The resident faculty paraded by with party hats and noisemakers, leaving a trail of confetti and balloons. Chef is baking a cake. It’s our first birthday! (More)

First our thanks to last week’s guest lecturers. Last Monday in Midday Matinee, Professor of Bathtublueberrywhisperology addisnana reminded us to step back from the news in Meanwhile…. Last Tuesday in Morning Feature, Professor of Ecoinsaninsuroscamology winterbanyan explored Government, Control, and Power. Last Wednesday in Midday Matinee, addisnana mused on political cartoons in If I Could Draw. Last Friday in Midday Matinee, addisnana offered a poignant reflection on Taps, and in Evening Focus, Professor of Topofclassclownistics JanF offered a Week in Review. Last Saturday in Evening Focus, JanF’s offered an aviary perspective on the GOP Budget in Not Angry? That’s for the Birds. And Sunday in Furthermore!, the BPI Squirrel ranted on Air Paranoia, and in Our Earth JanF offered our weekly Eco News Roundup.

Today in Furthermore!, winterbanyan will discuss the fear of illness without insurance. Tonight in Evening Focus, Lake Toba will begin a series on water security, with several installments to run one per week. Intrepid Fred Whisperer addisnana will offer Midday Matinees today and Wednesday, and tomorrow in Midday Matinee, winterbanyan will muse on aging. As always, Chef will distribute coffee and bagels and the Professor of Astrology Janitor will redistribute cleaners and buffers.

The BPI community needs you: We have Morning Feature openings this Tuesday and Wednesday (May 9th and 10th), and Evening Focus openings this Tuesday through Thursday (May 10th – 12th). 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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The honking of noise-makers heralded the resident faculty’s weekly trek from the wine cellar library where they spend 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. The staff were flummoxed at first, and sent the BPI Squirrel to see what was going on. He began typing on his Blewberry….

Squirrel@BPI: Confetti and balloons everywhere! Professor of Astrology Janitor is going to get grumpy.

Squirrel@BPI: They’re at the hot tub faculty lounge. Still honking and cheering. Hanging party hats in my tree. I’m going to get grumpy.

We checked the calendar, realized what was happening, and dispatched Pootie the Precious with a package of macadamias to encourage him to relax and join the party, because….

It’s Bippieday!

Yes, the BPI Campus is one year old today. And my how we’ve grown. Last month alone, the BPI Campus had 3280 visitors combining for over 12,000 visits and 240,000 page views. Those stats do not include bots, web crawlers, etc. Those are human beings (and at least one squirrel) reading here. We’re gonna need a bigger coffee pot….

Clearly we have a lot readers who don’t comment. Those readers may have lots of reasons for not joining the discussions, and we respect that. But since it’s Bippieday, the faculty, staff, and student body would like to invite all of our visitors to join the party. We’re a close community, but not a closed community. We welcome new members, and new contributors.

So please tell us a little about yourself … where you’re from, how you found us, and what you enjoy about BPI. Grab a party hat and a noise-maker. Pop a balloon or three. Get a slice of Bippieday cake. (No calories!) We won’t even ask you to help the Professor of Astrology Janitor clean up the confetti.

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Happy Bippieday!