Author: Crissie Brown

Campus Chatter – February 1, 2011

Today in history, greetings, and social banter here. (More) The “Lost Colony” on Roanoke Island was founded today (1587). Also, Alexander Selkirk was rescued (1709), the U.S. Supreme Court first convened (1790), Abraham Lincoln signed the Thirteenth Amendment (1865), Giacomo Puccini’s La boheme debuted (1896), and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police began operations (1920). And the Columbia broke up during reentry (2003). Good morning!...

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Morning Feature: Things a’Hoppin’ (Meta Monday)

The resident faculty hopped along their weekly trek this morning. They looked ridiculous, so we hope this was a clue and not a new tradition. (More) The resident faculty usually walk, or wobble, as they make their way 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. This morning they hopped. Gastronomic concern prevents further description. Suffice it to say: be glad you didn’t see it, and we hope it’s not the start of a new tradition. Instead, we think it was a clue. Things have been hopping at BPI lately. For example, last Monday and Wednesday in Evening Focus, rb137 explored what physicists know about the universe, and how they know it. Last Tuesday and Wednesday in Morning Feature, Professor of Topofclassclownistics JanF Dug Deeper into free speech issues. And last Tuesday in Evening Focus, JanF hosted our live-blog of President Obama’s State of the Union Address. All were good discussions and are worth reading if you missed them. And things will keep hopping at the BPI campus this week. Starting tonight in Evening Focus, Roby NJ will host a three-day series on how cognitive dissonance shapes our political dialogue. This Tuesday and Wednesday in Morning...

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Campus Chatter – January 31, 2011

Today in history, greetings, and social banter here. (More) Juneautown and Kilbourntown became Milwaukee today (1846), after the Milwaukee Bridge War. Also, Britain abolished Corn Laws (1849), Alvan Graham Clark discovered Sirius B (1862), the U.S. ordered all Native Americans onto reservations (1876), and 3M released Scotch tape (1930). And James Van Allen discovered his Belt (1958). Good morning!...

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Morning Feature: Which Constitution? (Ask Ms. Crissie)

“You should win that pot,” Professor Plum said. “That was intended to be a straight.” “Maybe,” Chef replied. “But it isn’t.” (More) Professor Plum rarely comments on the staff poker game, and neither he nor Ms. Scarlet will comment on whether the resident faculty have their poker game in the wine cellar library while they spend the weekend drinking thinking on our motto of Magis vinum, magis verum (“More wine, more truth”), or in the hot tub faculty lounge as their weekly game where the underwear goes flying planning conference. We’re not sure the resident faculty even play poker. So we weren’t surprised when the BPI Squirrel picked up his Blewberry and texted “Oops.” He forgot to hide the mail. Regardless, Chef’s “intended to be a straight” wasn’t, and the Professor of Astrology Janitor took that pot with two pair. Then he decided to push the table with his newly stacked chips. Alas, Chef’s “Not my intent but there it is” pair of Kings was ample reason to call his opening bet. When a third King fell on the flop and the board paired Sixes on the turn, Chef’s “Not my intent but there it is” full house beat the Professor of Astrology Janitor’s “Exactly as I intended” flush. His plaintive mewling began, and Chef scurried to the kitchen to make a Tent Her Breakfast Casserole. That left your...

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