Category Archives: Blogosphere

“Presidents of the University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University and Washtenaw Community College personally support May 6 Millage”

Via the interwebs/social medias (that is, via some source I can’t really recall) comes “Presidents of the University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University and Washtenaw Community College personally support May 6 Millage.” This is from a web site set up to support the May 6 millage called  Two things; first, a quote:

The presidents of the University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University, and Washtenaw Community College, the three largest higher learning institutions in Washtenaw County, have personally endorsed the May 6 ballot proposal to improve public transportation in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti and Ypsilanti Township.


“The AAATA helps Eastern Michigan University’s students, faculty and staff travel to class, work, job interviews, and local businesses around our campus and throughout the Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor area,” according to EMU President Susan Martin. “The proposed expansion of AAATA services will provide even more opportunities for our students and employees and will benefit the local economy and environment. The Ride has been a valuable community resource and active partner with Eastern and I am pleased to support the proposed expansion of services.”

Second, I guess I haven’t been paying attention because I was not aware that there was going to be a May 6 vote on an additional millage for the buses.  I don’t know if this is county-wide or if its limited to Ann Arbor, but I’d encourage people to get out there and support it for the same reasons Sue Martin is supporting it.

“Should We Rank Colleges Based on Their Graduates’ Earnings?”

A loyal reader sent me this piece from Slate, “Should We Rank Colleges Based on Their Graduates’ Earnings?” which is a follow-up/defense of that article about PayScale’s college rankings based on the earnings of graduates. Frankly, I don’t have the time or energy to explain once again what is wrong with this logic right now– lots of grading and such as we round the turn for the end of the semester– but I thought I’d share it in case anyone else wants to make the argument. Go ahead, dive in!

“Major Attack on Academic Freedom in Michigan”

Over at the blog “Academe Blog” comes “Major Attack on Academic Freedom in Michigan,” which is a post by Martin Kich. It’s a pretty short post, but here’s a quote:

In the Michigan Senate, the Appropriations Higher Education Subcommittee included in its budget proposal a penalty against any public college or university that teaches a labor-related course or offers a labor-studies program.


Specifically, SB 768 prohibits “the encouragement or discouragement of union organizing of employees, including, but not limited to, participating with any business or union, or group of businesses or unions, in hosting, sponsoring, administering, or in any way facilitating an academy, seminar, class, course, conference, or program that provides instruction, in whole or in part, in techniques for encouraging or discouraging employees in regard to union organizing.”

Oh, and apparently Michigan Radio has a story about this too and how it would specifically impact Michigan State: “MSU could lose $500k for offering labor courses.” Seems like an oddly narrow law to impact a specific course like this.

PS: There’s this article in mLive too– I guess I missed all this earlier.

In basketball news…

First off, I find myself in the somewhat unlikely place of being in the lead of the annual EMUTalk NCAA Tourney. Go figure! Sure, it’s only a pool of five people, but a lead is a lead!

Second, there were a few end of the year articles/blog posts about the EMU men’s basketball team. mLive gives us “Eastern Michigan ends season with 69-56 loss to Columbia in second round of CIT.” The Emus finished a very respectable 22-15 for the season, the best since 1996-97. The Echo has a more philosophic/reflective piece, “5 Things to Take Away: EMU men’s basketball team’s season.”  I agree with four out of five– nothing good came from the CIT thing, IMO.

And the blog Damn Arbor posted “Today, We Are All Eagles” about the crappy attendance at the games generally and the CIT game specifically. It’s probably not rehashing all of that now, but I think the lousy fan support/attendance is something for the PR folks/athletic program folks to think about carefully. Basketball was pretty decent this year, so these attendance numbers should have been better; why weren’t they?

Two (and a half) for the road: CIT and a couple of Mark Maynard posts

I have to get out of town for this conference, but I had to mention two (and a half) other things/suggestions for further reading:

First, from our friends over at Eagle Totem comes “EMU Wins Basketball Game, Loses the Internet.” Basically, the Emus won it’s basketball game in the CIT last night in front of a crowd of 373 fans. One of the players sent out some negative and not well-worded “tweets” about the whole experience, and that appears to have received more attention than the game itself. mLive has the story here, too.

And what the hell is the “CIT?” And is this the sort of “post-season play” that is entitling Rob Murphy to a bonus this year? If you ask me, this is a waste of time and money on all fronts– zero to negative PR value/visibility issue for EMU, it takes students out of the classroom for no good reason, it costs us money we don’t have, etc., etc.

Second, Mark Maynard has two posts of interest: “EMU venturing into the community, making damn good videos,” which is about a video made by the office of Campus Life about the Ypsi Food Co-op, a video that I would agree is very well done.  The other post is “Participants in Thursday’s Wurst Challenge already raise $3,624 for Ypsilanti’s FLY Creativity Lab, aim for even more,” which is an update on the sausage eating contest that will feature EMU President Susan Martin. I’ll be out of town, but it looks like an event worth attending and/or donating to.

