Saturday, October 1, 2016


Quake alert issued for Southern California (OC Reg)
...The southernmost end of the fault hasn’t ruptured since 1690, and has been building up stress for 326 years. Earthquakes along the San Andreas typically occur every 300 years, said Morgan Page, a geophysicist with the U.S.G.S. Earthquake Science Center....
Cal State Fullerton's Math Department Has More Problems Than Overpriced, Mandatory Textbooks (OC Weekly)
     [Alain] Bourget is the math professor whose refusal to use the required textbook for his Math 250B course, "Introduction to Linear Algebra and Differential Equations," to instead teach from one about $100 cheaper created headlines across the nation. He earned enmity from university officials but was celebrated by colleagues across the country for standing up for academic freedom while garnering the gratitude of many students who increasingly view higher education as a high-priced shakedown.
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     But the thing of it is, cost was not the reason Bourget chose the book. As he says now, the fact that the Strang book was less—significantly less—than the Goode text was merely a "happy coincidence." He would have still chosen the Strang book if it were the same price or a little more expensive than the Goode book.
     "The fact that the book was cheaper was nice," Bourget says, "but the most important thing, the reason I wanted to teach it, is that it was a better book, and I don't mean a much better book, but a much, much better book."
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…Down the road at UC Irvine, that school's Academic Senate, clearly reacting to Bourget's case, recommended that faculty members forgo any profits they derive from assigning their students textbooks or other course materials they've produced....
WHO GOT RICH OFF THE STUDENT DEBT CRISIS? (The Center For Investigative Reporting)

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

I feel the big one coming. Oh, heavens. Get water, food, fill the cars with petrol. Oh, heavens.

Anonymous said...

no BOT report huh?

Roy Bauer said...

4:21, I chose to stay home and watch the Presidential debate instead. Far more interesting.

Anonymous said...

The BOT should have passed a resolution that the earthquake will be happening soon. Garsh, better run right home and check to make sure my new earthquake underwear are clean.

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