Oct 31
12:40 PM


On the Britannica Blog you can find a list of haunted libraries from different parts of the U.S. In California we have several mentions, among them:

Alhambra, Ramona Convent Secondary School. Founded in 1889, this is one of the oldest operating schools in the state. Students have seen a nun in a white habit roaming in the library.

Chowchilla, Madera County Library, Chowchilla Branch. This new branch stands on the site of a bowling alley that burned down when its kitchen caught fire. The circulation area lies on the approximate position of the kitchen. Some say a cook who perished in the blaze can be seen in a flash of flame.

El Centro, Central Union High School. Footsteps, talking, and doors slamming are heard in the library. In the library basement, where detentions were held in the 1980s, footsteps, crying, and laughing are heard   Check it out here.

Oct 13
2:29 PM

More Student-Professor Chat Sessions Wanted

According to Wired Campus:

When asked what kind of educational technology they wanted most, students—replete with iPods, laptops, and social-network pages on Facebook—say the thing they don’t have and wish for most is an online chat with their professors.

In a survey released today by CDW-G, the technology vendor, 39 percent of college students say they want regular online chats with faculty. The surveyors contacted 401 students to get this information.

The students are likely to be disappointed, according to the report. Only 23 percent of IT staff surveyed—there were 301 of them—said their campus offered that kind of electronic faculty-student contact.—Josh Fischman

Oct 6
12:04 PM

You are your email handle

Wired Campus says: Many students fire off e-mail messages to their professors without giving much thought to what they’re writing. Professors posting to a popular thread have shared e-mail messages riddled with grammatical errors, unreasonable demands, and silly or unbelievable excuses.

But buried within the forum are examples of another breed of students — ones whose e-mail messages are ordinary and downright polite, but are sent from an unprofessional or obscene e-mail handle.

In one case, a professor received a frantic e-mail from a student who failed to offer any identification besides the pseudonym Shortysexy. The professor mentioned the e-mail in each of his classes, hoping someone would come forward and lay claim to the questionable handle. Needless to say, no one came forward, and soon the professor received another e-mail message that made Shortysexy’s name seem quaint: This one came from a handle that began with “Blowitoutyour” and ended predictably enough. —David DeBolt