UV Letters

Young, Scrappy and Hungry

Dec 4, 2015
Alexander Hamilton: Pardon me, are you Aaron Burr, Sir? I heard your name at Princeton, I was seeking an accelerated course of study When I got sort of out of sorts with a buddy of yours I may have punched him It's a blur, sir He handles the financials...
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Amateur Hour

Nov 20, 2015
As it relates to goings on in higher education, Ben Carson's take on amateurs vs. professionals is my favorite snapshot from the campaign so far. Before I explain, please allow me a brief digression to present the rest of my top five. You won't be surprised to find Dr. Carson photobombing...
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A 7-Minute Joy

Nov 6, 2015
A few weeks ago I learned that my 96-year-old grandfather is charging his octogenarian roommate $5 per week to read his used newspaper. This was upsetting. Yes, the paper is The Globe & Mail, surely Canada's finest newspaper. And yes, he's only charging Canadian dollars. But I wondered whether a life of profligacy had reduced my grandfather to a state of penury requiring him to...
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Salad Days

Oct 23, 2015
Most people understand "salad days" as the greatest days of one's youth. The phrase was coined by Shakespeare and first appeared in the tragedy Antony and Cleopatra when Cleopatra, regretting her fling with Julius Caesar, says...
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Frack U.

Oct 9, 2015
I attended law school when cable television exploded from 50 channels to 500. As law school was pass/fail, we had a lot of time to keep an eye on the new niche channels appearing seemingly weekly. My roommate Dave and I began keeping a list of new channels we half expected...
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Higher Education: Hero or Villain of Economic Growth?

Sep 25, 2015
Few things are more upsetting than when a hero turns out to be a villain. Growing up in Canada, we were used to winning all kinds of medals in the Winter Olympics but forever coming up dry in the Summer Games. Canada set a dubious record at the 1976 Montreal Olympics when it became the only host country to fail to win a gold medal. So ahead of the 1988 Games in Seoul, when quiet Ben Johnson emerged as...
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America Needs Talent(ed Leaders)

Sep 11, 2015
The summer is over, thank goodness. Although this may be heresy to beachgoers and people like me who enjoy the opportunity to wear white between Memorial Day and Labor Day, it has become gospel for political panjandrums. At the end of August I wrote about Donald Trump, whose appeal to the worst in human nature may be exceeded only by a handful of historical figures. But nature abhors a vacuum, and Trump has ably filled the...
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Donald Trump Closes the Skills Gap

Aug 28, 2015
It is a near certainty that no presidential candidate in history has used the words "smart" and "stupid" as often as Donald Trump. Listening to Trump speak is to witness a battle between smart and stupid. The most amazing thing about the Trump phenomenon is not that he continues to lead polls despite the things he says, but rather that Americans believe he's a successful...
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Beyond Process and Bubblegum: The Future of Accreditation

Aug 14, 2015
The wide wide world of sports lost a great man this summer. Roderick Toombs of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan died of a heart attack at the age of 61. Better known as Rowdy Roddy Piper because he played bagpipes and wore a kilt, Rowdy Roddy was my favorite professional wrestler for...
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E-Portfolios: Competency Marketplaces For Colleges

Jul 31, 2015
I have three young boys. Zev, age 4, is the youngest, and he's constantly straining to be heard above the din. If survival of the fittest is playing out at home, Zev's survival skill is volume. He is loud. When he asks for water, he yells. When he announces he's going to the bathroom, he yells. And when he wants...
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