Posts Tagged: Students

How To Teach Creative Writing To Undergrads While Being A Feminist Harpy

People drop things on the Internet and run all the time. So we have to ask. In this edition, writer, editor and MFA student Jia Tolentino tells us more about what it’s like to be a college writing instructor.

How will I live without typing words like "pls use spell check" & "pls don't use 'cock' in that context" & "is the narrator a ghost or what"

— Jia Tolentino (@jiatolentino) February 25, 2014

Jia! So what happened here?

I teach introductory creative writing at the University of Michigan, and I’d just finished this agonizingly detailed response letter to the 20th student story [...]


An Entire Country's Student Body Stands Up to Privatization

The Chilean student demonstrations are really amazing—at least 527 or possibly 552 or could be 800 people all told were arrested yesterday (often, let's say, not nicely), and students occupied state TV offices to get the message out in a traditional fashion. The higher education system is now predominately a group of for-profit businesses, and the students are organizing on the principle that going permanently into debt for education is not a way a country's education system should be run. How about that. Today, student organizers are turning down a vague proposal from the government that increases some public funding. Good!


London's Student Demonstrations Are the Best Sort of Education

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Columbia University English Department Promises To Undermine Its Students

It is amusing that Columbia's undergraduate English class schedule included a course called "The Book Review," which taught students… how to review books. Also amusing is that it is now canceled, according to the Observer, due to the death of much of the nation's book reviewing pages. Thing is, Columbia has this all backwards. Now is exactly when students should be taught how to perform criticism! What better time than the Internet age to teach people the Big Three Do-Not-Dos of critique? (I'd tell you what they are, but then you will never buy my book, "The Big Three and the Twelve Lesser Do-Not-Dos of Critique," which I [...]


The Kids Are Deranged: The Best of NYU's ITP Student Show

Tonight is the second night of the NYU Interactive Telecommunications Program spring show, with thesis projects and schemes and fun things. It's sheer chaos, and you can stop by tonight from 4 to 8 p.m. if you want to see some good old fashioned wackiness.

A few of the student projects really stood out for me as art objects or as great thinking or excellent applied programming or as just plain fun. There were probably a lot of great things that I didn't "get" or didn't appreciate or just missed, so human error applies here.

Google Booth is a small constructed room. There's a slot on the [...]


UPenn Students Mildly Inhospitable to Newt Gingrich

The editorial board of The Daily Pennsylvanian is extremely disappointed with its fellow students! You see, "A group of students stormed out of Irvine Auditorium in protest while [Newt] Gingrich was still speaking. One of them shouted as he left." HOW UNCOUTH. What's more? Someone called him a "salamander" and "some students hung posters of the politician’s face and some of his controversial quotes on doors of bathroom stalls and above urinals." What in the world is going on at UPenn that these children are so remarkably measured and polite in their demonstrations against a visiting antisocial fraud-adoring grifter?


"Hawaii Speedo Student" Sought By School Security, Porn Companies

"Since at least January, Tim, a gay 22-year-old senior at the University of Hawai'i-Manoa, has been recording himself masturbating, and uploading the videos to Xtube…. Among those photos is a series of him in University of Hawaii classrooms, snapped in January-February…. the University's Twitter account posted this campus warning: 'if you see 'Hawaii Speedo Student' on campus, do not approach him–call Campus Security.' Now, he's an outlaw. Or at least a wild mountain lion roaming campus looking for prey."


America: Teaching Young People What Is Up!

Here is the most dramatic quote you will read in the newspaper today, from the organizer of a summer camp for girls that teaches them how awesome "manufacturing" is: "Not letting your children learn the hands-on component of the theory of science is killing us as a nation. You have to stop giving kids books and start giving them tools.”

Yes, books are destroying America's girls. (Don't get me wrong, I'm all into girls learning to make things! It's just… let's say, complicated. Since the public schools already funnel students into "white collar" and "worker" channels at an early age.) In other news, the story of [...]


Leaving Egypt, with Regrets: The Evacuated Students of Cairo

The other day, 19-year-old Dylan Sodaro was in line to register for classes at American University in Cairo. The Egyptian woman processing forms asked Dylan if he was Jewish. All week, people had been taking to the streets to criticize Hosni Mubarak, widely considered a friend to America and Israel. "Won't this hurt your people?" the Egyptian woman said. Dylan shrugged—at this point, he wasn't sure what the protests meant.

On Thursday night, the eve of the largest gatherings calling for Mubarak's resignation yet, a friend of Dylan's named Will was having a party. Dylan retreated to a bedroom with his best mates, Matthew Scarvie, also 19 and [...]


UCLA Students Riot Over Huge Tuition Increase

Maybe the kids are alright! "A crowd of more than 500 demonstrators rushed Covel Commons on Wednesday to protest a proposed 32 percent student fee increase."