On Strikes, Walk Outs, & Other Old Answers To Today's Higher Ed Problems

What bothers me isn't so much paying off the money I borrowed, it's the horrendous interest rate. I borrowed $47,000. I've paid that off, and then some. And yet I still owe $60,000. More than the original loan! And I owe this money to the government. The same government that loans money-- our money-- to banks for a fraction of the interest I'm paying on my loan. Also, I'm an adjunct, so I'm getting it from both sides. We need a revolution.

Posted on March 10, 2015 at 2:42 pm 0

On Want a Free College Education? Show Up to Class and Don't Get Caught

@gyip "Auditing" means that you register and pay for the class-- you just don't receive credit or a grade. If anyone is thinking of trying to attend a class without enrolling, PLEASE make sure the professor is tenured faculty and not an adjunct. I don't know if this is universal, but where I teach, it's a serious offense to have a student attending your class who is not enrolled. Tenured faculty might get away with it, but adjuncts could lose their jobs.

Posted on March 9, 2015 at 5:05 pm 0

On National Adjunct Walkout Day Is Coming

I'm an adjunct, and luckily I don't have a class that day, so I don't have to make that difficult choice. I'll be going to the protest in Sacramento. In my opinion, the only solution to the current situation is for adjunct faculty to have their own union.

Posted on February 18, 2015 at 2:30 am 0

On Things I Am Looking For in The Mid-Sized City of My Dreams

@steponitvelma I have a friend who lives in Chico. Chico State is kind of a party school, there isn't much going on in the town culturally. But it is beautiful there. Summers are INTENSE though.

Posted on October 3, 2014 at 4:12 pm 0

On Things I Am Looking For in The Mid-Sized City of My Dreams

@Meaghano Eugene is a cute little town, lots of bungalows and trees, and has the Cornbread Cafe, a vegan American diner with great food.

Posted on October 3, 2014 at 4:11 pm 0

On Things I Am Looking For in The Mid-Sized City of My Dreams

@EM Too much rain in Nanaimo. It's only "sunny" in comparison to Vancouver. On the other hand... Nanaimo Bars!

Posted on October 3, 2014 at 3:56 pm 1

On Wedding Costs from the Dude's Perspective

We got married (in San Francisco, 2005) for around $4500 (50 guests) Ring: Used the diamond from my grandmother's engagement ring, got a new setting: $150 Bride's Dress: Gold evening dress by A.B.S. $160 Groom: Velvet jacket, silk shirt and dress pants: $275 Attendants: none Flowers: picked up at the Flower Mart by the bride, arranged by a friend Cake: Towering, elaborate dark chocolate cake, dusted with gold leaf (from a local bakery that does not do wedding cakes, but does make large special occasion cakes) $180 Hotel for wedding night: boutique hotel, $300 Venue for ceremony: Penthouse room in same hotel, with fireplace and wraparound windows (I forgot-- maybe $200 for the hour?) Venue for reception: rented out a wine bar for the night: $800 plus $2500 bar minimum Officiant: $300 Food: $1500 (catered from Asqew) Decorations: $250 for candles, silver confetti, branches with white string lights, and tulle. Everything was lovely, except for Asqew, who effed up our order.

Posted on October 4, 2012 at 2:19 am 0