Ruffled Feathers at Columbia College Chicago

Adjunct Faculty Compared to Seasonal Retail Employees During union negotiations at Columbia College Chicago, a CCC negotiator compared the college’s adjunct faculty to ‘seasonal retail employees’ (CCC negotiator says comment was taken out of context).**   This, as you can imagine, ruffled a few feathers.  It ruffled feathers because many adjuncts have decades of teaching... Read more »

FOLLOW THE MONEY: THE FRIGHTENING CORPORATIZATION OF PUBLIC EDUCATION

This is messed up.  According to the Chicago Public Schools’ 2013 budget, charter schools will receive nearly $483 million in funding — up more than 13% from 2012 funding. My daughter’s CPS elementary school has been fundraising feverishly for two years to raise approximately $50,000.  This money will be used to replace a poorly maintained... Read more »

LOVE LETTER TO BELMONT AVENUE

Late one night, I was mooned at the corner of Belmont and Halsted by some guys in a black Audi with the vanity plate TG AUDI II.  My first thought:  Invest in some Nair and Pro-Active. My next thought:  Why can’t I get mooned by a guy who works out?  Or, at the very least,... Read more »
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AIS and LOBOO SYNDROMES (Yeah, I'm Making This Up)

Let’s talk about ‘adult infant syndrome’ — or AIS as I like to refer to this phenomenon.  You’ve probably come into contact with someone who suffers from AIS or, perhaps, you’ve even experienced AIS symptoms yourself.  AIS is characterized by prolonged bouts of completely self-absorbed behavior including but not limited to Idling in the kiss-n-go... Read more »

Target practice or a long, uphill battle to fix Chicago's murder epidemic? Take your pick.

Last Tuesday, my daughter asked me if I’d heard about Hadiya Pendleton.  She’s the 15-year-old King College Prep student who was murdered in Chicago’s Harsh Park.  My daughter looked bewildered and frightened, said that Hadiya had just been hanging out with her volleyball team, after a day of final exams, when someone came up and... Read more »

I HEART RUSH or BIMBO ERUPTION (you decide)

Dear Rush Limbaugh, Thank you for bringing to my attention that ‘The Black’ – as you so charmingly referred to our Commander in Chief on your January 23 show – is, in fact, not planning to leave in 2016. In your rant (and I use rant in only the most complimentary way), you thoughtfully pronounced:... Read more »
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What Do Aaron Swartz and Chicago's Magnetar Have In Common?

Unfortunately, not a whole hell of a lot. You’ve probably heard of Aaron Swartz.  He’s the 26-year-old Internet activist who helped develop the RSS web feed format and the site Reddit.  He committed suicide earlier this month because of an ongoing Justice Department investigation into illegal downloading of JSTOR files from M.I.T.  The Justice Department,... Read more »