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heidishanklin

I am a far-from-conventional or traditional English, with a writing emphasis student. I have many interests, but the English language is one of my favorites. Having worked in an IT environment for a majority of my adult life, I readily accept the moniker of either Geek or Nerd. Stirring the pot of thought is also another enjoyable past time.

Tenure: the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow where the educator can nestle into like a comfortable chair until death or retirement put paid to their years of professorship. The good old days, right? Tenures are going the way of the dinosaur, and that may just be a good thing.  Professors, whether tenured or not, should be assessed yearly, by both students and administration, to see if their skills are valuable enough to remain in good standing with the college. The loss of tenure comes with alleged fear on both sides of the debate. The first, which ...

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Armed with all of the righteous indignation a second amendment Carry and Conceal holder could have, I requested an interview with Campus Security and Police Services Executive Director, Jon Uda. Should we allow conceal and carry on campus? At first, I thought yes. But after speaking to Uda, he disarmed my questions with his thought-provoking insights as to why it is best to leave gun defense on campus to trained professionals. Once the interview was over, he had radically changed my perception. On campus, guns should only be carried by those trained to use them. Uda, whose training in law ...

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One group which probably does not get the attention they deserve amongst the Boise State staff are those adjunct professors who labor with no full-time status or health. They reside as basically temporary workers, struggling under a less-than-favorable wage and yet they comprise the majority of instructors on many college campuses. According to Colleen Flaherty from Insidehighered.com, the usual base wage for an adjunct is around $2,700 per taught class and depending on how many campuses they run to, it still affords them only around $21,000 per year in compensation. They are known as non-tenure-track faculty, contingent faculty or even ...

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What if, while never stepping inside a classroom, one could still be able to access to some of the finest lectures, taught by preeminent professors from the most prestigious colleges in the world—without paying a cent? Coursera, Udacity and EdX offer free online courses which can be taken by anyone, anytime and anywhere. This growing trend will have a definitive impact on brick and mortar colleges such as Boise State. If colleges such as ours do not get in step with swiftly moving developments in education, they may be left in the dust. According to Nathan Morgan, a sophomore majoring ...

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