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Score One for Democracy

A U.S. District Court Judge ruled late yesterday that college students from Bard College, Marist College, and other local colleges could indeed vote, even though the local Dutchess County Elections Commissioner had refused their registrations, because they left the Room number of their dorms off of their registration forms.  Here is the short story in…Read more Score One for Democracy Posted on 6 November 2012 | 1:22 pm

Political Scientists Bemoan Funding Cuts

Political scientists around the country are in a huff here, and here, and here. The reason has little to do with the upcoming election, the vacuum in political leadership, or the state of the world. No, they are upset because Arizona Congressman Jeff Flake has proposed cutting the National Science Foundation’s Political Science Program that…Read more Political Scientists Bemoan Funding Cuts Posted on 16 May 2012 | 11:52 am

Thinking about College

Anthony Grafton has a clear and sensible essay on Universities in this week’s NYRB. Dismissive of those who take simplistic pot-shots at lazy faculty or coddled administrators, he nevertheless gives voice to the basic problem: for millions of students who are paying hundreds of thousands of dollars to spend four (or more) years at college…Read more Thinking about College Posted on 10 November 2011 | 12:33 pm