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Get Off My Lawn!

Sep 23, 2016
In college, my roommates and I did many things for which we had little interest in taking responsibility. Top of mind: Leaving a hulking old refrigerator in the middle of Old Campus, trying to get the School of Organization and Management to...
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Out Of Fashion: How Bad Colleges Help The Ivies, And How Ivies Sustain Bad...

Sep 9, 2016
One of the more colorful characters from my college days was a student from Japan named Shohei who preferred to be known as Speed. Among his most famous exploits: projecting the Bat Signal onto Harkness Tower; and - previously - betting and losing his high school...
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Hacking Competency-based Education

Aug 26, 2016
My college roommate Chris was notorious for a few things. Chris looked vaguely Nordic and enjoyed putting on a Viking helmet, taking off all his clothes, and venturing out to Cross Campus Lawn to ask unwitting pedestrians if they knew where the German Club was meeting. He was also renowned for going to great...
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Retraining and Reskilling to Avoid Dystopia

Aug 12, 2016
I was 15 when I first understood the importance of training. I'd been hired at a Toronto Baskin Robbins and after a few weeks was deemed a sufficiently reliable scooper that franchise owner Mr. Pirani gladly accepted my offer to refer two of my younger brothers for employment.
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Free College Is Just Another Word For Nothing Left To Lose

Jul 29, 2016
In my experience, telling someone they're getting something for free leads to problems. My first job out of college was in management consulting where I spent the majority of my tenure at one of the old "music clubs" that offered 12 CDs for a penny. This offer yielded two distinct forms of bad...
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PAY UP!

Jul 15, 2016
In this week's post, I welcome Katherine (Kate) Lee Carey, Special Counsel in the Education Practice Group of Cooley, a bon vivant and - even more rare - a lawyer with a sense of humor.
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License To Kill

Jul 8, 2016
It's funny how weird things seem normal when you grow up with them. Toronto in the 70s and 80s was no exception. Like only being able to buy beer from a government store that wouldn't have been out of place in the Soviet Union. Like the fact that two of the eight teams in the Canadian Football League shared...
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Marriage and College: Stuff Successful People Do

Jun 24, 2016
My wife Yahlin and I got married where we'd met nearly a dozen years earlier: college. Because we were living in New York and both working full-time, we sought help from a New Haven theatre set designer who moonlighted as a wedding planner. Or rather, Yahlin...
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How Better Job Descriptions Will Change Higher Education

Jun 10, 2016
I'm not always great at predicting the future. Sure, two decades ago I believed online universities would be a thing. Then the moment MOOCs appeared, I made the correct call that MOOCs would be about as important as the Spice Girls. Most important, I moved to Brooklyn long before it was hip. But my brother often reminds me of the time I suggested to him and our friend...
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Reveal Your Secrets

May 27, 2016
There's a lot of room for speculation when it comes to the Yale secret society Skull and Bones. During the 2004 presidential campaign, George W. Bush commented it was "a secret society; so secret, I can't say anything more." And when John Kerry was...
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