More on the EAA, or “GUEST POST: Students for an Ethical and Participatory Education respond to staged EAA “forum” at Eastern Michigan University”

Loyal reader and faculty member Steve Wellinski send me this useful link, “GUEST POST: Students for an Ethical and Participatory Education respond to staged EAA “forum” at Eastern Michigan University,” which is about the less than satisfying EAA forum on Wednesday. It’s a short memo, but the complaint is that this wasn’t really a forum to discuss the merits of the EAA at all since the only speakers were “pro” and the questions were limited to index cards.

I wonder if there isn’t some merit for these folks to organize a “counter” forum to air their views a bit more loudly?

Maynard challenges Martin to Sausage Eating Contest

Well, sort of at least.

As Mark Maynard noted on his blog, “Consuming 20 feet of meat is apparently newsworthy… Seattle and San Francisco take notice of the Wurst Challenge.”   The “Wurst Challenge” is actually a fundraiser for FLY, which is a “mobile” children’s art center that brings cool art making and DIY projects to kids in Ypsilanti and throughout Southeast Michigan. Here’s a quote from Maynard’s blog:

The Ann Arbor News ran a story about the event today, and it got picked up by the Associated Press. As of right now, it looks as though the story has been reprinted by about 20 different media outlets across the United States, from the CBS affiliate in Grand Rapids and WEMU, to the San Francisco Chronicle and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. One would hope that increased contributions for FLY’s downtown Creativity Lab might follow, but I haven’t seen today’s tally yet. As of last night, though, our nine participants had raised $886, which I think it is a pretty respectable start. (Our Mayor is currently in 5th place, having brought in $76 in pledges, well behind Jason “Knifebeard SausageHawk” Youngs, who leads the pack with $335.)

If you have a few dollars and want to support a worthy cause, just click here, choose your champion, and leave a contribution so that FLY can keep inspiring our kids at their downtown Ypsilanti Creativity Lab. And come to the Wurst Bar on the 20th to see these nine brave, sausage-loving philanthropists wolf down impossible amounts of meat.

In that mLive/Ann Arbor News article Maynard mentions, he specifically calls out EMU President Susan Martin to throw her hat (napkin?) into the ring and enter the contest. He writes about that a bit more on his blog, too:

For what it’s worth, I didn’t mean any disrespect by it. I do think, however, it would be awesome to have a representative from EMU sit alongside our Mayor and the various local luminaries we have joining us for the challenge. And, President Martin, if you’re reading this, you should know that, if you were to join us, you wouldn’t have to consume the entire 20 feet of meat. Even if you could only manage a few inches, we’d appreciate your effort. The important thing, from my perspective, is to help build that bridge between campus and the community, and I can’t imagine a better way than to have your support for FLY’s Creativity Lab. But, if you’re not a sausage fan, I’ve got two other suggestions for you to consider. One, you could appoint someone to eat in your place, like an art professor or regent. Or, two, you could contribute financially. Jesse Kranyak, the owner of the Wurst Bar, will be donating ten cents for every inch of sausage consumed by our nine contestants, and it would be awesome if you could match him. The kids of Ypsilanti would very much appreciate it.

Maybe a regent, but I don’t know any art professors who would have much of a chance in a sausage eating contest. In any event, a good and fun cause, and I hope Martin takes up Maynard on the challenge.

Take a look at and/or sign this petition about the EAA

Don’t forget that there’s a forum to discuss the EAA on Wednesday, March 12, at 11 am in the student center– I assume the auditorium? In the meantime, read about a petition put together by Stephen Wellinski asking for some answers from EMU about the EAA. Here’s a link to the EclectaBlog post “PETITION: Eastern Michigan University faculty and students continue push to sever relationship with the EAA.” It includes an impressive number of links about all of this. Or, if you feel ready to sign, go right to the petition itself on

Mark your calendars #2: Cary Nelson lecture on Monday, March 24, 7:30 PM

Announcement number two is this event sponsored by the Jewish Studies program here at EMU. I am interested in going because I’m interested in the “movement to boycott Israel” issue, at least as it relates to organizations like the Modern Language Association. I wrote about the controversy on my own blog here.

“With Snyder’s EAA going down in flames, the EMU community urges their administration to sever ties”

Local blogging phenomenon Mark Maynard has an interesting interview on his site with EMU professor Steve Cameron about the whole EAA mess, “With Snyder’s EAA going down in flames, the EMU community urges their administration to sever ties.” Check it out, and while you’re there, feel free to share info about the rally that took place today and sign this petition about EMU getting uninvolved with the EAA.