 13 I took a statistics course in college a few years ago. The instructor informed the class that, statistically, the SAT exam has only a 3% probability of predicting success in college, and this with a 5% variation either way. In other words, it is totally useless. He asked the class why we thought it still exists. I answered that it is a big business that a lot of people make money on. He agreed. Joanne V. Creighton's article only confirms this.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 20, 2001
Joseph J. Ellis, the author of the Thomas Jefferson biography "American Sphinx," a professor at Mount Holyoke College and a Pulitzer Prize winner, is earning fresh public attention, but not for his scholarship. Historians relish talking about how nations invent myths about themselves, but Ellis seems to have taken it a step further by applying the principle to his own life. After the Boston Globe's Walter V. Robinson reported this week that Ellis had concocted a Vietnam War record as well as participation in the antiwar movement at Yale, Ellis admitted to "distortions" about his past.
NEWS
August 18, 2001 | ELIZABETH MEHREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Disgraced historian Joseph J. Ellis will be suspended from Mount Holyoke College for a year because he lied to students about serving in Vietnam, the school announced Friday. In a statement, college President Joanne V. Creighton said: "I strongly rebuke professor Ellis for his lie about his military experience." Ellis, who has taught at Mount Holyoke for 29 years, will receive no pay from the school during his suspension.
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June 21, 2001 | ELIZABETH MEHREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two days after Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Joseph J. Ellis admitted lying about his service in Vietnam to decades of Mount Holyoke College students, the small women's school in Western Massachusetts announced Wednesday that Ellis would no longer teach his signature course on Vietnam and American culture. With the campus in a state of "total shock," according to dean of faculty Donal O'Shea, school administrators would not discuss the possibility of disciplinary action.
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June 19, 2001 | ELIZABETH MEHREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Everyone at Mount Holyoke College knew about professor Joseph J. Ellis' service in Vietnam, said Angel Kozeli, a 2000 graduate of the small women's college in western Massachusetts. In lectures in his foreign policy class and in his seminar on Vietnam and the American culture, Ellis vividly drew on his experiences in Southeast Asia, Kozeli recalled Monday.
NEWS
March 22, 1999 | ELIZABETH MEHREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Not long ago, Smith College English professor Patricia Skarda was walking behind two students deep in conversation. A strict grammatical constructionist, Skarda took note of their syntax. "One used 'like' 48 times," she reported, "the other, 37." Skarda was appalled but not shocked.
NEWS
June 22, 2001 | LYNN SMITH and TIM RUTTEN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
"For me," Joseph J. Ellis told a reporter in November, "the teaching side of my life and the writing side of my life are part of the same collective whole." If true, that could be a problem now for Ellis, a popular professor at Mount Holyoke College who won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize in history for his book "Founding Brothers" but was found this week to have made false claims to his students about serving in Vietnam. Ellis' deception has prompted a lively public and private debate among academics.
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