The staff had just begun chatting over coffee when the ringing began. The resident faculty left an alarm clock outside the mail room door. Was it a clue? (More)

First our thanks to last week’s guest lecturers. Last Monday in Midday Matinee, Professor of Bathtublueberrywhisperology addisnana asked where we learned compassion, and in Evening Focus Professor of Cognidizombilistics Roby NJ’s business students responded to E. Rex. Last Tuesday and Wednesday in Morning Feature, Professor of Ecoinsaninsuroscamology winterbanyan Dug Deeper into uranium mining, and in Evening Focus the BPI Squirrel hosted our Faculty Debate on Privatization. Last Wednesday in Furthermore!, Professor of Topofclassclownistics JanF’s series on Women’s History Month marched in, and in Midday Matinee, addisnana discussed making mistakes. BPI’s Privatization Week continued last Thursday with a Morning Feature series titled Owning Our Seed Corn, and in HEMMED In with JanF’s discussion of privatizing public libraries, while in Evening Focus citisven sampled a Cupcakes for Choice event. Last Friday in Furthermore!, Lake Toba asked why the right don’t believe in sharing, and in Evening Focus Roby NJ offered a summary in Privatization 201. And Sunday in Our Earth, JanF offered our EcoNews Roundup. All were excellent discussions and are worth reading if you missed them.

This week, JanF throws Pi in today’s Furthermore! and addisnana offers a piece of history in today’s Midday Matinee. Tonight and tomorrow in Evening Focus, HurrikanEagle will earn faculty tenure with a two-day series on the grassroots of the civil rights movement. Tuesday and Wednesday in Morning Feature, addisnana will Dig Deeper into hydrofracking. And Wednesday in Furthermore!, JanF will continue her series on Women’s History Month. As always, Chef will supply coffee and bagels, and the Professor of Astrology Janitor will demand a cleaner buffer.

Note: We have Morning Feature guest lecture openings next Tuesday and Wednesday (March 22nd and 23rd), and Evening Focus openings this Wednesday through Friday (March 16th-18th). We also have openings for our campus soapbox Furthermore!, our afternoon people-watching series Midday Matinee, and our evening environmental series Our Earth.

If you are already a BPI Author, you will find a complete list of category openings in the Authors Notepad in your Dorm Room. To reserve a slot, type in your user name, topic, and date, and click “Save Notes.” I will remove your note when I add you to our Schedule.

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Also: Please share your stories of offline activism in Things We Did This Week.

That leaves the ringing alarm clock outside the BPI mail room, left by the resident faculty as they made their way from the wine cellar library where they spent the weekend drinking thinking on our motto of Magis vinum, magis verum (“More wine, more truth”) to the hot tub faculty lounge for their weekly game where the underwear goes flying planning conference. Actually the alarm clock is not ringing now, as we turned it off. But it was ringing. Loudly. We’re sure it was a clue, and we think we know what it means.

That leaves the question: was the alarm clock ringing loudly enough to Awake the State?

This week the resident faculty will highlight this grassroots activism to support Florida workers. As in many parts of the nation, a Tea Party wave crested in Florida last November. Although statewide voter turnout was 3% higher than in 2006, turnout was down in traditionally Democratic areas. The result: Republican Rick Scott defeated Democrat Alex Sink by 61,550 votes, a 1% margin. The GOP also gained 5 seats in the Florida House and 2 seats in the Florida Senate, giving them over 2/3rds majorities in each.

Floridians are now seeing the results in a legislative blizzard of conservative bills to cut corporate taxes, education and public services, privatize state parks, weaken our state homeowner’s insurance program, and repeal the “pill mills” database that helps prevent street resale of prescription drugs. One bill would have made it a crime for doctors to ask if a patient owns a gun; another would force doctors to perform and patients to watch a sonogram before terminating a pregnancy. And a Florida Senate bill would require science teachers to present a “critical analysis” of evolution.

Floridians need an alarm clock, indeed.


Happy Monday!