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Iowa Board of Regents’ stunning lack of accountability

August 5th, 2016 · No Comments

When former University of Northern Iowa president Bill Ruud announced he was leaving, Iowa Board of Regents president Bruce Rastetter praised him for “great progress” and leaving “UNI in a stronger position than when he arrived.”

It remains curious why Ruud had to go.  Officially, the board didn’t fire Ruud, but his contract wasn’t renewed and that sends a message. Ruud’s graceful exit masks the injustice the regents did to him and UNI. Ruud’s departure is also another sign the board lacks accountability. <more in the Des Moines Register>



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One Way to Save Bookstores from Extinction

June 2nd, 2015 · No Comments

Buenos Aires, Argentina has more bookstores per capita than any other city in the world. According to a 2015 study by the World Cities Cultural Forum, Buenos Aires has 734 bookstores, or about 25 per 100,000 people.


Interior of El Ateneo Grand Splendid, a bookstore in Buenos Aires

By comparison, Madrid has 16 bookstores per 100,000 people, Tokyo has 13, London has 10, Paris and New York have 9, Amsterdam and Berlin have 7, Los Angeles and Rio de Janeiro have 5, Mumbai has 4, and Singapore has 3 per 100,000 people.

Buenos Aires also has some of the best bookstores in the world, including El Ateneo Grand Splendid. A former theatre palace built in 1919, the ornate building was repurposed as a bookstore in 2007. The main floor and balconies are filled with bookshelves, the former theatre boxes are now reading nooks, and the stage, framed by a crimson curtain, is a café. The grand space is regularly cited as one of the most beautiful and most interesting bookstores in the world. [Read more →]

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Guns and Men in America

December 30th, 2014 · No Comments

There have been at least 70 mass shootings in the U.S. since 1982. If Americans think such shootings are more common now, it’s because they are. Nearly half of the 70 mass shootings have happened since 2006.

What are the reasons?  Our news media respond with a number of possibilities: the easy availability of guns in the U.S.; influential movies, television shows, and video games; mental illness, bad parenting – these are the usual suspects.worst mass shooting since 2006

Jackson Katz, an educator, author, and filmmaker (of Tough Guise and Tough Guise 2), sees another major factor.  The least talked about commonality in all of the shootings is the one so obvious most of us miss it: nearly all of the mass murderers are men. [Read more →]

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The NFL’s Traumatic Effect

January 15th, 2014 · No Comments

The only time I was ever knocked completely unconscious was when I was 12 years old.  I was on the middle-school football team of my Catholic church, and it was during a football practice on a beautiful afternoon in early fall. As a rite of passage in football practice, the smaller 6th-graders (which included me) had to tackle the larger 8th graders who were running straight at us with a football tucked in their arms. When my turn came, the strongest, fastest 8th grader came sprinting towards me and put his helmet down, preparing to run over me.  I steeled my muscles, leaned forward, opened my arms, and put my head down, too.  [Read more →]

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