9.20.2006

Michigan

Thanks to Robyn for this link. Minority Groups Protest ‘Catch an Illegal Immigrant Day’ on Michigan Campus (Maya are you reading this, omg!). I have to say I'm happy that I was accepted to a school in a left leaning city. I think something like that happening on my campus would really mess up my focus. I'd be out protesting and organizing and not reading, researching or writing. It's been hard to put away my activist urges to get out and help with or start a campaign in order to focus on me and my education, but in my mind, I'll be more credible and a more powerful activist if I can devote more energy to my schooling first. Hopefully when this Phd gig gets a little more familiar, I can put in a bit of time with the activist folks (*waving hello to Kai*).

So it's Wednesday today and my reliable borrowing of wifi from a neighbour has become very spotty. In fact this is my first time online from home in 48 hours and it's killing me. We signed up for Comcast 3 weeks ago, before we moved in, and they still havent come back with the DIY install kit. The mattresses we ordered online 9/14 from JCPenney, which were in stock, still have not arrived. I'm getting pretty sick of sleeping on this gigantic air mattress that takes up all the floor space in my rather small room. TA training this week has been fantastic, organized, all of that good stuff. School in general has so far been smooth sailing. That's of course because it hasn't started. I still have orientation (dep't specific) until next Monday and classes start Wednesday. Because I'll be teaching two quiz sections of 20 students each, I'm starting to wonder if I need to make my online presence a little less....out there. But the more I think about it, the more I think I shouldn't. I don't post anything overly personal and I don't talk trash about people in my life, so if students find my blog or web site, they'll just learn more about me as a person rather than a teacher and maybe see me as more human. Anyone out there have any advice?

8 comments:

Egan said...

More or less of a blog presence has been a question of my own recently. I figure it's too late now to turn back. Damn my name.

Egan said...

Oh yeah, that Michigan story is awful. Who in their right mind thinks up that shit?

James said...

After careful consideration, I came up with a few rules for my own blog about my personal life.

1. Don't blog about anything you wouldn't say out loud, loudly, in a library, with everyone listening.
2. Don't blog about crap or people at work, unless it's in a good light.
3. Don't air your dirty laundry in public (another version of rule #1)
4. Don't insult or air other people's dirty laundry. Unless it's really something you're willing to tell everyone you meet and them to their face (another version of rule #1).

Robyn said...

Ann Arbor is pretty left-leaning actually. You know, college town and whatnot. Although maybe not so much the surrounding areas... yeah there are definitely some scary areas around here. But also, i think it's like kids these days... maybe not so left-leaning? i don't know... oh U of M students also tend to have money so maybe that leads them to Republicanism? *shrug*

have i told you about the $100 futon/couch from Target? Yes, Target is evil, but it's a good deal. Unless you don't need a couch or spare bed.

Van said...

Hey Robyn, I love Target :) Good deals and they do a lot of charity work. And I haven't heard of employee disatisfaction issues a la Walmart yet. And yeah, Egan, it's too late to turn back. I put my name on my blog hoping one day it would make me famous and get me a book deal. Yeah right.

Sandra said...

You might want to take the pictures off your website. I am an academic and I don't want students seeing me having too much fun. :)

The reason you haven't heard of employee dissatisfaction is because they brainwash the employees into thinking it's the "best company ever" - no joke that's their company motto. My husband works for Target. He can't wait to quit.

Van said...

re: Target...eeek really?

and about the photos...not a bad idea.

Chapina said...

I havent read blogs or written on my blog much lately..actually I changed it for reasons I would have to tell you in private...sucks that complaining about things is what blogs are most fun for but I guess thats why I got a little more into myspace since I have the option of making them private to just my friends...