Author: Crissie Brown

Campus Chatter – September 17, 2017

Today in history, greetings, and social banter here. (More) France’s Henry III and Huguenot princes signed the Treaty of Bergerac today (1577). Also, Boston, Massachusetts was founded today (1630), Antonie van Leeuwenhoek’s letter to the Royal Society describing “animalcules” marked the first known description of protozoa (1683), the Presidio of San Francisco was founded (1776), the United States Constitution was signed in Philadelphia (1787), Harriet Tubman escaped from slavery (1849), in San Francisco the eccentric but ultimately beloved Joseph Norton declared himself “Emperor of these United States” (1859), as a passenger aboard the Wright Flyer piloted by Orville Wright,...

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Why Are Liberal Protests So Violent? (Or Are They?)

“Why does September have so many Sundays?” Professor Plum asked as he walked into the mail room. He read the mail…. (More) Professor Plum and Ms. Scarlet then left the mail room to join the resident faculty in the wine cellar library, where they’ll spend the weekend drinking thinking on our motto of Magis vinum, magis verum (“More wine, more truth”) preparing yet another pre-hurricane shopping list. There was no staff poker game, as the Professor of Astrology Janitor was busy moving all of the Main Campus exterior furniture back into the Newer Venerable Hall corridors in advance of...

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Campus Question – September 16, 2017

Tonight’s question, greetings, and banter here. (More) This week Montpellier (two Ls) France offered Montpelier (one L) Vermont a set of soccer jerseys, ordered by two-L’s pro team but delivered with the city’s name misspelled (yes, that has two Ss and two Ls). Also (one S, one L), Brookline, Massachusetts will debate whether to retitle their Board of Selectmen the Board of Selectwomen (regardless of the selectwoman’s gender) or maybe choose a gender-neutral title, while Pennsylvania state legislators debated whether to debate the months-late state budget or debate their dress code for debating the budget. Oh, an Indiana man...

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Campus Chatter – September 16, 2017

Today in history, greetings, and social banter here. (More) Owain Glyndŵr’s followers declared him Prince of Wales today (1400). Also, Miguel Hidalgo’s Grito de Dolores began the Mexican War of Independence (1810), the Fire of Moscow, which had started the day before, threatened to engulf the Kremlin and would destroy three-quarters of the city before it died on the 18th (1812), Christopher Robert founded the Robert College of Istanbul-Turkey, the first U.S. educational institution on foreign soil (1863), The Cornell Daily Sun premiered and would become the nation’s oldest continuously-independent college newspaper (1880), settlers made a land run for...

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Campus Question – September 15, 2017

Tonight’s question, greetings, and banter here. (More) Today a Franklin Township, Ohio volunteer firefighter was suspended after he posted a racist comment on Facebook and a Gainesville, Florida police officer is under investigation for a series of anti-Semitic Facebook posts. Also, a white university security officer in St. Paul, Minnesota accidentally shot himself and then made up a story of a black assailant, while Buzzfeed revealed that Google allowed an investigative reporter to buy racist ads, a day after a ProPublica investigative team revealed they did the same on Facebook. Oh, the God-King echoed his sewer spewer’s demand that...

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